STUDENT INFORMATION FOR YEMEN
requirements outside Yemen: you
MUST check with the Yemeni Embassy in your home country. The Institute can only provide
Visas only for three months issued, citizens must leave Yemen to obtain
VISA requirements inside Yemen: You
require a 1 month Tourist Visa which can only be obtained from your local Yemeni Embassy
or on arrival at Sanaa Airport (the stamps are purchased from a bank kiosk before
immigration control). Visas cost approximately $US 20.
Exchange: You can change money
without restrictions. The Exchange rate is approximately YR 134 to the dollar.
Travelers checks are recommended. You can use VISA or Master card to obtain cash,
however not every bank will provide this service. Credit cards can be used in major shops
and hotels but you will pay a surcharge. (Note: outstanding course fees must be paid in
CASH on arrival, in Sterling, US dollars or Yemeni Rails.
Arrival in Sanaa: If you wish to
be met at the airport, please tick the appropriate box on the application form enclosed.
We will arrange for a representative to meet you and assist with visas, immigration and
take you to a hotel. See Accommodation section for more details. It is a
requirement of the government that every visitor to Sanaa must register with the
police within one month. Please ask us for information about the nearest place to
Accommodation: On arrival, our
representative will take you a small hotel for 1 or 2 days before your registration at the
Institute. If you arrive on a Thursday night you will have to stay 3 nights at the
hotel. Once you have officially registered at the Institute, we will assist you in finding
accommodation (Sunday to Thursday only), if this service has been requested on the
application form. Room rental in an apartment is approximately ($US 150) per month. We can
assist in negotiations with landlords. If you prefer to stay in a local hotel, this can
also be arranged if requested on the application form.
School Hours: The Institute is CLOSED
on Thursdays and Fridays. This does NOT affect the meet and assist service as mentioned in
the Arrival in Sanaa section. Class times are either 9-11 AM, 11 AM-1
PM, 3 - 5 PM, 5-7 PM, 7-9 PM depending on the courses you are studying.
Public holidays: Classes that fall on
such a day are usually canceled. Courses that have a high number of public holidays, such
as religious holidays, may be offered at a lower price. Due to the moveable nature of the
religious holidays, we cannot predict the exact date in our course date schedule.
Course bookings: Courses begin every 2
weeks and students progress through the levels on a monthly or bimonthly basis, depending
on the intensity of the course they are registered for. Students simply re-enroll for the
next course on the dates specified on the course dateline section of the insets . We
regret we cannot accept students mid- course. If you are booking a course from overseas,
please wait until we confirm your booking BEFORE booking a flight to Sanaa.
Discounts: We offer discounts to
individual students based on the following time-scale, for students studying without a
5 month 10% 9 months = 12,5% 13 months or over = 15%
Cost of Living: If you come from
Europe, USA, Australia or Japan, you will find the cost of everything in Sanaa
relatively cheap. Travel by taxi, food and eating in restaurants is easily affordable. A
meal in a local restaurant can cost from as little as 100 YR to 300 YR. Eating in
international hotels will cost approximately 1800 YR.
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION
Post and communication: please use the
Institutes postal address: PO Box, Sanaa Yemen for receiving
correspondence. The telephone number is 00967 1 206917 and the Fax Number is
00967 1 209544
Medical: you do need yellow fever and
cholera shots, and we suggest you update typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis
immunizations. It is necessary to take malaria tablets and advisable to bring mosquitoes
repellent cream or spray.
Culture: Yemen is predominately a Muslim country, and
it is important to respect their customs - in particular their dress code. This pertains
particularly to women, as Yemen is a male - dominated society. Dress should be
conservative, as shorts (men or women), short skirts or sleeveless garments are frowned
upon. We advise students coming here in the winter to bring jumpers and jackets as it can
Please note that all course participants will receive on registration
at the Institute, a detailed booklet that contains all essential information for
foreigners staying in Yemen.