Student Affairs Desk

The Student Affairs Desk should be students’ first point of contact for questions, comments or concerns. In many cases, the staff at the Desk will be able to deal with the matter; in other cases, the staff will refer the student to the appropriate department for resolution of the matter.

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Student counselling

Muscat University’s Counselling Unit is a key part of the Student Affairs Department. The counsellors can help students find solutions to a range of personal and academic-related issues and challenges. The service is offered free of charge to all students, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, and whether full-time or part-time. Counselling sessions are held on a confidential, one-to-one basis. However, some group sessions or workshops should also be held to cover more generic issues such as confidence-building, stress management and time management. Counselling staff are committed to providing a service which is inclusive, responsive, flexible and professional.

Disability support

An important part of the service provided by the Student Affairs team is the provision of appropriate advice and support for students with disabilities. This expert advice and support helps promote the success and well-being of such students and enhances their student experience. In so doing, it plays a key role in enabling the University to realise its inclusive vision, championing best practice and creating a dynamic environment allowing every student to fulfil their personal, academic and professional potential.

Financial support

Some students may wish to speak with a dedicated member of the Student Affairs Department about financial matters. Advice can be provided on topics such as funding information, including scholarship and bursary provision, budgeting, and the availability or otherwise of hardship funds.

Student Activities

Muscat University encourages students to undertake extracurricular activities that fall outside the normal curriculum, including the following:

  • Buddying - mentoring - peer support
  • Sports - community engagement - volunteering
  • Events - project management - enterprise
  • Internships - placements - work experience
  • Cultural awareness - language learning - study abroad
  • Students’ Union/Association - Student Societies
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Study Abroad

The benefits to students from participating in a period of time abroad at a partner institution include:

problem solving, communication, patience and perseverance, determination, self-motivation, analytical and study skills
Employers more likely to choose those students with additional offerings other than just their degree
Opportunity to be genuinely immersed into another culture rather than just being a traveller
Increased confidence and ability to deal with difficult situations and unfamiliar surroundings
Build worldwide relationships that can last a lifetime and benefit the student in years to come
Most students that have studied abroad say that it is the best year of their lives.

Muscat University actively encourages students where possible to undertake a study abroad period. This period of intense immersion in a different culture will provide students with invaluable opportunities to enhance their cultural awareness and, in many cases, to improve their foreign language skills.

Academic Calendar 2016/17

Start Date End Date
Term 1 30 October 2016 22 December 2016
Half term week 06 November 2016 – 10 November 2016
Term 2 08 January 2017 09 March 2017
Half term week 19 February 2017 – 23 February 2017
Term 3 23 April 2017 22 June 2017