A view of old muscat from the muscat gate museum (photo: scott erich)

A view of old muscat from the muscat gate museum (photo: scott erich)

The Center for International Learning is a premier institute for studying Arabic and the wider Middle East.  Through intentionally designed programs, we welcome students from over 41 countries to our two signature programs: Intensive Arabic Program (IAP) and the Middle East Studies Program (MESP).  The IAP is taught year-round, while our MESP is taught during the full semesters of Fall and Spring, in addition to the summer. 

We are the oldest Center for the teaching of Arabic language in Oman and have designed a curriculum that is most closely aligned with the outcomes of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  With our all-Omani teachers, campus, accommodations in Muscat and regular excursions worked into the curriculum, CIL is the ideal place to experience the best of the Arabian Peninsula.

One of the biggest advantages that we have is our location.  First, Muscat is the most cosmopolitan city in the Sultanate of Oman and is the seat of government and international diplomatic representation.  You have access to all the amenities of a small, modern city (including internet, clean food and water, modern road system, ample transportation facilities, and a modern and inexpensive health care system).  Furthermore, Oman's location on the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula gives you access to countries in the region (including the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco), as well as non-Arab countries that are equally rich and interesting (e.g. Turkey, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka).  Our students have taken advantage of our location to hop on a plane and explore the richness of both the Arab world as well as the Indian Ocean.  We invite you to do the same!


  • Convenient student accommodation and transportation arranged by CIL

  • Cultural excursions across Oman integrated into the curriculum

  • Rigorous and comprehensive course of study that complies with ACTFL standards





See what former students are saying about their time at CIL

I had the time of my life studying in Oman with the Center for International Learning. The CIL staff and teachers went above and beyond to make my Arabic learning experience challenging and enjoyable all at the same time! I will never forget the seven months I spent at the Center and the many wonderful friends I made along the way. Ma sha Allah!
— N.W., University of Tennessee
This challenging program pushed me further in my Arabic studies than I had ever gone before...

Thank you to everyone who made this program possible; it truly was a phenomenal experience that I will always remember.
— A.R., Gettysburg College
I have been singing your praises since my return from Oman... I want to thank all of you at CIL for your help and hospitality
— K.M., US Department of State
Your center is extraordinary. I have immensely enjoyed studying with you and benefited from it in a way that would have been impossible anywhere else. The program has been great, and the teachers best of all – patient, sweet, and so eager for us to learn.
— A.S., University of Copenhagen