Study Abroad

Arabic Summer Immersion Program

In the summer of 2011, students followed an intensive course of Arabic study at the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan.  The five-week program met five days per week for four hours of class each day, divided between Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Colloquial.  The courses included work from the al-Kitaab series as well as authentic materials from a range of sources.  Students composed skits, debated current social issues, and worked to negotiate the various registers of Arabic in everyday life; the experience culminated in a final video project.

Students are eligible to study through an Arabic intensive summer program after two years of Arabic study.  This ensures that students will have a solid background in the fundamentals of the language, and a broad vocabulary enabling them to function productively in an immersion environment.

The 2011 Arabic intensive also included trips to Petra; an overnight stay at a beduin camp in Wadi Rum; the Dead Sea; the oldest map of the region in mosaics on the floor of a church in Madaba; the Roman ruins of Jerash, site of an annual summer festival; and Mt. Nebo, where Moses had his only vision of the Holy Land before dying and being buried there.

Additionally, students sampled the many culinary delights of the city of Amman, from casual sidewalk cafes serving hummus and fuul (fava beans), to some of the city’s fine Iraqi, Yemeni, and Lebanese restaurants.  Students likewise enjoyed the vibrant Amman art scene, and spent Ramadan nights breaking fast with Jordanian friends and neighbors, sipping tea and eating traditional Arabic sweets.

For information about future summer intensive programs in Arabic, contact the faculty member directing Arabic at Bard.

Studying at al-Quds

This distinctive program offers intellectually curious students an unparalleled academic experience:  the chance to study with Palestinian students at a college dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry, the promotion of critical thinking, and the open exchange of ideas and opinions.

The Al-Quds Bard Honors College for Liberal Arts and Sciences – located in Abu Dis, a neighborhood divided from East Jerusalem by the separation wall – is at the vanguard of liberal education in Palestine.  As a result, it is a dynamic and intriguing location to spend a semester abroad.

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The Al-Quds Bard Study Abroad Program enables undergraduate students enrolled at North American institutions to spend a semester studying at the Honors College.  Program participants will:

Attend seminar-style classes offered in a variety of academic disciplines, including many courses analyzing a range of discourses surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;
Build meaningful connections with Palestinian students, both inside and outside of the classroom;

Sharpen Arabic language skills through courses in both colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic;

Undertake an internship, putting into practice theories and ideas from readings and classroom debates; and

Live in Ramallah, a culturally vibrant Palestinian city, and participate in cultural excursions to important historical sites like the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, and the Old City.

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Summer Arabic Program in Amman, Jordan (beginner to advanced levels)

Interested in learning Arabic this summer? You are invited to learn more
about the Columbia’s Summer Arabic Language Program in Amman.

Earn credit for one year of Arabic in one summer. Levels include
beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Columbia and non-Columbia
students are welcome to apply. Visit Petra, do volunteer work and more!
Graduate and Undergraduate language students welcome.

Please visit our website for more information about the program: AmmanSummerOverview