A boat floats along a river in Oman.

Oman Semester

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 2020 program:
NWC students: Feb. 10, 2019 
Non-NWC students: Oct. 31, 2019

Participants live and study in Muscat, the capital city of Oman, and learn Arabic in the interior city of Ibri. From these two sites and accompanied by Omani friends, they make excursions around the country to ride camels, climb sand dunes, swim in the refreshing blue-green waters of mountain pools, and watch sea turtles laying eggs.

  • Christian-Muslim Relations
  • Modern Arabic
  • Integrative Experiential Learning
  • Omani Culture and Society

The supervisor of the Oman Semester is the Rev. Justin Meyers, an ordained pastor in the Reformed Church in America (RCA). Meyers is also the acting director of the Al Amana Centre, an ecumenical center dedicated to fostering a relationship of understanding and cooperation between religions that builds on a century of positive relations between the RCA and the Omani government and its hospitable people.