A Database of Summer Language Programs in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

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.

We will continue to update this list with other programs. If you are a program administrator and have not had a chance to respond to our inquiry please shoot us an email at publish@themaydan.com.

Information on the following programs was submitted by the program administrators.


Information on the following programs was prepared by the Maydan editorial team.


Programs from 2017


Middlebury Language Schools

Middlebury Language Schools

Institution: Middlebury Language Schools – Arabic School

Contact: Barbara Walter, Arabic School Coordinator

Dates: June 15 to August 10, 2018

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: Yes

Website:  www.middlebury.edu/ls/arabic

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.

Georgetown Summer Sessions - Language Institutes

Georgetown Summer Sessions - Language Institutes

Name: Georgetown Summer Sessions – Language Institutes

Institution: Georgetown University

Dates: June 4 – July 6 (Session I) & July 9 – August 10 (Session II)

Application Deadline: Priority 1:  May 25; Priority 2: June 29

Levels Offered: Beginners, Intermediate, Intensive, Advanced

Prerequisites: 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: $1398 per credit hour (undergraduate) & $1995 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: 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.

Website: summersessions.georgetown.edu

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.

Center for Arabic Study Abroad

Center for Arabic Study Abroad

Name: Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

Institution: 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: 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.

Website: casa.fas.harvard.edu/

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.

Ibn Haldun University Summer School Language Program

Ibn Haldun University Summer School Language Program

Name: Ibn Haldun University Summer School Langauge Program

Institution: Ibn Khaldun University

Contact: Dr. M. Fatih ÇALIŞIR, IHU Summer School Deputy Director: mfatih.calisir@ihu.edu.tr

2018 Dates: All programs start 25 June; end dates vary by program

Application Deadline: 30 April 2018; 23 February 2018 to avoid an application fee

Levels Offered: Varies by language

  • Ottoman Turkish: Basic-II and Advanced-I levels of instruction offered
  • Modern Turkish: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels of instruction offered
  • Arabic: Basic and Intermediate levels of instruction offered
  • Persian: Basic and Intermediate levels of instruction offered

Target Student Profile: Students currently enrolled in Masters or PhD programs. Qualified undergraduate students with demonstrated interest may also apply. Modern Turkish proficiency required.

Tuition: Varies

  • Ottoman Turkish: The fee is $1000 for each Session
  • Modern Turkish: The fee is $2000
  • Arabic: The fee is $2000 for 140 hours of instruction and $1000 for 70 hours of instruction
  • Persian: The fee is $2000 for 140 hours of instruction and $1000 for 70 hours of instruction

Scholarship Availability: The program offers a limited number of scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. It also offers discounted rates for students admitted to IHU graduate programs for Fall 2018. To be considered for scholarships, please submit a recommendation letter from a faculty member or administrator.

Location: Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Housing Availability: Not included

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website: http://hist.ibnhaldun.edu.tr/en/ihu-summer-school-language-program/

Synopsis: Ibn Haldun University Summer School’s language program offers intensive instruction in modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, and Arabic to international undergraduate and graduate students. The program is located in central Istanbul and aims to provide an immersive learning experience by combining its co-curricular activities with extracurricular activities including conversation tables and study hours, seminars by renowned scholars on history, politics, and literature and arts, cultural events, movie screenings, field trips to historical sites and archives.

Qasid Arabic Intensive Programs

Qasid Arabic Intensive Programs

Name: Qasid Arabic Intensive Programs

Institution: Qasid Arabic Institute

Dates (2018): Summer: June 20 – August 16; Fall: Sept. 5 – December 6; 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

Website: www.qasid.com

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)

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center - Sabla Summer Program

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center - Sabla Summer Program

Name: Sabla – Summer Arabic Language Immersion at SQCC

Institution: Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Dates: 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: 06 May 2018

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

Website:  www.sqcc.org

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.

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center - SALAM Summer Program

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center - SALAM Summer Program

Name:  Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Institution: Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers

Dates: Annual Summer Study Abroad (2018: 24 June – 9 August)

Application Deadline: 31 December, 2017

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

Website:  www.sqcc.org

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
  • Articles
  • 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 September – December. For more information, visit www.sqcc.org. SQCC is a division of the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States.

Zaytuna Arabic Summer Intensive

Zaytuna Arabic Summer Intensive

Institution: Zaytuna College

Contact: admissions@zaytuna.edu

Dates: 2018: June 19 – August 10

Application Deadline: Various deadlines, see website: Regular application deadline is 15 March

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

Website: zaytuna.edu/extendedlearning/summer-arabic-intensive

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.

Summer Arabic Program, American University of Beirut

Summer Arabic Program, American University of Beirut

Name: CAMES Summer Arabic Programs

Institution: Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut

Dates: 2018: 20 June – 08 August

Application Deadline: 10 April 2018

Levels Offered:

  1. Arabic Language and Culture at all levels from Introductory to Superior
  2. Colloquial Lebanese Arabic at two levels: Introductory and Intermediate


Target Student Profile: CAMES gives admission priority to academics and students who apply to these courses as part of their academic and professional careers.

Prerequisites: All applicants are required to have completed at least one semester of college or university study(in any field) before being admitted.

Tuition, Accommodation, Insurance & Gym: up to $7,100

Scholarship Availability: Some funding is available. For more information check this link.

Housing Availability: Optional housing on AUB campus

Visa Sponsorship: Visa upon arrival at the airport/visa assistance available if required


Synopsis: The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Middle Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut offers two separate intensive Arabic summer programs:

  1. A seven-week program (20 June – 08 August 2018) in Arabic Language and Culture designed for students interested in developing overall proficiency in Arabic in both its Standard and Lebanese varieties. The program provides integrated instruction in classes in both Standard and Lebanese Arabic (based on the tasks and contexts involved). Emphasis is placed on the development of the various skills within a communicative, proficiency-based framework and special attention is given the development of intercultural competence in Arabic. This program provides instruction at different levels of proficiency: Introductory, High Introductory, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced, and Superior. Students receive 9 credit hours for this program which can be transferred to their home institution.


  1. A seven-week program (20 June – 08 August 2018) in Lebanese Arabic (LA) that offers intensive instruction at two levels: Introductory and Intermediate. The program is designed for students who want to devote their attention to the development of proficiency in LA and thus places heavy emphasis on the speaking and listening skills and on building intercultural competence in LA. The Introductory Lebanese Arabic class is for students with no previous exposure to Arabic. The Intermediate Lebanese Arabic class has a prerequisite of one year of prior study of Arabic. The Lebanese Arabic program offers students 9 credit hours which can be transferred to their home institution.

Both programs are highly demanding so students are expected to be totally committed and ready to attend classes and do homework on a daily basis. The typical daily workload in both these programs entails 6 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of homework.

University of Virginia Summer Language Institute in Arabic

University of Virginia Summer Language Institute in Arabic

Name: University of Virginia Summer Language Institute in Arabic

Institution: University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Dates: June 17-August 10, 2018

Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Levels Offered: Beginner and Intermediate

Tuition: Varies. See website.

Scholarship Availability: Not available to visiting students.

Housing Availability: On-campus available

Visa Sponsorship: Yes

Website: sli.virginia.edu

Synopsis: UVA’s Summer language Institute (SLI) offers Arabic Level One and Arabic Level Two. Level One students will learn the equivalent of two semesters of Introductory Arabic (8 credits) in an eight-week period. Level Two students will learn the equivalent of two semesters of Intermediate Arabic (8 credits) plus an introduction to Levantine Colloquial (1 credit), for a total of 9 credits.

SLI students attend classes 5 days a week, up to 6 hours a day, with additional programming in the evenings. The SLI attracts a diverse community of learners who come to the SLI for a wide range of academic, professional and personal reasons. The program’s intimate environment coupled with the faculty’s commitment to teaching maximize opportunities for students to practice and to refine their language skills inside and outside the classroom.

International Institute for Languages and Culture (INLAC)

International Institute for Languages and Culture (INLAC)

Institution: International Institute for Languages and Culture (INLAC)

Contact: Info@inlac-institute.com

Dates: Summer 1 begins 23 May, Summer II begins 27 June; sessions last between three and twelve weeks

Application Deadline: Applications should reach the Institute at least 5 weeks before classes start

Levels Offered: Three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced

Tuition, Room & Board: See payment page

Scholarship Availability: None available from INLAC; students are encouraged to apply for outside grants

Housing Availability: Guaranteed homestay with a host family in Fez

Visa Sponsorship (if applicable): N/A

Website:  http://www.inlac-institute.com/

Synopsis: The International Institute for Languages and Cultures (INLAC) aims to foster dialogue between cultures and peoples, especially between the Islamic world and the West. The global unrest and the tragic events of September 11, 2001 have highlighted the urgency of promoting communication between civilizations and societies, especially the youth of the Islamic World and the United States. INLAC was founded as a structured forum for such a communication through both academic and cultural channels.

INLAC is a private non-profit institute which is accredited by the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education. It welcomes students from top International, American and European universities and offers a combination of courses, seminars and homestay in a unique environment. Its facilities include a modern library, seminar and screening rooms, and a computer language lab, as well as offices for program directors, faculty, and staff.

Language: The language program is divided into 3 major levels:  beginners, intermediate and advanced. All these levels include the  four major skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our approach is mainly communicative. We believe in interactive and dynamic methodology. In most of our classes, students are given good  chances to practice and develop their speaking, listening, reading and  writing skills. Special emphasis is put on communication, grammar, vocabulary and conversational skills.

Placement Test: The placement test will evaluate the skill level and  place the student in the right class.

Culture: Parallel to the language program, we have cultural activities that  include Arabic literature, Calligraphy, Arts of Morocco, Arab society,  Arab media, Arab and Berber music, Middle East political issues, Arab  culture and customs, and Moroccan cooking. Advanced programs include  culture, basic courses in Arabic literature, Qur’anic reading, and translation.
Inlac offers standard Arabic courses of different durations for  students and professionals coming as individuals or as groups.

Textbook:  The main textbook used is ‘Al-Kitaab Series’ (Alif Baa,  Al-Kitaab I,II,III).  This is in addition to other materials and  activities.

CET Academic Programs Jordan

CET Academic Programs Jordan

Name: CET Jordan: Intensive Language

Institution: CET Academic Programs

Dates (2018): June 16 – August 14

Application Deadline: 01 March 2018

Levels Offered: Advanced Beginning – Advanced

Prerequisites: 2 Semesters of college-level Arabic

Tuition: $7,990

Scholarship Availability: CET offers its students $300,000 in scholarship awards each year. Decisions are based on financial need. Each student automatically receives a scholarship application when applying for admission to a program. Admissions decisions are need-blind—CET reviews a student’s scholarship application only after reviewing the program application. Award amounts range from $500 to $1,500.

Housing Availability: You’ll share an off-campus apartment with local roommates and other CET students. Apartments offer you the opportunity to live in a local community and adopt an authentic Jordanian lifestyle. The apartments are also fully furnished, air-conditioned, and only a 10-minute walk from campus.

Visa Sponsorship: CET provides instructions and assistant during the visa process but does not process student visas to Jordan. The price of a visa is included in tuition.

Website: cetacademicprograms.com/programs/summer/jordan-arabic/

Synopsis: Want to improve your Arabic fluency by leaps and bounds? CET Jordan provides just the context. The program features rigorous courses in both formal and informal Arabic, language partners, local roommates, and a full-time language pledge. You’ll take an official Oral Proficiency Interview at the end of the term, perfect for adding to a résumé or grad school application. Arabic-based content courses and excursions—around Amman and throughout Jordan—will challenge your preconceptions and teach you to speak diplomatically about issues ranging from corruption to women in the military. From filming a tourism video to learning a folk dance, CET Jordan will give you chance after chance to experience the diversity and vibrancy of Arab culture. This program is for serious students with at least 2 semesters of previous Arabic language study.

University of Maryland Summer Language Institute in Arabic and Persian

University of Maryland Summer Language Institute in Arabic and Persian

Name: University of Maryland Summer Language Institute in Arabic and Persian

Institution: University of Maryland

Dates: June 4 – August 3, 2018

Application Deadline: May 18, 2018

Levels Offered: Arabic: Years 1-3, Persian: Years 1-4

Target Student Profile: All are welcome

Prerequisites: All visiting students with prior language experience must take our language placement test and participate in a short interview with a language instructor.

Tuition: $6800 for all students

Scholarship Availability: We offer partial scholarships ranging from $500 – $1500. All students who apply by our Priority Deadline, March 19, 2018 will be eligible for scholarships, and all students who apply by our Early Bird Deadline, March 2, 2018, will also receive $200 off tuition.

Housing Availability: We offer on-campus housing through the Summer Institute at additional cost. Housing estimates include all bills and utilities, but does not include board. We cannot accommodate students under the age of 18 for housing.

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website:  www.globalprofessionals.umd.edu/summer-language-institute/

Synopsis: The University of Maryland’s School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC) Summer Language Institute offers language and culture programs for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced students of Arabic and Persian. These programs run for nine weeks and feature the following:

  • Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced level training
  • Time with language partners for additional support, speaking practice, and tutoring
  • Competitive Summer Institute Scholarships available to help offset the cost of attendance
  • A focus on building listening comprehension skills through media and current events
  • Proximity to Washington, DC, allowing for a rich calendar of weekly cultural events and lectures, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with government and business professionals
  • Small class sizes, 22 contact hours per week, and dedicated faculty and staff members

Summer Intensive Arabic program at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane

Summer Intensive Arabic program at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane

Name: Summer Intensive Arabic program at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane

Institution: Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane

2018 Dates: May 30 – June 28, 2018 (Session 1) Or July 2 – July 26, 2018 (Session 2) or A YEAR IN EIGHT WEEKS May 30- July 26, 2018

Application Deadline: Session 1: May 27, 2018; session 2: June 30, 2018

Levels Offered: All levels (From Beginning to Advanced Levels)

Target Student Profile: University students or anyone interested in learning Arabic starting the age of 18.

Prerequisites: All students will be required to take the online placement test once they are admitted in the program. Students who cannot take for any reason can take the on-site placement test on the first day of each session. Prior to the start of the program, instructions will be sent to each student.

Tuition: Please see the tracks below:

Prices listed below are for tuition, application fee ($150), housing on campus in a double room (en-suite bathroom) with a Moroccan roommate, all meals, all travel expenses associated with scheduled class travel, library, recreational facilities, and basic health insurance, textbooks, pick-ups and drop-offs. Airfare is not included.

Tracks, Dates and costs of the Program:

Tracks Classes Credits Class Dates Arrival Date Orientation Date Departure Date Costs in Dollars
A1 4 weeks: Arabic only 4 -5 May 30 – June 28 May 28 May 29 June 29 or 30 3,400
A2 4 weeks: Arabic only 4 -5 July 2 – July 26 June 29 June 30 July 27 3,600
B1 8 weeks: Arabic only 8 -10 May 30 – July 26 May 28 May 29 July 27 5,350
C1 7 weeks: 1 ARA + 1 NAS class 7 – 8 May 30 – July 14 May 28 May 29 July 15 4,700
C2 7  Weeks: 2 NAS classes only 6 May 30 – July 14 May 28 May 29 July 15 4,000
D1 7 weeks: 1 ARA + 2 NAS classes 10 – 11 May 30 – July 14 May 28 May 29 July 15 5,700
D2 8 weeks: 2 ARA + 1NAS class 11 – 13 May 30 – July 26 May 28 May 29 July 27 6,300


Scholarship Availability: Yes, the program offers either 75% of the amount of the track or 50% or 25% depending on the applicants’ files.

Housing Availability: Students have the choice between the housing that is available on campus or the family homestay.

Visa Sponsorship: NA

Website: http://www.aui.ma/en/arabic.html

Synopsis: Ever since the program has opened its doors, more than 950 participants from 38 nationalities, have come to the Middle Atlas Mountains in Ifrane, in Morocco, to meet positively their expectations. The ARANAS core curriculum provides the foundation to increase proficiency at every level in Arabic speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. More than a program that helps students develop and sharpen their language skills, it is an open window on the Middle Eastern and North African arena. The classes introduce cultural material that highlights a great immersive experience in the Moroccan culture. Students will meet opportunities where they could get acquainted with their new environment through club activities and excursion to places such as the sand dunes of southern Morocco, the historical medina of Fez, the city of Marrakech, and the city of Tangier. The North African Studies courses address a wide range of topics, from the Islamic Civilization and Issues in Contemporary North Africa, to North African Literature and Moroccan Cinema.

ARANAS is a tight-knit, global community that continues to evolve with every opportunity. We are proud of an educational environment where you shall be able to realize your potential as 21st-century global citizen. Please feel free to contact us at arabic@aui.ma. We are here to answer your questions, share our knowledge, and guide you through the application process. An exciting educational adventure awaits! We are eager to hear from you.

The program accommodates students from all university level backgrounds from Beginning to Advanced levels and responds to their specific needs.

Al Akhawayn University provides scholarships for the Arabic and North African Studies summer program. These Scholarships cover up to 75% of tuition and housing costs. If interested, please fill out the scholarship form at http://www.aui.ma/en/arabic/scholarships.html.

The link to the application form is: https://my.aui.ma/ics/Apply_Online.jnz.

Anamed Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations- Ottoman Summer Program (Ottoman Turkish)

Anamed Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations- Ottoman Summer Program (Ottoman Turkish)

Name: ANAMED Ottoman Summer Program

Institution: Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED)

2018 Dates: 25 June – 03 August 2018

Application Deadline: 01 April 2018

Levels Offered: Elementary and intermediate level Arabic and Persian classes, intermediate to advanced level classes on reading and understanding Ottoman documents

Target Student Profile: Students who are enrolled in MA and PhD programs

Prerequisites: Students must have had at least half an academic year of Ottoman instruction. Complete beginners are not eligible to apply. It is essential that you give details about your prior Ottoman instruction on the application form. Knowledge of Arabic and/or Persian is preferred, but not necessary.

Tuition: $3000

Scholarship Availability: Full scholarships are available, half scholarships based on need and merit

Housing Availability: Participants are expected to stay at ANAMED dorms

Visa Sponsorship: Visa expenses and arrangements are the student’s responsibility

Website: https://anamed.ku.edu.tr/en/ottomansummerprogram

Synopsis: Koç University’s summer program is designed to develop the student’s reading and comprehension skills of Ottoman language using a variety of content including documents, manuscripts, and epigraphic materials, and includes Arabic and Persian classes to supplement Ottoman reading skills. It takes place at the ANAMED research center in Istanbul, where students have full access to ANAMED library and have guided trips to Suleymaniye Manuscript Library and Prime Ministry’s Ottoman Archives.

Critical Language Scholarship

Critical Language Scholarship

Name: Critical Language Scholarship

Institution: U.S. Department of State

Contact: cls@americancouncils.org

Dates: Vary by program

Application Deadline: 15 November 2017 at 7:59 PM EST

Levels Offered: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Target Student Profile: Undergraduate and graduate students with at least one academic year completed

Tuition: Fully funded by Department of State

Scholarship Availability: N/A

Housing Availability: Vary by country, free-of-charge

Visa Sponsorship: CLS will work with applicants to prepare visa applications

Website: http://www.clscholarship.org/

Synopsis: The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. Programs in Turkish, Arabic, and Persian are offered, held in multiple countries around the Middle-East and Eastern Europe.

CLS is funded through the US Department of State and provides fully funded opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to undertake intensive summer language study overseas.  Currently 14 languages are funded, many of which are relevant to students of the Middle East and/or the Islamic world, including:  Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Azerbaijani, Urdu, Bangla, Punjabi, Indonesian, and Swahili.  (Russian and Chinese are also offered, which may be of interest to students focused on Central Asian or Uighur communities.)  Students apply to CLS annually in November for funding in the following summer.  The program is fully provided and all expenses associated with it, including travel, are paid by the scholarship.  Some languages require some amount of prior study, while others are open to beginners.  US citizenship is required, but the program is open to all fields of study and all career paths.  There is no service obligation – all that is expected is a serious commitment to mastering a language.

APTLII, University of Wisconsin

APTLII, University of Wisconsin

Name: Arabic Persian Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII)

Institution: University of Wisconsin

2018 Dates: 16 June – 10 August

Application Deadline: March 18

Levels Offered: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Target Student Profile: Undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals welcome

Tuition: $5000

Scholarship Availability: Unavailable

Housing Availability: On-campus, fees announced shortly

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website: https://aptlii.wiscweb.wisc.edu/

Synopsis: The UW-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII) is a residential summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Courses are offered for academic credit at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels (depending on sufficient enrollment). Students commit to using their target language as their only means of communication for the entire summer – in class, in their shared living space on campus, at meals, and at co-curricular activities that combine to create a language immersion experience.

Each 8-week language class is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit. Instruction is given in small groups taught by native speakers and experienced language teachers. The classes are intensive, involving a minimum of 4.5 hours contact hours Mondays through Fridays, plus extra hours for homework.

Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (Arabic, Persian, Turkish)

Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (Arabic, Persian, Turkish)

Name: Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (Arabic, Persian, Turkish)

Institution: Indiana University, Bloomington

2018 Dates: Arabic: May 29 – July 27; Persian: June 4 – July 27; Turkish: June 4 – July 27

Application Deadline: May 1

Levels Offered: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

Target Student Profile: N/A

Tuition: $285 per credit hour for undergraduate students, $365 per credit hour for graduate students/non-students with undergraduate degree; fees total $650

Scholarship Availability: Available, including FLAS fellowships (deadline: February 01); see fellowships and scholarships page

Housing Availability: On-campus available

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website: languageworkshop.indiana.edu

Websites for individual languageshttp://indiana.edu/~swseel/languages/details/arabic, http://indiana.edu/~swseel/languages/details/persian, and http://indiana.edu/~swseel/languages/details/turkish

Synopsis: The proficiency-based Arabic, Persian, and Turkish curriculums feature 20 contact hours with a professor weekly, alongside weekly language tables where students engage in conversation, meet native speakers, and learn more about target cultures. Further information available on the websites for the individual languages.

CIEE Summer Language Program (Arabic)

CIEE Summer Language Program (Arabic)

Name: CIEE Study Abroad

Institution: CIEE

Dates: June 03 – August 03

Application Deadline: April 01

Levels Offered: Beginner

Target Student Profile: Students with little to no experience with Arabic

Tuition: $7,850

Scholarship Availability: Available

Housing Availability: On-campus provided

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website:  https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/jordan/amman/summer-arabic-language/

Synopsis: Students in the CIEE Study Abroad Beginner Arabic program will have the opportunity to travel to Amman and learn Arabic with a dedicated mentor and exposure to Arabic culture. In addition, students will visit historical sights and museums, see plays at theatres, and explore Jordan’s biblical sites and desert castles. Classes will be taught entirely in Arabic, encouraging students to learn in an immersive environment.

Qalam wa Lawh Arabic Summer Program (Arabic)

Qalam wa Lawh Arabic Summer Program (Arabic)

Name: Qalam wa Lawh’s Arabic Summer Program

Institution: Qalam wa Lawh

Dates: 2-4 Week classes starting twice monthly

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions

Levels Offered: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Target Student Profile: All students welcome

Tuition: Varies, see costs page

Scholarship Availability: Multiple scholarships and discounts available

Housing Availability: On and off-campus housing available

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website: http://www.qalamcenter.com/study-abroad

Synopsis: Students will spend 2, 4, 8, or 12 weeks at the Qalam wa Lawh Center in Morocco, learning Arabic in an immersive environment while being exposed to local culture and customs. Students will have daily classes in Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic or Colloquial Moroccan Arabic), alongside volunteer opportunities and lectures in English, Arabic and French covering key social, political, and economic topics related to Morocco.

University of Texas Arabic Summer Institute Program

University of Texas Arabic Summer Institute Program

Name: Arabic Summer Institute Program

Institution: University of Texas at Austin, Middle Eastern Studies

2018 Dates: 05 June – 17 August

Application Deadline: Priority deadline: 05 March; Final deadline: 16 April

Levels Offered: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Target Student Profile: Students at all levels (high school students welcome)

Tuition: $4,500

Scholarship Availability: N/A

Housing Availability: Both on-campus and near-campus housing is available

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website:  https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/mes/languages/arabic/arabic-summer-institute/index.php

Synopsis: A ten-week program, equivalent to one academic year, at the University of Texas at Austin, the Arabic Summer Institute Program offers lessons in Arabic at multiple proficiency levels to interested college and high school students. With the largest full-time Arabic faculty in the country, more courses at all levels of Arabic, and a thriving events and cultural environment, UT’s Department of Middle Eastern Studies is now rated among the best in the country. The program features lessons in reading, writing, speaking and listening, alongside lectures and weekly Dardasha classes, providing a well-rounded and comprehensive Arabic learning experience.

University of Chicago Summer Language Programs, Arabic

University of Chicago Summer Language Programs, Arabic

Name: Summer Arabic 2018

Institution: University of Chicago

Dates: 18 June – 10 August

Application Deadline: 14 May (domestic applicants); 10 April (international applicants)

Levels Offered: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Target Student Profile: Anyone, regardless of prior Arabic experience, is welcome

Tuition: $7325

Scholarship Availability: FLAS grants and limited financial aid available

Housing Availability: On-campus, international house, and private apartments

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website:  https://summerlanguages.uchicago.edu/page/summer-arabic-2018

Synopsis: Students at all three levels offered at the Summer Language Institute will take intensive classes over the summer, learning the intricacies of the Arabic language and Arabic culture.

Beginning and Intermediate courses in the modern languages are designed for students wishing to develop proficiency across all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The intensive approach of these courses and the concentrated environment of the summer schedule help students to make quick progress. Our courses often enable students to progress at a speed that is the equivalent of a year or more of instruction during the regular academic year.

University of Chicago Summer Language Programs, Persian

University of Chicago Summer Language Programs, Persian

Name: Summer Intensive Intermediate Persian

Institution: University of Chicago

2018 Dates: 18 June – 03 August

Application Deadline: 14 May (domestic applicants); 10 April (international applicants)

Levels Offered: Intermediate

Target Student Profile: Students with background in Persian, and speaking proficiency at Novice High/Intermediate Low on ACTFL scale

Tuition: $7325

Scholarship Availability: A limited number of need-based scholarships are available, including the FLAS Award

Housing Availability: On-campus housing available

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website: https://summerlanguages.uchicago.edu/page/summer-persian-2018

Synopsis: Students who attend this course at the University of Chicago will learn all aspects of the Persian language, and should increase their proficiency to the Intermediate Mid/High level on the ACTFL scale. Students will learn to speak, read, and write in Persian, and begin to access authentic Persian language media such as literature, news, and film.

University of Chicago Summer Language Programs, Turkish

University of Chicago Summer Language Programs, Turkish

Name: Summer Intensive Intermediate Turkish

Institution: University of Chicago

2018 Dates: 18 June – 27 July

Application Deadline: 14 May (domestic applicants); 10 April (international applicants)

Levels Offered: Intermediate

Target Student Profile: Experience in Beginner Turkish

Tuition: $7325

Scholarship Availability: Limited need-based scholarships available

Housing Availability: On-campus, international house, and private apartments

Visa Sponsorship: Available

Website: https://summerlanguages.uchicago.edu/page/summer-turkish-2018

Synopsis: Summer Intensive Intermediate Turkish enables students to develop strong intermediate speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and further solidify their foundation in grammar and vocabulary. Students study Turkish as it is used in authentic media, literature, and film, and gain familiarity with Turkish culture and civilization. The course will also address the needs of those preparing to study Ottoman. The first half of the course emphasizes completing skills acquired in Beginning Turkish and improving competency, while the second half supplements this with an introductory sampling of excerpts from Turkish literature and texts, ranging from late Ottoman and early Republican period to the present time. Students will meet for 25 hours per week, including class time with the instructor, and time spent with native language assistants. Several hours will be allocated each week to cultural activities such as films, presentations, and conversation tables organized around Turkish lunches and teatime.

University of Arizona Summer Intensive Arabic Program

University of Arizona Summer Intensive Arabic Program

Name: Summer Intensive Arabic Program

Institution: University of Arizona School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies

2018 Dates: 04 June – 05 July and 09 July – 08 August (Session I and II)

Application Deadline: 01 May

Levels Offered: Elementary 1 & 2, Intermediate 1 & 2, Advanced 1 & 2

Target Student Profile: College students at all levels of Arabic mastery accepted

Tuition: One Summer Session: $2,270.55; Two Summer Sessions: $4,530.10

Scholarship Availability: Arabic Jumpstart Program has reduced fees and scholarships available

Housing Availability: On campus

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website: https://menas.arizona.edu/arabic-summer

Synopsis: The Arabic summer program at the University of Arizona at the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) is a rigorous, immersive program that adopts the proficiency-based approach and emphasizes cultural literacy and the use of technology. The MENAS Arabic Summer program offers a variety of in-class and co-curricular activities, including Arabic-speaking housing. Three levels of Arabic are taught by dynamic, innovative and experienced teachers in a supportive and culturally-rich environment.

University of Arizona, Turkish in the Mediterranean

University of Arizona, Turkish in the Mediterranean

Name: Turkish in the Mediterranean

Institution: University of Arizona

2018 Dates: June to August

Application Deadline: 25 February

Levels Offered: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Target Student Profile: N/A

Tuition: $7,000

Scholarship Availability: N/A

Housing Availability: Included in course fee

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website: https://cmes.arizona.edu/studyabroad/turkish-mediterranean

Synopsis: The Turkish in the Mediterranean program is an eight-week summer program based in Famagusta, Northern Cyprus. The Turkish in the Mediterranean courses are held on the campus of Eastern Mediterranean University, one of Cyprus’s most preeminent institutions of higher education. The program offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses in the Turkish language.

Turkish Language and Culture Program, Boğaziçi University Language Center

Turkish Language and Culture Program, Boğaziçi University Language Center

Name: Turkish Language and Culture Program

Institution: Boğaziçi University Language Center

2018 Dates: 20 June – 03 August

Application Deadline: 05 March

Levels Offered: Lower and upper intermediate, advanced

Target Student Profile: High school diploma required

Tuition: $4,150

Scholarship Availability: None

Housing Availability: On-campus dorms available

Visa Sponsorship: None

Website: https://tlcp.boun.edu.tr/

Synopsis: The Turkish Language and Culture Program at Boğaziçi University in Turkey offers summer courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced Turkish. Students will stay in Turkey from June to August, taking intensive classes in the Turkish language and learning about Turkish culture.

Persian Language Summer School, Armenian School of Languages

Persian Language Summer School, Armenian School of Languages

Name: Persian Language Summer School

Institution: Armenian School of Languages in Yerevan in cooperation with ARMACAD

Dates: July 08 to August 18 (6 weeks) or 29 July to 18 August (3 weeks), 2018

Application Deadline: 20 April 2018

Levels Offered: Intermediate to advanced

Target Student Profile: designed for students, at least 18 years-old, who not only want to make well-grounded progress in their knowledge of the Persian language, but also to deepen their knowledge of Iranian Studies and Iran

Prerequisites: Courses are open to anyone with upper elementary (knowledge of alphabet, some reading and knowledge of basic grammar concepts) or intermediate knowledge of the Persian language

Tuition: 3590 USD for 6 weeks Persian Language Summer School and 1790 USD for the 3 weeks Persian Language Summer School

Scholarship Availability: Several scholarship opportunities, see website

Housing Availability: N/A

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website:  https://armacad.info/armacad–2017-12-02–persian-language-summer-school-08-jul-18-aug-42-days-or-29-jul-18-aug-21-days-2018-yerevan-armenia

Synopsis: This 42 or 21 days summer school offers participants to master skills in written and oral modern Persian, reading and interpreting Persian texts from different periods as well as rapidly deepening their knowledge in colloquial Persian.

During the summer school several cultural trips will be offered, which will transform your stay in Armenia into an unforgettable, academically oriented endeavour.

On the first day (July 08 or July 29, Sunday) the program will be launched in Garni, built by king Tiridates I in the first century AD as a temple to the god Mithra/Mihr. In the evening the group will travel to Yerevan for an opening dinner.

Classes will start on July 9th or July 30th and will include lectures, seminars and presentations. Two times a week classes of Persian language will be followed by a lecture on different topics of Iranian linguistics, literature and history.

Ottoman Studies Foundation - Intensive Ottoman and Turkish School (Ottoman Turkish)

Ottoman Studies Foundation - Intensive Ottoman and Turkish School (Ottoman Turkish)

Name: Ottoman Studies Foundation – Intensive Ottoman and Turkish school

Institution: Ottoman Studies Foundation, sponsored by Koç University in Istanbul and the Turkish Cultural Foundation

2017 Dates: July 10 to August 18, 2017

Application Deadline: Friday April 14, 2017

Levels Offered: Early and Late Ottoman Turkish

Target Student Profile: Students with 2 years of study in modern Turkish, ability to read printed Ottoman texts, academic training in Persian or Arabic

Tuition: $6,900

Scholarship Availability: partial scholarships are available based on merit to those without financial aid, though participants will still pay most of the fee themselves

Housing Availability: Students share suites near school

Visa Sponsorship: N/A

Website:  http://ottomanstudiesfoundation.com/

Synopsis: The Intensive Ottoman and Turkish Summer School provides instruction in reading and translating ottoman manuscripts and printed texts, develops skills in paleography for reading original archive documents, and teaches Persian, modern Turkish, and Karamanlidhika.