Monthly Archives: September 2017

Our Courses

We offer general English courses from a novice to advanced level to school students, college students, professionals, job seekers and home makers alike. Additionally, we offer specialized courses to prepare students for international exams like the IELTS and TOEFL exams, to build up their skills to score higher on these exams or develop their oral communication skills.
We also assist interested students to organize a language course abroad with our partner, InLingua Cheltenham in England.

At Noor Majan all our teachers are certified English instructors; some of them even native English speakers, while others hail from Azerbaijan or Oman. We use The Headway Plus series (adapted to the Gulf region) for our general English courses, the Action Plan for IELTS for our exam preparation courses and authentic media materials for the conversation courses. Courses for young learners are supplemented with themed stories, films, songs or crafts.

Our courses are offered either as intensive block courses or stretched out over one or two months with classes meeting twice per week. Courses take place in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. We have courses specifically catering to school students that meet in the afternoon or during school holidays, as well as courses catered to oilfield professionals that follow their specific two-weeks on/two-weeks off schedule. All courses at Noor Majan are recognized and certified by the Ministry of Manpower.

For our current and upcoming course schedules please see here (download pdf file).
For more inquiries or to register, enter the waiting list or to make an appointment for the placement test, please contact Mr. Mohammed Al Shueili at +968/93946379. Our administration is happy to counsel you between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm from Sunday through Thursday.

Our Courses 2017-09-19T19:20:55+00:00

English Language a Social Responsibility to Oman

Since our inception in 2012, our social responsibility for our host community and the creation of opportunities for cultural exchange have always be part and parcel of Noor Majan’s vision and mission. Therefore we offer a variety of English language courses for the Ibri and Dhahira community to participate in the region’s professional capacity building.

English Language a Social Responsibility to Oman 2017-09-19T19:16:39+00:00

English Language

Noor Majan is committed tosupporting the growth of advanced English literacy for all Omanis. This is why Noor Majan offers English language courses to the local community. Noor Majan is an active supporter of the professional development and strengthening of English teaching in Oman, we have co-sponsored workshops and contributed our experiences to improve the field of English language education.

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Culture and Education

We believe that the act of learning a language leads to more than just the ability to communicate, rather a language introduces the best of a culture and people to an individual. Thus, at Noor Majan we are more than just a language institute, our programs facilitate opportunities for students to engage and learn about the Sultanate and its people: leading to a greater appreciation and understanding of the Middle East.

These intimate and positive language experiences led to more interest in visiting and traveling to Oman, which is crucial as the Sultanate continues to develop its tourism industry. Although our contribution to the growth of tourism is small, we are still proud to support the growth of educational and cultural tourism in Oman.

Culture and Education 2017-10-12T18:45:31+00:00

Professional and Institutional Capacity Building

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Noor Majan is committed to designing its goals and vision in line with the Sultanate’s 2020 & 2040 visions. We believe in investing and developing the talents and abilities of our valued employees, strengthening their capacity to teach and compete in a competitive global economy. Our commitment to developing strong human capital enables usto be among the leading Arabic institutes in the Middle East.

The Sultanate’s 2020 and 2040 vision call upon us to develop human capital and strengthen Omani skills and competencies so that Oman sits among the world’s most competitive nations in a globalized economy. We believe in this and have developed capacity building workshops aimed at professionalizing the field of Arabic and English language teaching in the Sultanate. We have organized workshops with the Dhadh Institute, at the University of Nizwa and The Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic as a Second Language in Manah. We hold that mutual strengthening of skills and knowledge will lead to a more innovative and healthier economy.

Noor Majan participates in U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) training and capacity building workshops aimed at improving the institute’s performance in foreign language teaching, immersive best practices, and health/safety, logistics of study abroad programs. Noor Majan’s managers, admin personnel, faculty and language partners have participated in these training opportunities online, in the United States,and in Jordan. These training workshops serve as general training for all CLS institutes and then there are specific ones for Arabic institutes, which culminated in a collaborative agreement between Noor Majan and Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM).

Professional and Institutional Capacity Building 2017-10-12T18:42:46+00:00

FAQ

What Are The Excursions? 2017-09-19T00:30:20+00:00

The course fee includes one larger two-day excursion outside of Ibri and another smaller one-day excursion to an Omani village with its farms and falajs (irrigation canals) near to Ibri.

How Are We Assessed/Examined? 2017-09-19T00:29:30+00:00

Upon arrival students take an assessment to determine their level. Throughout the course students take weekly quizzes and a final exam at the end of the course. Students are furthermore assessed through their homework and weekly oral presentations. Additionally students may take international language proficiency courses at their own expense (for further information on these tests refer to http://www.noormajan-wp.noormajan-institute.com/language-proficiency-test)

Who Provides The Course Materials? 2017-09-19T00:27:46+00:00

Noor Majan provides all course materials. They are included in the course fee.

What Are The Class Sizes? 2017-09-19T00:27:15+00:00

Our classes have a maximum of eight students per level.

Do You Provide Food? 2017-09-19T00:33:58+00:00

Noor Majan provides lunches at the institute on school days (Sundays through Thursdays). Students living with a host family will share the family’s meals. All other students are responsible for their breakfast and dinner during the week and for all meals on weekends except on excursions. The apartments are equipped with a stove, oven, microwave, water cooker and kitchen ware. Students take a weekly bus trip to the supermarket to stock up on groceries. Prices at the supermarket are similar to Europe while eating out or take away from small restaurants is rather cheap (2-5 OMR per meal).

What Is The Accommodation? 2017-09-19T00:32:21+00:00

Dormitories
All students live in our student apartments. This type of accommodation is covered by the course fee. The apartments consist of shared two-, three- or four-bedroom apartments. Bedrooms are double occupancy. The fully equipped kitchen, lounge area, bathrooms, an automatic washing machine and flat screen TV are for shared usage within one apartment. All apartments are equipped with WiFi internet access. Bed linen is provided but you need to bring your own towels.

Host Families
Female students have the opportunity to live with Omani host families for the duration of their course. For this arrangement Noor Majan has to charge an additional 150 OMR/month. The family provides a bed, wardrobe, desk, and bed linen but you need to bring your own towels. Students will share the regular family meals.

New schedule 2018 – 2019 2017-10-05T19:28:35+00:00
Code Start date End date Notes Fees
1064 6 Dec 2017 1 Feb 2018 1900 OMR
1065 11 Feb 2018 5 Apr 2018 1900 OMR
1066 8 Apr 2018 31 May 2018 Israa wa Miraj on 13 April

Ramadan starts on 16 May

1900 OMR
CLS

1067

1 Jun 2018 arrival

3 June 2018 start

3/4 Aug 2018

2 Aug 2018

Eid-Al-Fitr will be on 15 June, Thursday 14 June will be the last day of Ramadan Eid Break 14 Jun 2018 – 19 Jun 2018

23 July Renaissance Day included in Eid holiday

1900 OMR
1068 5 Aug 2018 6 Sept 2018 Eid Break 19 Aug 2018 – 23 Aug 2018 5-Week Course

1100 OMR

1069 9 Sept 2018 1 Nov 2018 11 Sept Islamic New Year 1900 OMR
1070 4 Nov 2018 27 Dec 2018 18 Nov National Day

20 Nov Mawlid

1900 OMR
1071 30 Dec 2018 21 Feb 2019 1900 OMR
1072 24 Feb 2019 18 Apr 2019 Israa wa Miraj on 3 April 1900 OMR
1073 21 Apr 2019 23 May 2019 Ramadan starts on 6 May 5-week course

1100 OMR

Training 26 May 2019 30 May 2019 Training & planning
Eid Break 2 Jun 2019 10 Jun 2019 Eid Al Fitr 5 Jun 5 days holiday
1074

CLS

12 Jun 2019

9 Jun 2019

8 Aug 2019

6 Aug 2019 (departure)

23 July Renaissance Day

Hajj (4 Dhu-l-Hijja) starts on 4 Aug

Eid Al Adha is on 12 Aug

1900 OMR
Eid Break 11 Aug 2019 15 Aug 2019 5 days holiday
1075 18 Aug 2019 10 Oct 2019 31 Aug Islamic New Year 1900 OMR
1076 13 Oct 2019 12 Dec 2019 10 Nov Mawlid

18 Nov National Day

1900 OMR
How Do I Get My Visa? 2017-09-19T00:50:27+00:00

Noor Majan Training Institute applies for student visa for all of our students. These student visa cover the entire period of your stay with us as Noor Majan students. The student visa costs 30 OMR and has to be paid by the student. We need a scan of the participant’s valid passport and passport picture in order to apply for the visa. Once the visa is granted we’ll send a scan of the visa slip to the student who has to print it and present it to the immigration officer upon arrival at Muscat airport, where the actual visa is stamped into the passport. Student visas are non-extendable and multiple entry. Students entering from other border posts than Muscat airport, need to inform us ahead of time.

Do You Provide Transportation? 2017-09-19T00:50:01+00:00

Noor Majan provides transportation to and from the institute for classes for all its students as part of the language course. We also provide the bus for the weekly supermarket trip. All other outings need to be arranged individually. There is no system of public transportation in Ibri. The taxi station for trips inside and outside of Ibri is in proximity to the students’ dormitory and there is also a bus station for trips to other Omani towns and Dubai. A taxi trip inside Ibri costs around 300 – 500 bz per person, and a taxi trip to Muscat 5OMR per person in a shared taxi. If you rent a taxi on your own to Muscat/Burj Al Sahwa that will cost 20- 25 OMR regardless of the number of passengers. A bus trip to Muscat/Ruwi is 3.800 OMR.

Noor Majan also provides airport transfer between Muscat International Airport and Ibri. On the day prior to the course start our driver will meet students in the arrival hall of Muscat International Airport (Ooredoo telecommunications stall) between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. and the bus leaves to Ibri at 11:30 a.m. A bus or taxi will be arranged to take students back to the airport in the afternoon of the last course day. Students arriving in Muscat late at night will have to spend the night in a hotel in Muscat and meet the group in the morning at the airport. Students arriving after the meeting time will have to make their way to Ibri individually by taxi or bus and we’ll meet them at the station in Ibri.

MERS 2017-09-19T01:00:12+00:00

No cases of MERS have been reported from Oman so far, but we’d still recommend you keep a safety distance to unknown camels, especially as they may bite as well.

How About Dangerous Animals? 2017-09-19T00:59:26+00:00

Snakes and scorpions might be encountered in Oman, especially during outdoor trips to the desert or wadis. Their bites are painful and potentially harmful but all health centers and hospitals dispose of the necessary anti-venom for all varieties found in Oman. Please inform the administration immediately of any snake or scorpion bite incidents and we’ll take you to the hospital.

Are There Any Bugs? 2017-09-19T00:58:56+00:00

Due to Ibri’s hot climate you’re likely to encounter some ants and spiders as well as the occasional cockroach. Our janitor is responsible for cleaning the floors of shared spaces in the apartments once a week but apart from that the apartments’ cleanliness is the students’ responsibility. Especially the dustbins/garbage should be emptied in a timely manner to avoid bad smells and insect infestations.

What Should I Wear? 2017-09-19T00:58:13+00:00

Men should wear long pants at all times. Sleeveless shirts or transparent fabrics worn without undershirts are not acceptable. Shirts should be long enough to cover the small of your back, even while sitting, preferably longer.
Women should wear loose-fitting long and opaque pants or skirts at all times. Shirt sleeves should be 3/4 length or long sleeves. Shirts should be long enough to cover the small of your back, even while sitting, or preferably longer.

What Is The Climate Like? 2017-09-19T00:57:31+00:00

Winters (November – February) in Ibri are mild with temperatures around 20-25°C. Lowest temperatures in winter will be around 10°C at night. Summers (June – August) are hottest with average temperatures around 45°C. It can get as hot as 50°C during the summer months. Rainfall is most likely to occur between February and April; after heavy rainfalls wadis may be flooded.

What Voltage And Socket Types Are There? 2017-09-19T00:56:38+00:00

Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts), Primary Socket Type: British BS-1363; Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapter; 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer; Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter (source: http://www.adaptelec.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&products_id=218)

Phones And Internet? 2017-09-19T00:54:37+00:00

The institute and the student apartments are equipped with wireless internet access. For internet usage outside these premises you may rent a USB modem from Noor Majan for 5 OMR/month and purchase your own internet plan from one of the local telecommunication companies.
We encourage students to bring along their own laptops as Noor Majan does not provide computers for students to use.
We recommend purchasing an Omani SIM card upon your arrival in Oman. A SIM card is 2 OMR and contains 2 OMR credit already. You can call, text or WhatsApp us on +968 994 333 81 (Sultan Al Farsi) to inform us about your arrival in Oman.

What Shall I Bring? 2017-09-19T00:53:26+00:00
  • Towels
  • Laptop (the institute doesn’t offer computers for public use)
  • Telephone
  • Dictionary for use at home
  • Stationary
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Appropriate clothing (long pants/skirts, long/elbow-length sleeved shirts or tunics; all clothes should be opaque and lose)
  • Sandals, walking shoes
  • Spending money for breakfasts and dinners, occasional snacks and individual outings/excursions, telecommunications, souvenirs
Certificate of Completion 2017-09-19T01:01:17+00:00

At the end of your course the administration will provide you with a course certificate stating the numbers of contact hours, the course level and your final result. These certificates have been recognized for credit by several US, UK and European universities as well as government bodies in the US, Germany, and Austria.

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FAQ 2017-09-19T01:16:13+00:00

U.S. Funding Sources

Study abroad has become an important aspect of the US higher education experience. This prioritization pressures students to study abroad as part of their degree program, however it also exposes the gap of funding and financial support for students. Recognizing this challenge, Noor Majan has put together a list of scholarships and resources for students aiming to study in the Middle East and hopefully at Noor Majan.

Critical Language Scholarship (http://clscholarship.org)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship ( https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsflasf/index.html)

Boren Scholarship and Fellowship (https://www.borenawards.org)

Gilman Scholarship (https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/)

ProjectGo Grants ( http://www.rotcprojectgo.org)

The Ashley Soule Conroy Foundation (http://www.ashleysfoundation.org)

Diversity Abroad Scholarships (http://www.diversityabroad.com/scholarships)

Study Abroad Funding by the Institute of International Education (http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/)

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Scholarships and Fellowships: (https://www.sqcc.org)

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Noor Majan Scholarships

At Noor Majan we believe that all students should have the opportunity to afford a study abroad experience. Which is why we are committed to ethical pricing practices and the promotion of scholarships. Many of our students have studied with us on public and private scholarships offered in their countries.

Noor Majan is committed as an institution to supporting the continuity of Arabic language study: which is why we offer scholarships to our alumni and during certain programs around the year. Below are the scholarships available exclusively through Noor Majan.

The November 18th Scholarship

To celebrate and honor the birthday of Sultan Qaboos on November 18th, we offer an 18% percent discount for all students who want to study at Noor Majan for the months of September, October, and November.

Winter Partial-Scholarship Program

Students who want to study Arabic on their winter break are encouraged to apply for our Winter Partial-Scholarship. The partial scholarship will be offered during our scheduled winter term which starts in either early/late December and extends to early/late February. For the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 dates please see below.

Course # Start Date End Date Course Fee Scholarship Offered
1064 6 Dec., 2017 1 Feb., 2018 1900 400 OMR
1071 30 Dec., 2018 21 Feb., 2019 1900 400 OMR

The courses offered with a partial scholarship will cover a total of 200 contact hours over 8 weeks. The scholarship covers accommodation, transportation, excursion fees, and the costs for course materials.

How to Apply:

  • Please register using our online registration form indicating your wish to apply for the scholarship under “Other things you would like to share with us”.
  • Please make sure to write down the name of your university
  • Upload a scan of your passport and a scan of a recent passport picture.
  • Write a short paragraph in Arabic (200-250 words) about yourself, your family, your studies and studies and career plans.
  • Write a short essay in English (min 500 words) explaining why studying Arabic at Noor Majan Arabic Institute is important for your future and in which ways you plan to employ your Arabic skills.
  • About a month prior to the start date of the winter course you will be notified if you have been accepted into the scholarship program and then you will be asked to send the necessary paperwork
  • For further information please Samira Selle at: samira.selle@noormajan-wp.noormajan-institute.com
Noor Majan Scholarships 2017-10-07T02:04:46+00:00

Application

PERSONAL INFORMATION


CONTACT PERSON IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
Person 1
Person 2
EDUCATIONAL AND ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
YOUR PREVIOUS ARABIC STUDIES
COURSE REGISTRATION
Course 1
Course 2
Course 3
Course 4
YOUR STAY IN IBRI
Application 2017-09-16T08:00:14+00:00