Many institutions in Oman link up with other universities in Europe, Australia and America. As such, most degrees in Oman are taught in English, making it easier for international students to adapt to their studies.
How can you study a degree in Oman?
For such a small country, Oman has plenty of options when it comes to studying at university. There are more than twenty different institutions and colleges where you can study a degree in Oman. Some of the most popular institutions include:
- Sultan Qaboos University
- Muscat University College
- A’Sharqiyah University
University of Nizwa
Native Omanis must take an English course as part of their degree, meaning almost all courses are taught in English. Degrees in Oman typically take five years to complete, but many institutions are flexible in how you choose to study.
Immigration and visas in Oman
Students who want to study a degree in Oman will need to apply for a student visa well in advance of arrival. It will take a minimum of ten days to process your visa application and you will need to demonstrate the following:
- You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
- You have paid all relevant visa fees
- A medical certificate detailing your health from a licensed practitioner
A covering letter from your sponsor explaining the course
You will not be able to work in Oman due to the terms of your student visa.
Accommodation and living costs
Choosing your accommodation is an important thing to get right when coming to study in Oman. Many international students choose to live in a homestay with a local family. This makes it easier to adapt to life in Oman and learn the language.
However, other options, such as dormitories and private flats are available.
One thing is key in all housing though – make sure you have air conditioning.
Tuition fees: Tuition fees for international students vary from course to course and institution to institution. You should check with the relevant university.
Living costs: Living costs in Oman depend on the standard of living you want, but in general, you should expect to find Oman cheaper than other Middle Eastern countries. Most expatriates and students will live in Muscat.
Rent per month:
- One bedroom apartment (city centre) – OMR 250 (USD$650)
- One bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – OMR 200 (USD$500)
- Three bedroom apartment (city centre) –OMR 600 (USD$1,550)
- Three bedroom apartment (outside city centre) –OMR 440 (USD$1,140)
How safe is Oman?
Oman is one of the lesser visited Middle Eastern countries, so has a more relaxed and inclusive feel. Serious crime is rare and crime against international students even rarer.
Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:
- Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
- Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
- Not making valuables obvious
- Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
- Being wary of strangers
Being careful of traffic
Staying in touch
Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:
- Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
- Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
- Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill
What to do next
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