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)
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)  
3/5/15 Various start dates
Cairo, Egypt
Arabeya Arabic Language Center, Winter Arabic Programs  

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 and Winter Arabic Programs in Egypt

Arabeya Winter Program 2015-2016

Starting Dates: 8 November 2015, 22 November 2015, 29 November 2015, 6 December 2015, 13 December 2015, 20 December 2015, 27 December 2015, 3 January 2016, 17 January 2016, 24 January 2016, 31 January 2016, 14 February 2016, 21 February 2016, 28 February 2016, 6 March 2016, 20 March 2016, 27 March 2016, 3 April 2016 and 17 April 2016 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 (minimum two weeks). You have two options for Winter Program: 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 (90 Hours) for 890 Euro; Four weeks (100 Hours) for 945 Euro; Four weeks (110 Hours) for 985 Euro; Four weeks (120 Hours) for 1025 Euro. Each program includes: Accommodation (a bed in a double room at our school); Free airport shuttle, free placement test, free certificate. New program starts every week. Students choose between MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) and ECA (Egyptian Colloquial Arabic). 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 (90 Hours) for 670 Euro; Four weeks (100 Hours) for 710 Euro; Four weeks (110 Hours) for 740 Euro; Four weeks (120 Hours) for 770 Euro. Each program includes: Free airport shuttle, free placement test, free certificate. New program starts every week. Students choose between MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) and ECA (Egyptian Colloquial Arabic).

For additional information, please visit: Online Course live via Skype Learn Arabic LIVE with your own private native teacher anytime from anywhere. Arabeya Arabic Language School can help you maximize your Arabic language competence - quickly, affordably, and in the privacy of your home. Free trial Lesson before you start your regular course - Simple to use online classroom - Save Time and Money - Start at anytime all over the year. No pre requests. We accept students from zero level to high advanced level. You can choose to have: (5 Hours) for 65 USD (10 Hours) for 120 USD (15 Hours) for 170 USD (20 Hours) for 220 USD (50 Hours) for 520 USD (75 Hours) for 745 USD (100 Hours) for 970 USD For additional information, please visit: Also you can join our Regular course: Small Groups One to One Arabic for Diplomats Arabic Journalism Arabic Calligraphy Business Communication Islamic Courses For more information about our school, teachers or courses please feel free to contact us directly

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:

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 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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