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

Ibri, Oman
Jun 06, 2019 - Aug 09, 2019
Meknes, Morocco
Jun 06, 2019 - Aug 09, 2019
Amman, Jordan
Jun 11, 2019 - Aug 09, 2019
Tangier, Morocco
Jun 16, 2019 - Aug 16, 2019

Previous Institutes


Featured Alumni Profiles

John Black
Arabic 2017
Amman, Jordan
Ethan McHugh
Arabic 2017
Ibri, Oman
Kyla Harrison
Arabic 2017
Ibri, Oman

Arabic Stories

Announcing the 2020 CLS Application - Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! American undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

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Posted September 12, 2019


Knight works in Middle East
Kate Knight (Arabic 2019), who has Shelbyville connections, is working toward a career in diplomacy after graduating from Rollins College earlier this year.

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Posted August 19, 2019


Announcing Application Dates and Changes to the 2020 CLS Program

The CLS Program is in the process of wrapping up another successful summer, and with it we are turning our attention to the fall application and recruitment season. We have a few important updates leading into the fall application season that we want to share with advisors and students as soon...

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Posted August 15, 2019