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.
Application deadline for spring 2017 program: NWC students: Feb. 10, 2016 Non-NWC students: Oct. 1, 2016
Participants live and study in Muscat, the capital city of Oman. They also travel around the country, accompanied by their new Omani friends, to ride camels, climb the Wahiba sand dunes, swim in the blue-green wadis, and watch sea turtles laying eggs.
- Christian-Muslim Relations
- Modern Arabic
- Integrative Experiential Learning
- Omani Culture and Society
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. Supervisor of the educational program is the Rev. Justin Meyers, who is also an RCA pastor.