SALAM 2018: Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) Program
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program. SALAM 2018 will be held at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers in Manah, Oman. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.
Classes are held 8:00am to 1:30pm Sunday through Thursday (Friday and Saturday are the weekend in Oman). Students will study Modern Standard Arabic and media Arabic. In addition to classroom language instruction, students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.
Students will be housed in shared student housing. The program also provides: three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and onsite laundry and gym facilities.
Funding decisions will be made based on the strength of the application and its relevance to SQCC's mission of fostering understanding between the U.S. and Oman.
- Write an essay discussing what you hope to accomplish during the SALAM program and how you plan to incorporate this experience into further academic or career plans. (500-750 words)
- Describe a time, either abroad or in the U.S. when you interacted with a person/people from a different culture than your own. What was your experience like? What challenges did you face, and how did you resolve them? (200 words)
- Write an essay, in Arabic, introducing yourself to the SALAM program staff, including a discussion of your personal and professional interests and goals. (175 words)
- Three letters of recommendation, including one from an Arabic instructor
- Unofficial transcripts
Expectations and Follow-up
Recipients of a SALAM scholarship will be required to participate fully in all classroom and SALAM-organized activities while in Oman. Please note that the focus of this program is Arabic language study, and that Manah is a small town with limited recreational activities beyond those organized by the program.
Upon return to the U.S., participants are expected to share their experiences from their time in Oman through a variety of activities, such as:
- Public presentations
- Publicizing the SALAM program at your home campus
- K-12 school visits
- Outreach to Omanis and other Arabs in your community/on your campus
- Participating in forums about Oman, the Middle East, and Islam
Code of Conduct and Program Policies
You are a representative of your university, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers, and the United States while you are in Oman. You must abide by the laws of the U.S. and Oman while you are in the program, the rules of the College, and the points listed below. You will conduct yourself professionally and to a high standard, both in the classroom and in public.
- No recreational drugs or alcohol use; no smoking on the school property
- No religious proselytizing
- Students must adhere to a conservative dress code while in public (for women: floor-length skirt or long tunic over pants, with at least ¾ shirt sleeves; for men: pants and long/short sleeved shirt)
- Students will treat their peers, faculty, and staff with respect, and will not verbally insult anyone
- Students will respect school property, including their living space, and will not intentionally damage or destroy school property in any way
- Students will obey the College staff and instructors
- No traveling outside of the country
- Participants agree to have their likeness used in promotional material, SQCC website, and social media.
For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.