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Centre for Languages and Cultural Studies

Dr. Irene Pineda Villareal
Manager – Centre for Languages and Culture Studies
Tel: 24468666  Ext.: 251

The Centre for Languages and Culture Studies (CLCS)

  • Gulf College is hosting students from 24 different countries around the world.
  • In view of the growing multilingual and multicultural global requirements, Gulf College has decided to open an integrated language centre to cater to the needs of people who want to learn other languages and take professional examinations for the purpose of education, business or job requirement.

CLCS Services

  • Provides a venue for international students to practice and strengthen language learning.
  • Helps local students to increase their cross cultural knowledge and competence.
  • Supports the industries by improving employees' communication skills thus enabling them to interact with local entrepreneurs and government officials.
  • Builds a strong network for staff and community to engage with scholars of different nationalities.
  • Offers foreign and language courses.
  • Conducts various professional competency tests and certification exams.

Learning Another Language

  • Boosts cross-cultural knowledge
  • Boosts brain power
  • Opens new job opportunities
  • Ensures more valuable employees
  • Improves memory
  • Enhances the ability to multi-task
  • Enhances decision making
  • Improves first language
  • Improves performance in other academic areas
  • Increases networking skills
  • Provides better career choices

CLCS Cutting Edge

  • Several languages and professional exams under one roof
  • Different approaches and strategies for a variety of students
  • Teaching competencies for adult and young learners
  • Integration of cross cultural differences

CLCS Components

I- Pearson Test Centre is authorised to conduct the following tests:

  • ACSM, African Society for Quality in Healthcare, APA, Aruba Networks Inc., Avaloq Licence AG
  • Bar Standards Board – UK, BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, Brocade Communications, BRPT
  • C++ Institute, CCE, CertiTrek, CFA Institue Claritas, Chainshine Financial Training, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Check Point Software Technologies, Citrix Systems, Inc., CIW, CompTIA Testing, Council of Supply Chain Mnagement Professionals
  • Dassault Systemes, Digia Qt, Digital Marketing Institute
  • EC-Council, Epic Systems Corporation, Ericsson, EUBAT, Excelsior College, EXIN
  • F5 Professional Certification Program, First Finance Institute, ForgeRock, Fortinet, FORTRESS, FutureLearn
  • G. Council For Islamic Banks & Fin. Institutions, Global Association of Risk Professionals, Graduate Management Admission Council
  • HumRRO
  • ICRM, InfoComm, Institute of Internal Auditors, International Federation of Inspection Agencies, Intl Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, ISC2, ISM – Institute for Supply Management, ISQI
  • Juniper Networks
  • Lloyds, LNAT, NACE, National Instruments, National Recruitment Office (GPs), NetApp, Novell Testing, Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Object Management Group
  • Pivotal, PTE Academic, PTI
  • Retail Banking Academy (RBA), Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK, RSA Security Testing
  • SensioLabs, Society of Wine Educators
  • UExcel, Unify
  • VEEAM VMCE, VMware, Inc.
  • WINS, WorldatWork

II- GETS (Global Entry Testing Services) Cardiff Met Test Centre

III- FCE (First Certificate of English) Test Centre

IV- Delivery of Foreign and Local Language Courses

V- Provision of International Summer Programmes


Gulf College is the only HEI which has approved internationally organised English Language Testing centres.

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Designation: Centre Manager
Email: ipvillareal@gulfcollege.edu.om
Ext No: 251

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Ext No: 225

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