The Program in Middle East Studies strongly encourages students to study abroad, particularly in the Middle East or North Africa. Studying in the Middle East can be an important complement to your studies at Smith.
Funding for summer study is very limited and normally covers only a portion of the total cost of attending a summer program.
- International Experience Grants
- Leila Wilson Fund, Program in Middle East Studies (due Friday March 14, 2014, for study of a Middle Eastern language only; grants normally cover only a very modest portion of the total program cost)
- Class Deans Office, Intensive Summer Language Study Grants
Summer Language Programs
Summer offers excellent opportunities to deepen your language skills.
Most of the programs on the list of Smith-approved study abroad programs (consult the website of the Office for International Study) also offer excellent summer programs in Middle Eastern language, politics, history, or culture. Credits are transferable back to Smith.
During the summer, students may elect to attend programs that are not on the approved list. Such programs may not be eligible for summer funding due to ongoing State Department travel warnings. Transfer of credit from such institutions may require the approval of the Program and/or the Registrar.
Note that prices below are approximate, based on 2012 levels. Prices do not include the cost of airfare. In some cases, costs for housing are included, while in other cases it is not. Please consult the individual program websites for the most up-to-date information on dates, fees, and program information.
Center for Jerusalem Studies, Al-Quds University
Arabic, Jerusalem. 4 weeks, $1,500. A program of Al-Quds University. Morning classes are held in the Old City of Jerusalem (M-Th, from 9am-1 pm), and afternoon conversation classes are held in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah (MTTh, 2-6pm). The CJS offers Intensive Arabic language from the beginners through advanced levels, and also includes lectures and tours of Jerusalem from a Palestinian perspective.
CET Arabic, Irbid Jordan. 8 weeks, $6,500. CET Jordan students have their sights set on mastering Arabic. Students dive head first into language learning, taking courses in both formal and informal Arabic. Middle Eastern studies courses, language partners, local roommates and a language pledge ensure that students return home well versed in Arabic and its contexts. This program is for serious students with at least two terms of previous Arabic language study under their belt.
CIEE: Jordan Arabic, Amman Jordan. 7 weeks, $6,700. The summer Arabic Language study abroad program in Amman, Jordan is for students who have a strong interest in developing a solid foundation in Modern Standard Arabic and seek to begin or accelerate their language proficiency through an intensive language program. In addition to rigorous coursework in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, students participate in language club activities and program excursions designed to give them opportunities to apply their language skills and learn firsthand about Jordanian culture and society.
SIT Study Abroad Arabic, Amman Jordan. 7 weeks, $7,000. Students acquire not only basic vocabulary but the practical communication skills, including culturally appropriate gestures, necessary to communicate in a variety of everyday situations with native speakers.
Amideast Summer Intensive Arabic in Jordan $3850/session
AMIDEAST Arabic, Cairo Egypt. 4 weeks or 8 weeks, 3,850/session. Classes are held in AMIDEAST’s central facilities in Dokki on the west bank of the Nile. In addition to high-quality Arabic instruction, AMIDEAST works to take advantage of the unique environment in which the program is held by combining classroom instruction with experiential field visits and activities in the vibrant city of Cairo. The Summer Intensive Arabic Program offers Modern Standard Arabic in two 4-week sessions. Classes meet 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. Each session therefore includes 100 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic. One summer session covers the material usually presented in one semester on a U.S. campus.
SINARC-Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture. Arabic, Beirut Lebanon. 6 weeks, $3,600.
SINARC is hosted at the Lebanese American University (Beirut Campus). SINARC offers courses in Arabic language and culture at various levels of proficiency. Each level provides twenty hours per week of intensive classroom instruction, including five hours per week of Lebanese Dialect. Cultural activities include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture.
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center's (SQCC) Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) Applications by Feb 15, 2013. Free for students with 4 semesters of Arabic
ALIF Program. Arabic, Fez Morocco. 6 weeks, $1,400. The Arabic Language Institute of Fez offers both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic.
Arabic, Rabat Morocco. 8 weeks, $8,200. Through language study and a volunteer partnership with a host organization working on education, health care, children’s welfare, women’s rights, and other critical issues, this program will give you a unique immersion in the life and society of this fascinating city, country, and region. This program is ideal for a student with only one or two semesters of Arabic.
CIEE: Morocco. Arabic, Rabat Morocco. 6 weeks, $6,700. The summer Language and Culture study abroad program in Rabat, Morocco is appropriate for students who have a strong interest in developing their Arabic language skills and learning firsthand about contemporary Morocco. Through language courses and an innovative course that explores Morocco’s rich history and culture, students improve their Arabic skills while gaining greater insight into present-day Moroccan society.
SIT Study Abroad in Morocco. Arabic, Rabat Morocco. 7 weeks, $7,600. Following arrival, students are placed in one of three language levels - beginner, intermediate, or advanced. All students receive a total of 90 hours of classroom instruction in Modern Standard Arabic; receive intensive language instruction in small group formats; have field exercises; and enjoy weekly office hours with language instructors.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Hebrew, Arabic. Jerusalem Israel. 5 weeks, $3,000. Each summer, the Rothberg International School offers intensive language courses in Hebrew and Arabic, in addition to a full program of courses in Middle East Studies.
Tel Aviv University. Hebrew, Arabic. Tel Aviv Israel. 4 weeks/8 weeks, $2,000. TAU's summer programs offer undergraduates the opportunity to study language or to enroll in courses related to the contemporary Middle East. Classroom learning is supplemented by field trips, overnight trips, guest speakers, evening workshops. Tel Aviv University is located in the suburb of Ramat Aviv, a short distance for the cultural institutions, nightlife and beaches of Tel Aviv.
University of Haifa. Hebrew, Arabic, Haifa Israel. 4 weeks, $2,000. Classes meet four days per week, six hours each day, and students can expect several hours of homework each day. Intensive Hebrew is offered through an model immersion (ulpan), from elementary through advanced. In the Arabic program one additional day each week is devoted to a field trip to visit locations of interest in Arab-speaking communities in the northern parts of Israel.
Language Programs Based in the United States:
Middlebury College Summer Arabic School, 8 weeks (Middlebury, VT)
Brandeis-Middlebury Hebrew Summer Language School (Middlebury, VT)
Brandeis Hebrew Language Summer Institute (Brandeis University, Waltham MA)
Other Summer Programs
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Kibbutz Ketura, Negev Desert, Israel. 4 weeks, $5,500. The Sustainability Summer Program at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is an opportunity for college students to learn about the environmental challenges that are connected to human settlement in the Southern Arava and discuss and examine the social and political challenges of the region.