For those of you interested in study abroad, you will first want to consult the website of Princeton’s Office of International Programs (www.princeton.edu/oip), and its Study Abroad Program page at www.princeton.edu/oip/sap. You will find important information there about both funding opportunities and University credit. Please note, if you want to earn Princeton credit for courses taken in any summer program, you must consult the Office of International Programs well before you head off to study at these programs.
Princeton’s Program in Near Eastern Studies funds summer study of Near Eastern languages for both undergraduate and graduate students. The PNES website is at www.princeton.edu/nep; applications are available from the PNES website www.princeton.edu/nep or at the NES office in 110 Jones Hall.
Another source of funding is the federal Critical Language Study fellowship, administered by the American Councils for International Education. Information on this fellowship can be found at www.clscholarship.org. (Note: The application deadline for summer 2015 CLS scholarships is Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. EST.) Greg Bell was the academic director for the CLS program in Oman in 2010 and 2011 and Anita Husen was an administrator at the Morocco CLS program in 2011. They can speak to you about the CLS experience, as can Princeton students who have been awarded CLS grants in the past (see Princeton Resource People, below).
Finally, be sure to look into any scholarships or funding offered by language programs themselves. Many programs have money to help those who wish to attend them, with awards based on need and/or qualifications. This is particularly true of U.S.-based programs which tend to be costly, but which often have funding available.
If you are planning to study abroad, you might wish to consult the U.S. Government's international travel site http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html where you will find country-specific information, travel warnings and alerts, and lots of other information (including a section on “International Travel Safety Information for Students”). The State Department’s travel warnings are of particular importance as the University will not fund or endorse programs in countries on the travel warning list (see http://www.princeton.edu/travel/policies/warningslist, where there is information about this policy and possible exemptions). As of 29 October 2014, Arab countries on the warning list include Algeria, Djibouti, Iraq, Israel/West Bank/Gaza, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Republic of South Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Previous travel alerts which had been posted for Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia seem to have been canceled, but you will need to consult the Office of International Programs about these destinations and keep abreast of developments in these countries.
General Guides to Summer Arabic Programs (Back to top)
For Arabic summer programs, both in the U.S. and abroad, two highly recommended links are:
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) provides information about summer Arabic programs at http://www.mesa.arizona.edu/publications/newsletter/summer-programs.html.
The American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA) also provides a wealth of information about Arabic programs at http://www.aataweb.org/summer_programs.
Also useful may be The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) database of less commonly taught language programs at http://carla.umn.edu/lctl/db.
Programs and Princeton Resource People (Back to top)
Following is a list of programs for which Princeton students or instructors have volunteered to serve as information resources. The people listed here will welcome inquiries from students about the programs they have attended.
Other Summer Arabic Programs (Back to top)
There are many summer Arabic programs for which we do not have resource people. The following lists a number of programs which our students may have attended, or programs which they have asked about, or programs which have contacted us. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and does not imply any sort of endorsement. Consult the MESA and AATA websites cited above for a full and current list of summer Arabic programs.
AALIM, Morocco www.aalimorocco.com
Alexandria Centre for Languages, Egypt www.acl-egypt.com
American Islamic College, Summer Intensive Arabic, Chicago, IL http://www.aicusa.edu/summerarabic/
American University of Beirut, CAMES, Summer Arabic Program www.aub.edu.lb/fas/cames/Pages/arabic_program.aspx
American University of Sharjah Summer Intensive Arabic Programs, University City, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates http://www.aus.edu/info/200176/international_study_and_exchange/553/study_abroad_at_aus/4
Arabeya Association Language School, Cairo http://www.arabeya.org/
Arabic Overseas Flagship Program, American Councils for International Education, Alexandria, Egypt http://flagship.americancouncils.org/index.php?lang=Arabic
Bosphore Academy Summer Intensive Program, Tunis http://bosphoreacademie.com/arabic/arabic.html
Center Sidi Bou Said for Languages, Tunis www.sidibousaidlanguages.com/en
CET Academic Programs, www.cetacademicprograms.com
CIEE, Jordan, Morocco & elsewhere, http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/arabic
Columbia University Summer Arabic Language Program, Amman, Jordan https://columbia.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.ViewLink&Parent_ID=3E13DDC9-BCDE-E7F3-596FC9396E6D079A&Link_ID=BD5A7546-BCDE-E7F3-58466BAC161F94BB&Program_ID=10437
Defense Language Institute (Military/Goverment) www.dliflc.edu
Effat University, Saudi Arabia www.effatcollege.edu.sa
Givat Haviva Intensive Arabic, Wadi Ara region, Israel http://www.intensivearabicsemester.org/arabic-language.html
Hedeyat Institute, Cairo http://www.hedayetinstitute.com/English/home.html
Language Generation Center, Amman, Jordan www.lgcjo.com
Middle East Institute, Washington, DC http://www.mei.edu/languages
Montana State University Sustainable Community Development Program (in conjunction with the Atlas Cultural Adventures), Zawiya Ahansal region, Central High Atlas Mountains, Morocco http://www.montana.edu/international/studyabroad/summer_programs/morocco.htmhttp://atlasculturaladventures.com/summer/
National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, Afkar Academy, Yarmouk, Jordan http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/afkar
Selat Language Center, Amman, Jordan http://selatinstitute.com/
Sibawayh Center, Cairo www.sibawayhcenter.com/sibawayh
SINARC, Lebanese American University, Lebanon www.lau.edu.lb/centers-institutes/sinarc
Summer Translation Institute, Western Michigan University www.wmich.edu/languages/summertranslation
Sultan Qaboos College Arabic Program, Manah, Oman http://www.sqca.edu.om/
SWSEEL Summer Language Workshop, Indiana University www.indiana.edu/~swseel
Tunisian ACT Center, Tunis http://www.thebeirutexchange.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=149&Itemid=112
University of Michigan Summer Programs, Ann Arbor, MI http://www.lsa.umich.edu/summer/summerprograms/summerlanguageinstitute
University of Texas Arabic Flagship Program, Austin, TX www.utarabicflagship.com
You Can Help Us!
Please note that all information and links were correct as of December 2011, but information and programs change. If you have updated information or would like to share information about any summer Arabic program not listed here, please contact Greg Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.