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Summer Study Programs

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Date Posted Date/Location Summer Program
(click on name for more information)
02/23/18 July 9-August 9, 2018
Washington, DC
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Sabla Summer Arabic Language Immersion
May 6, 2018
02/15/18 June 25-August 10, 2018
Chicago, IL
American Islamic College
Summer Language Institute in Arabic
May 31, 2018
01/17/18 April 1-October 31, 2018
Tahrir and Muhandseen, Cairo, Egypt
Arabeya Arabic Language Centre
Summer Intensive Court in Arabic

Rolling admissions.
11/03/17 June 17-August 10, 2018
Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia
Summer Language Institute in Arabic
Rolling admissions.
10/13/17 June 20-August 8, 2018
Beirut, Lebanon
American University of Beirut
Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)
2018 Summer Intensive Arabic Language Program
April 10, 2018
09/18/17 June 24-August 9, 2018 Manah, Oman

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media Program (SALAM)

December 31, 2017

American Islamic College

Summer Language Institute in Arabic

Institution: American Islamic College (AIC), Chicago, IL
Dates: June 25-August 10, 2018 (seven-week intensive)
Application Deadline: May 31, 2018
Levels Offered: Beginner and Intermediate
Tuition: Varies. See website.
Housing Availability: Limited number of gender-separated AIC dorm rooms (with common kitchens and showers) available on campus

Synopsis: AIC’s Arabic Language Institute is offering two levels of intensive Arabic this summer at the Introductory and Intermediate levels, both with 140 contact hours which satisfies FLAS funding requirements. Each level covers two semesters or one academic year of university Arabic study equivalent to 8 credits.

Description: Classes for both levels meet 4 hours per day, 5 days per week for a total of seven weeks. Some extra-curricular activities are planned, including supplementary sessions devoted to Quranic recitation and calligraphy. Curriculum is built around gaining reading and writing proficiency with a view to acquiring the tools for interacting with Islamic texts. While the communicative aspects of Arabic are not ignored, our teaching focuses on literary Arabic and is not designed to enhance abilities in colloquial Arabic of any particular region. Non-AIC students wishing to take the Intermediate level will be subject to a proficiency test.

Tuition costs: (Not including $75 non-refundable registration fee & the costs of materials.)
- Introductory Level: $3,000 + $75 registration fee for non-AIC students
- Intermediate Level: $3,500

Housing costs: (Not including a $500 refundable deposit.)
- Single occupancy: $500/month
- Double occupancy: $350/month

For further information regarding the Summer Intensive Course please visit: or contact above.

American University of Beirut, Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)

2018 Summer Intensive Arabic Language Program

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut will offer two intensive Arabic language programs in the summer of 2018: 1) The Arabic Language and Culture Program, and 2) The Lebanese Colloquial Arabic Program. Both programs will run from June 20 until August 8, 2018 and the application deadline for both is April 10, 2018.

The program in Arabic Language and Culture offers eight different levels of proficiency from Novice to Superior. The program focuses on development of all language skills and provides instruction that integrates both Standard Arabic and Lebanese Colloquial Arabic within each course. The program offers five contact hours per day and features lectures, movies, field trips, and clubs which represent an integral part of the program. Students should expect around four hours of homework per day. The program uses the al-Kitaab textbook series by Brustad, Al-Batal, and Al-Tonsi as well as other teaching materials, some developed by CAMES faculty.

The program in Lebanese Colloquial Arabic offers two levels of instruction (novice and intermediate) and focuses on the development of speaking and listening skills in particular for those interested in developing their skills in the spoken Arabic of Lebanon and Lebanese culture. Applicants at the novice level are not expected to have any prior knowledge of Arabic. The Lebanese Colloquial Arabic program uses teaching materials developed by CAMES as well as Lebanese films, songs, and other audiovisual materials.

Both programs offer students 9 AUB credit hours which can be transferred to their home institutions. Instructors teaching in both programs are professional language teachers with extensive training and experience teaching Arabic as a second language. Admitted students in both programs (except those admitted to the novice levels) will be required to take a placement exam aimed at placing them within a class appropriate to their level of proficiency. 

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 Centre

Summer Intensive Court in Arabic

Location: Tahrir and Muhandseen, Cairo.
Applications: Rolling applications
Dates: April 1 – October 31
Levels: Beginner to Highly Advanced
Offer: 15th Anniversary offer (see website)

Arabeya Arabic Language Centre is delighted to announce its 2018 series of Summer Intensive Courses between the months of April and October.  This is a wonderful opportunity for learners of Arabic to be immersed in Egyptian culture while taking part in an intensive program that will propel their Arabic proficiency in weeks.

For our 15th anniversary, the school has expanded the courses, offering mid to long term students both internship and volunteering opportunities.

Our annual Summer Intensive Course is taught in small groups of maximum 5 students, with the flexibility to choose Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) or a combination of the two. Arabeya offers students the choice to take 20, 25 or 30 hours per week, with a minimum of 2 weeks at 25hrs per week. The program uses the al-Kitaab series by Brustad, Al-Batal, and Al-Tonsi for MSA and the Kalimni Arabi series by Samia Louis as well as other teaching materials.

Extra opportunities:

  • Volunteering: Our longer-term students are encouraged to volunteer for African Hope Learning Centre for a couple of hours a week.
  • Internships: Various roles within the school will be available in return for discounted lessons or accommodation.
  • Arabic Calligraphy, Tajweed, Talks & Seminars available throughout the Summer.

Free shuttle service from the airport to accommodation. Shared accommodation with both single and shared bedrooms is available close to both branches.

15th anniversary offer: all students who register before 31st March 2018 receive 10% off on all courses.

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For registration or for further information regarding the Summer Intensive Course please go to:

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Sabla Summer Arabic Language Immersion

Sabla is an intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. For five weeks each summer, students from across the U.S. can study Arabic at SQCC on scholarship.

The word Sabla in Omani Arabic dialect refers to a place in each community where people gather and receive hospitality. Sabla also serves as a meeting place to discuss important public issues.

The Sabla program aspires to be a hub bringing together students from across the U.S. for a dynamic linguistic and cultural exchange. The program hopes to enable students to be active learners and to form a community to cultivate a lifelong Arabic language learning experience.

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center's Sabla Program is an intensive summer language program designed to benefit current university-level students and recent graduates. 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 a 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.

All applicants are required to have completed at least two semesters of Arabic at a college or university in the United States by the start of the program. This exam, together with the information to be provided in the application about the student's knowledge of Arabic and the required Arabic writing sample will determine the level of Arabic instruction appropriate for the applicant.

The program also includes:

  • Integrated weekly cultural events, including music presentation and movie screenings
  • Attending lectures conducted in Arabic featuring guest speakers
  • Trips to acquaint students with the magnificent Middle Eastern heritage on display in museums and libraries across D.C.
  • Visits to Middle Eastern restaurants

This academic scholarship covers the cost of classes only. Students will be responsible to pay for their airfare ticket to D.C., accommodation, and food, excursions (most museums in D.C. are free to the public) and any other miscellaneous living expenses for the duration of their stay in D.C.

Students are required to purchase textbooks. Additional teaching materials will be supplied by instructors at no cost to students.

All insurance coverage including medical, life, accident etc. is the responsibility of the student. Please note that students will be required provide proof of valid medical insurance with their application.

Students must make their own arrangements at a hotel, hostel, or private home in D.C. Reservations should be made in advance before arriving to D.C. for class. SQCC does not provide housing.

If you need any assistance, please email Dr. Abeer Al-Mohsen:

Sabla Summer Arabic Language Immersion Dates 2018
Monday, July 9th –Thursday, August 9th


  • Advanced Beginning level
  • Low Intermediate level
  • High Intermediate level
  • Advanced level

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
1100 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 677-3967 


  • Application  
  • Resume 
  • Essays
  • Write an essay, in English, that discusses how participation in the Sabla Program at SQCC will help you accomplish your future goals. How do you plan to incorporate Arabic language study into your academic and/or career plans? (300-500 words)
  • Write an essay, in Arabic, introducing yourself to the Arabic program staff, including a discussion of your personal and professional interests and goals. (175 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from an Arabic instructor
  • Unofficial transcripts

Course Descriptions

Sabla Courses

For assistance, please email Dr. Abeer Al-Mohsen:

SABLA Application is Open (Deadline is May 6, 2018)

9 July – 9 August 2018

After completing the application, please use the following links with your confirmation number to complete the Sabla Placement Exam and Letters of Reference.

Sabla Application Form

Sabla Placement Exam

Sabla Recommendation Form

Application review will begin after the 6 May deadline, and we will notify applicants of decisions by 11 May.

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) Program

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program in the Sultanate of Oman. SQCC supports Arabic language study for U.S. students through its annual SALAM program. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.

Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in a degree seeking program (BA, MA or PhD) in spring 2018, and have completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework.

Program dates: 24 June - 9 August 2018
Location: Manah, Oman
Cost: SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase international health and medical evacuation insurance, and arrange travel to and from Washington, D.C. and their home city.
Classes: Held 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday.
Outside of class: Students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.
Housing: Shared student housing, provided by the program.
The program also provides: Three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and laundry and gym facilities onsite.

To submit an application, or for more information,
please visit the SALAM page on the SQCC website.

Applications due 31 December 2017

SQCC is dedicated to educating the peoples of the U.S. and Oman about the breadth and richness of our two cultures. SQCC promotes mutual respect and understanding between our nations and strives to educate a new generation of culturally sensitive and knowledgeable citizens in each society.

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.
Housing Availability: On-campus available

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.


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