Two UO students earn SALAM scholarship to study in Oman

Two UO students, Hannah Hintz and Abbey Rooney, received full funding awards to study intensive Arabic in Oman. Hintz and Rooney will be part of the 2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program hosted by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC).

SALAM 2018 will be held at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers in Manah, Oman. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture. Students will study Modern Standard Arabic and media in Arabic. In addition to classroom language instruction, students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.

The scholarship and program includes housing, amenities, and meals during their stay in Oman.

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