Marquette’s Project Global Officers (GO) is part of a national effort sponsored by the Defense Language Office and National Security Education Program. Project GO promotes critical language education, study abroad experiences and intercultural communication skills for ROTC cadets/midshipmen. Up to 16 cadets/midshipmen will study in Muscat, Oman, 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 study at the Center for International Learning, located in a quiet neighborhood in Muscat between the old fish market of Seeb and the trendy Muscat City Centre shopping mall. The campus sits within two large renovated villas formerly owned by Omani families. The campus includes a library, numerous classrooms, several large kitchens available to students, large gathering spaces for lectures and an endless supply of traditional coffee and tea.
You will participate in a comprehensive 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 of Muscat, and Omani history and culture.
Students of all language levels are invited to participate in the program. No prior Arabic experience is necessary. Based on a placement test, you will enroll in the level appropriate for your Arabic language proficiency and earn 6-8 credits upon completion of the program.
If you have no prior Arabic experience, you will be required to participate in a 7-day pre-program held at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Taught by Marquette Arabic faculty, you will study the alphabet and basic vocabulary to lay a strong foundation before embarking on this intensive language-learning experience.
In Oman, you be taught Arabic from Omani faculty members at the Center for International Learning. 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 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.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Friendly Families program that connects 2-3 students with an Omani family for the summer. These families invite students for dinner or trips to their home villages. This relationship will give you an additional opportunity for experiential learning and unique outlooks on the complex dynamics and changes that are sweeping through the region.
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.
You will live in one- and two-bedroom apartments near the bustling Al Khoud souq, a center of life in the city, which will provide numerous authentic opportunities to practice Arabic language skills. The furnished apartments include a fully equipped kitchen, linens, laundry, air conditioning and wi-fi. Transportation to and from the Center for International Learning will be provided daily.
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 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 capital city of Muscat, a port city that sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With few high-rise buildings, the city’s architecture easily wears its antiquity into modern times.
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