Arabic language study programs

A) Programs in the U.S.

1. Middlebury Arabic Summer Language Session

Held at Mills College, CA.
Summer Term:  June to August 
Levels:  Elementary through Advanced Modern Standard Arabic.
Deadline:  Rolling (but this is a very 'in-demand' program, advised to apply early, now).

The Arabic School offers you a unique experience that is virtually unmatched anywhere in the world. Middlebury is much more than textbooks and classrooms. The entire environment shapes your Arabic learning experience. The value of the experience cannot be calculated in terms of semesters and credit hours. You will eat, sleep, study, make friends, interact with professors, watch television and films, and attend lectures given by the faculty and distinguished guest speakers, all exclusively in Arabic. Arabic newspapers, magazines, television and websites will keep you up to date on current events around the world. Additionally, you can enjoy all of your favorite sports at Mills College's state of the art sports facilities, all while learning to challenge your opponents in Arabic.

2. University of Michigan Summer Language Institute

Levels:  Elem. Modern Standard Arabic, Intermed. MSA, Business Arabic

The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan will be offering three intensive Arabic courses this Summer 2012.

                       AAPTIS 103:  Intensive Elem. MSA I & II.

                       AAPTIS 205:  Intensive Inter. MSA I & II.

                       AAPTIS 412:  Intensive Business Arabic I & II.
These intensive summer courses are intended to cover a full year of language during 8 and 10-week programs. The courses are offered as either for-credit (normal tuition rates apply) or non-credit (program fee, non-transcript) basis.

3. Georgetown University Summer Arabic Language Institute

Summer Term:  June  - August
Levels:  Intensive First Level Modern Standard, Intensive Second Level Modern Standard, Intensive Advanced Modern Standard, Advanced content courses in Arabic, Spoken Iraqi Arabic, Spoken Egyptian Arabic, Spoken Levantine Arabic.

4. University of Chicago Summer Arabic Program

Program Dates:  varies
Levels:  Elementary Literary Arabic 1, 2, and 3 and Intermediate Arabic 1, 2, and 3.  Regular Study and Immersion/Residency Options Available.
For more information, contact Farouk Mustafa, Professorial Lecturer in Arabic (773) 702-7473     

5. University of California Santa Barbara Summer Intensive Language Program

Program Dates:  Summer Term:  Session A: June - July;  Session B: August-September
Levels:  Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced Modern Standard Arabic

6. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Residential Immersion
    Programs in Arabic and Persian

Operating under the principle that language learning occurs best when instruction emphasizes full immersion, UW-Madison's Arabic and Persian Immersion Program employs a communicative approach that entails student-centered, performance-based, and context-oriented language teaching. To meet the program goals of integrating reading, writing, listening, and speaking with communication strategies and cultural skills, instructors and students sign a contract agreeing to use the target language exclusively within and outside the classroom. At the end of each level of instruction, students will demonstrate a) greater facility of communication; b) broader understanding of how to engage in the historical and socio-cultural contexts in which the target language is used; and c) expanded individual capabilities in learning how to adapt language skills for life-long learning.

7. UCLA (University of California-Los Angeles)

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Intensive Summer Arabic Program

The Intensive Summer Arabic Program at UCLA offers the equivalent of one year of instruction in only eight weeks. Courses offered include beginning, intermediate, and advanced Standard (written) Arabic, and Egyptian Colloquial (spoken) Arabic. The program includes an Arabic film series, a lecture series, concerts, and field trips to places of cultural interest in the Los Angeles area, including Arab restaurants and bookstores.

Arabic Language Residential Option:
Students have the option of participating in the Residential Program which provides room and board for an additional fee. Residents will live in UCLA housing and have access to an Arabic-speaking tutor. Arabic satellite television will also be provided.

B) Overseas Arabic Study Programs - In The Middle East

*Note: The Only Program Of Arabic Study Abroad For Which You May Receive Transfer Of Credit And Of Your Grades To The University Of Michigan, And Be Eligible To Use U-M Financial Aid, Is The One Listed Below, #3, U-M/CGIS at American University in Cairo. For all other programs of Arabic study abroad, you may receive transfer credit only (must be approved).


1. Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) American University in Cairo (Egypt)

Application Deadline:  January

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) offers four programs: Summer-Only, Full-Year (12 months), CASA II and CASA III.

  • The Summer and Full-Year programs are designed for graduate and undergraduate students. [For acceptance on Summer and Full Year CASA Program, students must take an entrance examination, generally designed for those who have completed a minimum of two years of Arabic study, usually in early February].

  • The CASA II program aims to provide further opportunities for CASA fellows, who have completed the CASA Full-Year program within the past five years, to continue to enhance their language skills and advance their Arabic-based research in Egypt.

  • The CASA III program is designed to meet the linguistic and research needs of professors with specialization in Middle Eastern Studies.

  • All four programs consist of intensive language, culture, and specialized area studies, with 12 to 20 hours per week of classroom instruction plus homework.
  • A series of lectures, tours, and visits to places of historical interest, both in and outside Cairo form an integral part of the CASA programs. Efforts are made to provide opportunities for CASA participants to interact with their Egyptian counterparts and experience life in Egypt to the fullest extent.

    *There is also a CASA Program in Damascus, information about it is available on the same website.

2. Arabic Language Institute (ALI), American University in Cairo (Egypt)


Summer-study (Beginning of June - End of July) or Fall and/or Spring Semesters.
Since the inception of what is now the Arabic Language Institute in the 1970s, this program has attracted students from the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe, offering intensive courses in both modern standard and Egyptian colloquial Arabic. Each year, more than one hundred students travel to Egypt from dozens of countries around the world to enroll in the Arabic Language Institute of the American University in Cairo. Their backgrounds and interests are as varied as the countries they represent. They, however, share one common desire - the desire to learn Arabic in the best possible setting from the best instructors anywhere as they discover the mystery of Cairo, "the Mother of the World."

**NOTE:  As noted above, there is now an option for students to register for AUC programs through the U-M OIP (Office of International Programs), which allows transfer of credit and grades, and which also allows you to apply for regular financial aid arrangements. See below for details. Students may also apply independently to AUC, for transfer credit only.

3. Univ. of Michigan CGIS, (Center for Global and Intercultural Study/Office of     International Programs), American University, Cairo

Early June - Mid July
Academic Year

University of Michigan program through AUC. Students can pursue Arabic study through ALI (see above), or other coursework. Includes options for either Summer study or Academic Year study.

4. "Arts in Cairo" Special Summer Program at AUC

Curriculum:  Specialized courses on arts in the Arab world. See flier for details.

5. International Language Institute (ILI) (Cairo, Egypt)

*Not a university program, but may in some instances be approved for transfer credit to U-M if contact hours and course material covered/syllabi are documented and presented to NES faculty for evaluation.*

The International Language Institute (ILI) was established in 1977, in the El-Sahafeyeen neighborhood in Cairo, and is affiliated with the UK-based International House Worldwide Organization of Language Schools. A modern lively approach to teaching Arabic is used, with teachers who are not only qualified but are also native speakers. The advantages of this program, in addition to its high quality of instruction, is that it has a diverse/international student body, and that it offers courses on a more flexible basis than some of the university/semester-based programs.

6. Hedayet Institute for Arabic Studies - Maadi, Egypt

Program Dates:  Mid June -- end of July
Curriculum:  MSA and Colloquial Egyptian at all levels. Good quality instruction.

7. Fajr Center for Arabic Language - Cairo, Egypt

Program Dates:  June - August

Curriculum:  MSA at all levels, colloquial Egyptian Arabic, various content courses. Good quality instruction.


8. University of Virginia-Yarmouk University Summer Arabic Program (Jordan)

Summer Term: June -August

Levels:  Levels: Lower Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced Modern Standard

The University of Virginia-Yarmouk University Summer Arabic Program has been in operation since 1984, and is an intensive, eight-week Program in Modern Standard Arabic, designed for undergraduate and graduate students currently pursuing a degree program. The Program focuses on all language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition to the course in Modern Standard Arabic, all students will take a course in the Jordanian dialect. All courses will be taught in Arabic. Course instructors will be members of the Yarmouk University faculty. Four levels of skill-based instruction will be provided.

9. University of Jordan/Language Center

Fall Semester:  Sept. - Dec.
Spring Semester:  Feb. - May
Summer Term:  June - July
Six levels of Standard Arabic instruction
Internet/wireless available
Contact email:
*You may apply independently to study Arabic here, cheaper, fewer amenities. If you apply through CIEE (see below) more expensive, but more amenities.

10. CIEE Study Abroad (at the University of Jordan)

This program uses the same teachers/facilities as above, but more inclusive program - organized trips, housing and meals included, etc.).

11. Qasid Institute - Amman, Jordan

Program Dates:  Jun  - Aug ; also a Fall Session.
Curriculum:  MS and Classical at All Levels; Rigorous instruction.
Website: Study Abroad Director: Abdullah Misra
*They have announced some tuition scholarships, for summer and fall session (valued at $2000 each, and a larger one for longer-term study).

12. Amideast/Summer Intensive Arabic in Amman, Jordan

Two 5-week sessions, (Session 1: May -June ;  Sessions 2: July  - Aug. ).
MSA at all levels, Jordanian colloquial.
Instruction partnered with above Qasid Institute.

13. Columbia Arabic Summer Program in Amman, Jordan

Program Dates:  Two four-weeks sessions in the summer
Curriculum:  MSA Elementary Arabic II - Advanced Arabic II, Colloquial Levantine Arabic.
Internships available


14. American University of Beirut (AUB), (Lebanon)

Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies Summer Arabic Program
Summer Term:  June  - August
Levels:  Introductory, High Introductory, Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced

The CAMES summer program in the Arabic language offers courses at five different levels: Introductory, High Introductory, Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced. Placement exams will be administered to all students at the beginning of the program in order to assess the level best suited to their Arabic language ability. Each level provides a six 1/2-week total immersion into the Arabic language that consists of 30 hours a week of intensive classroom instruction. Colloquial Arabic in the Lebanese dialect is integrated in the program. The program combines classroom instruction with cultural field trips within Beirut and around Lebanon. The total of 160 hours is the equivalent of 8 credit hours at AUB, which may be transferred to other universities.


15. Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF) (Morocco)

Email Contact:

The Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF) offers three and six-week courses in all levels of Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic throughout the year. ALIF also has an excellent reputation as the preeminent institution in the Maghreb for the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language. Housed in a large, shady villa, ALIF provides an ideal setting for studying in Morocco's "intellectual capital," and for exploring the historic medina of Fez, one of the world's few remaining medieval cities. ALIF's teachers are highly qualified native speakers with years of experience instructing both independent students and study abroad groups from major universities. Former students include translators, Fulbright, FLAS, NSEP, and SSRC grantees, company representatives, and graduate students from major universities in the US and Europe.

16. Al-Akhawayn University - Ifrane, Morocco

Program Dates:  Session One: May - July, Session Two: June -July
Curriculum:  MS and Moroccan Colloquial at all Levels

The ARANAS program offers 4-week and 8-week sessions in the Arabic language at all levels - from beginning to advanced- and a choice from among seven Tracks. For information about the different tracks and the cost of each, please visit
Prices listed on the program's website are for tuition, application fee ($150), housing on campus in a double room (en-suite bathroom) with a roommate, textbooks, all meals, arrival and departure pick ups (Fez Airport and Train Station), all travel expenses associated with scheduled class travel, library, recreational facilities, and basic health insurance. Airfaire is not included.

17. AMIDEAST Summer Intensive Arabic in Rabat; Morocco.

Program Dates:  Session One: May -June,  Session Two: July - August.
Offering MSA at all levels, and Moroccan Colloquial.

18. Arab American Language Institute in Morocco; Meknes, Morocco

Program Dates:  Vary throughout the summer. See website for details.
Curriculum:  Arabic language and culture
Program/Sessions:  4, 6, 8 and 10-week programs, starting near end of May.


19. Bourguiba Institute of Modern Languages (Tunisia) (The website is in French, and says you can switch to an English version, but ... it doesn't seem to work; additional contact info is there).

University of Tunis
47 Avenue de la Liberte
Tunis 1002, Tunisia
Telephone: 282-418; 281-923
Deadlines: January-end of May

Six-week intensive summer program in Modern Standard, all levels. 100 dinars ($1 = 1.08 dinars). Dormitory housing available. Full and partial scholarships. Full year program in Modern Standard and Tunisian Colloquial also offered.
*An inexpensive program; better quality of instruction at more advanced levels; lots of French spoken in Tunisia; best for your Arabic if you either don't know French, or make a point of not using it much while there.


20. Institut Francais d'Etudes Arabes Damas (IFEAD)/ (Syria)

Email contact:  Eric Gautier
Summer:  June -  July (5 hours/day instruction)
Academic Year:  Oct - June (11 hrs/week of group instruction; 4 hrs/week tutoring) Contact Institute or see website for information on terms of instruction and fees. Each student studies Modern Standard and Syrian Colloquial. Six week intensive summer program or year-long program. Year-long program focuses primarily on individual tutoring to help with established research projects. Limited dormitory housing in the Institute itself. French is helpful. The curriculum at IFEAD focuses on helping you carry out your own research--you must bring a research project with you. Aimed at more advanced students/faculty who have specific research needs.

21. Arabic Teaching Institute for non-Arabic Speakers

Fall:   Oct -  Jan ($200)
Spring:  Feb -  May ($200)
Summer:  June - Sept ($240)
Very traditional, but good instruction at all levels. Focus is on Standard Arabic, though colloquial is available to advanced students.

22. Arabic Language Center/University of Damascus, Syria

Website: Level of instruction has improved in recent years. See website for details on classes and schedule. Several levels of Standard Arabic offered, and colloquial is offered from time to time as well.

Travel Advisories for Americans; seek additional information on status of the following programs:

23. International Summer Program (ISP) (West Bank, Palestine)

Birzeit University
Continuing Education Department; PO Box 14
Birzeit, West Bank, via Israel
Telephone and Fax:  972-2-956229

Six-week summer intensive program. Modern Standard and Palestinian Colloquial at all levels. Students must have completed one year of study at an accredited college or university. Intensive course $300. Housing available in dormitories, rented apartments and with families in Birzeit and Ramallah. Established 1986, program in "Palestine and Arabic Studies," instituted in 1993.

24. University of Haifa/Department of Overseas Studies (Israel)

Arabic language offerings in summer, fall and winter semesters. Summer program only offers introductory Arabic. See additional information on their web-site:

25. Hebrew University Summer Arabic Session (Jerusalem, Israel)

Modern Standard Arabic, all levels (2 sessions, app. one month each):
Palestinian Colloquial, beginning to advanced levels:

Office of Academic Affairs
American Friends of the Hebrew University
11 East 69th St.; New York, NY 10021
Telephone: (212) 472-2288

26. Tel Aviv University/Arabic Study on Overseas Study Program: Combines teaching Palestinian colloquial and modern standard Arabic; use EMSA textbooks. Offers introductory and advanced levels.

27. Yemen Language Center Summer Term:  Various options May-August
Levels:  Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced
Deadline:  Rolling

C) Existing Programs/No Basis for Evaluation/Quality Assessment

Below find list of programs of Arabic study abroad that we have received brochures for, but about which we have no additional information, or basis upon which to recommend them.

1. School for International Training - Amman, Jordan

Program Dates:  Jun  -- Aug
Curriculum:  MS at All Levels Jordanian Colloquial

2. Darna Educational Services - University of Jordan International Institute

Program Dates:  1-4 months Intensive Courses starting in June

3. The American University of Science and Technology, Beirut, Lebanon

Program Dates:  July-Aug

Curriculum:  Colloquial Levantine Arabic.
Prerequisite:  at least 1 year of MSA
Contact or for more information

4. Connecticut - University of Balamand, Beirut, Lebanon

Program Dates:  July  - July

5. Lebanese American University - Beirut, Lebanon

Program Dates:  Mid June - Early August
Curriculum:  MS and Lebanese Dialects at all Levels

6. Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS), Summer Program in Morocco

Program Dates:  May-July 


7. Georgia Institute of Technology-Arabic Language for Business and Technology Study Abroad Program in Cairo.

Contact:  Director: Dr. Rajaa Aquil: email
Dates:  May -July

Eligibility:  Students who have done 3 semesters of Arabic.


1. Flagship Undergraduate Fellowship.

Funding opportunities for domestic and overseas study (2 years domestic and 1 year overseas)

2. Center for International & Comparative Studies (CICS)


3. David L. Boren National Security Education Program-Institute of International

Education Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships (for Arabic study).
(**Note: These scholarships entail government service requirement).
Undergraduate Scholarships: $10,000/semester; $20,000/full academic year.
Graduate Scholarships: Up to $30,000. See details on website.