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March 18, 2013

Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Summer Seminars

The Association of Department of Foreign Languages is proud to announce their Summer Seminars! Draft programs for the seminars are posted on the ADFL website (www.adfl.org).

Each June the ADFL arranges two seminars where experienced and newly appointed chairs of ADFL-member departments or their designees share information and consult about issues facing their departments and the field. Lectures and discussions range in focus from the teaching and learning of language and literature in the broad context of the humanities and the changing university to the concrete challenges of department leadership and management. Seminar North this year will be held jointly with the Association of Departments of English.

Each seminar is preceded by current workshops:
-A workshop for new chairs, led by seasoned administrators, offers practical advice about all aspects of chairing to participants about to start or just completing their first year as department chairs
-A workshop for department re viewers and chairs of departments preparing for review examines materials, standards, and practices suitable to department reviews
-A workshop on teaching language through literature and literature through language offers instructional strategies that join the study of literature and cultural content with supported language development (only at Seminar South)
-A workshop on strategies for interacting the press (only at Seminar North)

More information (including dates, locations, accommodations, and more) are found on the ADFL website.

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March 11, 2013

Summer Arabic Study Abroad Opportunities

Summer 2013 Arabic Language Study Abroad Opportunities:

Summer Intensive Language Program at The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco

The National Council, in collaboration with The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) for the summer of 2013, is pleased to announce its Summer Language program in the Kingdom of Morocco. Students will spend six weeks in historic Meknes, Morocco taking part in an intensive Arabic language program. Students at all levels of Arabic proficiency are encouraged to apply. The AALIM center is host to a community of Arabic learners throughout the summer, providing for a fully immersive program. Those selected will also gain direct personal experience in Moroccan culture, history, and society through a variety of day excursions, local outings, workshops and demonstrations.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/aalim

Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture at Lebanese American University

The Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture (SINARC) is a multi-faceted language and cultural immersion program that welcomes students from all over the world. The SINARC program is hosted each year at the Lebanese American University (Beirut Campus), one of the premier institutions of higher education and research in Lebanon and the region. SINARC offers courses in Arabic language and culture at various levels of proficiency. Cultural activities include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture. In addition, students partake in a series of excursions to historical, cultural and tourist sites.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/lau

Intensive Arabic Language Programs at the Center for International Learning in Oman

The Center for International Learning (CIL) invites you to learn and grow through study in the Sultanate of Oman. Comprised of Americans and Omanis with PhD and Masters Degrees, the CIL faculty facilitates experiential education, cultural exchange, and comparative studies to deepen understanding, promote common interests, and explore the shared aspirations of people from different cultures. CIL offers all three levels of Modern Standard Arabic (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), as well as Omani dialect, media Arabic, and skills classes. A limited number of partial scholarships to study at CIL are available through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/cil-oman

Summer Intensive Language Program at AFKAR Academy in Jordan

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, in collaboration with AFKAR Academy, is pleased to announce its 2013 Summer Intensive Arabic Program to be held at Yarmouk University, Jordan, from June 9 to July 19, 2013. Students will spend six weeks in the historic city of Irbid taking part in intensive Arabic language study. This program is ideal for students seeking to further their proficiency in Arabic language and exposure to Arab culture. Students enrolling in this program should be able to obtain the equivalent of 6 college level credit hours in Arabic.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/afkar

Program in Arabic Language at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies

The Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies (YCMES) is a fully accredited, non-profit college that provides students and scholars from around the world the opportunity to develop a complex knowledge of the Arabic language and the contemporary Middle East. Students can study at YCMES for 5, 10, or 15 weeks, or more -- programs are tailored to meet students' needs. Sana’a, Yemen is an ideal location for language acquisition and cultural immersion. Unlike many other Middle Eastern cities where English and/or French are pervasive, Sana’a is one of the few remaining places in the world where Arabic is spoken exclusively. In short, it is nearly impossible to remain isolated in a Western bubble.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/ycmes

American Councils for International Education Arabic Overseas Program in Alexandria, Egypt

The American Councils for International Education’ Arabic Overseas Program is a two-month language course for intermediate speakers of Arabic, equivalent to 1/1+ on the ILR scale. The program is co-hosted by Alexandria University in Alexandria, Egypt. Participants live in dorms with Egyptian students, attending 20 hours per week of class time, and 4 hours per week of individual conversation practice with an Egyptian. The program fee includes summer credits from Bryn Mawr College, a pre-departure orientation in Washington D.C., and round-trip international airfare from Washington, DC.

Learn more: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/aop

For More Information:

Visit: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad

or contact Megan Geissler or Josh Hilbrand at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations:

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
ATTN: Study Abroad Programs
1730 M St. NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Email: Megan@ncusar.org and Josh@ncusar.org
Phone: 202-293-6466

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Summer Arabic & Politics Exchange - Tunis, Tunisia

Mideastwire.com and its partners - Université Paris-Dauphine I Tunis, Tunisia Live, the Bosphore Academy and the International Crisis Group - are pleased to announce the first Summer Arabic & Politics Exchange June 14-July 12, 2013, in Tunis, Tunisia.

The four-week course will immerse our participants in the language and politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a particular emphasis on direct engagement with some of the leading academic, political, intellectual and religious figures active across the spectrum in Tunisia.

This summer's Exchange will also be opened by a two-day conference, June 15-16, led by more than a dozen MENA experts from the International Crisis Group (ICG - www.crisisgroup.org). The consecutive weekend sessions will cover a broad range of topics addressed by ICG's country analysts and moderated by their senior staff.

Different participation modules (detailed below) are available: Including morning Arabic classes only, afternoon and weekend Politics seminars only, attendance at the opening ICG conference only, and two-weeks of Politics seminars instead of the full month. TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION for this Summer's Exchange, email info@mideastwire.com.

APPLY BY APRIL 20, 2013 (applicants are accepted on a rolling basis and spaces are limited).

Note that tuition discounts are available for those applicants with demonstrated need as well as alumni of our previous Exchanges. For more information, please email info@mideastwire.com

June 3-13, 2013/Application deadline April 10, 2013
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

Politicsinthefield.com and Mideastwire.com will be jointly hosting the Third Turkey Exchange June 3-13, with the first seven days convened in Istanbul and the three final days held in Ankara. For more information, as well as the previous schedule of events and meetings, click here.

Learn Arabic in Tunis!

For more information about our new series of Arabic and English Language classes, offered at several different levels, March 4-April 12, click here.

All classes will take place at our facility located at 78 Avenue Mohammad V in Downtown Tunis over the six-week period (click here for directions).

Background on Five Years of the Exchange in the MENA Region:

The Exchange is an effort by Mideastwire.com and its partners to promote direct engagement and understanding through a variety of city-focused conferences.

The First Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, several years on, over 270 students from 44 different countries have participated in 16 different Exchange programs across the region, with many going on to work as diplomats in their home countries, for NGOs serving the region and as social entrepreneurs.

The Exchange welcomes applications from current students as well as professionals and post-professionals interested in better understanding the Middle East and North Africa, and, we hope, their own country's involvement in the region.

To view previous Exchange programs in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Tunis and the Gulf, as well as media coverage of our efforts, visit http://www.thebeirutexchange.com

Tunis Program Details & Costs:

This Summer's Arabic and Politics Exchange in Tunis will be offered in the following modules:

OPTION A: Politics Only-Full Course, June 14-July 12

* Participants will engage in over 140 hours of seminars, meetings and field trips offered in the afternoons (1:30pm-6:30pm) and weekends throughout the four week course June 14-July 12;

* The language of the Politics Course is English, with translation from French and Arabic provided for all students;

* For previous Tunis Exchange programs detailing the scope of our activities, the range of speakers and where we travel in the country, visit www.thebeirutexchange.com;

* FEE OPTION A - $2300.

OPTION B: Politics Only-Half Course, June 14-June 28 or June 28-July 12

* Participants will have the option of joining us during our Politics Course in the afternoons (1:30pm-6:30pm) and weekends either June 14-June 28 or June 28-July 12 (approximately 70 hours of sessions);

* As with all of our Exchanges, the precise program will only be released in hard copy at the beginning of the course, although we expect to announce speakers and field trips scheduled for each Half Course by April 2013 and expect there to be a rough balance in the caliber of speakers between both Courses;

* Participants in the first Half Course June 14-June 28 will be afforded full access to the opening conference June 15 and 16 convened by the International Crisis Group;

* FEE OPTION B - $1400.

OPTION C: Arabic Only-Full Course, June 14-July 12

* Participants will engage in 60 hours of Arabic classes offered at several different levels including both colloquial Tunisian and Formal Arabic, 9am-12pm, every Monday to Friday;

* The courses will be coordinated and taught by the Bosphore Academy (www.bosphoreacemie.com) at their facility in downtown Tunis, within walking distance of our hotel facility, nearby participant accommodations as well as all afternoon sessions;

* For more specific information on the Arabic classes offered during the Exchange, please email info@mideastwire.com;

* FEE OPTION C: $900.

OPTION D: Politics & Arabic-Full Course, June 14-July 12

* Participants will engage in both Option A and Option C, joining our morning Arabic classes as well as the afternoon and weekend Politics sessions and the opening ICG conference;

* FEE OPTION D: $3200.

OPTION E: ICG Conference, June 14-16

* During the opening weekend of this summer's Exchange, participants will engage in more than 18 hours of consecutive sessions led by more than a dozen International Crisis Group experts and senior staff, covering the topics that ICG regularly analyses in MENA through its policy reports, commentary and alerts;

* ICG country experts will be led by Robert Malley, ICG's director of MENA programs;

* FEE OPTION D: $350 regular admission/Exchange Alumni $250. (accommodation and meals not included)

Logistics & Other Costs

Location - All Arabic sessions during the month will take place in downtown Tunis at the Bosphore Academy classrooms (www.bosphoreacemie.com) on Avenue Mohammad V. All Politics sessions will take place in the main conference room of the Tunis Dauphine Institute (http://www.tunisdauphine.tn/) located within 15-20 minutes walking distance of the Bosphore Academy, as well as our preferred accommodations, including our own hotel facility at 78 Avenue Mohammad V.

Accommodations - Participants have the option of securing their own accommodations during the program. Accommodation at either our Bed and Breakfast (The Maison Tunis) located next to the Bosphore Academy or across the street at the three star El-Pacha hotel (http://www.lepacha.com.tn/) will cost approximately $950-$1200 for the month in a shared double room, including breakfast and all taxes.

Air Travel - It is highly recommended that all participants reserve their airline tickets as early as possible since the summer season is a difficult time to secure seats. Roundtrip tickets from Western Europe are typically $400 during the summer and approximately $900 from the United States.

Miscellaneous - Tunisia is a relatively affordable country when it comes to food and transportation. Participants should budget a minimum of $15 per day for lunch and dinner, as well as a minimum of $300 for other leisure costs during the month.

Financial Aid - In order to gather a diverse group of participants, we offer financial aid to applicants with demonstrated need amounting to between 25% and 50% of the tuition cost. Unfortunately, we cannot offer financial aid towards accommodation costs, airfare or other boarding and leisure costs.

Previous Institutional Participants in the Tunis Exchange:

En-Nahda Party
Congress for the Republic Party
Ettakatol Party
Constitutional Democratic Rally Party
The Democratic Modernist Pole Party
Worker's Communist Party
Progressive Democratic Party
Tunisian General Trade Union
Union of Tunisian Journalists
The Central Bank of Tunisia
Ministry of Women's Affairs
Ministry of Human Rights
Manouba University
Tunis University
Association of Democratic Women
Tunisian Network for Social Economy
Tunisian Observatory for a Democratic Transition
Tunisian League of Human Rights
Tunisian-American Chamber of Commerce
Tunisian Association of Young Entrepreneurs
Committee to Protect Journalists
Attounsia Newspaper

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com

APPLY BY April 20, 2013 (note that applicants are accepted on a rolling basis and spaces are limited)

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Summer Intensive Arabic Program

The National Council, in collaboration with AFKAR Academy, is pleased to announce a 2013 Summer Intensive Arabic Program to be held at Yarmouk University, Jordan, from June 9 to July 19, 2013. Students will spend six weeks in the historic city of Irbid taking part in intensive Arabic language study.

The program offers 16 in-class contact hours of Arabic language instruction per week for six weeks, as well as 10 hours weekly with language partners in small groups to practice learned material and learn survival Jordanian Arabic. This program is ideal for students seeking to further their proficiency in Arabic language and exposure to Arab culture. Students enrolling in this program should be able to obtain the equivalent of 6 college level credit hours in Arabic.

Students who have finished one year of Arabic study or more are especially encouraged to apply. While the Program accepts applications from students with no prior knowledge of Arabic, priority will be given to students who have previous exposure to Arabic language and culture.


June 9 - July 19, 2013


The program fee is $4900.00. The fee includes:

1. Housing (double occupancy) and Tuition (6 credit hours).

2. 10 hours per week with language partners.

3. Cultural activities.

4. Program trips.

5. For single-occupancy rooms, additional $400 will be added to the program cost.


Applications are available through the link below or can be obtained by emailing Megan Geissler at Megan@ncusar.org.


Students should submit completed applications to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (contact coordinates below). Applications are due May 1, 2013.

Megan Geissler
National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
1730 M St. NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Email: Megan@ncusar.org
Phone: 202-293-6466


Visit: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/afkar

or contact Megan Geissler at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (contact coordinates above).

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