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January 27, 2012

Summer 2012 Opportunity for Students: Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture at Lebanese American University (Beirut Campus)

Summer 2012 Opportunity for Students: Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture at Lebanese American University (Beirut Campus)

The Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture (SINARC) is a multi-faceted language and cultural immersion program that welcomes students from all over the world. In operation for over 14 years, SINARC has quickly become a top choice for Arabic language learners looking not only to improve their language skills but also to gain an understanding of the cultural and social dynamics in the region.

The SINARC program is hosted each year at the Lebanese American University (Beirut Campus), one of the premier institutions of higher education and research in Lebanon and the region. The campus situated in the heart of the Lebanese capital provides students a unique perspective on Lebanese culture and daily life.

SINARC offers courses in Arabic language and culture at various levels of proficiency. Each level provides twenty hours per week of intensive classroom instruction, including five hours per week of Lebanese Dialect. Formal language instruction is enriched by immersion in an authentic cultural context. Cultural activities include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture. In addition, students partake in a series of excursions to historical, cultural and tourist sites throughout Lebanon and Syria.


Students have a Summer and Fall program option:

The six-week Summer program (June 25 - August 3, 2012) is offered at four levels: Elementary, Upper Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. A separate eight-credit course in Lebanese Dialect will be offered provided there is sufficient enrollment.

The 15-week Fall program (September 10 - December 14, 2012) is offered at two levels: Intermediate and Advanced. In addition, two special courses are available: Arabic Language Writing Skills and Middle East Challenges of the 21st Century.


Tuition ($295 per credit) -- $2,360
Room (double occupancy)* -- $950
Excursions (transportation, entrance fees, one overnight stay) -- $250
Total $3,560

*Note: Single occupancy in LAU dorms is $400 extra, depending on availability.

Meals and round trip travel to Beirut, books, and supplies are not included.

Round-trip tickets to Beirut cost approximately U.S.$ 1,200 from New York and approximately U.S.$ 600 from Europe. We urge participants to make travel plans as early as possible in order to take advantage of discounted prices. Participants are required to purchase comprehensive health insurance, unless they can provide evidence of comparable coverage. Emergency health insurance for coverage over the duration of the program may be purchased through LAU upon arrival for $75.

Transportation for arrival and departure between Beirut International Airport and LAU-Beirut is provided to SINARC students free of charge. Additional transportation needs within Lebanon are the responsibility of students. Taxi and bus services are reasonably priced in Lebanon.

NON-REFUNDABLE CLAUSE: Please note that there will be no refunds on program fees after the start of the session.


A SINARC application is available through the link below, can be found on the National Council Web site, or can be obtained by emailing Megan Geissler at Megan@ncusar.org.


Students should submit completed applications to Megan Geissler at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (contact coordinates below) for forwarding to Lebanese American University.

Megan Geissler
National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
1730 M St. NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Email: Megan@ncusar.org
Phone: 202-293-6466


Visit: ncusar.org/programs/lau-sinarc.html or contact Megan Geissler at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (contact coordinates above).


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Summer Course “Polemos/Pulmus: Ways of Confrontation in Judaism, Paganism and Christianity in Late Antiquity”

Summer Course “Polemos/Pulmus: Ways of Confrontation in Judaism, Paganism and Christianity in Late Antiquity”

Location: Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary,
Date: July 9‑20, 2012

CEU's summer school invites applications from doctoral students, postdocs, junior faculty and researchers from all over the world.

The course aims at exploring the nature and various ways of confrontation between and within Early and Rabbinic Judaism, the Early Church, and Pagan religions and schools of thought. The sessions discuss how these movements coped with conflicts within and without; what their strategies were in confronting and accommodating foreign ideas, competing religions, worldly powers or internal subversion; and what role these external and internal confrontations played in shaping them.

Course faculty include Daniel Boyarin, Shaye J. D. Cohen, John M. Dillon, Mark Edwards and Guy G. Stroumsa.

The application deadline is February 15, 2012.

Financial aid is available.

More detailed information available at http://www.summer.ceu.hu/polemos‑2012.

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January 25, 2012

Radio Nederland Training Centre
Multimedia fellowships for journalists open [Worldwide]

Date: 9/10/12 - 10/19/12
Deadline: 2/7/12
Location: Hilversum, Netherlands

Mid-career journalists from developing countries can apply for a fellowship in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Radio Nederland Training Centre (RNTC), aims to strengthen the capacity of journalists to use the Internet in research, publication and distribution.

Print, broadcast and online journalists from 60 select countries can apply for a scholarship. Special consideration is given to women and candidates from sub-Saharan Africa. For a full list of eligible countries, click here.

The course will focus on enabling participants to work as Internet journalists and producers. Topics to be covered include web design, multimedia reporting and producing audio and video.

Self-paying or sponsored candidates from other countries are also welcome to apply, but all applicants must have English proficiency and at least three years journalism experience.

The deadline is February 7 for fellowship applicants and July 15 for non-fellowship applicants.

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2012-2013 Fellowship Opportunity U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program


IREX is pleased to announce the competition for the 2012-13 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS). The U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program provides funding for U.S. scholars and professionals to travel to Eurasia and serve U.S. Embassies or USAID Missions as policy specialists on a research topic proposed by the Embassy/Mission. Researchers are able to directly contribute to the formation of U.S. public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the policy-making community, as well as increase their understanding of current regional issues and develop and sustain international networks. The fellowship provisions include: logistical support, international airfare, visa support, in-country housing and workspace, a living expenses stipend and emergency evacuation insurance.

For 2012-13, applicants may apply for placements in the following countries and fields. Detailed information on each of the topic areas can be found in the application instructions on the IREX website.

USAID Mission, Yerevan: Media; Politics; Think Tanks; Migration

U.S. Embassy/USAID Mission, Baku: Youth/Civil Society
U.S. Embassy, Baku: Economics/Banking Sector; Agriculture; Economics/Tax Code

U.S. Embassy, Tbilisi: Media; Public Administration; Public-Private Partnerships

U.S. Embassy, Astana: Economics; Religion

Kyrgyz Republic
USAID Mission, Bishkek: Public Health/Business; Governance; Migration

USAID Mission, Moscow: Islam/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Gender/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Youth/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation
U.S. Embassy, Moscow: International Trade; Economic Growth

U.S. Embassy, Dushanbe: Education/Religion; Education/Governance; Youth; Agriculture

U.S. Embassy, Ashgabat: Islam; Rural Life; Clan Structures

USAID Mission, Kyiv: Health Reform; Anti-Corruption; Energy
U.S. Embassy, Kyiv: Law Enforcement; Property Rights; Public Health

Other Information

Technical Eligibility Requirements:
Scholars and professionals who hold advanced degrees (PhD, MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) and are US citizens are eligible to apply for the this program.

*Application Materials and Information: http://www.irex.org/application/us-embassy-policy-specialist-program-eps-application

5 p.m. EST on March 14, 2012

By email at eps@irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188

We encourage all applicants to read our recommendations for writing successful international research proposals, found here: http://www.irex.org/news/10-tips-writing-successful-international-research-fellowship-proposal

EPS is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program

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Short Term Visiting Professor Opportunity in Gabes, Tunisia


The High Institute of Languages, University of Gabes, Tunisia, seeks an American professor of literature or linguistics to teach a five-day seminar (five hours of lecture per day for five days). The visiting professor will lecture in English to intermediate-level Tunisian university students on topics in American literature, linguistics and/or culture. The lecturer should be a native speaker of English with a PhD related to literature and/or linguistics and should have significant university-level teaching experience. No other language expertise besides English is required. We would like the seminar to be offered before the end of April 2012. The seminar will be given at the University of Gabes.

Gabes is a pleasant small city on the Mediterranean coast of Tunisia.
The US Embassy in Tunis will pay round-trip airfare between the scholar?s home city in the US and Tunisia. The University of Gabes will pay the scholar a lump sum equivalent to $US 2000 in Tunisian dinars for honorarium and expenses. Before leaving Tunisia the scholar can convert remaining dinars to dollars. The cost of accommodations and meals in Gabes, which the scholar will pay from the lump sum, normally will not exceed $US 60/day (a good hotel close to the campus costs about $US 30/night). The University will meet the scholar at the airport in Tunis and provide return transportation to Tunis airport. Interested scholars should contact Dr. Ferid Amri, University of Gabes, via email <ferid9002@yahoo.com>, with a short letter indicating the content of the 25-hour lecture program that you propose, plus a c.v. Feel free to contact Dr. Amry by email if you have any questions.

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January 18, 2012

The Second Annual Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Palestinian Studies at Columbia University

The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University's Middle East Institute is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award in Palestine Studies. This post-doctoral fellowship seeks to recognize and foster innovative and ground-breaking scholarship on issues related to Palestine and Palestinians. The award will support a scholar working on a book project in any field of the humanities or social sciences. The Fellow will spend one semester at Columbia University in New York, pursuing her or his research and writing, and participating in the intellectual life of the Center for Palestine Studies.

The international competition is open to all post-doctoral scholars who share the mission of the Center for Palestine Studies to advance the production and circulation of knowledge on Palestinian history, culture, society, and politics through outstanding scholarship. The one-semester fellowship at Columbia carries a stipend of $25,000 and the status of post-doctoral research fellow or visiting scholar, as appropriate.

This award has been made possible by the generosity of Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan, through the A.M. Qattan Foundation, in honor of his friend, the Palestinian scholar and intellectual, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod (1929-2001). Their close friendship began in the aftermath of the nakbah of 1948 and evolved into a shared commitment to justice for Palestinians to be realized in part through support for excellence in higher education and scholarship. In later years, upon the establishment of the A.M. Qattan Foundation in Palestine, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod helped found the Qattan Centre for Educational Research and Development; one of the Foundation's core programs.

Application deadline is February 3, 2012. More details and application information for 2012-2013 are available on the Fellowship page.

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AIA Site Preservation Award: Call for Nominations

AIA Site Preservation Award: Call for Nominations

Deadline: May 1, 2012. Early submission is encouraged.

The Archaeological Institute of America’s Best Practices in Site Preservation Awards are presented to groups or projects recognized by their peers for doing exemplary work in the field of site preservation and conservation. A $5,000 grant will be awarded to the winners to further their best practices in site preservation.

Please nominate deserving projects through the nomination form on the AIA’s website at http://www.archaeological.org/sitepreservation/award

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AIA Site Preservation Grant: Applications

AIA Site Preservation Grant: Applications

Deadline: February 15, 2012

***Please note, applicants must first submit an inquiry form. If approved, applicants will have until February 15 to complete a full application.

The AIA Site Preservation Grant is intended to fund projects that uphold the AIA's mission to preserve and promote the world's archaeological heritage for future generations. The goal of the grant, which carries a maximum value of $25,000 to be awarded over the course of one to three years, is to maximize global preservation efforts and awareness through AIA support. The AIA is targeting projects that not only seek to directly preserve archaeological sites, but those that also emphasize outreach, education, and best practices intended to create a positive impact on the local community, students, and the discipline of archaeology as a whole.

For more information and to submit your inquiry please visit our website: http://archaeological.org/sitepreservation/grants

To learn about past winners, visit: http://archaeological.org/sitepreservation/projects

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JStreetUMICH Mass Meeting

JStreetUMICH Mass Meeting!

Interested in learning more and supporting the cause for peace between Israel and Palestine? J Street U is a national organization on over 50 college campuses, and the only pro-Israel, pro-Palestine, pro-Peace organization in North America. We host frequent educational events such as coffee talks, guest speakers, panels, and movie screenings, as well as support various activism campaigns throughout the year to promote peace and further the chances for a two-state solution.

At the meeting, we will discuss what kind of organization we are, how YOU can get involved, and (most importantly!) what YOU want to see us doing this coming semester. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, January 18th @ 8 PM
UM Union: Parker Room (2nd Floor)
Follow us on: Twitter at http://twitter.com/jstreetumich
Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jstreetumich

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January 11, 2012

Office of International Education Kuwait Study Abroad Program

Office of International Education Kuwait Study Abroad Program

Program Highlights

-Learn about economic, social and political issues in the Arab and Islamic world using Kuwait as a model
-Visit the Kuwait Parliament, other civil institutions, oil fields and oil companies, banks, the stock market and the University of Kuwait
-Learn about the historic political changes taking place in the Middle East
-Visit Kuwaiti families and get to know more about the Arab culture
-Experience the contrast of the vast desert and busy metropolis of Kuwait city
-No previous knowledge of Arabic required, if you have taken Arabic, this will be an ideal opportunity for you to practice

Program Location and Overview

Kuwait, located in the center of the Midde Eastern region, is an excellent country in which to learn about the culture, economy and politics of the Arab world. Kuwait relies on its plethora of oil reserves to maintain its rank as the fourth richest country in the world per capita. Its economy has taken off since the rebuilding began after the Persian Gulf War.

Kuwait City, where most of the program will take place, sits on the sea, attracting people wanting to visit the capital's museums, restaurants, and shopping centers. Modern construction is a result of the rebuilding and economic growth that Kuwait has experienced in the last decade. Its bordering nations include Iraq and Saudie Arabia, two other major oil producers in the Gulf.

Kuwait is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and an Arab and Islamic state. The country and program offers you the chance to enhance your understanding of the Middle East, its culture and politics. More importantly, given the United States' dependence on energy, the visit to Kuwait will help students appreciate the importance of oil, the global energy markets and the policy debate related to energy independence.

Academic Overview

Imagine yourself at a boardroom table with the owners of an international bank, or with the execs running one of the world's largest oil companies, or even the CEOs of a foreign aid development fund worth billions of dollars. This global Seminar will expose you to all of this and more.

The study of the Middle East and North African region is not complete without a visit to a country such as Kuwait. Cultural, political, as well as economic aspects of the region are better understood through interactions with officials, bankers, university faculty as well as students and Kuwaiti families. This program promises to greatly enhance students' understanding of the Arab and Islamic world while presenting the opportunity to tour and relax in the metrpolis of Kuwait City.

In Kuwait, the course will consist of lectures, site visits to financial institutions, universities, oil fields, etc. In addition to the planned visits, the class will meet five days a week for about two hours each day. All of the lectures in Kuwait will be conducted in English, covering a number of aspects of economic, religious, and political developments in the Middle East.

Students will hear from specialists in their fields through live video lectures from outside Kuwait. Last year's group heard about oil production and reserve issues from an expert at ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia.


6 credits: IAFS 3300
This course does not fulfill an A&S core requirement.

Program Staff

The program is directed by Professor Mohammed Akacem. Dr Akacem is Professor of Economics at Metropolitan State College of Denver and an Adjunct Professor of Economics at CU-Boulder. He has traveled and visited Kuwait on a number of occasions as well as spent two years in Saudi Arabia. He has also visited the UAE and Qatar. He has written both Op Ed articles and papers on the Middle East and North African political and economic issues.

Professor Akacem, along with staff from the study abroad office will help in selecting program participants. Prior to the trip, Professor Akacem will be available to advise and help students in choosing a topic of research and answer any questions that they may have. While in Kuwait, Professor Akacem will be assisted by an in-country contact who works to schedule the program visits.


Housing has been arranged at a hotel in Kuwait. The hotel is centrally located not far from the business district and many restaurants and shopping centers.

Elibility Requirements

-2.75 GPA
-Sophmore Class Standing
-ECON 1000 (Introduction to Economics) OR
-ECON 2020 (Principles of Macroeconomics)

Early Summer

Length of Program
3 weeks

Application Deadline
February 15th

For more information please visit: http://studyabroad.colorado.edu/?go=KuwaitGS or contact Sarah.Westmoreland@colorado.edu

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Summer Institute for Israel Studies 2012

Summer Institute for Israel Studies 2012

The Summer Institute takes place June 12 – 25, 2012 at Brandeis University and June 27 – July 5, 2012 in Israel.

The Summer Institute for Israel Studies, a program of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, assists faculty in colleges and universities in the design of new courses in Israel Studies or the enhancement of existing ones. Over 160 faculty members from around the world have participated in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies since its inception in 2004. Faculty from the social sciences and humanities are invited to apply.

Fellowships include:

- Stipend of up to $2500 for full course; $1500 for Brandeis seminar only
- Seminars taught by world-class faculty from Israel and the United States
- Travel, meals, and accommodations at Brandeis and in Israel
- Full access to vast Israel Studies online resource center and Brandeis University’s online library resources
- Membership in a growing, international community of Israel scholars, with annual workshops and opportunities for networking and professional collaboration

For details, and to apply, please visit us online at http://www.brandeis.edu/israelcenter/SIIS/index.html.

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January 06, 2012

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program


Applications Now Being Accepted for The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program

February 15 - 28, 2012

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to offer, through its Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies Program, the Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit to the Sultanate of Oman February 17-28, 2012. Fellows are required to participate in and complete a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. to be held on February 15-16. This unique opportunity will provide a privileged first hand exposure to one of the Arab world's most demographically, geographically, and socially diverse countries.

The National Council is currently accepting applications to participate in this study visit. APPLY NOW!

American professionals in academia, government, the military, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, the media, civic associations, as well as the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences are invited to apply.

The Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit will provide participants an educational experience that few Westerners and even fewer Americans have had. The program is choreographed to provide Malone Fellows an unparalleled diverse exposure to Oman -- one of the most historically and culturally rich of all Arab and Islamic societies. Until relatively recent times, the Sultanate languished in its status as one of the most forgotten corners of all Arabia. Anyone in doubt about the extraordinary opportunity that being able to visit Oman in this manner presents need only consult any of the several National Geographic Magazine features on the country in the past two decades.


The program begins in the capital territory centered on the coastal communities of Muscat and Mutrah, where there will be meetings and briefings at the U.S. Embassy, one or more Omani ministries, and visits to sites of historical interest. The remainder of the program unfolds away from the capital in the Sultanate's extraordinarily diverse interior. As we traverse the countryside, we will camp outdoors amid the dunes of the Sharqiyyah Sands, an eastern extension of the Rub' Al-Khali (The Empty Quarter), the world's largest desert. In that region and elsewhere, we will visit remote villages, scale mountains, and stop in far-flung oases for rest, leisure, photography, and shopping for handicrafts, Bedouin jewelry, or antiques.

We will also explore several of the country's famous forts of yesteryear, visit the ancient mud-brick walled settlement of Bahla, designated by UNESCO as one of the Heritages of Humankind, and trek through archaeological ruins. We will visit sites that, not that long ago, housed wealthy merchants who plied their goods throughout the vast Oman-influenced territories stretching from Iraq and Kuwait in the west and north to the east and the south Iranian coast, extending through the Hormuz Strait and along the Sultanate's Batinah coast to the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean, and from there on to Pakistan, South Arabia, and East Africa.

The delegation will also spend time with fisher folk, loom weavers, and clay potters; travel along the country's spectacular littoral fronting the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf; and sail with Arab mariners for the better part of two days on a dhow, a traditional wooden handmade Arab vessel to which modern day sailors familiar with the history of navigation and nautical sciences acknowledge an enormous debt.

As we sail north towards the Iranian coast, we'll turn east to circumnavigate the Musandam Peninsula, which straddles the southernmost reaches of the Persian Gulf and the northernmost waters of the Gulf of Oman. We will anchor at sea and sleep overnight in a cove adjacent to the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important waterway, through which the giant tankers carrying the Gulf region's unmatched production of oil and gas must pass en route to the world's energy-hungry markets and economies.

The delegation will also drop anchor and go ashore at Telegraph Island and one or more additional coastal sites during the journey. Amid the many inlets dominating the Musandum Peninsula, participants will be able to swim and snorkel to their heart's content offshore Telegraph Island, a rugged outcropping of rock that for a brief period was once one of the marvels of mid-19th century British telecommunication. The group will also visit villages atop the peninsula overlooking the fjords of a region that has been aptly termed Arabia's Norway.

Traveling deep into the interior and along the coasts, the delegation will be transported by Omani guides in four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicles. Throughout our time in Oman there will be ample opportunity to photograph and video some of the most stunning scenery and people in all of Arabia.


The escort for the Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program will be Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO of the National Council, who has been a regular visitor to Oman since 1971. Dr. Anthony's publications include The Historical and Cultural Dictionary of the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirates of Eastern Arabia; Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, Petroleum; and Oman: Girding and Guarding the Gulf. English-speaking Omani guides will accompany the participants throughout this experience and will be able to provide historical background, cultural insight, and field unlimited questions.


The fee for the Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit is $7,000.00 per person. Commercial tours of similar duration are typically much more expensive and offer far less access to the diversity of Omani geography, life, and culture. When coupled with the privileged availability of official and informal briefings included in the itinerary, this National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations program offers an exceptional opportunity.

The price includes single-occupancy rooms, guides, and meals throughout the program from the time of departure from Washington, D.C. until return to the United States.

There is no direct financial award connected to the Malone Fellows Program. Those selected as "Oman Cultural Immersion Program" participants will automatically be named "Malone Fellows in Arab and Islamic Studies." Fellows and/or their employers are responsible for the $7,000 study visit fee in addition to a nonreturnable $100 application fee. These fees must be paid in full to the National Council before final acceptance into the program. The higher actual costs of the program are subsidized by the National Council and its supporters.

All participants are responsible for booking and covering the cost of their own transportation to and from Washington, D.C., as well as two nights' accommodation in D.C. (February 14-15, 2012), as part of the pre-departure orientation.

All participants are required to attend the two-day pre-departure orientation program -- February 15 and 16 -- in Washington, D.C. The orientation provides an extraordinary, in-depth introduction to the history, geography, and geology, as well as the economic, social, and political dynamics of Oman. Leading scholars and diplomats serve as resource specialists for these sessions and provide unique insights based on their personal experiences in Oman. Program alumni have repeatedly commented that, once on the ground, this pre-departure experience has enabled them to encounter the country and its people with a heightened sensitivity to the ongoing impact of the country's past and a sharpened awareness of the present.


Individuals interested in being selected to participate in the Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program study visit to the Sultanate of Oman are required to submit a Malone Fellowship Application and supporting documentation to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations no later than January 30, 2012.

The application can be found through the link below or on the National Council's website ncusar.org.



American professionals in academia, government, the military, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, the media, civic associations, as well as the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences are invited to apply.

Because a visa is required of all individuals entering Oman, the National Council will need to obtain that documentation for each participant. Once individuals are selected to participate in the study visit, they will be asked to submit their passports to the National Council's office along with a completed visa application, two (2) passport sized photos, and the U.S. $ 30.00 visa application fee. Note that that the visa fee must be sent as a money order payable to the "Embassy of Oman"; personal checks are not acceptable. U.S. passports must be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of departure, with at least two (2) clear visa pages adjacent to each other. All materials should be assembled and sent by traceable express (USPS, FEDEX, UPS, etc.) delivery to the National Council's Washington offices.


***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING ITINERARY IS ILLUSTRATIVE AND BASED ON THE PROGRAM'S EXPERIENCE SPANNING THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS. Scheduling of official appointments, weather, availability of transportation, museum hours, and the unknown may cause changes in the delegation's itinerary as we travel.***

Day 1 - Friday, February 17 - Arrive in Muscat

Arrive at Seeb International Airport (SIA) in the Sultanate's Capital Territory and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 - Saturday, February 18 - Discovering Muscat and U.S. Embassy Briefing

An early visit to the suq (traditional market) in Mutrah where local merchants conduct a brisk business with their daily catch of fish and latest stock of fruits and vegetables. Stroll the panoramic corniche along the Mutrah waterfront with its centuries-old architecture and experience the spirit of a bygone era. Continue on to the traditional suq. There will be time to return to the suq later in the day, but this initial exploration will identify shops to explore at leisure later. Old Muscat includes the Royal Palace flanked by Jalali and Mirani Forts, built in the late sixteenth century during the Portuguese occupation. The Zubair Museum, one of the Sultanate's finest, offers an excellent display of Omani culture, costume, ornamentation, and history.

Return to hotel for lunch and to change clothes.

In the afternoon there will be a briefing at the U.S. Embassy. [Ground rules long-adhered to by previous study visit delegations and much appreciated by everyone involved with these programs will apply. These ground rules will be discussed during the pre-departure orientation program held in Washington, D.C.]

Evening at leisure.

Day 3 - Sunday, February 19 - Exploration of Muscat and Ministry briefings

One or more official briefings with government ministries will be scheduled. Additional visits may include Bayt Al Baranda, a new interactive museum, the Grand Mosque, a Hindu Temple that serves the spiritual and social needs of Oman's long-established Hindu community, Oman's premiere hotel, the Al Bustan Palace, and the dhow built by Omani craftsmen in association with the world renowned explorer, Tim Severin, who together with Omani navigators and sailors, re-traced the legendary "Sindbad Voyage" of centuries earlier from Muscat to Canton (Guangzhou), China.

After lunch, the itinerary will include a visit to the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) refinery and Oil Exhibition Center. Sunset cruise and dinner aboard a dhow. Return to hotel.

Day 4 - Monday, February 20 - Into the Desert

After breakfast the delegation will depart for the Wahibah Sands, an expanse of undulating ochre and tan dunes reaching heights of up to 200-meters (600-700 feet) with a wide variety of flora and fauna, depending on rainfall. Possible stops along the way include the dhow ship building yard in Sur, the tomb of Bibi Mariam near Qalhat (once visited by Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta), Qurayyat to visit the 400-year old fort and fish market, the Bedouin market at Sinaw, and Lizq where steep mountainside steps lead to a Bronze Age ruin, the oldest recorded structure in Oman and all of eastern Arabia. Time permitting another stop may include the old mercantile community, now largely abandoned, of Al-Mansah.

The fellows will then head into the dunes and a Bedouin-style overnight experience at Al Areesh Desert Camp, complete with barbeque dinner, entertainment, and sleeping under the stars. The "camp" is comprised of tents with electricity and two single beds. Showers, basins, and flush toilets are provided for additional comfort.

Day 5 - Tuesday, February 21 - Discovering the "forestland"

Visit oasis farms that produce dates and bananas and then on to the desert woodlands near Kamil, center of the Al-Harthy tribe. Possible visits with Bedouin families to learn about their lives, together with their animals and other means of livelihood, the lives of their forebears, and the hopes they have for their children. Evening at leisure.

Day 6 - Wednesday, February 22 - Into the Interior . . . old capital of Nizwa

Image courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries,
The University of Texas at Austin.

Depart in four-wheel drive, all terrain vehicles en route through the Sumail Gap that divides the Hajar Mountains, East and West, first stopping at Fanjah, a prosperous community along the old trade routes to the interior. Further inland along the flanks of the jabals (Arabic for "mountains"), stop at Birqat (Arabic for "well") Al-Mawz (Arabic for "bananas"), the "rainbow city," so-called because of the configuration of strata that serves as a backdrop for the locale. Then on to Nizwa, seat of the former Ibadhi Imamate and center of scholarly learning and traditional education, closely linked to historically Ibadi communities in Algeria, Libya, East Africa, and elsewhere. Visit the suq and fortress, see the Grand Mosque, one of the largest and most distinctive in the Sultanate. Break for lunch at a traditional-style Omani restaurant en route. Afternoon visits to the pottery center in Bahla, Bahla Fort (under reconstruction by UNESCO), and Jabrin Castle and Fort, among the best preserved, architecturally stunning and most famous sites in all of Oman. Built in 1670 by an imam of the Ya'aruba dynasty (17th-18th centuries), until the mid-nineteenth century, Jabrin was the seat of a prosperous merchant community linked with the Indian sub-continent and with East Africa. Hotel in Nizwa.

Day 7 - Thursday, February 23 - Exploring the Jabals

>From Nizwa explore the jabals and the wadis (dry stream beds) that the mountainous terrain and periodic rainfall create. Visit Al-Hamra to view Hasat bin Sult Rock and its ancient petroglyphs. See the village of Ghul at the outlet of Wadi Nakhul and view the ancient falaj system of underground water channels that makes agriculture possible in this area of limited precipitation and small land holdings. Traverse mountain trails to view the summit of Jabal Shams, the highest point in Oman, and for a panoramic view of Wadi Nakhul Gorge, which many American visitors have likened to the Grand Canyon in the United States.

Day 8 - Friday, February 24 - Return to Muscat

Travel from the interior back to Muscat for final explorations, shopping, and a last dinner in the capital city. Possible stops include those places missed on Day 6.

Day 9 - Saturday, February 25 - Travel to Musandam

The Musandam Peninsula is often described as resembling the fjords of Norway with steep, crevice-strewn mountains descending to the sea. This region is separated from the rest of Oman by 70 kilometers (45 miles) and the territory of the United Arab Emirates (as Alaska is separated by Canada from the United States). The furthermost points of the promontory look out over the Strait of Hormuz, the maritime passageway through which moves much of the world's Gulf-supplied oil and natural gas. While the southern coast of Iran is situated on the far side of the strait, the supertanker routes lie almost entirely in Omani territorial waters as they transit this globally vital geostrategic passage.

Afternoon visit to Wadi Tawi site of a series of Arabia's and humanity's most ancient rock-drawings depicting camels, ships, and warriors. Then drive up to Jabal Harim, the highest point in the Musandam, and down to view Khawr Al-Najd, one of the peninsula's most scenic fjords. Finish the afternoon with a stopover in Khalidyah Park, an Acacia forest that is home to many species of birds and butterflies, before returning to hotel.

Day 10 - Sunday, February 26 - Sailing the Fjords

Sail aboard a dhow to Khawr Ash-Sham, the most prominent fjord in the Musandam, stopping at Telegraph Island, for a few years in the 1860s a lone British telecommunications outpost linking London with Bombay by undersea cable. Stop at the village of Sibi and get a feel for its isolated existence. After an on-board lunch and possibly time for a swim and snorkeling, head to Kumzar at the northern extremity of the Musandam directly across the sea from the south shore of Iran. Dinner and overnight aboard the dhow.

Day 11 - Monday, February 27 - Return to Khasab

Wake up aboard the dhow for return voyage to Khasab. Afternoon exploring Khasab. Dinner and last minute shopping. Pack for return to United States.

Day 12 - Tuesday, February 28 - Travel to Dubai for flight to Washington, D.C.

Drive to Dubai to connect with return flight to Dulles International. From Dulles, participants are responsible for their own onward transportation.

American professionals in academia, government, the military, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, the media, civic associations, as well as the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences are invited to apply.


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January 04, 2012

Columbia University Summer Arabic Language Program

Academic Program

Based in the capital city of Amman at the Columbia University Middle East Research Center, this nine week program provides intensive Arabic language training and introduces Jordanian and Arab culture and customs to highly motivated undergraduate and graduates. Students enroll in both a modern standard Arabic course at the appropriate level and meet regularly with language tutors. All courses are taught by Columbia faculty in collaboration with local faculty.

Students enroll in one of the following levels:

Modern Standard Arabic, 10 points
First Year Arabic, I-II
Second Year Arabic, I-II
Third Year Arabic, I-II
Fourth Year Arabic, I-II


Students share rooms in a furnished apartment or hotel.

Excursions and Activities

Course-related field trips and cultural activities are organized to provide opportunities for students to strengthen their language skills and deepen their understanding of Arabic language, history and culture. Sites to be visited may include Petra, the Dead Sea, Al-Aqaba and Jarash.

The program also includes workshops and lectures to introduce students to the local art, music and film scenes. Opportunities to participate in volunteer work can be arranged for advanced students as well.

Contact Information

Columbia University
Office of Global Programs
606 Kent Hall

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H-ISLAMART: Persian Summer Language Institute - UT Austin

The University of Texas at Austin's Persian Summer Language Institute is now accepting applications for Summer 2012. This innovative, content-based program offers intensive Persian instruction at Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels with an aim to push students towards Advanced and Superior proficiency in the language.

The Persian Summer Language Institute runs for 10 weeks (May 28 -August 3, 2012). Institute curriculum includes group discussions, one-on-one meetings, student presentations, a writing lab, and multi-media activities. Tuition is $3,800, excluding travel, room, and board. Offering 200 contact hours, this program qualifies for the Summer FLAS Fellowship.

Please find brochure and application here: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/mes/summer/persian.php.

The priority deadline to apply is March 1, 2012.

If you, your peers, or your students have any questions, please contact us at utsummerinstitutes@austin.utexas.edumailto:utsummerinstitutes@austin.utexas.edu

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