Graduate students as well as professionals in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies often seek language programs that best fit their school/work schedule and budget. The list below presents a one-stop shop informational database to help our readers identify available language programs. The information below is submitted by the program administrators.
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- Middlebury Language Schools – Arabic School (Arabic)
- Georgetown Summer Sessions – Language Institutes (Arabic, Persian and other languages)
- Center for Arabic Study Abroad (Arabic)
- Ibn Khaldun University COTS Ottoman Turkish Summer School (Ottoman Turkish)
- Qasid Arabic Intensive Programs (Arabic)
- Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center – SABLA Summer Program (Arabic)
- Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center – SALAM Summer Program (Arabic)
- Zaytuna Summer Arabic Intensive
Institution(s): Middlebury Language Schools – Arabic School
Contact: Barbara Walter, Arabic School Coordinator
Dates: Non-degree: June 9 to August 4, 2017 Graduate: June 23 to August 4, 2017.
Application Deadline: Various deadlines, see website
Levels Offered: Levels 1-4, including half levels, and MA degree
Target Student Profile: Students age 18 and up
Tuition, Room & Board: Non-Degree: $12,195, Graduate: $9,790
Scholarship Availability: Merit and Need-based aid (grants)
Housing Availability: Housing is provided and required
Visa Sponsorship (if applicable): Yes
Synopsis: In the Arabic School, you’ll master vocabulary and syntax, but also learn how to engage effectively with Arab culture. The focus will be on Modern Standard Arabic during five daily classroom hours, with optional sessions offered in colloquial dialects such as Moroccan, Egyptian, and Syrian. Outside the classroom, you’ll select from a wide array of in-language cocurricular activities—including calligraphy, cooking, cinema, and more—each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency. All students follow the Language Pledge.
The Arabic School draws from among the leading scholars of the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the United States, and Canada. Our faculty will support you at every step, helping you perfect your Arabic as you dive into Arab culture for eight or six intensive and fruitful weeks.
All Arabic School students study at our West Coast site at Mills College, in Oakland, California. The 8-week program offers courses at levels 1 through 4, including the half-levels 1.5, 2.5, and 3.5. Placement is determined by examination at the beginning of the session. The 8-week program typically enrolls a highly diverse student body, including undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, and professionals. Some need-based and merit-based aid is available.
The Arabic School’s MA degree program offers a six week session with rigorous graduate instruction in content areas and Arabic as the language of instruction, discussion, and assignments. Graduate-level proficiency in Arabic is a requirement for admission. Two tracks are available: a general track in Arabic studies, featuring in-language coursework on topics in Arabic literature and Arab culture and society; and an Arabic language pedagogy track, offering advanced training in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). For more information, please visit Graduate Studies in Arabic. The Language Schools meet 100% of demonstrated need for the students in the summer graduate program.
Name: Georgetown Summer Sessions – Language Institutes
Institution: Georgetown University
Dates: June 5-July 7 (Session I) & July 10- August 11 (Session II)
Application Deadline: Session I May 22 – & Session II – June 26
Levels Offered: Beginners, Intermediate, Intensive, Advanced
Prerequisites (if applicable): All visiting students registering for courses beyond the beginner level Arabic or Persian are required to take an online language placement test. The online placement test is administered through Blackboard, so students cannot take the test until they have been admitted and have a university NetID and password. Students who do not take the online language placement test prior to the start of classes must take the on-site placement test on the first day of each session. Instructions for taking either the online placement test or on-site placement test will be emailed to each student prior to the start of classes.
Tuition: $1302 per credit hour (undergraduate) & $1928 per credit hour (graduate)
Scholarship Availability: Partial Tuition Scholarship available for visiting students. We review applications after an applicant is admitted and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The typical scholarship award is one credit for every three credits taken.
Housing Availability: Summer Sessions students are not required to live on campus, but on- campus housing is available through the Summer Housing Office. Students who choose to live on campus may also be interested in purchasing a meal plan through Dining Services.
Visa Sponsorship (if applicable): By provision of federal law, the Department of Homeland Security has strict reporting requirements for schools that enroll foreign nationals. All admitted international students (including permanent residents) are required to report accurate citizenship and immigration status via an immigration questionnaire. Georgetown highly encourages summer students to apply for F-1 visas for participation in all academic summer sessions. Students who choose to enter the United States in tourist status and enroll in a summer course of study may be considered in violation of that status. International students will receive additional information upon admission.
Synopsis: Improve conversational abilities and build awareness of the culture and history of language through both intensive and non-intensive course formats. Foreign Language Institutes are offered in French, Spanish, German, Arabic, and Persian. The Language Institutes at Georgetown offer students the opportunity to acquire or master skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. With instruction grounded in meaningful and context-based interactions you will learn how to accomplish language tasks in both formal and informal situations. Language instruction is proficiency-oriented and imparts cultural experiences and knowledge.
Name: Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)
Institution(s): Harvard University houses the program’s administrative offices, and is part of the CASA Consortium, which consists of 27 university Arabic and Middle East Studies Departments/Centers who’s representatives support and guide the operations of the program.
Dates: September – May (Fall/Spring semester)
Application Deadline: early January; deadlines for each year are posted online in the Fall
Levels Offered: Advanced (approximately 3 years of Arabic are recommended before applying)
Prerequisites (if applicable): Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. They also must fall into one of the following categories: (a) current graduate students (e.g., PhD or MA student); (b) undergraduate students in their senior year; or (c) holders of either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Non-US citizens or permanent residents are welcome to apply to CASA, and if accepted, may participate on a Pay-Your-Own-Way (PYOW) basis only. Applicants should complete approximately 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to applying to the CASA program. The Selection Exam, which is part of the application process, will help determine your proficiency level.
Tuition: $18,000 (varies from year to year)
Scholarship Availability: Students who are accepted by the Selection Committee receive full tuition and a monthly stipend to assist with living expenses. Since we usually have capacity for more students than we can fund, we encourage students to apply for outside funding that can be applied to cover program costs in the event that they are selected as an alternate candidate who we may not have enough funding to cover. All participants are responsible for covering their program fee as well as travel and health insurance.
Housing Availability: Typically students find and share apartments in the community in order to have more day to day interaction with the local culture and dialect. Past Fellows assist in the process of finding housing as do the program staff when necessary.
Synopsis: CASA has provided advanced training in Arabic language and culture to over 1,700 individuals since 1967. CASA alumni have put their expertise to work, making significant contributions in education, research, diplomacy, law, business, finance, international development, journalism, and the arts. These diverse fields continue to rely on the pool of CASA-trained Arabic linguists and Middle East experts to fill a variety of professional needs.
The CASA I program is a 9-month intensive Arabic language and culture program that is comprised of a fall and spring semester. The program is held at the American University in Cairo and/or The Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan depending on available funds and evaluation of safety and security. The fall semester is devoted to the overall development of all language skills (Colloquial and MSA – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). CASA Without Borders, community-based learning projects or internships, offer fellows the opportunity to pursue long term projects outside of the classroom setting, and helps immerse them in the local culture and community. In the spring semester, Fellows have the chance to tailor the courses to their own academic and professional needs and to fully utilize the advanced language skills they have developed during the fall, in working with Arabic materials in their own fields of specialization.
Examples of past spring courses include Modern Arabic Literature, Public Speaking, Advanced II Colloquial Arabic, Creative Writing, Islamic Studies, Civil War and Tribal Systems, History of Egypt, Qu’ran & Tafsir.
Name: Ibn Khaldun University COTS Ottoman Turkish Summer School
Institution: Center for Ottoman and Turkish Studies (COTS) at Ibn Khaldun University
Dates: 10 July to 28 July
Application Deadline: 1 May 2017
Levels Offered: Two levels; intermediate and advanced
Target Student Profile: Students currently enrolled in Masters or PhD programs. Qualified undergraduate students with demonstrated interest may also apply. Modern Turkish proficiency required.
Scholarship Availability: Limited scholarships available
Location: Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Housing Availability: Not included
Visa Sponsorship (if applicable): No student visa needed. Visitor visa (if required for your passport) is enough.
Synopsis: Ibn Khaldun University Center for Ottoman and Turkish Studies (COTS) Ottoman Turkish Summer School is designed to develop reading and comprehension skills of the participants and their expertise on a variety of Ottoman sources including archival documents, manuscripts, and epigraphic material. The program is constructed to accommodate the needs of participants coming with different levels of Ottoman Turkish literacy.
Name: Qasid Arabic Intensive Programs
Institution: Qasid Arabic Institute
Dates: Summer: June 17 – August 22; Fall: Sept. 9 – December 7;Winter: Late December to Mid-March
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions (see website)
Levels Offered: From Beginner to Advanced-Mid
Tuition: $2645 for Tuition Per Term
Scholarship Availability: Yearly Scholarship Offered Each October; Financial Aid Applications Available Year-Round (Depending on Available Funding)
Housing Availability: Full Housing Options Available (See Website)
Visa Sponsorship: N/A – Visa On Arrival At Airport
Synopsis: The Qasid Institute for Arabic is one of the leading centers in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. A comprehensive curriculum taught over five distinct levels takes a student from the proper pronunciation of letters to a level of mastery. The term Qasid is used to describe an individual who strives forward with a direct, specific intention, which is a fitting definition for the kind of student that Qasid attracts.
As the Qasid Arabic Institute’s reputation has grown, its programs have made it the program of choice in Amman for embassies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and U.S. colleges and universities seeking excellence in Arabic language instruction. Though its programs are designed mainly for university-level students and busy professionals, Qasid students range in age from 15 to 65. They include embassy and consular officers, Fulbright researchers, fulltime mothers, medical doctors, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship recipients, and Ivy League graduates.
The Qasid Program
The Qasid Program is an intensive, multi-term course tailored for non-native speakers and heritage learners wishing to excel in Arabic. It is designed with busy professionals and students in mind, aiming to teach the equivalent of a year’s worth of university-level Arabic in just under three months in each of our winter, spring, and fall quarters, and in just nine weeks during the Summer Intensive. Five core levels of instruction — as well as supplementary and advanced studies modules — are offered, focusing on the specific needs of beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.
The “Classic Four” skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are taught systematically in classrooms that rarely exceed eight students, giving each individual a considerable amount of attention. Instructors are widely regarded as exceptional, and the curriculum blends a tried-and-true program with innovative techniques to insure an optimal learning experience for each student. (taken from the website of CASA, the Center for Arabic Study Abroad, Harvard University: https://casa.fas.harvard.edu/qasid-institute-arabic)
Name: Sabla – Summer Arabic Language Immersion at SQCC
Institution: Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Sabla Summer Arabic Language Immersion Dates 2017 : Monday, 10 July – Thursday, 10 August
Sabla Summer Arabic Language Immersion Dates 2018: Monday, 9 July –Thursday, 9 August
Class Times: Monday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Application Deadline: June 15
Levels Offered: We offer classes at the following levels:
- Advanced Beginning level
- Low Intermediate level
- High Intermediate level
- Advanced level
Target Student Profile: Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level at the time of their application. Students in all disciplines, including business, engineering, sciences, social sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply.
Prerequisites: At least two semesters of Arabic at a college or university in the United States prior to the start of the program.
Tuition: Students accepted into the program pay no tuition or administrative fees.
Scholarship Availability: It is a scholarship a partially-funded scholarship. Students awarded the scholarship do not pay to take classes at SQCC.
Housing Availability and Others: SQCC does not offer housing or other subsidies to participants. Students assume responsibility for paying their airfare ticket to D.C., accommodation, food, health insurance and any other miscellaneous living expenses for the duration of their stay in Washington, D.C.
Visa Sponsorship: N/A
Synopsis: The SQCC Sabla intensive summer language program in Washington, D.C. is designed to benefit current university-level Arabic students. The program offers courses at four different levels: Advanced Beginning, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced. The program emphasizes the instruction of Modern Standard Arabic or MSA (fusha).
The MSA program runs for four weeks offering highly intensive course work in Arabic. Classes run from Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Experienced instructors use a proficiency-based approach that emphasizes all five skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. Arabic is the main language of instruction. Classes are held in technologically advanced classrooms.
The program offers formal instruction in language that is enriched by immersion in an authentic cultural context. Cultural activities include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab history, society, and culture with a special focus on Oman.
The program is highly demanding. As such, students are expected to be totally committed to attending classes and doing homework on a daily basis. The typical daily workload in the Sabla program entails 4 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 2 to 3 hours of homework.
For more information, visit www.sqcc.org.
Name: Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Institution: Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers
Dates: Annual Summer Study Abroad (2017: 30 June – 10 August)
Application Deadline: February
Levels Offered: Intermediate and Advanced
Target Student Profile: Undergraduate and Graduate students
Prerequisites: Students must have completed four semesters of College-level Arabic and be enrolled in a degree-granting program in order to apply
Tuition: None but students will be required to purchase comprehensive international health and travel insurance (typically around $100), and round-trip airfare to Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Scholarship Availability: Full Scholarship, including airfare, housing, meals, excursions
Housing Availability: Provided
Visa Sponsorship: Provided
Synopsis: The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) offers 30 scholarships per year to the Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) in Manah, Oman. This competitive study-abroad scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students studying in the United States.
Classes are held 8:00am to 1:30pm Sunday through Thursday. Students will study Modern Standard Arabic, Media Arabic, and Omani dialect. In addition to classroom language instruction, students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.
Applicants must have a passport that is valid until 6 months after the end date of the program.
Expectations and Follow-up
Recipients of a SALAM scholarship will be required to participate fully in all classroom and SALAM-organized activities while in Oman. Please note that the focus of this program is Arabic language study, and that Manah is a small town with limited recreational activities beyond those organized by the program.
Upon return to the U.S., participants are expected to share their experiences from their time in Oman through a variety of activities, such as:
- Public presentations
- Publicizing the SALAM program at your home campus
- K-12 school visits
- Outreach to Omanis and other Arabs in your community/on your campus
- Participating in forums about Oman, the Middle East, and Islam
Funding decisions are determined based on the strength of the application and its relevance to SQCC’s mission of fostering understanding between the U.S. and Oman. The application period for this scholarship runs from December to February. For more information, visit www.sqcc.org. SQCC is a division of the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States.
Institution: Zaytuna College
Dates: June 19, 2017-August 11, 2017
Application Deadline: Various deadlines, see website
Levels Offered: Introductory and Intermediate
Target Student Profile: Students age 15 and up
Tuition, Room & Board: Tuition: $3,000; Housing: $3110
Scholarship Availability: None
Housing Availability: Housing is available
Visa Sponsorship: N/A; International students not accepted
Synopsis: The Summer Arabic Intensive is a residential language program in Berkeley, California, designed for students motivated by any number of reasons, such as for personal enrichment, the serious study of the Islamic tradition, or future academic study. The program incorporates classical Arabic texts and modern academic rigor within a nourishing spiritual environment. Students complete the program with the tools to begin a lifelong journey of learning Arabic.