Arabic Persian Summer Institute 2014


Program highlights

All levels taught: beginning, intermediate, & advanced
Ten week program runs June 2 – August 8, 2014 (Arabic testing begins May 29)
Program includes over 150 contact hours, consisting of 3 – 4 contact hours per day
Qualifies for the Summer FLAS Fellowship
Earn 9 – 12 credits of foreign language in only 10 weeks
Priority application deadline: March 3, 2014
More information can be found here.

Who should apply?
Current UT students
Students at other colleges, universities, & high schools
Community members
Business professionals, military personnel, teachers
Anyone interested in the languages & cultures of the Middle East
Ready to apply?
To apply to the Persian Summer Institute, click here.
To apply to the Arabic Summer Institute, click here.

The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station
Austin, Texas 78713

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UMD Summer Language Institute

The University of Maryland invites your students to participate in the UMD Summer Language Institute in Arabic and Persian this Summer 2014. We wanted to reach out to you directly about this opportunity, as fellow educators who strive to promote the teaching of critical languages and cultures.

With low flat rate tuition for both in and out-of-state students (just $6,000 for 9.5 weeks), small class sizes, and dedicated faculty, this is a great way for your students to get a head start on language learning, to maintain their language over the summer, or to take courses in a language or at a level that may not be possible at their home university.

UMD Summer Language Institute highlights:

·                 One full academic year (12 credits) of  language learnin in one intensive summer
·                 Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced instruction

·                 Language partners for additional support, one-on-one speaking practice, and tutoring

·                 Varied and interesting hands-on cultural events and field trips, making the most of our proximity to Washington, DC

·                 More than 35 hours of in-language coursework, language partners, and cultural activities per week

·                 Competitive scholarships available to help offset the cost of attendance

·                 FLAS funding eligible

Additional information about our Arabic and Persian Summer Institutes can be found at our website:

I also encourage you to watch our short video about what makes our program unique.

Please contact us with any questions you may have at, and thank you for taking the time to learn more about our programs.

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CAMES Summer Arabic Program 2014

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut will be holding an intensive summer program in Modern Standard Arabic from June 23 until August 8, 2014. The program offers intensive Arabic instruction at eight levels: Introductory, High Introductory, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, Superior and High Superior. The typical daily workload includes five hours of MSA and one hour of Lebanese dialect, followed by lectures, field trips, clubs and movies which are integrated into the program. Students should also expect at least four hours of homework each day. The total of 186 classroom hours is equivalent to 9 credit hours at AUB, which may be transferred to other universities.

The program uses the Georgetown Arabic language textbooks by Brustad, al-Batal, and al-Tonsi and other supplementary materials.

The early application deadline is February 28, 2013. Students who apply before February 28 will receive a response by the second week of March. The regular application deadline will be April 15, 2014. Students who apply before April 15 will receive a response by the first week of May.

Applications may be downloaded from:

For further information about the program, please check this link: or email

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CAMES Colloquial Lebanese Summer Arabic Program 2014

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut will offer 6-credit classes in intensive colloquial Lebanese Arabic at the introductory and the intermediate level from June 23 until August 8, 2014.

The intermediate level is designed for students who already have some knowledge of Levantine dialect and wish to reach a higher level. Students who wish to apply to this level must have studied Modern Standard Arabic for at least two semesters.

The course will use teaching materials developed by CAMES. Lebanese films, songs, and other audiovisual materials will also be used.

The course consists of 120 contact hours, equivalent to 6 credit hours earned at AUB, which may be transferred to other universities.

The early application deadline is February 28, 2013. Students who apply before February 28 will receive a response by the second week of March. The regular application deadline will be April 15, 2014. Students who apply before April 15 will receive a response by the first week of May. Applications may be downloaded from:

For further information about the program, please email

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Full Scholarship Opportunity to Study Arabic this Summer

SALAM 2014: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2014 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program in the Sultanate of Oman.  SQCC supports Arabic language study for U.S. students through its annual SALAM program. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.

Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in a degree seeking program (BA, MA or PhD) in spring 2014, and have completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework.

Program dates: May 19-June 26, 2014

Location: Manah, Oman

Cost: SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase international health and medical evacuation insurance.

Classes: Held 8:00am-1:30pm Sunday to Thursday.

Modern Standard Arabic—3 hours, media Arabic—1 hour, and the Omani dialect—1 hour.

Outside of class: Students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.

Housing: Shared student housing, provided by the program.

The program also provides: three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and laundry and gym facilities onsite.

To submit an application, or for more information, please visit the SQCC website at

Complete applications due February 14, 2014

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The Indiana University Summer Language Workshop

The Indiana University Summer Language Workshop (June 9 – August 1, 2014) is
accepting applications for intensive Arabic (begins June 2), Hindi-Urdu,
Persian, Tatar, Turkish, and Uzbek language study on the Bloomington campus.

The program features 20 contact hours weekly, twice-weekly language table,
films, food tastings and other culturally rich extracurricular programming.

* All participants pay in-state tuition

* Students earn 6-10 credits

* FLAS and ROTC Project GO funding available to qualified students in select
languages — Priority deadline for funding is February 1, 2014. Funding
requests received after this date will be reviewed contingent upon availability
of remaining funds.

In 2014, the Workshop will also offer intensive language courses in Hungarian,
Mongolian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, and Swahili.

See for more information and to apply.

Questions? Please contact ( or 812-855-2889).

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Summer 2014 Israel and Palestine Internship Program

George Mason University would like to invite students to participate in their Summer 2014 Israel and Palestine internship Program.  Over 9 weeks, students participate in a 1 week seminar on Arab-Israeli relations and spend two months interning for an organization in either the Palestinian territories or Israel.

Summer 2014 will be the 8th straight year of the program, led by Dr. Yehuda Lukacs.

The internships will be related to Conflict Resolution, Politics, International Relations, Human Rights, Sociology/Anthropology, Economics, or Business and Finance in Israel and Palestine.

Students can view more about the program by visiting the link below:

Application deadline: March 7, 2014

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LECTURE: Revisiting Gezi Protests and Authoritarianism in Turkey | Asli Igsiz |Wednesday, November 6th at 7:15 p.m. | RKC 103

The Gezi Park protests, and the state response to them, have ignited questions and debates on various issues such as the institutionalization of neoliberalism, centralization of powers, cronyism, an increasing tendency of authoritarianism, minority governmentality, and encroachment on professional independence and labor rights. This paper will address these dynamics with a special focus on the rise of authoritarian surveillance in the context of the high security neoliberal nation states in general, with Turkey as a particular instance.

Aslı Iğsız is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Her teaching and research interests include cultural representation and cultural history, narratives of war and displacement, and dynamics of heterogeneity in late Ottoman and contemporary Turkish contexts. Her current book project, Humanism in Ruins: Habitus, Memory, and the 1923 Greek-Turkish Compulsory Religious Minority Exchange explores the habitus of recollecting remnants of the ruins of modern nation states and dynamics of diversity in contemporary Turkey.


Event co-sponsored by Middle Eastern Studies, Human Rights Project, Center for Civic Engagement  


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LECTURE: The Routes of Knowledge: Driving in Israel and the West Bank | Amahl Bishara | Monday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m. | Olin 102

The modern state is expected to provide its people with both safety and freedom. Driving and other kinds of road travel are key practices through which citizens – and subjects – sense and evaluate these qualities across many kinds of political regimes. For Palestinians, movement is a particular issue of concern, as they have for decades been living under Israel’s increasingly stringent system of closure. Israel makes no promises of providing safety or freedom to Palestinians in the West Bank, and yet, it does regulate Palestinian driving in many areas of the West Bank. This paper goes beyond most existing approaches to closure by looking ethnographically at the kinds of movement that occur under circumstances of constraint, and by examining not only the road habits of Palestinians in the West Bank, who are subjects of Israeli occupation, but also those of Palestinian citizens of Israel. I conclude that there are unexpected continuities between the experiences of space and Israeli sovereignty of Palestinians in Israel and in the West Bank.

Amahl Bishara is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University. She is the author of Back Stories: US News Production and Palestinian Politics (Stanford University Press, 2012)

Event co-sponsored by Middle Eastern Studies, Anthropology Program, Center for Civic Engagement, Human Rights Project

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LECTURE: Doomed by Hope: Theater in Beirut, Damascus, and Cairo Today | Eyad Houssami | Monday, April 8th at 6:00 p.m. | Campus Center, Weis Cinema

Eyad Houssami
Founding Director of Masrah Ensemble

In a world of screens and speeds so great, theaters are padlocked and threatened with demolition. Live public dialogue, as a literary and artistic practice, remains a luxury – if not an impossible cultural phenomenon – in the Arab Middle East. Decades of invasion, occupation, and internecine conflict have ruptured the intangible and tangible infrastructure requisite for theater. And yet, despite the stifling forces of dictatorship and colonialism, theater endures.

In this talk, Houssami narrates the emergence of alternative infrastructures of and for theatrical artistry in such difficult contexts and discusses the opportunities and challenges of establishing an international, multilingual theater company based in Beirut, Lebanon. The interactive presentation incorporates video, excerpts of performances and plays, and extracts from “Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre” to share a story about contemporary theater today.

Eyad Houssami makes and writes about theater. He is the founding director of Masrah Ensemble, a nonprofit theater organization in Lebanon, and the editor of English and Arabic editions of “Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre” (Pluto Press and Dar Al Adab 2012). He has performed in dead Byzantine cities in Syria; directed bilingual theater productions that mingle migrant workers with traditional audiences in Lebanon; produced a monodrama in a 13th century Damascene mansion only to be banned from performing; and his play Mama Butterfly received a staged reading at Between the Seas festival (New York 2010). He is the managing editor of Portal 9: Stories and Critical Writing about the City, a bilingual cultural journal published in Beirut. His theater research efforts have culminated in invitations to present at conferences in South Africa and Korea and publication in peer-reviewed journals. He is the recipient of Rotary, Fulbright, Prince Claus Fund, and Young Arab Theatre Fund grants. He studied theater at Yale.

Event co-sponsored by Middle Eastern Studies, the Theater & Performance Program, and Experimental Humanities.

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