For students interested in learning more about the Middle East and one of the region’s main religions, Islam, Northwestern offers the Oman Semester. Oman is known for its peacefulness, modernity, hospitality and openness. In addition to studying Arabic, students will also learn about the Islamic religion with a goal of furthering understanding and trust between Christians and Muslims.
Location: Muscat, Oman
Participants live and study in Muttrah, the old part of the capital city of Muscat. They also travel within Oman to ride camels, climb the Wahiba sand dunes, swim in the blue-green wadis, and watch sea turtles laying eggs.
- Christian-Muslim Relations
- Introduction to Arabic
- Integrative Experiential Learning Course
- Oman Culture and Society
Site director/program partner
The Oman Semester’s site director is the Rev. Doug Leonard, a Reformed Church in America (RCA) pastor and director of the Al Amana Centre, an RCA ecumenical outreach dedicated to building bridges of understanding and cooperation between religions.