MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Summer Study Programs

To post a summer 2016 program (fee-based service) please complete the form found here. Questions may be directed to Mark Lowder at

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Date Posted Date/Location Summer Program
(click on name for more information)
12/6/16 June 19-August 11, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin
Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison  
9/15/16 Beirut, Lebanon American University of Beirut - 2017 CAMES Summer Modern Standard Arabic Program  
04/18/16 May 31-August 5, 2016
Washington, DC
DC Internationals 2016 Middle East South Asia Language Institute (MESALI) Summer Intensive Language Program  
03/16/16 July 11-August 11, 2016
Center for Jerusalem Studies
Summer Intensive Programme with cultural tours & seminars
03/08/16 July 11-August 12, 2016
Herndon, VA
International Institute of Islamic Thought - 2016 Summer Student Program (SSP) March 15, 2016
02/08/16 Various start dates
Cairo, Egypt
Arabeya Arabic Language Center - Summer Program 2016 and Winter Program 2016-17  

American University of Beirut

2017 CAMES Summer Arabic Programs

The CAMES summer program in the Arabic language offers intensive courses at eight different levels: Introductory, High Introductory, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced and Superior. The program emphasizes the instruction of Modern Standard Arabic or MSA (fusha). CAMES also runs an intensive summer program in Colloquial Lebanese Arabic, the link to which may be found here.

The MSA program runs for seven weeks offering highly intensive course work in Arabic. Each day, students receive 6 hours of classroom instruction in MSA, in which Colloquial Lebanese Arabic is integrated. Classes run daily from Monday to Friday, offering 30 hours of classroom instruction each week. The total of 186 hours of MSA and Colloquial instruction is the equivalent of 9 credit hours at AUB, which may be transferred to other universities.

Instructors use the Georgetown Arabic language textbooks by Brustad, al-Batal, and al-Tonsi. Textbooks are complemented with supplementary materials to enrich the students knowledge in the Arabic language and culture.

The program is highly demanding, so students are expected to be totally committed, attending classes and doing homework on a daily basis. The typical daily workload in the CAMES summer Arabic program for both MSA and Colloquial entails 6 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of home work.

The CAMES Summer Arabic Program gives admission priority 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 will sit for a placement exam on the first day of the program. This exam, together with the information to be provided in the application about the student's knowledge of Arabic and the Arabic writing sample required will determine the level of Arabic instruction appropriate for the applicant.

Arabeya Arabic Language Center

Summer Arabic Program 2016

Starting Dates: 3 April 2016, 1 May 2016, 5 June 2016, 19 June 2016, 10 July 2016, 24 July 2016, 14 August 2016, 28 August 2016, 18 September 2016, and 2 October 2016.

Arabeya offers small group programs (2-5) in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) & Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA). Standard courses are four weeks long, but the course length may differ depending on your request.

I - Summer Program with Accommodation:
Two weeks (50 Hours) for 535 Euro;
Three weeks (60 Hours) for 665 Euro;
Three weeks (70 Hours) for 745 Euro;
Four weeks (80 Hours) for 835 Euro;
Four weeks (100 Hours) for 945 Euro;

Each program includes:
Accommodation (a bed in a double room); Free airport shuttle, free placement test, free certificate.

II - Summer Program without Accommodation:

Two weeks (50 Hours) for 400 Euro;
Three weeks (60 Hours) for 480 Euro;
Three weeks (70 Hours) for 560 Euro;
Four weeks (80 Hours) for 610 Euro;
Four weeks (100 Hours) for 720 Euro;

Each program includes:

Free airport shuttle, free placement test, free certificate.

For additional information:

Arabeya Winter Program 2016-2017

Starting Dates: 6 November 2016, 4 December 2016, 1 January 2017, 5 February 2017, 5 March 2017, and 2 April 2017

We offer small group programs (2-5) in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) & Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA). Standard courses are four weeks long, but the course length may differ depending on your request.

I - Winter Program with Accommodation:

Two weeks (50 Hours) for 595 Euro;
Three weeks (60 Hours) for 715 Euro;
Three weeks (70 Hours) for 770 Euro;
Four weeks (80 Hours) for 835 Euro;
Four weeks (100 Hours) for 945 Euro;

Each program includes:

Accommodation (a bed in a double room); Free airport shuttle, free placement test, free certificate.

II - Winter Program without Accommodation:

Two weeks (50 Hours) for 455 Euro;
Three weeks (60 Hours) for 525 Euro;
Three weeks (70 Hours) for 575 Euro;
Four weeks (80 Hours) for 630 Euro;
Four weeks (100 Hours) for 710 Euro;

Each program includes:

Free airport shuttle, free placement test, free certificate.

For additional information:

Online Course live via Skype

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choose between:
(5 Hours) for 65 USD
(20 Hours) for 220 USD
(50 Hours) for 520 USD
(75 Hours) for 745 USD
(100 Hours) for 970 USD

For additional information:

Our Regular course:

Small Groups
One to One
Arabic for Kids
Arabic for Diplomats
Arabic Journalism
Arabic Calligraphy
Business Communication

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Center for Jerusalem Studies, Al-Quds University

Learn Arabic in Jerusalem!

We invite you to join an exciting Arabic language programme offered by The Centre for Jerusalem Studies (CJS) at Al-Quds University. Our programme Learn Arabic in Jerusalem! Attracts over 300 students each year from all over the world. Intensive language instruction – combined with weekly cultural lectures, educational tours, and cultural events – all take place in a unique and friendly environment in the heart of Jerusalem.

Our learner-centered approach emphasizes social interaction and communication. Whether you need Arabic for your work, your studies, or simply to explore another culture, we are ready to meet your needs with the latest Arabic texts and teaching technologies.

CJS offers all levels of Arabic courses, from beginning to advanced instruction in both Spoken and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA):

  • Our Spoken Arabic courses introduce the colloquial form of the language, needed to hold conversations in the Palestinian dialect. The Spoken Arabic courses are designed to teach everyday Arabic, while also preparing the student to handle real-life situations in the language. Knowledge of the Arabic script is not necessary.
  • Our Modern Standard Arabiccourses are designed for those who need Arabic language skills for professional or academic purposes. These courses focus on reading and writing, although speaking is also practiced. Students learn the Arabic alphabet and the Arabic script.
  • Other courses in our series are designed to enrich understanding of the cultural and sociopolitical context within which Arabic speakers live and work, including courses on Arabic history, Arabic culture, and media and politics. Courses such as these are offered upon request

 Why to study at CJS?

  • Courses are guided by knowledgeable and well-trained teachers who are native speakers of Arabic.
  • Small classes in both spoken and MSA courses.
  • We offer group as well as individualized instruction mornings, afternoons, and evenings throughout the week.
  • We offer the opportunity for language partners with local students.

In addition to an excellent learning atmosphere, CJS offers:

  • Weekly lectures on Arab culture and contemporary topics, such as Islam and democracy, Jerusalem (history, culture and politics), and the Arab world today.
  • Al-Quds cultural tours; weekly tours inside and outside Jerusalem.
  • Cultural events include performing and visual art exhibitions along with Sufi Nights festivals during Ramadan, Easter rituals, art shows, music and film screenings, and handicraft exhibitions.

For more details, please visit our website
Or our Facebook page: Centre for Jerusalem Studies.

DC Internationals MESALI

2016 DC Internationals Middle East South Asian Language Institute (MESALI) Summer Intensive Language Program


In response to the government, NGO, and private sector increased demand for professional and practical skills in languages from The Middle East and South Asia, DC Internationals Middle East South Asia Language Institute (MESALI) has established the MESALI Summer Intensive Language Program. MESALI offers 120 hours of intensive instruction in Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Persian, Dari, Pashto, French and newly featuring Spanish and Russian. View DCI MESALI's Summer Language Institute course schedule. Located in the nation’s Capital, the 120 hour program offers morning and afternoon time options, enabling students to work and or hold internships. The 120 hour course meets the language course requirements for Fulbright Scholars, Boren Fellows and FLAS.  Both 90 and 60 hour programs are available in the evenings. MESALI can provide housing

Languages: Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, Kurdish, Urdu, Hindi, French, Spanish, Tamil,  Somali, Amharic, Dari, Pashto, Russian, Armenian, Hebrew, Berber

Semester Duration: Starting Tuesday, May 31, finishing August 5, 2016.

Why you should choose MESALI:

MESALI professors comprise a rich variety of native speakers with decades of professional training experience. They offer cutting edge language skills and custom tailored instruction for those preparing to take the foreign service officer language exam; providing the MESALI bump to those waiting on the FSO waiting list. They provide official assessments to Fulbright, Borne and other scholarship applicants, as well as university students seeking language placement examinations and waivers. For decades, they developed official language materials for the U.S. government, and official written translations and live interpretation. Our highly trained and qualified staff apply standards of the Inter-agency Language Roundtable and the American Councils for International Education. 

Application Process

Electronic applications must be emailed to no later than  11:59PM May 20 and hard copies postmarked no later than May 20, 2016. Applications received by May 20 are considered for partial scholarships. Scholarships and admission are granted on a first come first serve basis, so apply early for scholarship consideration and to secure placement.  Given the rolling admissions, MESALI will inform students as they apply or by May 23 whether they were accepted and or a recipient of a partial scholarship.  Given competition, high-demand, and small class size, we offer a rolling admissions policy. We urge applicants to apply early to secure admission. The 90 and 60 hour courses only require payment by check and a filled out application, NOT document submission.

Electronic or Hard Copy Documents Required for 120 hour Intensive courses by May 20 11:59 PM EST

  1. One page Statement of purpose
  2. Scanned Photocopy of most recent undergraduate or graduate school transcript.
  3. Fill out application (download application here)
  4. Check or money order made to DC Internationals for $3,060, $2,360
    or $1,560”. Do NOT make checks payable to MESALI.

How to Pay

To secure enrollment and or receive partial scholarship consideration, make out a check or money order to DC Internationals for $3,060, $2,360, or $1,560 tuition, for the 120, 90, and 60 hour courses respectively. Partial scholarship recipients will receive reimbursements.

Send tuition to:

DC Internationals, P.O. Box 21065, Washington DC 20009

International Institute of Islamic Thought

2016 Summer Student Program

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is pleased to announce its 2016 Summer Student Program (SSP), which be held in the period of July 11 – August 14, 2016. In the last several years, IIIT’s Summer Student Program has emerged as a leading summer school in Islamic studies in North America. SSP is a residential program, taught by world-class faculty, drawn from top institutions in the US and around the world.

2016 Faculty are:
Prof. Abdulaziz Sachedina (George Mason University)
Prof. Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University)
Dr. Jamillah Karim (independent scholar, formerly at Spelman College)
Dr. Younus Mirza (Allegheny College)
Dr. Basma Abdelgafar (Carleton University)
Prof. John Voll (Georgetown University)
Prof. Jasser Auda (Carleton University & IPSA)
Dr. Ovamir Anjum (University of Toledo)
Dr. Ermin Sinanović (IIIT)
Dr. Yaqub Mirza (Sterling Management Group)

This residential program is designed for graduate students and exceptional senior undergraduates – majoring in the humanities or social science disciplines – who have a particular interest in developing their knowledge and research skills in the core areas of Islamic studies such as methods in the study of Islam, the Qur’an, the Sunnah, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Muslim History and Civilization, and Contemporary Islamic Thought. The program also provides analysis and discussions – in seminar format – on subjects related to history of Islamic thought, Islamic finance and faith-based wealth building, public policy, and Islam in America.

Accommodation for out-of-area students will be provided by the IIIT at a local hotel on a shared basis. In addition, IIIT will pay each student a scholarship of $1,000 to cover their living and other expenses, which will be paid in two installments. Students must have their own health insurance coverage. IIIT does not provide health – or any other form – of insurance to students. The program will be held at IIIT office in Herndon, VA. Transportation to and from Herndon is each student’s responsibility. The Institute will not cover transportation costs.

The applicants should fill in the online application form and submit it with their updated resume/C.V., a recent transcript, and a 250-words statement no later than March 15, 2016. Official transcripts should be sent to the following address: Director of Research and Academic Programs, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), 500 Grove St., Suite 200, Herndon, VA 20170.

Eligibility: The prospective applicant must be currently enrolled as a graduate student at a North American university (in the US or Canada).

For more info please visit: 2016SummerStudentsProgram/tabid/419/Default.aspx

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII)

June 19 to August 11, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin

Welcome, APTLII 2017 Students!
Applications for Summer 2017 are now open!

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.

In addition to formal classes, on most afternoons and evenings students participate in co-curricular activities covering a range of topics relating to the history and culture of the region. This combination of formal classes, cultural and language activities, movies, field trips, and language tables provide students with opportunities to expand their vocabulary and practice using the language in different settings.

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