Study in Oman
Graduate programs in Oman
The Sultanate of Oman is a little jewel of Arabian education tucked away on the south eastern corner of the Middle East. Oman is a small country with just over 3.5million inhabitants, but its wealth, rapidly developing education system and moderate nature make it a popular destination with international students.
Many institutions in Oman link up with other universities in Europe, Australia and America. As such, most degrees in Oman are taught in English, making it easier for international students to adapt to their studies.
International students have lots of options when it comes to choosing a graduate program in Oman. Despite being such a small country, the Sultanate is home to more than 20 institutions where you can study a graduate program.
Some of the most popular institutions include:
- Sultan Qaboos University
- Muscat University College
- A’Sharqiyah University
University of Nizwa
Native Omanis must take an English course as part of their degree, meaning almost all courses are taught in English. Degrees in Oman typically take five years to complete, but many institutions are flexible in how you choose to study.
Immigration and visas in Oman
Students who want to study a graduate program in Oman will need to apply for a student visa well in advance of arrival. It will take a minimum of ten days to process your visa application and you will need to demonstrate the following:
- You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
- You have paid all relevant visa fees
- A medical certificate detailing your health from a licensed practitioner
A covering letter from your sponsor explaining the course
You will not be able to work in Oman due to the terms of your student visa.
Life in Oman
Oman is a developing country and has grown rapidly in the last fifty years. Traditionally a port country, Oman is an ethnically diverse country built on traders and immigrants.
Religion plays a big part in Omani life, with virtually all Omanis Muslim. You should expect shops and public areas to close down five times a day for prayers, and for the many shops to close during the day for the month of Ramadan.
As with most Middle Eastern countries, you may find Oman conservative to start with. However, get to know the locals and you’ll quickly be introduced into Omani culture.
Working in Oman
Oman’s economy, like many other Middle Eastern countries, is based on oil production. However, with Oman’s oil reserves running out, the country’s government is beginning to look at options outside of oil production. Tourism is an industry the country is keen to focus on.
As an international student, you will be unable to work in Oman during your studies as per the terms of your visa.
International students coming to study a graduate program in Oman have three main options when it comes to housing. They can choose to live in accommodation provided by the university, life in privately rented accommodation or live in a homestay with an Omani family. While all three options have their positive and negative points, it’s important to remember one key thing – make sure you have air conditioning.
Rent per month:
- One bedroom apartment (city centre) – OMR 250 (USD$650)
- One bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – OMR 200 (USD$500)
- Three bedroom apartment (city centre) –OMR 600 (USD$1,550)
Three bedroom apartment (outside city centre) –OMR 440 (USD$1,140)
Climate in Oman
Oman has an extremely hot climate characterised by little rainfall and temperatures of more than 40C. The peak summer season is between May and September, when temperatures can get as high as 50C.
If you want to cool down, head to the mountain, particularly around Jabal Akhdar.
Transport in Oman is all about the car. There is public railway system and buses and coaches are rare, so most people get around by cars. Roads are good and well maintained. Oman is also well known as a port destination.
The main international airport in Oman is Muscat International Airport, although you may also be able to fly into Salalah Airport.
The currency of Oman is the Omani riyal.
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