Critical Language Scholarship Program | Arabic
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The Arabic Language

No Prior Language Study Required

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
Noor Majan Training Institute
Jun 06, 2022 - Jul 29, 2022
Meknes, Morocco
Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM)
Jun 12, 2022 - Aug 10, 2022
Amman, Jordan
Jordan Language Academy
Jun 13, 2022 - Aug 11, 2022
Tangier, Morocco
Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM)
Jun 19, 2022 - Aug 17, 2022

Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

Heba Haleem
Arabic 2018
Meknes, Morocco
Sarah Whipple
Arabic 2017
Meknes, Morocco
Rachel Sider
Arabic 2012
Rabat, Morocco