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Housing and Food

Housing: Ibri

Students at Noor Majan stay at our institute’s student apartments. This type of accommodation is covered by the course fee. The apartments are gender-segregated but in the same building on Ibri’s main road; within walking distance of restaurants, shops, laundry services, and the taxi and bus stations. The apartments consist of shared two, three or four bedroom apartments. Bedrooms are double occupancy, depending on capacities, students may upgrade their room to single occupancy at an additional fee. The fully equipped kitchen, lounge area, bathrooms, washing machines and flat screen TVs 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.

Our price and package includes all accommodation (incl. excursions) for the duration of your stay with us.

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Housing: Muscat

Students at Noor Majan-Muscat will stay at either Noor Majan student apartments or at  hotel-apartments located walking distance from the institute. Accommodation at either Noor Majan student apartments or the hotel-apartments are covered by the course fee. The apartments are gender-segregated, located walking distance from Noor Majan-Muscat campus. The accommodation is surrounded by a plethora of  restaurants, shops, laundry services, and the taxi and bus stations. The apartments consist of shared two, three or four bedroom apartments. Bedrooms are double occupancy, depending on capacities, students may upgrade their room to single occupancy at an additional fee. The fully equipped kitchen, lounge area, bathrooms, washing machines and flat screen TVs 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.

Our price and package includes all accommodation (incl. excursions) for the duration of your stay with us.

Food (Muscat and Ibri)

On class days during regular courses Noor Majan provides refreshments, tea, coffee and home-cooked Omani lunches at the institute, except during the holy month of Ramadan during which students are welcome to consume their own meals in a secluded area of the institute. There are several supermarkets nearby and variety of Arab, Indian and fast food restaurants in walking distance from both student accommodations in Ibri and Muscat. Students studying in Ibri will be taken once a week by bus to Lulu Hypermarket for their grocery shopping .

Host Families (Only for Ibri) 

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 per month. The family provides a bed, wardrobe and bed linen but we ask that you bring your own towels. Students will share the regular family meals. Our host families are carefully selected and understand the importance of Arabic language practice in the homes. They are eager to make students feel at home and as part of the family and to facilitate their glimpse into Omani culture. Our host families typically live in detached villas or on farms; some of them live in extended families and/or polygamous marriages and most families have children of different ages.

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Arrival and Departure

Arrival and Getting to Ibri

Noor Majan offers a shuttle bus to Ibri leaving from Muscat International Airport on the in the morning of the day prior to the first day of the course. Students will meet a representative of Noor Majan on the day prior to the course start (usually Tuesdays or Saturdays) between 10:00 and 11:30 am in front of the Ooredoo telecommunication counter in the arrival hall. The shuttle bus will leave to Ibri at 11:30 am.

For students arriving the night prior to Noor Majan’s designated pick-up time, we recommend spending a night in Muscat and then meeting the group at the airport the next morning.

Departing from Ibri

Noor Majan will organize transportation to Muscat Airport on the last day of classes, usually Thursdays. Students will be in Muscat on time to catch all flights after 7:00 pm.

Arranging Own Transport to Ibri

After Arriving At Muscat International Airport, purchase an Omani SIM card and some credit at the Ooredoo telecommunications counter in the arrival hall and call +968 99433381 (Sultan Al Farsi) or +968 99427098 (Hussein Al Farsi) to inform us about your safe arrival.

If arriving between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. come to Ibri directly. If arriving between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. you need to spend the night in Muscat. Hotel options close to the airport include Golden Tulip Al Seeb , Holiday Inn Muscat Al Seeb , Bayan International Hotel , Al Husn Hotel Apartments Al Khoudh (no online booking available).

Arriving to Ibri by Bus or Taxi

Take a taxi to Burj Al Sahwa station. Taxis right in front of the airport will take you there for 7 OMR (5 min ride). The airport taxis are blue and you have to pay for them up-front at a little stall reading “airport taxi” in front of the arrival hall.

For all other taxis, which are recognizable by their orange/white color: Taxis in Oman are not metered, so you need to negotiate a fare prior to boarding a taxi! When walking up to the main street you can catch a taxi or shared bus and bargain a much cheaper fare.

Buses leave four times a day from Muscat airport to Ibri (Check validity of schedule at http://www.mwasalat.om/). The bus ride takes four hours to Ibri and costs about 4 OMR.

Taxis to Ibri leave from Burj Al Sahwa station. They cost 5 OMR per passenger if shared at four or 25 – 30 OMR if you rent a taxi on your own. The trip to Ibri takes 2.5 hours by taxi.

Arrival to Muscat 

Noor Majan will pick up all students arriving at the Muscat International Airport between 8 am and 8 pm on the Saturday prior to your course start. Upon arrival please head to the Ooredoo telecommunication counter in the arrival hall and look for a Noor Majan representative.

Departing from Muscat

Noor Majan will organize transportation to Muscat Airport on the last day of classes, usually Thursdays. Please advise Noor Majan in advance of your departure so that we can coordinate transportation.

Arranging Own Transport to Muscat Campus

After Arriving At Muscat International Airport, purchase an Omani SIM card and some credit at the Ooredoo telecommunications counter in the arrival hall and call +968 99433381 (Sultan Al Farsi) or +968 99427098 (Hussein Al Farsi) to inform us about your safe arrival.

Please take a taxi or other mode of transportation to Al Khuwair Souq and locate “Shadow” building near Badr Al Sama hospital and Turkish Diwan restaurant. Noor Majan is located on the second floor of “shadow” building. Our institute is staffed from Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, 2:00 pm on Thursdays. If you arrive outside of our working times, please make sure to arrange in advance that someone meets you to let you into the dorms.

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Travel and Visa

Visa Arrangements

  • Noor Majan will arrange student visa for the time of the students’ stay at the institute. After the course end, any remaining visa period has to be canceled as per the policies of Oman’s immigration authorities. In order to complete the visa application process, we require the participant’s full cooperation in providing Noor Majan with the correct personal data and required documents (passports need to be valid at least six months after the end of the course).
  • The visa costs of 30 OMR will have to be borne by the participant.
  • Noor Majan cannot guarantee the success of every visa application as these applications are granted at the discretion of the administration of the Royal Oman Police, (ROP). In case of the refusal of the visa by ROP Noor Majan will reimburse the full course fees except an administrative fee of 50 OMR.
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Group/Customized Programs

Since 2018, we offer customized academic year programs for the diplomat students of the US Foreign Service Institute and since 2019 we host different groups for the Project GO summer program and have developed a semester program for students of Westpoint USMA.

We also teach Arabic to various local companies and their international employees in Oman, among them Oman aviation and several embassies.

Over the past few years, Noor Majan has worked with various universities and organizations helping them create programs to meet their goals and needs. We understand that some groups may want a more rigorous academic environment or may desire a combination of cultural tourism and academic study. We can accommodate different timelines and are flexible with the specific academic requirements.

In the past, we have worked with the Grand Valley State University, implementing their Arabic language and cultural component of their Oman-Emirates faculty-led trip, and with Central Connecticut University to develop a program focusing on the Arab/Persian Gulf in the 21st century.  We have worked with the Critical Language Scholarship program since 2013, which requires a more intensive academic environment and collaborated with the Al Amana Centre in developing a joint Arabic language and cultural program with their center.

We welcome any questions on how Noor Majan can meet your organization’s or university program’s goals.

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Program and Academic Overview

Rihla Summer Program Description: An 8 Week Epic Journey
Price: $5,500 with airplane ticket included from Morocco to Oman
First Journey (4 weeks): Meknes, Morocco Second Journey (4 weeks): Ibri, Oman
Arabic Classroom Hours 20 Hours/Weekly Arabic Classroom Hours 20 Hours/Weekly
Arabic Language Partner Hours 2 Hours/Weekly Arabic Language Partner Hours 2 Hours/Weekly
Cultural Excursions Included Cultural Excursions Included
Transportation Daily transportation to School. Airport Pickup (more details please see student life tab “transportation”) Transportation Self transport to Airport.
Accommodation Shared Apartments Accommodation Moroccan host family
Meals Lunch included on weekdays Meals 2 meals with host family included

 

Rihla Summer Summer Program Dates
First Journey 4 weeks): Meknes, Morocco Second Journey (4 weeks): Ibri, Oman

 

Rihla Semester Program Description: An 16/17 Week Epic Journey
Price: $12,820 with airplane ticket included from Oman to Morocco
First Journey (6-7 weeks): Ibri, Oman Second Journey (10 weeks): Meknes, Morocco
Arabic Classroom Hours 20 Hours/Weekly University Classes at UMI 3 classes
Arabic Language Partner Hours 2 Hours/Weekly University Content Debrief/Suport by AALIM Staff 3 Hours/Weekly
Cultural Excursions Included Arabic Classroom Hours 3 Hours/Weekly
Transportation Daily transportation to School. Airport Pickup (more details please see student life tab “transportation”) Content Course Offered at AALIM 1 Course
Accommodation Shared Apartments Arabic Language Partner Hours 2 Hours/Weekly
Meals Lunch included on weekdays Accommodation Moroccan Host Family
Meals 2 meals with family included

 

Rihla Summer Semester Program Dates
First Journey (6-7 weeks): Ibri, Oman Second Journey (10 weeks): Meknes, Morocco
August 13 – September 28, 2017 September 30 – December 8, 2017
January 7 – February 15, 2018 February 17 – April 27, 2018

Academic Information

Arabic at Noor Majan and AALIM

Noor Majan and AALIM are both committed in providing an academically rigorous experience through the Rihla program. We want the experience to be fun, insightful, but most importantly we strive to meet your language and cultural goals. Thus, Arabic courses at Noor Majan and AALIM have been vetted for their compatibility in both content and rigor. Both organizations use Al-Kitaab fii ta’allum al-’Arabiyya by Brustad/Al-Battal (2nd edition) as the primary course material and we strive to provide original material to enrich your experiences and insights on Morocco and Oman.

If you would like a detailed look at Noor Majan’s and AALIM’s curriculum please see the links below:

(Block 1) Academic Information at Noor Majan (Link to Sub Tab 1 (Academic Program Overview))

(Block 2) Academic Information at AALIM (http://www.aalimorocco.com/coursecontent)
Economic Classes at the University of Moulay Ismail & Content Courses at AALIM
Economic Classes at the University of Moulay Ismail (UMI)

Every semester UMI offers a range of courses which Rihla students may chose to enroll in with the assistance of AALIM staff. Classes at UMI are taught in both Arabic and French, however all humanity courses will be taught in Arabic. For the most up to date list of course offerings, please contact AALIM.

Content Courses at AALIM

In addition to providing a rigorous Arabic language education, AALIM offers content courses to complement a student’s academic experience. These classes give a valuable depth and insight in a range of topics related to the Arab and Islamic world. These classes are taught at American standards and may be counted for credit at your university. Below are some of the course offerings from AALIM. For the most updated list, please contact AALIM.

Arabic Literature in Translation (English)
3 hours per week, covers Arab authors from across the MENA, both men and women, and spans the time from the early 1900s to the present after introductory units on pre-Islamic and early Islamic literary forms to provide context.

Management Across Cultures (English and Darija)
3 hours per week, examines American/European management theory in the lecture portion and allows the student to compare this theoretical framework with the Moroccan reality in the practicum when they meet local business owners and managers.

Overview of MENA Countries (English and MSA)

3 hours per week (with a few exceptions for countries which require more time) this class covers one MENA country per week, with discussion of the recent history of each country, its political structure, economics and security considerations. Some countries also require discussion of human rights and/or demographic factors.. Basic information is presented in the English lecture, and students learn to discuss and analyze the information in Arabic in the Arabic practicum.

Grand Valley State University faculty-led trip to Oman, 2017
Grand Valley State University faculty-led trip to Oman, 2017

Grand Valley State University faculty-led trip to Oman, 2017

For more information on the Rihla Program please contact either Noor Majan or AALIM.

Noor Majan Arabic Institute
Contact: Samira Selle
Email: Samira.selle@noormajan-institute.com

Arabic American Language Institute in Meknes (AALIM)
Contact: Anne Marie
Email: aalimorocco@yahoo.com
Website: www.aalimorocco.com

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What is the Rihla Program?

The immensity of the Arabic speaking world poses challenges for students to gain sufficient exposure to various dialects of Arabic and adequate cultural exposure to the diversity of the Arab world. To address this issue, Noor Majan and the Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) teamed up to provide students the opportunity to study in Oman and Morocco under one program called Rihla, named after the Arabic word “journey”.

Noor Majan and AALIM are both recognized as the leading Arabic institutes in the their respected countries and are sister sites for the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship program. Together, the two institutes aim at closing the cultural and linguistic distance between two ends of the Arab speaking world. By collaborating on curriculum and cultural programs, the Rihla Program, allows students to experience the similarities and differences between the two regions.

The Rihla program is offered as a summer and semester option. We divide both offerings, summer and semester, into two distinct “journeys’” or parts. The Rihla summer program focuses on Arabic language and culture; with the first journey taking place in Morocco for 4 weeks and the second journey for 4 weeks in Oman.

The semester program differs from the summer program through its goal of broadening students understanding of the MENA region through economics and Arabic. The first journey takes place in Oman for 6-7 weeks, where the student will work on building a strong foundation in the Arabic language. Then the second journey, which lasts 10 weeks, will take the student to Morocco where the focus will be on both economics and Arabic. The student will dually enroll in AALIM and the University of Moulay Ismail (UMI) in Meknes.

Rihla Summer

Rihla Summer 2017 Participants (Left to Right) Yanzhe Li “Arthur”- Princeton University, Melita Piercy- Princeton University, Maggie Dene- College of William and Mary

2017 Summer

2017 Summer Participant, Melita Piercy, exploring the history city of Ibri, Oman

Rihla Summer 2017 participant, Melita Piercy, posing by the traditional blue doors of the mountain city of Chefchaouen, Morocco

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“Studying at Noor Majan through the Rihla program truly made for such a productive, enjoyable, and unforgettable summer experience. In addition to significantly improving my Arabic language skills, the program also provided me with invaluable opportunities to engage with the local culture and develop meaningful relationships with both locals and other students. The structure of the Rihla program in which I studied for one month in Morocco at a partner institute and the second month in Oman with Noor Majan was an integral part of my experience; I found it so valuable to be immersed in two very distinct cultures of the Arabic speaking world and see how the same language can be shaped by culture and history. At both Noor Majan and AALIM, the partner institute in Morocco, the language instruction is phenomenal and really challenged me to engage with the language all day for the entirety of the summer. Coming into the program my listening and speaking skills were quite poor, but by the end of the program, I felt comfortable engaging in meaningful discussions on topics in politics and media. Every aspect of my experience with Noor Majan Training Institute and the Rihla program has been so valuable and enjoyable and I’m so thankful for the memories I have made and the amount that I have learned throughout this summer.” – Melita Piercy, Rihla Summer Program 2016, Princeton University”

What is the Rihla Program?2019-10-27T14:45:07+01:00

Course Syllabi

Daily Schedule

Start Finish
8:30 10:10 MSA Textbook work
10:10 10:30 Break
10:30 11:20 MSA Skills focus
11:20 11:30 Break
11:30 01:10 Media Arabic
01:10 01:50 Lunch

Language Partners

At Noor Majan we recognize that successful language acquisition comes from repetitive application of concepts and knowledge in real life situations. Thus, to support language growth we pair students with local Omani language partners for two hours every week. These individuals are given training on intercultural communication and strategies on how to support students studying Arabic. They encourage students to speak Arabic freely and to be confident in their language abilities. More than often language partners become students’ friends and serve as a mentor in engaging in the local culture. Friendships between language partners often leads to students being invited to their homes or to family events.

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Course Material

The primary course book used by Noor Majan is Al-Kitaab fii ta’allum al-’Arabiyya by Brustad/Al-Battal (3rd edition). Depending on whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced student, our curriculum is based on this internationally recognized resource, complemented with excerpts from other renowned sources, e.g. Al Kitab Al Asasi (El Seyyid Badawi), Modern Standard Arabic (Eckehard Schulz) or Ahlan wa Sahlan (Mahdi Alosh). For the media course, classes are based on real-time current and authentic resources from print and broadcast media in class.

For students at the superior level or with those needing a more specific curriculum in the realm of diplomacy and politics, Noor Majan Arabic Institute has developed our own reader with relevant texts and exercises.

We are also able to teach the Omani dialect as a separate class for customized program courses or in private lessons. We follow our own curriculum that was developed with the communicative needs of students in Oman in mind. The dialect course mainly contains dialogues and points our specific grammar points that will help you master the local colloquial.

Our methodology is to engage the mind with a relevant and appropriate usage of the language. Thus any opportunity to bring external sources and materials is exploited and very much encouraged by the Noor Majan methodology.

Although the material listed above is Noor Majan’s standard offering for Arabic courses; we can accommodate for an extensive set of curricula, dependent on your needs and requirements as an institute. Our institute and teachers are able and willing to deliver to your requirements. Please enquire for information regarding your requirements and curriculum.

Block 1 (Learning Outcomes (beginner))
At the end of the unit/program beginner students will be able to form short and simple sentences. Students will posses a good amount of basic vocabulary as used in familiar and everyday situations with a limited ability to use this vocabulary correctly grammatically in all related situations. They will be able to answer formulaic questions with only rare occurrences of mistakes in vocabulary and grammar. Students will start expressing their thoughts independently of formulaic expressions albeit their uttering may be incomplete or incorrect at times. Students will be able to understand the general content of speech on familiar topics, and will have developed a more accurate sense of differentiation between similar sounds of the Arabic alphabet for their own text production.

Block 2 (Learning Outcomes (advanced beginners))
At the end of the unit/program Advanced Beginner students will be able to express themselves about personal topics and issues relating to daily life in short sentences. Students will be able to express their needs, requirements and wishes (in a restaurant, hotel, taxi or shop) and speak about their hobbies. They will be able to answer non-formulaic questions to a certain extent and be in sometimes able to correct themselves while speaking or writing. Students will have more fluent reading ability and develop a better sense for Arabic written expression. Students will be able to understand the general content of speech, and will have developed a more accurate sense of differentiation between similar sounds of the Arabic alphabet.

Block 3 (Learning Outcomes (Intermediate))
At the end of the unit/program Intermediate students will be able to converse confidently about social issues. They can retell stories and speak about events that happened in the past. Students at this level will be able to express themselves about a variety of topics in all tenses. They can be understood by native speakers and partake in their conversations. Students will be able to understand and analyse Arabic grammar as used in diverse sources. Students will be able to use new grammar and vocabulary in order to produce coherent texts about social, historical, and personal topics.

Block 4 (Learning Outcomes (Advanced))
At the end of the unit/program Advanced students will be able to express their opinion supported by arguments and can coherently reply to other opinions being expressed. Students at this level will be able to speak and write about varied and complex topics and issues that do not pertain to their direct environment and life. They are able to understand abstract texts and speech and can express themselves on these topics intelligibly. They are able to process authentic text sources of the target language such as print and broadcast media, books and websites. They can independently develop on the issues raised in these source texts and organize written and oral texts on a formal language level.

Block 5 (Learning Outcomes (Higher Advanced))
At the end of the unit/program Higher Advanced students will be able to express their opinion supported by arguments and can coherently reply to other opinions being expressed. Students at this level will be able to speak and write about varied and complex topics and issues that do not pertain to their direct environment and life. They are able to understand abstract texts and speech and can express themselves on these topics intelligibly. They are able to process authentic text sources of the target language such as print and broadcast media, books and websites. They can independently develop on the issues raised in these source texts and organize written and oral texts on a formal language level.

Course Material2019-10-27T14:46:16+01:00

How We Evaluate Our Courses

Students receive continuous feedback from instructors throughout the course. Evaluation is a reflection of the student’s proficiency, participation, engagement and progress. Feedback is based on oral participation in class, results in quizzes, tests, and final exam as well as oral presentations in class and homework completion. Students can meet their teachers individually whenever they wish to discuss their performance and progress.

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NMTI Ibri Campus

Mazra bin Khater 02-589 Bin Omair building 511 Ibri, Oman Tel.: (968) 939 463 79 Fax: (968) 256 897 72

NMTI Muscat Campus

“Shadow” Building Way no. 4507 Building no. 539, Al khuwair, Muscat Tel.: (968) 996 313 89