MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Summer Study Programs

To post a summer 2017 program (fee-based service) please complete the form found here. Questions may be directed to Mark Lowder at

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Date Posted Date/Location Summer Program
(click on name for more information)
05/08/17 July 10-August 10
Washington, DC
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center 2017 Summer Arabic Language Immersion Program Sabla June 15, 2017
02/23/17 May 22-June 16
June 19-July 14
Bethlehem, PA
Respect Graduate School 2017 Summer Intensive Arabic May 1, 2017
02/22/17 July 10-August 8
Herndon, VA
International Institute of Islamic Thought
Summer Student Program 2017
March 31, 2017
02/22/17 May 29-June 30
July 3-August 4
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Yale Summer Session, Elementary Arabic I and II  
01/26/17 June 19-August 11, 2017
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)
Intensive Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek
Prority Deadline: February 1, 2017; apps. reviewed on rolling basis until April 3, 2017.
01/26/17 Early-May - mid-September Jordan Language Academy Summer Full Immersion Programs  
01/03/17 June 12-August 2, 2017
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim Wordl (SILMW) April 30, 2017
12/6/16 June 19-August 11, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin
Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison  
9/15/16 Beirut, Lebanon American University of Beirut - 2017 CAMES Summer Modern Standard Arabic Program  

American University of Beirut

2017 CAMES Summer Arabic Programs

The CAMES summer program in the Arabic language offers intensive courses at eight different levels: Introductory, High Introductory, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced and Superior. The program emphasizes the instruction of Modern Standard Arabic or MSA (fusha). CAMES also runs an intensive summer program in Colloquial Lebanese Arabic, the link to which may be found here.

The MSA program runs for seven weeks offering highly intensive course work in Arabic. Each day, students receive 6 hours of classroom instruction in MSA, in which Colloquial Lebanese Arabic is integrated. Classes run daily from Monday to Friday, offering 30 hours of classroom instruction each week. The total of 186 hours of MSA and Colloquial instruction is the equivalent of 9 credit hours at AUB, which may be transferred to other universities.

Instructors use the Georgetown Arabic language textbooks by Brustad, al-Batal, and al-Tonsi. Textbooks are complemented with supplementary materials to enrich the students knowledge in the Arabic language and culture.

The program is highly demanding, so students are expected to be totally committed, attending classes and doing homework on a daily basis. The typical daily workload in the CAMES summer Arabic program for both MSA and Colloquial entails 6 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of home work.

The CAMES Summer Arabic Program gives admission priority to academics and students who are taking the course as part of their academic careers. All applicants are required to have completed at least one semester of college or university study or the equivalent before being accepted. Students who are accepted will sit for a placement exam on the first day of the program. This exam, together with the information to be provided in the application about the student's knowledge of Arabic and the Arabic writing sample required will determine the level of Arabic instruction appropriate for the applicant.

Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)

Intensive Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is currently accepting applications for intensive study of Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. CESSI 2017 will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 19 - August 11, 2017. Information and application materials are available here:

Funding Opportunities:
- New for 2017: Title VIII Fellowships for graduate students, researchers, and professionals who are U.S. citizens. Fellowships will cover tuition and fees, as well as provide a stipend of $2,500 to cover living expenses for the summer
- FLAS Fellowships for U.S. citizens and permanent residents
- Fee Remission (scholarship)

**Please note: the priority deadline to apply to CESSI has been moved up to February 1, 2017. Applicants interested in a UW-Madison FLAS Fellowship must complete a separate FLAS Application by February 13, 2017. (Students from FLAS-granting institutions should apply for funding from their home campus before applying for a UW-Madison FLAS). CESSI will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until April 3, 2017. However, financial support is not guaranteed for applications submitted after February 1.

Scheduling of all courses is contingent upon enrollment. Students should apply to CESSI as early as possible to help ensure that their desired class will be offered. CESSI 2017 will also feature a weekly lecture series (in English) on various topics of interest to people in the field of Central Eurasian studies and a rich program of cultural events and field trips related to the countries of Central Eurasia.

The CESSI consortium is comprised of international and area studies centers at major U.S. universities working together to provide high-quality, summer instruction in the languages and cultures of Central Eurasia.

For additional information about CESSI 2017, please contact Kelly Iacobazzi, CESSI Program Coordinator,, 608-265-6298.

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International Institute of Islamic Thought

2017 Summer Student Program

July 10 – August 8, 2017

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is pleased to announce its 2017 Summer Student Program (SSP), which will be held in the period of July 10 – August 8, 2017. SSP is an intensive, 5-week residential program in Islamic studies and related subjects.

2017 Faculty include:

Aminah McCloud (DePaul University)
Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University)
John Esposito (Georgetown University)
Zainab Alwani (Howard University)
Younus Mirza (Allegheny College)
John Voll (Georgetown University)
Jasser Auda (International Peace College South Africa)
Engy Abdelkader (Bridge Initiative, Georgetown University)
Ovamir Anjum (University of Toledo)
Ermin Sinanović (IIIT)

This residential program is designed for graduate students and exceptional senior undergraduates – regardless of the field of study – who have a particular interest in developing their knowledge and research skills in the core areas of Islamic studies such as methods in the study of Islam, the Qur’an, the Sunnah, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) and Maqasid al-Shari‘ah (Objectives of Islamic Law and Ethics), Foundations of Belief, Knowledge, and Science, Muslim History and Civilization, and Contemporary Islamic Thought.

A distinguishing feature of the IIIT Summer Student Program is that it combines faith-based normativity with best academic practices and approaches. The program is characterized by pedagogical innovativeness and academic rigor, while welcoming religious expressions and spirituality.

As a part of their SSP experience, students also attend the IIIT Summer Institute for Scholars, which is held on July 26-29, 2017. More information can be obtained here.

Accommodations for out-of-area students will be provided by the IIIT at a local hotel on a shared basis. In addition, IIIT will pay each student a stipend of $1,000 to cover their living and other expenses, which will be paid in two installments. Students must have their own health insurance coverage. IIIT does not provide health – or any other form – of insurance to students. The program will be held at the IIIT offices in Herndon, VA.

Transportation to and from Herndon is each student’s responsibility. The Institute will not cover transportation costs.

Interested applicants should fill out the online application form and submit it with the following:

1. Current resume/C.V.
2. Recent transcript
3. 250-word statement on why the student wants to study at SSP and what s/he hopes to accomplish
4. 250-word statement on current research interest that may be carried out as a research project during SSP

Application deadline: March 31, 2017.

Official transcripts should be sent to the following address: Director of Research and Academic Programs, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), 500 Grove St., Suite 200, Herndon, VA 20170, or by email to

Eligibility: The prospective applicant must be currently enrolled as a graduate student or a graduating senior at a North American university (in the US or Canada). The program is open to students of all national, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

For additional information please email Shazia Kamal Farook, Program Manager at the Fairfax Institute of IIIT:, or call 703-230-2843.

Jordan Language Academy

Summer Full Immersion Programs from Early-May to Mid-September

Our SUMMER FULL IMMERSION PROGRAMS run all over the summer starting from 2 weeks courses till 16 weeks from early May till mid September 2017. JLA offers Arabic language and culture classes, Persian classes, home-stay, volunteer work, tailor-made programs etc. For more information about any of the courses we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please refer to the following links to view details about our 2017 courses and programs.




Looking forward to welcome you and your students at Jordan Language Academy.

Respect Graduate School

2017 Summer Intensive Arabic Program

Respect Graduate School of Bethlehem, PA is pleased to present this Summer Intensive Arabic Program.

This program is divided into two semesters. During the first summer semester (May 22 – June 16), students will have the opportunity to enroll in “ELEMENTARY ARABIC I,” which meets every M-F from 9-1pm with Dr. Rym Bettaieb, visiting professor from Columbia University.

Then during the second summer semester (June 19 – July 14), students will keep up this same rigorous pace with “ELEMENTARY ARABIC II”, acquiring more complex grammatical structures in order to enhance their comprehension proficiency. Instructor TBA.

Student in this program will:
• Be immersed communicative and supportive environment where they receive individual attention
• Benefit from a research and best-practices based curriculum that promotes accelerated learning
• Learn about Arabic culture through a variety of educational and fun-filled activities involving Arabic calligraphy, music, film screenings, and celebrations
• Acquire 10 graduate level credits and the equivalent of one year of Arabic study in only 8 weeks!

Dr. Rym Bettaieb was born and grew up in Tunis, Tunisia. She has her B.A. in English from the University of Tunis, an M.A. in English with Honors from the College of Staten Island, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Drew University. Dr. Bettaieb has been teaching foreign languages (Arabic and French), English composition, and Literature in colleges and universities in the New York Metropolitan area since 1998. She is currently a Lecturer in Arabic at Columbia University, NY and has written two Arabic Language textbooks that were published by Random House Company: Complete Arabic: Arabic Script. A Guide to Reading and Writing and Complete Arabic: The Basics (2008).

Each course is worth 5 graduate level credits and is being offered at the discounted rate of $2,000 per course.

Seating is Limited to 10 students per class, so don’t delay!

Application Deadline is May 1st, 2017.

For more information on the Summer Intensive Arabic Program, please visit or contact:

To apply, visit:

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

2017 Summer Arabic Language Immersion Program Sabla

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) announces its 2017 Summer Arabic Language Immersion Program Sabla, a partially-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program.

The inaugural program will be held at SQCC's headquarters, located in the heart of Washington, D.C. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture in a fun and positive learning environment. The program provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

In addition to classroom language instruction, students can explore the best of Washington, D.C. with organized trips to museums, extracurricular activities, guest lectures and other cultural programming.

The word Sabla in Omani dialect refers to a place in each community where people gather and receive hospitality. Sabla also serves as a meeting place to discuss important public issues.

The Sabla program aspires to be a hub bringing together students from across the U.S. for a rich linguistic and cultural exchange. The program hopes to enable students to be active learners and form a community to cultivate a lifelong Arabic language learning experience.

Classes in Modern Standard Arabic:
Advanced Beginners, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced
Program Dates:
10 July – 10 August 2017 / 10:00 am - 3:00pm / Monday through Thursday

For more information or to apply:
Email us at

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is held on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. This year, the institute will run from June 12 – August 5, 2017. We offer intensive language courses in Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof. In 8 weeks, students enrolled in SILMW can complete the equivalent of two semesters of foreign language study and earn up to 10 credit hours. Students can choose to enroll in the elementary, intermediate, or advanced level of the language. The intensive instruction is complemented by a variety of co-curricular activities, intended to immerse the students in the foreign language and in the associated culture. These include cooking classes, movie screenings, conversation tables, language games, cultural presentations, and field trips.

Applications should be submitted by April 30, 2017. For more information, please visit our website: or e-mail us at

SILMW also has an intensive Arabic summer program for high school students. This program runs for the two weeks from June 11 – August 24, 2017. It is an introductory course in Modern Standard Arabic for high school students with limited or no prior knowledge of the Arabic language. Students will learn foundational reading, writing, and speaking skills through four hours of daily classroom instruction followed by a host of co-curricular activities, including cooking classes, movie screenings, conversation tables, language games, cultural presentations, and field trips. Upon completion of the course, high school students will earn 2 hours of college credit. Applications should be submitted by April 30, 2017. For more information, please visit our website: or e-mail us at

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII)

June 19 to August 11, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin

Welcome, APTLII 2017 Students!
Applications for Summer 2017 are now open!

The UW-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII) is a residential summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Courses are offered for academic credit at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels (depending on sufficient enrollment). Students commit to using their target language as their only means of communication for the entire summer - in class, in their shared living space on campus, at meals, and at co-curricular activities that combine to create a language immersion experience.

Each 8-week language class is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit. Instruction is given in small groups taught by native speakers and experienced language teachers. The classes are intensive, involving a minimum of 4.5 hours contact hours Mondays through Fridays, plus extra hours for homework.

In addition to formal classes, on most afternoons and evenings students participate in co-curricular activities covering a range of topics relating to the history and culture of the region. This combination of formal classes, cultural and language activities, movies, field trips, and language tables provide students with opportunities to expand their vocabulary and practice using the language in different settings.

For more information pls visit:

Yale Summer Session

Elementary Arabic I and II

May 29-June 30 and July 3-August 4

Yale Summer Session combines the resources of a world-class university with the close-knit community of a liberal arts college. In our small classes, Summer Session students work closely with world-renowned faculty; they also have access to the vast array of resources on campus, including the libraries, galleries, collections, and gymnasium. Our diverse student body comes from across the U.S. and around the world.

Come to Yale start studying Arabic. Development of a basic knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic and spoken Shami dialect through a comprehensive and integrated method emphasizing reading, writing, speaking, comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary acquisition with Yale faculty, curriculum and resources.

Elementary Arabic I (start from zero)/ Session A: May 29 - June 30.
Elementary Arabic II (a continuation )/ Session B: July 3 - August 4.

To apply, go to :


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