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Fact Sheet:
Housing: Homestay Language Pre-requisite: none
Language of Instruction: Arabic, English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
No Internship: No
Advisor: Kelly Jo Bahry Minimum GPA: 3
Class Level Required for Admission: Sophomore standing
Program Type:
Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?

This program is designed for U.S study abroad students with an interest in studying Arabic and the Middle East region. This program is for students wishing to study intensive Arabic language at whatever level is appropriate (although beginning Arabic is offered only if there is enough student interest), for the equivalent of either one or two semesters of study.  Each summer term is worth six credits.  This program fills up fast so early applications are encouraged!


The curriculum is based on AMIDEAST's Arabic Language and Culture Curriculum, which is functional and communicative in its approach.  The teachers are carefully selected native speakers with excellent language teaching experience and skills.

Language Courses

AMIDEAST partners with the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic to provide a high level of Arabic instruction.  The Qasid Institute has developed a reputation as one of the leading programs in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. Its comprehensive curriculum begins with the proper pronunciation of Arabic letters and continues through to a high degree of proficiency.

The word qasid is used to describe a path that is direct and smooth. This is the way the Qasid Institute believes the Arabic language should be taught. The term qasid is also used to describe an individual who strives forward with a direct, specific intention, and clearly defines the kind of student that Qasid attracts to its programs.

As the Qasid Institute's reputation has grown, its programs have made it the program of choice in Amman for embassies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and U.S. colleges and universities seeking excellence in Arabic language instruction.

Classes meet 5 hours per day, 5 days per week.  Each student will receive 80 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic in each session, covering the material usually covered in one semester on a U.S. campus.  In addition, students receive 20 hours of instruction per session in Jordanian Arabic.  Each summer term is worth six credits each (5 for MSA, 1 for Jordanian Arabic)

Course Equivalency: Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.

Students are given placement tests on arrival and placed in the level appropriate for their Arabic language proficiency.

For students whose proficiency is beyond the advanced level, a tutorial program will be arranged to address their specific interests (Media Arabic; Arabic literature; Classical Arabic texts, etc.)