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SALAM 2018: Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) Program
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2017 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program. SALAM 2017 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.
SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase travel insurance, and international health and medical evacuation insurance.
Participants will be required to meet in Washington, D.C. for orientation, prior to departure to Oman, and will be responsible for their transportation to and from Washington, D.C.
June 30-August 10, 2017
- U.S. citizen;
- Enrolled in a degree seeking program (undergraduate, MA or PhD) in spring 2017;
- Completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework by the end of the spring semester;
- Passport that is valid until 6 months after the end date of the program.
- 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.
Failure to follow these rules and guidelines, or any laws, may result in expulsion from the program.
How to Apply
1) Submit completed application form and supporting materials via this website.
2) Have references also submit their letters of recommendation on this page. IMPORTANT: you will receive a confirmation number upon submitting your application. You must give this confirmation number and the link to the reference page to your references, who will need both in order to upload their letters of recommendation. Your references will not be contacted by SQCC; you need to instruct them to upload their letters.
Deadline for submission of all application materials is 11:59pm EST, January 15, 2017. Submission deadline for letters of recommendation is 11:59pm EST, January 15, 2017.
PLEASE REMEMBER: Many of your references will be traveling during winter break. Be sure to give them enough notice regarding your letters of recommendation, and remind them of the deadline.