Marquette’s Project Global Officers (GO) is part of a national effort sponsored by the Defense Language Office and National Security Education Program (DLNSEO). Project GO promotes critical language education, study abroad experiences and intercultural communication skills for ROTC cadets/midshipmen. Up to 18 cadets/midshipmen will study in the University of Nizwa for an eight-week intensive program. This innovative Arabic language and cultural program will enrich your worldview while preparing you for your post-graduate military experience.
You will participate in a comprehensive online orientation prior to departure. Upon arrival in Oman, you will attend an on-site orientation to introduce you to the program, your teachers, the city, and Omani history and culture.
Students of all language levels are invited to participate in the program. The program will accept a total of 18 students, 6 beginners, where no prior Arabic language experience is necessary, 12 non-beginners. Beginners will earn up to 10 credits and non-beginners 8, upon completion of the program.
Beginners, with no prior Arabic language experience will be required to participate in a 7-day pre-program held at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Taught by Marquette Arabic faculty, where you will study the alphabet and basic vocabulary to lay a strong foundation before embarking on this intensive language-learning experience in Oman. This will take place from May 19th to May 25th.
In Oman, you be taught Arabic from Omani faculty members. Throughout the eight-week program, you will take Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Omani Arabic. Classes meet four hours per day, Sunday through Thursday. Three afternoons a week, you will participate in two hours of conversation with trained Omani Peer Facilitators in relaxed conversation and discussion. These connections frequently result in friendships that last far beyond the confines of the summer program. You will be in Oman from May 27th to July 26th.
You will receive a Marquette University transcript, sent directly to your home institution. Transfer credit equivalencies for non-Marquette students will be determined by each student in collaboration with their home institution.
In order to be considered you must submit an application through the DLNSEO central application system here, Embark application
which is open from October 1, 2017 - January 25, 2018. Student's applications will be evaluated after the January 25th deadline. Once accepted, they will be directed to apply directly to the host schools application as well. There is a student application walk-through webinar on October 17 at 3pm Eastern Time. You can register for this webinar here
Note: Applicants must start the application at the relevant URL, but once created, they can toggle back and forth between the two within the dashboard available on both sites.
In order to ensure that you maintain your Arabic skills following the completion of the summer overseas program, you will be required to continue your language learning in the following academic year. You will be required to either enroll in an Arabic course at your home institution, or participate in a semester-long virtual guided language exchange experience guided by a Marquette Arabic faculty member.
Students will live in gender separated residence halls a short bus ride away from the University.
All ROTC cadets/midshipmen (contracted or non-contracted) accepted into the program are guaranteed full scholarship funding. This scholarship covers tuition, airfare, room and board, health insurance, local transportation, books, transcripts and two cultural excursions in Oman.
Past experience has taught our program that students typically spend $500 per month in personal expenses not covered by our program. These include taxi fares, dining out, gym memberships, etc.
Monetary Incentive: Check with your respective military branch to learn more about the financial benefits available for studying a critical language.
You will live in the country of Oman and study at the University of Nizwa. Since the discovery of oil in the mid-1960s, Oman has transformed from an isolated and undeveloped country into a culturally diverse modern nation. Most Omanis are Muslim following a distinct form of Islam called Ibadhism. Acceptance and tolerance of others, a major tenet of the faith, results in a warm and open culture that is extremely welcoming to visitors.You will be introduced to historical and cultural sites throughout Oman through exploring the Nizwa Fort in Oman’s historic former capital, watching endangered green sea turtles make their way from sea to sand at the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, sleeping in a Bedouin tent in the Wahiba Sands desert, hiking the towering Jebel Akhdar mountain, or swimming in Oman’s beautiful wadis or valleys.
The historic town of Nizwa lies on a plain surrounded by a thick palm oasis and some of Oman’s highest mountains. Marked by a grand new double-arched gateway, the town forms a natural access point for the historic sites of Bahla and Jabrin, and for excursions up the mountain roads to Jebel Akhdar and Jebel Shams.The population is estimated at around 72,000 people including the two areas of Burkat Al Mooz and Al Jabel Al Akhdar. Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman and it was once a center of trade, religion, education and art. Its grand mosque was formerly a center for Islamic learning. Nizwa acquired its importance because it has been an important meeting point at the base of the Western Hajar Mountains. Set amid a verdant spread of date palms, it is strategically located at the crossroads of routes linking the interior with Muscat and the lower reaches of Dhofar thus serving as the link for a large part of the country. Today, Nizwa is a diverse prosperous place with numerous agricultural, historical and recreational aspects.