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February 04, 2008

Study Abroad Program in Yemen

The Study Abroad program at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies is coming together to provide students a new, unique opportunity to study the contemporary Middle East and intensive Arabic language.
The YCMES is now accepting applications for its inaugural year, starting September 2008. Refer to the admissions page at www.ycmes.org/admissions.htm for more information on enrollment.

Why should students choose the study abroad program at the YCMES?

1) Location: Yemen, The Arabia Felix
The College is centrally located in Sana’a, the capital of the Republic of Yemen, in a residential neighborhood near the main square of the city and within walking distance of the historical Old City. Yemen is an ideal location for such a college. It is perhaps the only country left in the Middle East where foreigners can practice their Arabic with local people and not be forced to use English or other languages. In addition to the superb language environment, Yemenis have retained their customs and traditions with very little Western influence, offering an international student the opportunity to live among one of the most traditional Arab societies. Not only among the most hospitable on earth, as well as the kindest, Yemenis are also proud of their traditional poetry, dress, dance, and crafts. Language learners will find curious Yemenis willing and even eager to speak Arabic with them, not always the case among the urban educated people in other Arabic-speaking countries. To learn more about Yemen, please visit www.ycmes.org/aboutyemen.htm.

2) Arabic Language Programs: The Yemen Language Center
The College will draw its Arabic language program from the Yemen Language Center. With almost twenty years of experience, the YLC has developed an excellent curriculum of Arabic courses. Classroom instruction is designed to develop the student’s speaking and listening skills, as reading and writing can be covered both in non-Arabic environments and from homework drills. The YLC is equipped with the latest in language learning technologies and privileged with a qualified and experienced instructors, from five to 23 years of teaching Arabic as a foreign language. The YLC offers Arabic language instruction from survival lessons to post-advanced independent study. Though many supplementary materials are utilized, the primary textbook for the YLC program is Al-Kitaab fi Tacallum al-cArabiyya from Georgetown Press. The YCMES is also proud to host outside Arabists (such as Dr. Peter Abboud, Dr. Aman Attieh, and scheduled in May, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal and Dr. Kristen Brustad) for review and evaluation of the program and to give developmental workshops for instructors. Through all of its endeavors, the Arabic language program of the YLC continues to get excellent reviews from its students, who comment on the quality of instruction and the infusion of language and culture. To learn more about the Arabic language programs, please visit www.ycmes.org/ylc.htm.

3) Academic Quality: The Program in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies
The PCMES, designed by Honorary Dean Steven C. Caton of Harvard University, offers a wide range of university-level courses on contemporary Middle East Studies. Each semester, a select number of courses are offered as a cross-discipline reflection of the current faculty. The faculty is comprised of the world’s most distinguished regional specialists, both Yemeni and non-Yemeni, and most of whom hold professorial appointments at leading universities. Classes will be kept small in size, seminar-style with 12-15 students, with a keen interest in maintaining high academic quality. Students will also be afforded opportunities to work with faculty in independent research, experience fieldwork, perform academic internships, and volunteer work.

Visiting Faculty for 2008-2009 Academic Year
Dr. Abdul Karim Alaug, Anthropology, Associate Dean YCMES/Sana'a University
Dr. Ahmed Abdulkareem Saif, Political Scientist, Sana'a University/Saba' Center for Studies & Research
Dr. Bruce Lawrence, Islamic Studies, Duke University
Dr. Jon Mandaville, Modern Middle East History, Portland State University
Dr. Miriam Cooke, Arabic Literature and Women's Studies, Duke University
Dr. Nancy Um, Islamic Art and Architectural History, Binghamton University SUNY

The full class schedule and course offerings will be announced as time goes on. Scheduled courses currently include: Comparative Politics of the Middle East; Constitutional, Legislative, and Democratic Developments of the Arab Gulf; History of Modern Arabia; History of Modern Iraq; Islamic Feminisms; Autobiography of the Middle East; The Modern Muslim World; Religious Minorities: Muslim & non-Muslim, Islamic Architecture and Urbanism in Yemen; Cultural Anthropology of Yemen & the Middle East, etc.

To learn more about the PCMES, please visit www.ycmes.org/pcmes.htm.

Posted by fisherhe at February 4, 2008 11:10 AM