Welcome note

It is our pleasure to have you interested in searching to find out more about studying at DU! DU offers a friendly, youth and highly ambitious university. DU offers variety of higher education programs both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Besides, DU offers a variety of professional programs that strengthens one’s own career with a capability to offer on-demand specific programs. All DU programs are reviewed periodically to ensure their compliance with the current region and international job market requirements.

Studying at DU does not offer a mere high education opportunity; it offers a unique experience to be introduced to an ancient, rich and welcoming culture of Oman.

About Oman

Oman is a beautiful country in the Arabic Peninsula with a long cost on the Indian Ocean. Its oil resource has been used wisely to build a diverse economy since 1970. At present, with nearly 50 years of the Omani renaissance, Oman has established prestigious international and regional positions and images being an open and welcoming culture as well as a peaceful country. Although Oman has adopted the economic, technological and social renaissance, it still maintains its core cultural values known for part of the Arabic regions.

About Salalah and Dhofar Region

DU is located in Salalah, the main city of the Dhofar governorate and second largest in Oman. Salalah is well-known for its beautiful and moderate weather throughout the year, but particularly in summer (known as Khareef season). The temperature in Salalah remains steady in the upper twenties, but occasionally rises to mid-thirties. The long and clean sandy beaches of Salalah, among the most beautiful in the world, are perfect for fishing and swimming. The nearby mountains are ideal for camping and hiking. However, it is important that students do not go for swimming in the ocean without prior consultation from the university; even they are professionals, to be aware of the local coast necessary information for safe experience!

Studying at Dhofar University (DU)

DU is a young and ambitious university established in September 2004. It is non-for-profit university that has contributed proactively, during its operational years to date, to the academic and research fields. Its energetic and systematic efforts in the field of research and higher education enabled it to be the first university to get an academic accreditation by the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA). Its vision, mission and values explain its commitment to make a difference in the society and have been an inexhaustible source for improvement.

DU consists of four colleges, namely:

DU follows the American system of higher education with a credit hour is the unit of academic achievement. There are two-degree levels (undergraduate and postgraduate) among which a student might opt for any one subject to the fulfillment of the entry requirements set for the chosen level.

New students sit for a placement test prior to their commencement to their chosen academic programs. The placement test comprises of three areas: English Language, computer skills and mathematics. Upon passing the placement test or exempt it (refer to the DU Catalogue), the student can join the chosen academic program. If a student does not meet the minimum requirement for any or all of these fields, DU offers a remedial foundation program that help students to reach the required levels to join their desired programs (refer to the DU Catalogue).

 

Medium of Instruction

The official medium of instruction at DU is the English language. All of its programs are delivered in English (lectures, textbooks, reference books and all other teaching/researching materials). Therefore, the English language proficiency proofs are required for all students (i.e. IELTS). For more information about this, please (refer to the DU Catalogue). There are, however, certain programs are delivered in Arabic (i.e. Arabic Literature and Law programs).

Tuition Fees

The overall tuition fees for any academic program relate to the total number of credits required by the student to graduate from that program. Accounting bachelor program, for example, requires 120 credit hours. The total fees and the semester-wise fees that a student should consider in calculating his/her overall cost of stay in Oman is then be 120 * x (where x is the amount in OR for one credit hour). For the exact total number of hours required for each program you can (refer to the DU Catalogue) (available for download on the DU Website).

DU Facilities

DU has a modern and well-designed campus with a generous space available for future expansion. All of its building blocks are in walking distance from each other. All colleges are equipped with what each one of its programs need for a quality delivery. All DU buildings in campus are constructed in compliance with the health and safety aspects of the Omani health and safety law.

The DU main library allows students to access thousands of books both in hard and soft copies. Self-photocopying service is available for students in all colleges and in the main library. The Student Affairs Department has a separate building to offer extra curricula services and support to students including counselling, career development and alumni. It, also, offers a basic medical aid service through its clinics, a bank with an ATM besides some comfortable goods mini-markets. For Muslims, there is a beautiful small mosque next to the students’ affairs department building.

Beside the physical facilities available for students, DU encourages and supports students’ mental and physical activities. Students’ physical activities are given an increasing interest by the DU top management. There are sports competitions take place annually specifically in football, volleyball, table tennis, chess beside other sports. Cultural and artistic activities have also special attention and there are many such activities take place yearly.

City Facilities

The city has a number of facilities that visiting students can take advantage of. Among these are: the public transportation with a free Wi-Fi operated transportation at a low cost, two public parks, three shopping malls with two modern cinemas and a variety of international restaurants and fast-food famous brands. In addition, there are hospitals and polyclinics both public and private.

Students with Special Needs

Believing in open opportunity, DU increasingly supports the right of students’ with special needs to pursue their higher education. Most of its premises are equipped with what make the learning journey by such students easier and enjoying as much as it can. Currently, DU can facilitate students’ with visual and physical movement impairments. Its endeavors to provide higher level of support to those students are continuous and has formed a special students’ club “Basmah” to create a supportive environment and to listen to their voice. For more specific inquiries, you can contact the Deanship of Admission, Registration and Students’ Affairs at +968 23237042 or by email to Mrs. Milyar at milyar@du.edu.om.

Arriving to Oman for the first time

If you are coming to Oman for study from a country beyond the Arabic Peninsula, please bear the following in mind:

Prior to your arrival in Oman:

  • First, ensure that you have all original documents (or duly attested certificates and transcripts). All of requested documents mentioned in the admission application.
  • The weather in Oman is considered hot and humid for most of the time thought the year. However, Salalah in region of Dhofar enjoys a milder weather compared to rest regions of Oman. It is advised that you pack suitable clothes that suits such kind of weather in addition to any medication or sun block lotion you might need for any kind of allergy that is associated to such weather, if any.
  • If your flight arrives directly at the Salalah airport, DU is pleased to offer a Meet ‘n’ Greet service at the airport and take you to your reserved accommodation within Salalah. For this, you will have to contact Mr. Ahmad at +968 23237012 or by email at ahbaomar@du.edu.om.

After your arrival at Salalah:

  • Your visa and the Omani resident card issuing procedure takes normally one day to be completed. Your Omani resident card is needed for all formal procedures you might need during your stay in Oman, for example: to enroll in the university and to open a bank account.
  • If you are a female student, you might consider getting the advantage of the free in-campus female student hostel. For this, you should contact the Students’ Hostel Services Department (SHSD) at one of these phone numbers: +968 23237588, 23237589 or 23237581; or by email to: dshs@du.edu.om. Should you decide not to take this advantage, the university still able to offer its best assistance, see the next point.
  • If you are a male student, or a female student who prefer to have private accommodation, then the Public Relations Department (PRD) can be of great help. The PRD representative can provide information to help you out on selecting your accommodation. It can also take in a tour for some preferred places on prior schedule basis.
  • Once your registration at DU is completed, you can refer to the Computer and Networking Center (CNC) for issuing your DU computer network log-in credentials, email account and other related information.