The UM Arabic Language Flagship program (AF) is sponsored by the Language Flagship which leads the nation in designing, supporting, and implementing a new paradigm for advanced language education. The UM Arabic Flagship students reach high levels of proficiency through immersion activities and intense language training in- and outside of the classroom. The Flagship program is capped off with a full-year immersion program in Alexandria, Egypt.
Flagship students are required to enroll in at least one language course per semester. Once they reach a higher level of proficiency they enroll in content courses taught in Arabic in addition to their language courses. The UM Arabic Flagship curriculum offers a high-quality, proficiency-based sequence of courses at all levels of Arabic instruction. It includes advanced courses in Arabic language, literature, culture, society, economics, and politics of the contemporary Arab world.
A distinctive feature of the U-M Arabic Flagship program is the Arabic Lecture Series and Culture Club which provides lecturers and cultural activities including conversation practice, films on the Arab world, presentations by students and guest speakers, and a newsletter--all in Arabic. The Arab Culture Club is open to the public and provides AF students with the opportunity to expand their understanding of Arab culture outside of the classroom, preparing them for the immersion experience overseas.
Flagship students are required to join one of our Flagship sites abroad for their capstone year administered by American Councils for International Education. The overseas programs provide intensive immersion courses in Arabic language and culture. The full-year program also includes direct enrollment at the University of Alexandria for coursework related to students' field of study and professional internships. The proficiency level L2 is required for participation in the full year program.
An 8-week summer program in Morocco is also offered, but not required, to students who have reached proficiency level L1+ at the time of the application.
Flagship students can apply for a Flagship scholarship that will help support their studies overseas. Students who receive Flagship support are also eligible for other merit based scholarships from a variety of sources including U-M, Boren Scholarships, and Critical Language Scholarships. Upon acceptance to the U-M Arabic Flagship program, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Due to funding restrictions the UM Arabic Language Flagship Program does not admit any new students for the academic year of 2013-14. Students that are interested in Arabic immersion activities on campus or overseas should contact Sofia Carlsson for more information.
The Language Flagship leads the nation in designing, supporting, and implementing a new paradigm for advanced language education. Through an innovative partnership between the federal government, education, and business, The Language Flagship seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of fluency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.
The University of Michigan is one of the top universities in the United States in the field of Near Eastern Studies. Its Department of Near Eastern Studies and its Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies offer highly developed programs leading to BA, MA and Ph.D degrees in the languages, literatures, cultures and histories of the Middle East in ancient, medieval and modern times. In addition, the Arabic program includes an MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language with Certification and another MA in Arabic for Professional Purposes aimed to prepare students for jobs in teaching, business, and government. The U-M is particularly suited to house the Arabic Flagship program because of its wealth of academic and technological resources including Language Resource Center, the LSA College’s television production studios, the Information Division Instructional Technology Laboratory, the Media Center and Media Union.