CLS Arabic العربية

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.

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Sarah Whipple
Arabic 2017
Meknes, Morocco
Kyla Harrison
Arabic 2017
Ibri, Oman
Ethan McHugh
Arabic 2017
Ibri, Oman
John Black
Arabic 2017
Amman, Jordan

Arabic Stories

Studying and Bringing Arabic Opportunities to Others

By Aubrey McMahan (Nizwa, Oman '13)Hi, everyone! My name is Aubrey McMahan (Nizwa, Oman '13), and I participated in the CLS 2013 University of Nizwa Arabic institute in Oman.Prior to CLS, I studied international relations, the Middle East, and German... Read more

Alumni Update: Kaylee Steck (Arabic ’13)

Kaylee Steck (Meknes, Morocco ’13) will travel to Morocco later this month to serve as a delegate for the 2014 U.S.A.-MAGHREB Youth Debates. She was selected to be part of a delegation of 15 Americans who will debate foreign policy issues with teams ... Read more

Department of State AEIF 2.0 Initiative

ECA’s Alumni Affairs Division has a new initiative called “AEIF 2.0.” As some of you may be aware, the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) was created in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to g... Read more