30 May 2012

CLS and Omani Factoids

During our pre-departure orientation, we had the usual sessions with the usual PowerPoints and speeches.  In order to save you a day of speeches, I'd like to share a few numbers I learned from our two-days of orientation:

631 students were accepted from 5280 applicants for this program:  11.9% acceptance rate.

This is the 7th year of the CLS program

In the world, 60% of our population of 7.2 billion people is under the age of 30.

International students contribute $21.3 billion to the U.S. economy every year.

We have spent the last 2 days with 42 students going to Tunis, Tunisia and 30 students going to Salalah, Oman.

8 to 12 million condoms can fit in a 20 foot shipping container (this was during the career panel, from a public health worker)

80% of Omanis have government jobs.

The population of Omani is somewhere between 3 and 4 million people, and it's roughly the size of Kansas.

A former CLS student was convicted to 18 months in jail for getting in a swearing fight with a Omani woman in Salalah in 2008, and this is the first year CLS is going back to Salalah.

Hours of studying Arabic, inshallah:

We'll be studying Modern Standard Arabic from 1.5 to 2 hours per day.

We'll be studying Media Arabic from 1 to 1.5 hours per day.

We'll be learning Omani dialect from 20 to 50 min per day.


1 comment:

ynotoman said...

The jail for abuse by word or gesture is now well known - in 2008 it was relativly new.
I wonder if jail terms have calmed down.