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The Arabic Language

The Arabic language has a rich artistic, religious and intellectual history that dates back thousands of years and encompasses a myriad of modern cultures and traditions throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Today, Arabic is spoken by nearly 300 million people and is an official language in over 20 different countries as well as the United Nations, playing a key role in global communications and international affairs. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) ties the Arabic-speaking world together as the literary written language of official communication, while each region features its own distinct dialect and cultural tradition. The CLS Program focuses on MSA, while giving students the opportunity to develop their colloquial Arabic skills that provide a foundation for building strong relations.

Arabic has been growing in popularity among American students for years and has attracted intellectuals from across the academic spectrum. Whether you're studying economics, anthropology, public health, or history, there is a great demand for proficient Arabic-speakers with on-the-ground experience in the MENA region.

Program Sites

Meknes, Morocco
Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM)
Jun 07, 2021 - Jul 30, 2021
Ibri, Oman
Noor Majan Training Institute
Jun 07, 2021 - Jul 30, 2021
Tangier, Morocco
Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM)
Jun 14, 2021 - Aug 06, 2021
Amman, Jordan
Jordan Language Academy
Jun 14, 2021 - Aug 06, 2021

Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

Luana Davila
Arabic 2019
Meknes, Morocco
Erin Smith
Arabic 2011
Amman, Jordan
Clara Sherwood
Arabic 2020
Meknes, Morocco