Enrich and expand your global view, delve into one of the world's warmest culture, and learn how a small country without strong economic and military power is considered the mediator of the Middle East.
The course takes place in the Sultanate of Oman, strategically located on the Strait of Hormuz - the world's most important oil transportation area where 20% of oil traded moves through - down to the Southern borders near Yemen. Long coastlines on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, and the Gulf of Oman, including the port capital city of Muscat, with the Sultan's palace, souks, a modern opera house, and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Majestic mountains, daunting deserts where the Bedouin tradition continues, and watch endangered sea turtles laying eggs. After touring natural wonders, such as the desert, mountains, and seaside, we will explore Nizwa, once the center for art, education, religion, and trade.
The Sultan, Qaboos bin Said, the longest-serving ruler in the Middle East, has transformed Oman into a developed nation yet holds onto its customs and culture, earning Oman the ranking as the most improved nation in the world over the preceding 40 years. Oman, is a terrorism free country, as reported by the Global Terrorism Index report, and crime in almost nonexistent, making it a safe place for foreign workers, tourists, and study abroad students.
His Majesty (HM) also concentrated efforts to make Oman a powerful broker in the Gulf region promoting diplomacy, operating with both public diplomacy and backroom negotiations without any press, and proclaims that Oman is "a friend to all, an enemy to none." How did the Sultan create and continue to maintain and implement these policies, especially continuing negotiations with Iran and the USA, and Qatar and the diplomatic tensions with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)? During our short time in the country, we will explore the Sultan's routes towards modernity.
This stimulating course will investigate these issues through lectures, readings, guest speakers, fascinating tours, and interactions with locals. We will examine how Oman progressed quickly and how it is developing economically and politically, especially with its diplomatic relations with friends and foes.
Undergraduate and graduate students can participate. Minimum undergraduate GPA is 2.25.
Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.
- CONF 385: Approaches to Conflict Management and Resolution
- ECON 492: Study Abroad
- HIST 387: Topics in Global History
- GOVT 398: Study Abroad
- INTS 595: Experiential Learning
- CONF 695: Selected Topics
August 4 - 16, 2018*
||Arrival to Oman
||Departure from Oman
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Summer 2018: $4,575
Included: Tuition for 3 credits, accommodations, entrance fees/tours/guides as described in itinerary, some breakfasts, some group meals, in-country transportation, international emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, required textbooks and/or course materials.
*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 11, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 8, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the Intent to Use Financial Aid or Intent to Use VA Benefits Form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The Intent to Use Financial Aid form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the Intent to Use VA Benefits Form.
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.
Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.