SQCC Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM)
Since 2009 SQCC has offered scholarships for study in Oman for intermediate and advanced Arabic language students. The SQCC Summer Arabic Language and Media program has been held in Dhofar, Nizwa, Muscat, and Manah. The program involves intensive Arabic language coursework in an immersive environment, as well as cultural components and trips around Oman.
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center is delighted to announce its 2014 Summer Arabic Language and Media program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program. SQCC supports Arabic language study for students through its annual SALAM program. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.
Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in a degree seeking program (BA, MA or PhD) in spring 2014, and have completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework.
Program dates: May 19-June 26, 2014
Location: Manah, Oman at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-Native Speakers
Cost: SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase international health and medical evacuation insurance.
Classes: Held 8:00am-1:30pm Sunday to Thursday; Modern Standard Arabic—3 hours, media Arabic—1 hour, and the Omani dialect—1 hour.
Outside of class: Students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.
Housing: Shared student housing, provided by the program.
The program also provides: three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and laundry and gym facilities onsite.
Please check back for the 2014 SALAM application form and procedures.
The 2014 application period will open early January 2014.
SQCC Research Fellowship
In 2010, SQCC established its Research Fellowship program, which aims to promote and cultivate scholarly research about Oman across several academic disciplines.
SQCC is happy to announce the selection of two new research fellows for the SQCC Research Fellowship:
The 2012-2013 fellow is Dr. Jonathan Kenoyer, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He will be looking at pre-historic technologies in Oman, including lapidary, faience, shell, and metallurgy during the 5th to 1st millennia BCE. The 2013-2014 fellow is Dr. Allen Fromherz, an associate professor of history at Georgia State University. His research project, "Oman's Empire of the Sea: Diverting the Great Divergence" will culminate in a book examining the Omani Empire from the mid-17th century to the mid-19th century.
The 2011 SQCC Research Fellow was Dr. Anne Rasmussen of the College of William & Mary. As an associate professor and chair of the Ethnomusicology Department at the College of William & Mary, Dr. Rasmussen studied the diverse music and dance traditions in Oman that have their roots in Arab, African, Persian, and bedouin culture.
The 2012 Research Fellowship was awarded to William Zimmerle, an archaeologist out of the University of Pennsylvania who studied the ancient frankincense altar in its cuboid form, and its evolution into the Omani majmars we see today.
The 2013 SQCC Research Fellowship application period is now closed.