archaeological excavation in oman


Program Services


Travel, Passports and Visas

Pre-departure and Orientation Programs

Health Insurance and Emergency Services


Accommodations and meals

The group will be housed in very basic field house accommodations. Bedrooms will be shared. It is unlikely that there will be access to Western style toilets, water pressure in the showers may not be very good, and hot water may be sporadic. Accommodations are often dusty and a large amount of time will be spent in the field house, as the group lives and conducts lab work there.  It is not uncommon to deal with insects (ants, moths, spiders, etc.) in the field house. The field house has a kitchen, and a cook will prepare meals for the group.  The group will also frequent local restaurants. Consistent (although sometimes slow) internet access will be available at the field house. Participants will have access to a shared washing machine.

Participants will share hotel rooms in Muscat and other city locations.

All meals will be provided with the exception of those during free time in Muscat (2 nights in January and 2-4 nights in April) and on the weekend visit to Sohar. All cars will be stocked with food and water. 

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Travel, Passports and Visas

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Oman and are required to arrive on time and be present for the duration of the program. All students will be expected to purchase their tickets for a set itinerary, departing from Philadelphia. Further details will be provided in the pre-departure materials.

Visas are required for entry to the Sultanate of Oman. The program will coordinate this process which will require a quality JPG copy of your passport as well as supporting documents. Students must have a valid passport (that will be valid for six months beyond the end of the stay in Oman) by mid-August in order to meet the visa application deadline.The visa process can take several months. Detailed visa application instructions will be provided to accepted students.

Routine passport processing times vary and can take up to a few months. Please refer to the U. S. Department of State’s web site for more detailed information regarding passports and expedited service:


Pre-Departure and Orientation Programs

Education Abroad provides participating students with a series of pre-departure information postings and an orientation in Philadelphia during the semester prior to departure. Upon arrival in Oman, students participate in an in-country orientation.

Health Insurance, SAFETY, and Emergency Services

Students are required to have health insurance with international coverage valid for the duration of the program. All Temple study abroad participants will be required to purchase a specific university-approved plan with international coverage to cover the duration of the program (approximately $160). More detailed information on this insurance will be provided to accepted students.

Safety of our students is a primary concern. Education Abroad consults announcements from the U.S. State Department and International SOS, as well as the faculty director, to assess the safety and security of our program sites before and during the program. During the pre-departure and on-site orientations, students will be informed of potential risks as well as of precautions they can take to reduce these risks. We also recommend that all students consult the U.S. State Department travel web site before and during their period abroad ( We encourage students to become as informed as possible about the study abroad destination, as well as to stay informed about world events.

In the event of a medical or security emergency overseas, all students on a Temple University study abroad program also have access to 24-hour assistance through International SOS. International SOS services help students with medical, travel and security information when away from home.