Arabic/Islamic Studies Programs in the USA and Abroad
(This list was obtained from the MSA @ University of Michigan)
I. Arabic Studies Programs in the USA
1. Georgetown Arabic Language Institute-Summer Program
Courses offered from beginning to advanced level. Students will spend from six to seven hours per day, five days a week.
Courses offered in Elementary Arabic, Intermediate Arabic, Advanced Arabic, and Elementary Spoken Egyptian Arabic. Open to college and university students, high school students who have completed their sophomore year, and adult learners.
fee: $1380 plus registration fee of $260.
3. Middlebury College, Vermont
Offers one of the best summer-intensive programs in the country. It is approximately eight or nine weeks long, and costs close to $5000. Very extensive program.
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4. University of Michigan, Summer Language Institute
Courses offered in Intensive Modern Standard Arabic, Intensive Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic, and Intensive Colloquial Levantine Arabic (spoken in Jerusalem, Amman, Damascus, and Beirut).
Fees vary for MI residents from $ 1470-2708 and for non-MI residents $461 1-5458.
5. University of Chicago, Intensive summer Arabic Program
offered for beginners, intermediate, high intermediate, and advanced.
Fees: About $2443.20 for each course.
Intensive Summer Arabic
6. University of California, Santa Barbara
Summer Intensive Arabic for Beginners
Contact: Magda Campo
email@example.com or call Registrar Office at (805)893-3592.
7. Summer Intensive Elementary Arabic at Penn
8. Summer Arabic Program at Washington University in St. Louis
Contact: Peter Heath: firstname.lastname@example.org
According to Br. Au Hussain, all costs are paid for. For more info, contact Br. Ali at:
Arabic Studies Programs Abroad
1. American University in Cairo-Undergrad/Grad Programs
Perhaps one of the most established and well-known programs for acquiring knowledge of the Arabic language. The Arabic Language Institute administers two programs: Intensive Arabic and the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) programs. These programs credit toward a degree at AUC.
American University in Cairo, Mrs. Mary Davidson, (2 12)730-8800
2. Hedayat Institute for Arabic Studies
classes designed to meet interest and needs of students.
An extensive program, requires a commitment of a various number of years (depending on level of Arabic and program). Requires placement test, may place student in either high school or jr. High school classes until the "graduate" whereupon one joins the university and specializes in one of the Islamic sciences.
11 levels from beginning to advanced. After completing all levels, may take certification for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers.
Institute for study of Arabic and Turkish. Private lessons offered only.
Summer and full-year courses. MSA and Egyptian Colloquial offered. Several options available during the year: Twelve weeks of MSA $360. Egyptian Colloquial: regular eight weeks, intensive four weeks, $135. Summer four-week intensives (MSA and EC) $350. Assistance is given in finding housing. www.stamet.com.eg/ili
week summer intensive. Modern Standard and Moroccan Colloquial. Open to students
with at least one year of college-level Arabic. Tuition, fees, room and board,
and transportation estimated at $3200. Several housing options available.
Scholarships available. Also have flexibility of setting up your own curriculum
along with classroom setting. There is a brother named Abdul-Hadi, who sets up
one on one instruction (or small group instruction for 2 or 3) to sit and learn
with a sheikh if one is interested in a particular Islamic science at the
National Council on US-Arab Relations sponsors Passage to Morocco and Aleppo,
Syria (separate programs) Intensive Modern
Standard Arabic study, cultural diversity exploration through home stays,
lectures on Morocco and related North African issues, as well as visits to
historical and cultural sights.
Al-Akhawayne University in Irfane, Morocco-Summer Intensive Arabic Language and Cultural
Program for elementary, intermediate, and advanced level for a period of seven weeks. Contact
University, (212 5) 86 24 21
10. Intensive Arabic Studies Program (Tangier)
King Fahd Advanced School of Translation
Abdelmalek Essadi University
Kevin Lacey, Director, Tangier Program
Dept. Of Classical and Near Eastem Studies
State University of New York at Binghamton
P0 Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Intensive eight week summer program. Intermediate Modern Standard (no elementary level) is
offered, with sessions in elementary and intermediate Moroccan Colloquial. Tuition: $2000.
11. Arabic Language Institute (Fez)
American Language Center of Fez
Stephen Casewit, Director BP2136
Fez, Morocco/ Tel: (2 12/5)624850
Six and three week intensive sessions offered throughout the year. Modern Standard and
Moroccan Colloquial at all levels including Survival Moroccan Arabic, Advanced Readings in
Islamic Texts. Six week session (120 hours) 5500 dirhams; three week session (45-60
hours)2750 dirhams ($l=19.6 dirhams). Housing assistance provided. Moroccan host families.
12. King Fahd University Dahran, Saudi Arabia
"Arabic for Foreigners"/Male students only.
Special Arabic Sessions (Jeddah)
Dean of Admissions
Dept. Of Islamic Studies
King Abdul Aziz University
P0 Box 1540
Jeddah 21441. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
13. Arabic Program (Riyadh)
Dean of Admissions
King Saud University
P0 Box 2454
Riyadh 11 45 1, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Contact the Cultural Mission at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. (202)298-8899.
14. Islamic University in Madinah
Arabic program designed for foreign students and Arabs. Scholaris is given for living expenses (airfare included). Acceptance equals scholarship. Arabic Language Program lasts for 2 years, then apply to one of the 5 colleges (Sharia, Hadith, Quran, Dawah, Arabic Language). Undergrad. And Grad. Programs. Only for men. Limited perspective. Contact: Jihad Turk at j email@example.com.
Syria and Yemen:
15. National Council of US-Arab Relations sponsors two summer study programs
one in Aleppo, Syria, and in Yemen. Will meet different academics, receive briefings on US-Arab relations, discuss history, politics, and economy. (I am not sure if this is an Arabic program or not). Contact Kirsten Bornmann at 202-293-0801.
Contact Cultural Affairs Officer Juliet Wurr at the American Cultural Center in Damascus for information on programs in Syria. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
16. Arabic Teaching Institute for Foreigners (Damascus)
Muhammad Kudeimi, Director
Villat Sharqiyah (Eastern Villas)
Beginning and intermediate classes in Modern Standard. Winter eight-month course (Oct-May)
$400. Summer three-month course (June-Sept) also $400. Contact Embassy of Syria in
Washington, D.C. early for entry visa (202-872-8406.
17. Center for Arabic Language and Eastern Studies-Yemen
Different levels are offered, semester and 6-week courses available. The institute offers halaqas for interested students. Costs vary. Pretty inexpensive though. Email: CALES@y.net.ye
18. Yemen Language Center (YLC) (Sanaa)
P0 Box 16961
US contact: Mohammad Rahawi
323 Grundy Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22046
Tel. And Fax: (703)534-3346
All levels of Modern Standard and Yemeni Colloquial. Half term: four-six weeks, US $980.
Full term: ten-twelve weeks, $1800. Full year: $6850. Summer: ten-twelve weeks, $1800. Fees
include housing. Class size limited to six students.
19. Specialist Language Training (Spectra) (Sanaa)
P0 Box 16101
US contact: Marc Moebius
169 5. Harrison St.
Princeton, NJ 08540
Summer and full-year programs. Modern Standard and Yemeni Colloquial. Summer: twelve
weeks, $2200. Financial assistance available. Students sign pledge to use Arabic at all times.
20. MALI-Sana'a Program in Yemen
The Modern American Language Institute
Courses offered in Modern Standard Arabic, Colloquial Yemeni Arabic, Arabic Calligraphy and
other programs tailored to specific needs. TeleFax 9671-241561/email: Malil.email@example.com
US rep: Tel/Fax 703-578-0145
21. Summer Arabic Program (Irbid) University of Virginia-Yarmouk University
B027 Cabell Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Tel: 804-982-2304/email: UVAYARMIK@faraday.clas.virginia.edu
Eight-week intensive summer course. Intermediate and Advanced Modern Standard and
Jordanian Colloquial. $2,600 tuition, room, and international transportation. Full fellowships
III. Miscellaneous Programs
Zarka Private University*- Started by 'Islamicists;' offers Arabic from beginning to advanced for non-native speakers. Semester or year program. $325/Summer, $425/regular semester. Have the option to reside in the town of Zaika or Amman. Hostels for women, no student housing for men. Degrees are offered in Islamic History, Shari'a, Fiqh, Arabic language and other Islamic sciences. (i.e., Sira, Tafsir, Tajweed, Hadith, etc.)
Islamic University*- located in Islamabad, Pakistan. Strict environment, not
very well-organized. Programs for undergraduates, graduates.
Military Training School*-Islamabad, Pakistan well organized.
Islamic Institute for Thought and Civilization: PhD offered in Islamic History , Islamic sciences, or Islamic thought. Contact Kareema Shamma: firstname.lastname@example.org
of Damascus- Year long and summer long course. Shari'a program as well under
Shaikh Ramadan Bouti (author of Fiqh-us-Seerah) Prior Arabic fluency required.
Contact Qurat Mir: email@example.com
Open University: Northern Virginia, offers Arabic as well as Islamic Studies in
either English or Arabic by correspondence courses.
of Islamic and Social Sciences- Northern Virginia. Offers MA in Islamic studies.
Call (703) 779-SISS (7477) or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Internet: http://www.siss.edu
for Arabic and Isalmic sciences- Saudi organization in Northern Virginia, has
segregated classes for Arabic as well as Islamic studies.
Institute- Santa Clara, CA. Institute established by Shaikh Hamza Yusuf. Runs
year-round, but the classes are taught on the weekend. Teaches Arabic in a
traditional manner w/emphasis on grammer.
Intensive Programs- program established in order to offer students an
introduction to the classical Islamic studies. Usually consists of five to eight
day retreats in different places, i.e. New Mexico, Toronto, New Jersey,
Connecticut, England, etc. Program organized by Shaikh Hamza Yusuf and others.
This page was last updated by Kalim Hussaini on April 19, 2002
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