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)
04/29/16 June 5-August 4, 2016
August 14-September 8, 2016
Noor Majan Training Institute
Arabic Language Summer 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  
03/22/16 July 11-22, 2016 and
July 25-August 12, 2016
Piscataway, NJ
Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute
Christian Arabic Summer Course
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  
02/08/16 June 12-August 5, 2016 University of Virginia Arabic Summer Language Institute  
02/02/16 June 8-August 2, 2016
Izmir, Turkey
Arizona in Turkey - 8-week Summer Program in Izmir, Turkey - Turkish Language February 15, 2016
10/7/15 June 11-August 6, 2016
Madison, Wisconsin
Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison  
9/14/15 Beirut, Lebanon American University of Beirut - 2016 CAMES Summer Arabic Programs End of February 2016 for early admissions; mid-April 2016 for regular admissions.
8/24/15 Fez, Morocco International Institute for Languages and Cultures (INLAC)  

American University of Beirut

2016 CAMES Summer Arabic Programs

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 2016: 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 the last week of June until the first week of August, 2016. The application deadline for early admission is at the end February 2016 and the deadline for regular admission is in mid-April 2016. 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 studying Arabic 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. Applicants are required to have 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 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

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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(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

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Our Regular course:

Small Groups
One to One
Arabic for Kids
Arabic for Diplomats
Arabic Journalism
Arabic Calligraphy
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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 for Languages and Cultures (INLAC)

Intensive Arabic Classes and Courses in MENA Studies: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016

Fall, Spring, and Summer Intensive Arabic classes, as well as  courses on North Africa and the Middle East covering: Gender and Women Studies, Politics, Islam, Migration, History and Society, Literature, Linguistics, Translation, Contemporary Issues, Social Movements, Migration.

Fall Semester:  14 September– 18 December, 2015
Spring Semester:  4 January – 8 April, 2015

Summer Complete Immersion Program 2016

Summer 1:  23 May
Summer 2:  27 June

From Three to Twelve Weeks

INLAC also offers homestays, excursions, volunteer work, and many cultural and social activities. Our services are customized.

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 your skill level and place you in the right class.


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.

Private Courses

Inlac offers students and professionals the opportunity to take private lessons in Arabic. A private course can be set for one person or for a small group of people.
Number of Hours:  determined by the student. A student may apply for as many hours as needed. A private student will sit for a placement test to determine language level.

Course:  course content will be decided by the instructor based on the language needs of the student.

Dates: anytime of the year. Start and end dates are decided solely by the student or his university.

Certificate of Completion

Upon the successful completion of the course, each participant receives a Certificate of Completion indicating the name, level and duration of the course attended.  Students will receive official transcripts indicating the content of the course studied so they can claim credit at their home universities and colleges. It’s however the students’ sole responsibility to negotiate with their home institutions the appropriate number of credits to be awarded.
Assistance:  We take care of the students' needs for the complete duration of their stay. Our staff and faculty are dedicated and highly competent and skilled in their fields.


INLAC 7bis Derb Ben Abdejlil, Ziat Fez Médina, Fez, Morocco
Tel/Fax: +(0)535 63 63 84
For further details, please visit:

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


Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute

Christian Arabic Summer Course

Building off the success of previous courses, Beth Mardutho (The Syriac Institute) is expanding its summer course offerings to include not only Syriac (beginner and intermediate courses), but also Syro-Arabic (also called Garshuni) as well as Christian Arabic.

Christian Arabic
(July 11-22, 2016, 9 AM - 1 PM)
Instructor: Alexander (Sasha) Treiger

The course will introduce students to Christian literature in Arabic written from the eighth century to the present. Students attending this course must be able to read Modern Standard Arabic and Classical Arabic. The readings will cover select genres of Christian literature in Arabic: biblical and patristic translations, apologetic and polemical literature, lives of the saints, and world chronicles. Select texts will be read in printed editions (whenever available) and in manuscripts. Additionally, the course will offer a general survey of Middle Eastern Christianity, its ecclesiastical, ethnic, and linguistic divisions, and Christian Arabic Studies as a field of research.

Syro-Arabic Garshuni
(July 11-22, 2016, 2 PM - 6 PM)
Instructor: George A. Kiraz

Syro-Arabic, also called Garshuni, is the writing of Arabic texts in the Syriac alphabet. Students attending this course must be able to read Modern Standard Arabic or Classical Arabic. No Syriac knowledge is assumed. The course will introduce the Garshuni writing system with simple texts and then move to reading Garshuni texts from both printed books as well as early manuscripts. Exercises include translating Syro-Arabic texts into English as well as transcribing texts between the Arabic script and the Syriac script.

Syriac I: Introduction to Syriac
(July 25 - August 12, 2016; 9:00 AM - noon)
Instructor: George A. Kiraz

Students with no prior experience in Syriac will learn introductory reading, writing, grammar, and should be able to translate introductory texts including passages from the Syriac Peshitta Bible by the end of the course with the help of a dictionary. The course includes team translation activities. A hybrid method of teaching will be used drawing from both traditional reading/writing and immersion (conversational) models.

Syriac II: Intermediate-Advanced Syriac
(July 25 - August 12, 2016; 2-5 PM)
Instructor: George A. Kiraz

This course is geared towards students who have already done Syriac and would like to dig deeper into the grammar and nuances of the language. Each day we read texts and go through the grammar of Coakley-Robinson, translating from Syriac to English as well as from English to Syriac. The Syriac texts that we translate differ from year to year; the instructor sets the text for the first week, but for the rest of the course students pick the texts that are of interest to the group, giving them the chance to read material and genres that are of special interest to them. The Beth Mardutho library, one of the largest private libraries in the world on Syriac material, is at the disposal of the class and can be used to answer even the toughest questions.

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Noor Majan Training Institute

Arabic Language Summer Program

Summer course session 1: 5th June - 4th August 2016 (8 weeks)
Summer course session 2: 14th August - 8th September (4 weeks)

Noor Majan Training Institute offers high-quality intensive Arabic courses in an authentic and safe environment in Oman. The setting is conducive to language learning and practice. We host students from all walks of life; from Europe, the Americas, Australia and Japan. Our course fees include tuition (25 hours weekly), all course materials, and accommodation in student apartments, afternoon programs, language partners, excursions, transportation and lunches on weekdays. Reduced fees for university or long term students.

For more information please visit our website:
or contact Samira Selle at:

University of Arizona

Arizona in Turkey, June 8 - August 2, 2016

Arizona in Turkey (AZiT) is an 8-week summer program based in Izmir, Turkey launched in 2014 through the University of Arizona. 

The Turkish language classes (beginning through advanced levels) are taught by faculty from Dokuz Eylül University (DEDAM) and include 120 classroom hours (10 credits). DEU is the only university in Turkey offering graduate degrees in Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language and all instructors are drawn from this program. Additionally, Izmir – unlike Istanbul – offers students more of an opportunity for intensive Turkish language immersion. Students reinforce their speaking abilities with a peer language tutor for 20 hours during the program.

The program begins with a 3-day orientation in Izmir, followed by a 5-day mid-term tour to Istanbul and weekend academic excursions to cultural sites near Izmir.

Students also engage in a one-day service learning opportunity as well as a rural homestay weekend. During their time in Izmir students live with a homestay family.

Our program application deadline is February 15th, so if your students are interested, they can visit our website for more information on Arizona in Turkey and to begin the application process. Feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

Estimated program cost: $6,995. Applications are due February 15th, 2016

University of Virginia

Arabic Summer Language Institute

June 12-August 5, 2016

The University of Virginia is accepting applications to its intensive Arabic Summer Language Institute. This summer we are offering Arabic Level Two. To be eligible, applicants must have completed the equivalent of first year college-level Modern Standard. Unlike most summer Arabic programs which focus exclusively on Modern Standard Arabic, the Arabic SLI combines instruction in classical Arabic and colloquial Levantine. This innovative curriculum is based on the belief that colloquial and classical studies are mutually reinforcing. Upon completion of the program, participants will have learned the equivalent of two semesters of Intermediate Arabic (8 credits) plus an introduction to Levantine Colloquial (3 credits), for a total of 11 credits.

Classes are held on the University of Virginia's campus. Students must be prepared to commit to seven hours of coursework each weekday, which includes instruction in both language and regional knowledge and culture. Students will emerge with linguistic and cultural competence at the intermediate level and readiness to enter a 300-level language course the following spring, if they desire.

Whether you aspire to study Arabic for work in government and NGOs, for academic research in literature, religion, and political science, or simply for your own personal fulfillment, the SLI will equip you with the language skills and cultural knowledge you need.

Dates: June 12-August 5, 2106

To apply go to or contact uvasli@virginia for more information.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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

June 11 to August 6, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin

The UW-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII) is now accepting applications for Summer 2016. APTLII is an eight-week intensive summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Throughout the entire program students are required to communicate in their target language - in their shared living space on campus, at meals, and at co-curricular activities that combine to create a language immersion experience. Courses are offered at levels ranging from Beginner to Advanced (depending on sufficient enrollment), and provide two semesters of academic credit. Instruction is given in small groups taught by native speakers and experienced language teachers. Our intensive program include a minimum of 4.5 classroom contact hours daily Monday through Friday, along with a packed schedule of afternoon and evening activities and workshops. Comprehensive fees cover tuition, housing, and meals. For more information about APTLII, including student newsletters from past summers and the current application, visit our website at


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