MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Summer Study Programs

To post a summer 2015 program (fee-based service) please complete the form found here. Questions may be directed to Mark Lowder at mark@mesana.org.

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Date Posted Date/Location Summer Program
(click on name for more information)
Deadline
3/24/15 June 14-August 7
Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia, Arabic Intensive Summer Language Program  
3/11/15 May 18-August 15
Washington, DC
George Washington University-Persian Language and Culture Summer Institute 2015 May 14, 2015
3/5/15 Various start dates
Cairo, Egypt
Arabeya Arabic Language Center, Summer and Winter Arabic Programs  
3/5/15 June 1-June 26
June 29-July 24
Notre Dame, IN
University of Notre Dame, Summer Intensive Arabic Registration begins March 18, 2015
3/2/15 June 11-August 15
Monterey, CA
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Summer Intensive Arabic Program  
2/20/15 June 12-August 7 and June 16-August 7
Mills College
Oakland, CA
Middlebury Arabic School
8-week Summer Program and 6-week Graduate Session
 
2/18/15 June 26-July 17
June 26-Aug. 14
June 30-Aug. 14
Middlebury, VT
Middlebury Language Schools, School of Hebrew Summer Programs
Hebrew for Lifelong Learners
Intensive Immersion
Hebrew MA Program
 
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: arabic@aui.ma – website: www.aui.ma/arabic.

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: http://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/cames or email cames@aub.edu.lb.

Arabeya Arabic Language Center

Summer and Winter Arabic Programs in Egypt

Arabeya Summer Program 2015

Starting Dates: 19 April 2015, 3 May 2015, 11 May 2015, 31 May 2015, 14 June 2015, 21 June 2015, 28 June 2015, 5 July 2015, 12 July 2015, 26 July 2015, 2 August 2015, 9 August 2015, 16 August 2015, 23 August 2015, 30 August 2015, 6 September 2015, 13 September 2015, 27 September 2015, 11 October 2015 and 18 October 2015.

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). Our intensive rich and varied Arabic program, with interesting offers to Arabic learners of all levels, including absolute beginners, and with diverse interests.

You have two options for Summer Program: I - Summer Program with Accommodation: Two weeks (50 Hours) for 600 Euro; Three weeks (60 Hours) for 710 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: 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). For additional information, please visit: http://www.arabeya.org/summer-program-2014. II - Summer 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: 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: http://www.arabeya.org/summer-program-2014

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: http://www.arabeya.org/summer-program-2022. 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: http://www.arabeya.org/online-course Also you can join our Regular course: Small Groups http://www.arabeya.org/summer-program-2016 One to One http://www.arabeya.org/summer-program-2017 Arabic for Diplomats http://www.arabeya.org/summer-program-2021 Arabic Journalism http://www.arabeya.org/summer-program-2019 Arabic Calligraphy http://www.arabeya.org/summer-program-2023 Business Communication http://www.arabeya.org/summer-program-2020 Islamic Courses http://onlinearabic.org/ For more information about our school, teachers or courses please feel free to contact us directly on:info@arabeya.org.

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: https://globaled.duke.edu/Programs/Summer/Duke_in_Turkey. Applications are due February 1st, 2015.  Be sure to visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/dukeglobaled and follow us on Twitter @dukeglobaled to get the latest information on all Duke study-away programs. 

George Washington University

Persian Language and Culture Summer Institute 2015

PROGRAM DATES
May 18 – August 14, 2015

COST
Tuition* + $220 Program Fee

*Students who enroll in all 3 courses will receive a 35% discounted tuition rate.

REGISTRATION
Visiting students will first submit an application, then fill out a pre-registration form online.

At this summer institute, students gain a solid foundation of the basics of the Persian (Farsi) language, as well as a better understanding of Iran’s contemporary society, history, and culture, through various extracurricular activities, film screenings, lecture series and field trips in the Washington, DC area.

This institute will offer two back-to-back beginning courses of the Persian language (4 credits each), along with one Iranian Cinema course (3 credits). In the Persian language courses, students will learn the fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing of Modern Standard Persian. The Iranian Cinema course will focus on the distinct characteristics of postrevolutionary Iranian cinema. This course will discuss Iran’s contemporary culture and politics, gender, family and social dynamics, as well as the symbolic language of modern Iranian cinema.

This institute will provide an opportunity for students to gain knowledge about the Persian culture through class activities, participate in DC area cultural events, and learn from the experts in the field.

For more information, visit summer.gwu.edu/persian-language-culture or contact Professor Pardis Minuchehr at minucher@gwu.edu.

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Summer Intensive Arabic Program

Now marking its 60th year, the Summer Intensive Language Program (http://go.miis.edu/silp) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey has supported thousands of learners in their quest to develop proficiency in a variety of foreign languages. It is a rigorous, fast-paced program that is best suited for highly motivated learners. Our Summer Intensive Arabic Program supports learners' development in reading, listening, speaking, writing, grammar and pronunciation skills while building intercultural awareness. At all levels, learners are exposed to Arabic grammar, structure, and script, in addition to communication strategies. Instruction is primarily in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) with other dialects used as appropriate to the topic or theme of discussion. Other dialects offered include: Levantine, Egyptian, and North African, among others. Our goal is help students reap the academic, professional, and cultural rewards of learning Arabic. Arabic Program Highlights:

  • Eight weeks of classes
  • 21.5 hours of in-class instruction per week
  • Elementary, intermediate, and advanced sections available depending on enrollment
  • Two components for each level: a Core Component that focuses on structure and vocabulary, and a Fluency Component that is devoted to real-world speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Free tutoring to support classroom learning
  • Conversation partner program, which offers a chance to interact with native-speakers from the Institute's graduate programs
  • Co-curricular activities designed to enhance formal study
  • Instructors with native-level fluency, advanced teaching degrees and years of experience
  • Career advising to support students' career paths related to the Arab world

Samples of past co-curricular activities include:

  • Student clubs: Arabic Dance, Cuisine, Read Out Loud, Movie Night, Writing, and Arab World Tour clubs
  • Karaoke in Arabic
  • Speaker from Stanford
  • Screening of the movie, The Square, which depicts the history of the Egyptian Revolution.
  • In the words of a student: "The instructor rotations really helped to expose us to different dialects and customs found throughout the Arab World. In a single day alone I would be exposed to Lebanese, Jordanian, Egyptian and Sudanese dialects and food." Kasia Sumarowski, Arabic '12 and '13

URL: http://go.miis.edu/silp

Middlebury Language Schools - Arabic School

8-week Summer Program - June 12-August 7, 2015
6-week Graduate Session - June 16-August 7, 2015
(both held at Mills College, Oakland, CA)

8-week summer program at Mills College, Oakland, CA June 12-August 7

The 8-week program offers courses at levels 1 through 4, including the half-levels 1.5, 2.5, and 3.5. Placement in a level is determined by examination at the beginning of the session. The program typically enrolls a highly diverse student body, including undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, and professionals. Students immerse themselves in the Arabic language and Arab culture through their academic work, commitment to the Language Pledge, and participation in a variety of cocurricular activities. Students earn 12 semester hour credits and take four classes. Some need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships are available. More information is available at www.middlebury.edu/ls/arabic.

6-week Graduate Session at Mills College, Oakland, CA June 16-August 7

The 6-week graduate session is part of the Arabic School's MA degree program, established in 2012. The graduate session aims to provide rigorous graduate instruction in certain content areas, with Arabic as the language of instruction, discussion, assignments, and so on. Graduate-level proficiency in Arabic is therefore a requirement for admission to the graduate session. The graduate program offers a general track in Arabic studies, featuring in-language coursework on topics in Arabic literature and Arab culture and society; and an Arabic language pedagogy track, offering advanced training in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). Students earn 9 semester-hour credits and take three classes during the summer session. Applicants pursuing an MA are encouraged to apply for financial aid, as special funding is available. More information can be found at http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/grad_programs/arabic. Both programs are offered at Mills College (CA), our West Coast campus for the Middlebury Language Schools.

Middlebury Language Schools - School of Hebrew

Hebrew for Lifelong Learners; Intensive Immersion, and Hebrew MA Program

Opened in the summer of 2008, the School of Hebrew combines a proven curriculum for Hebrew and an immersion-learning environment for which the Language Schools have been celebrated for nearly a century. All students sign the Language Pledge®. We offer three programs for the study of Hebrew.

Hebrew for Lifelong Learners: June 26-July 17, 2015 http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/hebrew/lifelonglearners This three-week course combines a curriculum designed specifically for adult students in a rigorous immersion environment. Our focus on the spoken language encourages rapid mastery of modern Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.

Program Highlights:

  • Four levels of study are available and are determined by a placement test and the student's experience with Hebrew.
  • Students and professors interact in the classrooms, dining halls, and during cocurricular activities. In the late afternoon and evening, students can attend lectures, performances, and films.
  • Students have the option to earn one unit of credit (three credit hours).
  • Need-based grants available

Seven-Week Intensive Immersion Program: June 26-August 14, 2015www.middlebury.edu/ls/hebrew You will benefit from our rigorous approach to daily classroom instruction, leading to rapid gains in the four major skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Outside the classroom, you'll participate in organized in-language cocurricular activities-including soccer, theater, story-telling, and film club-each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency.

Program Highlights:

  • Five levels of study, with placement determined by testing and prior experience with Hebrew
  • Daily activities include four to five hours of classroom instruction, work in computer labs, reading and listening activities via lecturers, literature, plays, films, multi-media, and journalistic accounts.
  • Three units of credit (nine credit-hours)
  • Need-based grants available

Hebrew MA Program: June 30-August 14 http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/grad_programs/hebrew Prospective and active teachers of Hebrew can combine cultural immersion with superb pedagogical training. MA students can study for four summers at Middlebury's Vermont campus or accelerate their training in two summers and two low-residency academic years.

Program Highlights:

  • Middlebury's legendary in-language instruction and cultural immersion
  • Unique, proven pedagogy for teachers of Hebrew
  • Need-based grants
  • Teaching practicums at different educational levels (elementary/post-secondary; pre-school/elementary; formal/informal education)

University of Notre Dame

Summer Intensive Arabic

MEAR 10001/60001 First Year Arabic I
MTWRF 9:00-11:15 and 11:45-1:00
June 1, 2015-June 26, 2015
5 credit hours

MEAR 10002/60002 First Year Arabic II
MTWRF 9:00-11:15 and 11:45-1:00
June 29, 2015-July 24, 2015
5 credit hours

Instructor: Catherine Bronson

First Year Arabic, offered as a summer intensive, is the equivalent of an academic-year sequence (approximately 9 calendar months) in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the language of all official forms of communication in the Arab world. Students will acquire fundamental skills in the four areas of language acquisition, as set out by TAFL (the committee on Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language): Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Class will convene five days a week for 3.5 hours.

Students acquire high-novice fluency by using syntactical patterns allowing them to communicate in all aspects of the target language. In addition, the course will reference Arab culture; most cultural-based discussion will be drawn directly from the text. These discussions will aid students in understanding the distinctive characteristics of the Arabo-centric humanistic perspective, the registers of the Arabic language, the issues of diglossia and most importantly, the historical and cultural characteristics of this region (in a general context). Students will go on cultural excursions and engage in practices of Arab culture, including cooking.
Registration begins March 18, 2015 http://summersession.nd.edu/.

University of Virginia

Arabic Intensive Summer Language Program

The University of Virginia Arabic Program is pleased to announce its intensive summer language program offered through the Summer Language Institute (SLI).

Dates: June 14 - August 7, 2015

Arabic Level One: Students will learn the equivalent of two semesters of Introductory Arabic (8 credits) in an eight-week period.

Arabic Level Two: Students will learn the equivalent of two semesters of Intermediate Arabic (8 credits) plus an introduction to Levantine Colloquial (3 credits), for a total of 11 credits.

WHY STUDY ARABIC THROUGH THE SLI? Unlike many 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. That is, study of colloquial at once promotes a deeper understanding of classical and unlocks the subtle layers of cultural meaning that permeate everyday life in the Arabic-speaking world.

Arabic SLI Level 1

Level 1 students will learn Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Unlike the diversity of informal Arabic dialects, Modern Standard Arabic (fusha) is the form of Arabic common to all 22 Arab countries of the "League of Arab States" and used in modern literature, government, media, and educational institutions. The first half of (Level 1 - ARAB 1016) is devoted to learning the Arabic alphabet as well as the basic grammar and vocabulary needed to formulate sentences and more extended discourse. The second half of this level focuses on developing proficiency through expanding knowledge of grammar, acquiring new vocabulary and refining skills in simulated real life situations and cultural contexts.

Arabic SLI Level 2

In addition to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), level two Arabic SLI students will also learn introductory communicative skills in the Arabic dialect spoken in the Levant region (Syria , Lebanon , Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories). The colloquial component will complement and extend students' understanding and appreciation of classical Arabic, from which much of Levantine vocabulary is derived, as well as equip them with the language of everyday life as spoken in a wide swath of the Arab world. Building on what students learned in ARAB 1010 and 1020, the morning and afternoon sessions will be devoted to Classical Arabic study at the intermediate level, developing and advancing the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). In the evening, students will receive one hour of instruction in basic Levantine colloquial vocabulary and syntax in a dynamic, communicative-based format.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Program meets five days a week for eight weeks. Morning Session: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Afternoon Session: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm Evening Session (Arabic level 2 students only): 6:00-7:00 pm.

For additional information and to apply, see: http://sli.virginia.edu/arabic.

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: creeca.wisc.edu/cessi. 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: flas.wisc.edu. 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, cessi@creeca.wisc.edu, 1-608-262-3379.

 



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