Critical Language Scholarship Program | Arabic

The Arabic Language

Requires One Year of Prior Study (CLS Spark Virtual; no pre-requisite)

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

Alexandria, Egypt (Spark Virtual)
Alexandria University
Jun 05, 2023 - Aug 04, 2023
Nizwa, Oman
Noor Majan Arabic Institute
Jun 07, 2023 - Aug 01, 2023
Amman, Jordan
Jordan Language Academy
Jun 15, 2023 - Aug 10, 2023
Meknes, Morocco
Arab American Language Institute in Morocco
Jun 21, 2023 - Aug 16, 2023

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