The Gap Year Scheme

Gap Year Scheme

The Gap Year Scheme, based at The Sultan’s School in Oman, is open to British nationals, male or female, who are either school leavers or who plan a gap year between graduation and first employment. The scheme offers generous benefits and a memorable experience. Each year a group of up to four students goes to the school for a period of about three months between September and December. A further group goes between January and April.

The scheme provides the opportunity to become part of the school community, to take part in excursions and to contribute to school life according to the talents and interests of the individual – whether as a classroom assistant, in the CAS programme of the International Baccalaureate or in out of school activities such as sport and music.

The school is predominantly a mixed day school but about fifty boy students board in the school under a scholarship scheme established by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. There is the opportunity to be involved with the boarders in their sporting and leisure activities. Further details may be obtained at

The school provides accommodation and meals. Other benefits include air fares, shared car hire (subject to Omani driving licence requirements) and part cost of Arabic tuition (if available).  A ‘pocket money’ allowance is intended to cover day-to-day expenses but also the cost of meals during the short periods (school and national holidays) when the school cafeteria is closed.

Knowledge of Arabic is not a pre-requisite but the current or intended study of Arabic will be strong recommendation. Candidates will be expected to show evidence of an active interest in the Arabic language, Islamic culture or the history and geography of the region. Applicants intending a career with an international aspect - for example in the Armed Forces or the Diplomatic Service - will be particularly welcome.

When to apply

Students in their final school year may well be planning a Gap Year as they prepare their UCAS applications during the autumn term. The Society will therefore give first consideration to applications received by the end of October for participation in the scheme during the following academic year.

Applications received after that date will be considered for any remaining vacancies.

Applications should be emailed to and should take the form of a CV with a passport-style photograph and an accompanying letter establishing eligibility. Please include the following information within your application: 
- Your date of birth
- Confirmation that you are a British Passport holder
- The dates/periods that you wish you apply for and your preference if you have one 
- If you have/will posses a driving license for more than twelve months up to departure - this is not essential, but does help us in planning the composition of each group
- Your Skype Address, if you have one.

Selected candidates will be invited to attend interview at the Society premises in Sackville Street, London. Reasonable receipted travel expenses will be reimbursed.


Our current Gap Year Scheme participants enjoying their time at the Sultan’s School!

Elizabeth Davis, Spring Term 2017

Submitted by bht on 29/03/2018

What to expect? Having heard little about Oman previously, discovering the country through life at The Sultan’s School was a great joy and privilege which has left me, I’m sure, with a lifelong affinity with Oman and working with young people in an international environment. 

Harry Bolton, Autumn term 2017

Submitted by bht on 29/03/2018

The experiences I had when in Oman with the school were extremely unique and have forged even fonder memories of such a wonderful country.

Firstly, the other Gap Students I was with made the whole trip, Maryann, Tom and Beatrice were the best company to have in Oman and together as such a close group we managed to explore the majority of the country! Whether it was trips to Jebel Shams and Akhdar, Fins beach, Wadi Shab or the Wahiba we never failed to leave any stone unturned and experienced all that Omans beautiful scenery had to offer.

Charlotte Allen, Autumn term 2016

Submitted by bht on 29/03/2018

I had an incredible three months in Oman and would like to say thank you to all who made the trip possible. The experience taught me about myself and my place in the world; giving me insight into Omani culture and allowing me to become familiar with a new landscape. Working and living at The Sultan’s School was rewarding as we were able to help staff and students, alongside building friendships. The community made us feel extremely welcome and gave us advice on the logistics of navigating a new country, as well as where to visit, camp and swim.