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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: and
Phone: 202-293-6466

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February 18, 2013

Arabic Language Study Opportunity

Announcing Arabic and Tunisian Cultural Studies in Tunis, Summer 2013!

For over 15 years, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) has been a leader in intensive summer Arabic language study in North Africa.

In the summer of 2013, AIMS invites students of all levels of Arabic to participate in an intensive language and culture experience in the vibrant suburb of Tunis, Sidi Bou Said. The seven-week program (June 14-August 2) offers over 150 contact hours in Modern Standard Arabic and Tunisian Dialect, including enrichment classes and homestays with local families that provide students with opportunities to immerse themselves in the dynamic culture and history of Tunisia and North Africa.

Tuition is $6500.00.

Application Deadline: March 15th, 2013 ... To obtain an application, write to today!

For more information, please visit:

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February 11, 2013

Study Abroad Opportunity - Maternal and Infant Health in Morocco

Applications are now open for the global health study-abroad course:


6 credits (3 of Moroccan Arabic, 3 of History/Global Studies/Women's Studies/Religious Studies)

3 weeks in urban Rabat (with trips to Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca)

1 week in rural Zawiya Ahansal in the High-Atlas Mountains, for hands-on global health fieldwork

This global health program is designed to provide students with an integrated linguistic, cultural, and public health experience in the Islamic African country of Morocco. Students will also gain a basic knowledge of Islamic religion, Moroccan traditional (Islamic) medicine, and medical anthropology.

The course introduces students to maternal and infant health issues in the third world and considers a range of social, religious, epidemiological, economic, technological, legal, and family issues that impact birth, pregnancy, motherhood, and the health of newborns and children in Morocco.

In the urban component (3 weeks), students will learn about the social determinants of health, the array of social factors that affect women's reproductive health and infant and child health. Students will learn about:
*tuberculosis and HIV morbidity, and national policies for their prevention in Morocco, from the National Institute of Hygiene
*violence against women, marital rape, child abandonment, and unwed motherhood
*visit feminist, Islamic, and international NGO's that support women and children.
*AIDS prevention and the work of the AIDS NGO "Association de Lutte Contre le SIDA," which advocates for AIDS infected persons, studies AIDS prevalence, and trains prostitutes, MSM, and illegal sub-Saharan African immigrants as AIDS peer educators.
*US health interventions in Morocco (Peace Corps, USAID).
*Students will live with home-stay families.
*Students will learn Moroccan colloquial Arabic at AMIDEAST--no previous Arabic knowledge necessary. The Arabic instructors also teach for the US State Department Arabic program and have taught for the Peace Corps.
*Site visits to ancient Islamic cities, shantytowns, and industrial areas will introduce students to health determinants of the built environment and traditional Islamic forms of sanitation, water provision, etc.

In the rural component (1 week), students will have a hands-on fieldwork experience that focuses on community health, the challenges of providing maternal and infant health care outside the state support structure, and the environmental determinants of health. Students will:
*hike out to remote villages that do not have water systems, and bivouac/camp
*interview midwives and local NGO leaders through a translator
*study water sources, water usage, conduct water quality testing in homes and rivers, help local women gather water, study the relationship between water and girls' schooling
*learn about traditional birth practices and beliefs about nursing, childcare
*consider nutrition, especially for infants, pregnant women, and nursing mothers
*help to plan a Community Health Day, a popular health exercise for local people.
*lodge with the shaykh of the Hansali Sufi order in his home, and enjoy all meals with his family.
*To learn about the Atlas Cultural Foundation, the NGO which receives students in Zawiya Ahansal, visit their homepage:

All expenses, all airfare, all meals, all travel, all tuition is included.

To register, visit the Center for International Education Website at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

The course leader, Dr. Ellen Amster, is associate professor of Middle East History at UW-Milwaukee and has fifteen years of medical fieldwork experience in Morocco.

*She is the author of "Medicine and the Saints: Science, Islam and the Colonial Encounter in Morocco, 1877-1956," from University of Texas Press:

*Dr. Amster was interviewed on the PBS program "International Focus" about the program.
To see the interview, visit the youtube link:

*For further information about the course, please contact Dr. Amster:

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Study Abroad Opportunity at Hebrew University

Take part in a unique study abroad opportunity in Israel and participate in the intercultural academic program: "Coexistence in the Middle East" at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from June 30 to July 28, 2013.

Experience the challenge of human diversity, where nations, civilizations, and religions converge. Visit the sites beyond the headlines, gain first-hand exposure to multiple narratives and perspectives, and receive academic credits at one of the World's Top 100 Universities.

For more information about the program, please refer to our website:

Participants in this course will also be able to enroll in InnovNation, a special program that sparks innovation by exposing participants to the high-tech industries and entrepreneurial nature of the Start-Up Nation. Learn more at:

Register Now! Join students, diplomats, and professionals coming from more than 20 countries across 5 continents who have already participated in our programs.

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