The higher education system in the Sultanate of Oman provides all means for male and female students to obtain an opportunity or scholarship to complete their academic studies through scholarships opportunities in higher education institutions abroad, as the state considers education and scholarships an integral part of the human development process to continue the renaissance in all sectors within the country.
Although higher education institutions provide many opportunities for graduates of general diplomas, Omani students are still required to learn about various educational programs and develop their abilities through study abroad experiences in accordance with Royal Decree No. 83/2002 regarding scholarships for study abroad, and study allowances for exchanging knowledge and experience amid the diversity of cultures, and observing external developments in diverse fields of scientific research, in addition to developing academic and research cadres and skills so that they can compete in international forums.
The Omani Cultural Attaché in America aims to provide the best diverse services to its students on scholarships by providing the best opportunities to obtain a strong education in the most prestigious universities and educational centers in the United States of America.
Students are also provided with academic and financial support to face challenges, whether social or legal, during their years of study and residence. Hence, the attaché works to provide all services and means to create a comfortable academic and educational atmosphere to make the student adapt to the general situation in the country of scholarship and challenge the difficulties that he/she may face during his/her residence in the United States of America.
In addition, the attaché establishes relations between educational centers in the Sultanate of Oman and the United States of America with the aim of exchanging educational and technical experiences, in addition to that the attaché also participates in educational events and activities that will present seminars in many places to show the Omani heritage and the ancient civilization of the Sultanate of Oman. Moreover, the Omani Attaché supports student activities through many student associations.
The staff at the Cultural Attaché bears full responsibility in matters of supervising students, following up the course of their academic education, and reducing the difficulties they may face, in accordance with the general regulations and laws in the country of study. In addition to that, it is considered the link between the agencies that carried out the scholarship and the Ministry of Education on one hand, and between the students and the educational institution on the other hand.
Full Scholarships Category (A):
A full scholarship approved by the Ministry of Higher Education, where the Ministry of Education bears all the expenses and allowances of the scholarship system outside the university campus, and the Ministry of Education takes care of all tuition fees without a specific ceiling for expenses and fees, so the student nominated for this type of scholarship can choose to enroll in any prestigious American university, regardless of tuition value.
Full Scholarship Category B:
As for the approved category (B) grants, they number 1,500 comprehensive external grants that are completely identical to the features of category (A). The Ministry is the one who expressed its support for bearing all the expenses and fees specified in the Grants and Study Aid Law and also bears the tuition fees, but in American universities that have concluded an agreement or a memorandum of cooperation with The cultural attaché and tuition fees at the rate of 20,000 US dollars per year, as there are agreements and cooperation contracts signed between the cultural attaché and 50 American universities in which these universities accept a number of Omani students with fairly low tuition fees.
This type of scholarship is offered by one of the neighboring countries to students in the Sultanate of Oman who have obtained a general education diploma or equivalent certificates through the Ministry of Higher Education to help them continue university studies in one of the selected universities, according to the announced conditions.
Fully-funded external scholarship:
These are the scholarships that the donor country took the responsibility to bear regarding the financial expenses of the study. In addition to the costs of living, travel and treatment, if necessary, through the duration of the student’s study and his exile from his home country, and they include the following:
Partially-funded external scholarship:
This scholarship covers tuition fees for Omani students only and a small part of living costs as follows:
The Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation signed a cooperation agreement with the Petroleum Development Oman Company in the field of higher education and scholarships.
The agreement included that PDO allocate a financial amount of (3,774,000) three million seven hundred and seventy-four thousand Omani riyals, to finance (170) scholarships for graduates of a general education diploma to study a bachelor’s degree in the majors in which the student is accepted, according to the Unified Admission Centre System, except for human and veterinary medicine specializations that are to be studied in educational institutions and private colleges for students who have obtained the degree of excellence.
Agreement stems from the company's belief in the importance of linking sustainable development projects to society. The Ministry seeks to strengthen partnerships with private sector institutions and urge companies to grant graduates with a general education diploma the educational opportunity to study outside the Sultanate of Oman.
This initiative aims to support graduates with distinction and qualify them to serve the community and develop their qualifications to meet the requirements of the labor market.
The Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation signed a cooperation agreement with the Al-Jisr Charitable Foundation in the field of higher education and scholarships.
The agreement includes financing scholarships in the field of medicine for the benefit of the Charitable Bridge Foundation, where medical studies diploma graduates compete for these two scholarships according to the terms and conditions published by the Central Admission Centre, as candidates will be registered to study in universities designated for this.
In addition, the agreement represents an extension of an effective partnership between the higher education sector and other sectors whose pillars confirm the Oman Vision 2040. It reflects commitment to social responsibility to achieve sustainable and integrated development and to strengthen the basic sectors for the public interest, as the Ministry seeks to establish more partnerships with various sectors for the sake of higher education. A permanent and knowledge-based national economy.
Finally, the agreement stems from the belief of the Bridge Foundation in the importance of strategic partnerships with everything that can achieve mutual benefit for students in order to improve education and gain experience and skills.
If students wish to study outside the Sultanate of Oman at their own expense, they must first contact the Foreign Scholarships Department of the General Directorate of Scholarships at the Ministry of Higher Education to find out the recommended educational programs and institutions before proceeding with the Ministry and approval by the relevant authorities in the Sultanate.
First and foremost, students need to obtain academic admission to any university to avoid admission to a university that is not accredited by the Ministry of Education. Therefore, students need to register in the scholarship system through the link dedicated to student services (students at their own expense) on the Ministry of Higher Education website.
Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation supervises the care of scholarship students in many aspects, for example:
Students with disabilities are highly regarded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation. The Ministry seeks to provide programs designed specifically for different types of disabilities and to amend the terms of scholarships for them to compete in a manner commensurate with their needs and special circumstances.
In addition, a scholarship program has been provided to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for students with hearing disabilities. In addition, there are 9 programs, including 8 bachelor's degrees and a diploma program for different categories of disabilities.
Another added feature is that this group of students are given the internal scholarship program so that the student can choose the educational institution he wants after studying here and after obtaining a place through the Unified Admission Centre System.
The Ministry of Education also educates students with disabilities about the conditions of those educational programs and institutions that offer appropriate majors for them.