MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Summer Study Programs

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Date Posted Date/Location Summer Program
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1/30/15 June 15-August 7
Madison, WI
Fifth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute February 3, 2015 for FLAS Fellowships; April 24 for admission.
12/16/14 June 30-July 28
Istanbul, Turkey
Duke in Turkey Summer Program February 1, 2015
  Session 1: June 1-26
Session 2: June 29-July 24
Al Akhawayn University, Arabic Language & North African Studies in Morocco April 30, 2015
  Late June to Early August 2015 CAMES Summer Arabic Programs at the American University of Beirut Early Admission: mid-Feb. 28, 2015; Regular Admission: Apr. 15, 2015.

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane

Summer Arabic in Morocco

A unique, intensive, residential Arabic-language experience in Morocco’s beautiful Atlas Mountains.

Integration into the AUI community, which includes:

 Sharing a room with a Moroccan roommate
 Attending numerous types of events on top of classes
 Integrating clubs: Music, Arts, cooking, sports
 Open air concerts
 Lunches with teachers and TA’s in Arabic
 Tutoring

Cultural integration in Morocco:

 Weekend Family Homestay either in the local town of Ifrane or the metropolitan city of Rabat
 Weekend trips to Marrakech, Fes, the Sahara Desert and other cities
 Independent travel in groups throughout Morocco
 Service Learning: immersion activities in local centers for learning and development to discover the Ifrane community.

Summer 2015 Arabic and North African Studies Program
A world-class program taught by native Arabic-speaking faculty with international TAFL experience. A full year of Arabic in 8 weeks, or a full semester in 4 weeks.

1st Session: June 1 – June 26, 2015 and/or
2nd session: June 29 –July 24, 2015

Study Arabic or North African Studies, or create a customized combined program.
Scholarships available. Application deadline: April 30, 2015. Email: – website:

American University of Beirut

CAMES Summer Arabic Programs
June 22-August 7, 2015

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut will offer two intensive Arabic language programs in the summer of 2015: Modern Standard Arabic instruction at eight different levels in which Lebanese colloquial is integrated and Colloquial Lebanese Arabic at the intermediate level.

Both programs will run from June 22 until August 7, 2015. The application deadline for early admission is February 28, 2015 and the deadline for regular admission is April 15, s2015.

The program in Modern Standard Arabic includes a typical daily workload of six classroom hours followed by lectures, field trips, clubs and movies which are an integral part of the program. Students should expect around four hours of homework per day. The total of 186 classroom hours is equivalent to 9 credit hours at AUB and may easily be transferred to other universities. The MSA program uses the Georgetown Arabic language textbooks by Brustad, al-Batal, and al-Tonsi and other supplementary materials, many of which were developed by CAMES faculty. The program is highly demanding and requires a total commitment from students. Admission priority is given to academics and students who are taking the course as part of their academic careers. All applicants are required to have completed at least one semester of college or university study or the equivalent before being accepted. Students who are accepted in the MSA program will sit for a placement exam on the first day of the program. This exam, together with the information provided in the application and the required Arabic writing sample will determine the level of Arabic instruction appropriate for MSA applicants.

The program in Colloquial Lebanese Arabic at the intermediate level is designed for students who already have some knowledge of Lebanese Arabic and wish to reach a higher level. Applicants are required to have already studied Modern Standard Arabic for at least two semesters. The course includes 120 classroom hours and uses teaching materials developed by CAMES. Lebanese films, songs, and other audiovisual materials are also used. The 6 credit hours earned at AUB may easily be transferred to other universities. Applicants to the Colloquial program will be interviewed via Skype to determine their level.

All instructors teaching in both the Modern Standard Arabic program and in the Colloquial Lebanese Arabic program are native speakers of Arabic who hold degrees in related fields. All have extensive experience in teaching Arabic as a foreign language in the Middle East, in Europe and in the United States.

AUB will provide students attending the program with accommodation on AUB campus, health insurance and access to AUB’s beach and sports facilities.

The American University of Beirut was founded in 1866 and follows the American liberal arts model of higher education. Located in Ras Beirut, AUB campus offers panoramic views of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea and close proximity to Beirut’s main attractions.

For further information about these programs please check this link: or email

Duke University

Duke in Turkey Summer Program

Come Join Duke in Turkey this summer!

Duke's Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO-U) is currently accepting applications for its Duke in Turkey summer program.  This is a one-course program based in Istanbul: Culture and Politics in Turkey and the Middle East.  Students will examine cultural identity and politics in Turkey and the modern Middle East while exploring the city and other regions in Turkey.  Students from all disciplines are welcome.  Istanbul is an incredibly rich city in its multi-cultural history, arts and contemporary life.  Come study in this unique country which is situated at the crossroads of East and West! 

For more information and to apply, please visit the program website: Applications are due February 1st, 2015.  Be sure to visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @dukeglobaled to get the latest information on all Duke study-away programs. 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fifth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are pleased to announce the fifth annual Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute, CESSI, to be held at UW-Madison from June 15-August 7, 2015. Information and application materials are available at: The deadline to apply for admission and the fee remission scholarship is April 24, 2015. The application deadline for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships at UW-Madison is February 13, 2015. More information about UW-Madison FLAS fellowships is available at: In summer 2015, intensive courses in beginning and intermediate Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek will be offered. With sufficient enrollment, other Central Eurasian Turkic languages could be taught. Please contact the CESSI program coordinator if you are interested in a language not listed above. CESSI 2015 will also feature lectures (in English) on Central Eurasian history and culture and a rich program of cultural events and field trips related to the countries of Central Eurasia. The CESSI consortium is comprised of international and area studies centers at major U.S. universities working together to provide high-quality, summer instruction in the languages and cultures of Central Eurasia. For additional information about CESSI 2015, please contact Nancy Heingartner, CESSI program coordinator,, 1-608-262-3379.


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