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  • Locations: Muscat, Oman
  • Program Terms: Term 4
  • Budget Sheets: Term 4
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Tour Academic Level: Undergraduate
Study Tours: Governing Faculty: Faculty of Sciences Click here for a definition of this term Available to Cross-Institutional students: Yes
Program Description:

Applications have closed for this program. The details listed below are for information only and may be subject to change in 2020. Applications for the 2020 intake of this program are expected to open in June 2020. 

An incredible opportunity to explore a geological wonderland. The Semail Ophiolite of Oman is world-famous. It is a rare example of oceanic crust obducted over the continent and exposed where we can easily study it. This trip will travel around Oman, to study the ophiolite, as well as the underlying thrust sheets of the Tethyan passive margin and the Neoproterozoic basement beneath. You can expect to stand on the Moho, examine fossil reefs and walk on ancient ocean crust.


This program runs from 9 December to 19 December 2019.

There will be two compulsory Pre-Departure information sessions and one full day of seminars on Wednesday 4 December, 2019.

Program Fee
Program fee for this study tour is AUD$1,500. Follow this link for the program fee cost breakdown

Financial Assistance

Eligible students may also access up to AUD$6,791 (non-Asia) from an OS-HELP loan.

Comprehensive travel insurance is provided free of charge by the University of Adelaide for students receiving credit for this program.

Please note that students may need to pay the program fee, international flights and accommodation costs up-front before financial assistance is processed by the University. Please review the Study Overseas website to check your eligibility to receive financial assistance. 

Eligibility and Selection

This program is open to second year and third year students who are BSc, BSc(Advanced), BSc(Mineral Geoscience) and BSc(Ecotourism) students. Bachelor of Science double degree students are free to apply to this program if they have approval from their Faculty and if they have completed GEOL 2501 (Structural Geology II) and have completed, or are enrolled in GEOL 2502 (Igneous and Metamorphic Geology II).

Those students wishing to apply for OS-HELP must have completed at least 24 units which need to be recorded on their transcripts at the time of application and must have at least 3 units of study to complete on completion of this study tour.
The course is aimed at students planning to complete the Earth Science named degrees, or major in Geology as part of the BSc or BSc(Advanced). Preference will be given to students who demonstrate enthusiasm and aptitude for earth science

The tour is limited to a maximum of 13 students. Selection for this tour will be made based on a combination of GPA and responses to the ‘About Me’ questionnaire within the GLAS application.
  • The tour leader will shortlist applicants based on a combination of GPA and application responses.
  • The Faculty of Sciences will conduct a degree check for each shortlisted student and approve the student for credit. This is an automatic internal process and students do not have to take any action for this to occur.
  • After the Faculty of Sciences has completed the degree check, students will be notified of their application outcome by Study Overseas.
  • Students will be required to pay a AUD$500 deposit within 14 days of their selection for this program.
  • Students should not enrol in the course code for this program – SCIENCE 3500 - students will automatically be enrolled by the Faculty of Sciences once they have been selected for the study tour.


Academic Credit

Once selected for the program, students will automatically be enrolled in course SCIENCE 3500 by the Faculty of Sciences

Please note that the usual tuition fees still apply for the enrolled course, in addition to the program fee listed above.

Students selected for this program will receive 3 units of credit.

Application and Deadlines

Applications have closed for this program. The details listed below are for information only and may be subject to change in 2020. Applications for the 2020 intake of this program are expected to open in June 2020. 
  • Check eligibility against criteria above
  • Create your application by clicking 'Apply Now' before the deadline.
  • Deadline for application submission: Sunday 21 July, 2019
  • Students will be merit-selected for this program. Applications will be assessed on the following:
    • Applicant’s answers to the ‘About Me’ Questionnaire in their GLAS application
    • Applicant’s results in Level II earth science courses that the applicant has already completed (as specified on the applicant’s University transcript)

Contact Information

For more information about the Oman, Look at Those Rocks! program, including academic and program content, please contact Prof Alan Collins from the Dept of Earth Sciences.

For information about applications and administration, please contact Study Overseas.