The Arabic Summer Institute Approaches!
With the largest full time Arabic faculty in the country, more courses at all levels of Arabic, and a thriving events and cultural environment, UT’s Department of Middle Eastern Studies is now rated among the best in the country. Set in friendly Austin, our program and our University are committed to continually expanding our curriculum to help students meet their academic goals. The Arabic Language Summer Institute illustrates our continued commitment to excellence.
Dr. Stephan Guth presents ‘History of Concepts in Arabic: Toward an Etymological Dictionary of Arabic Language and Culture’ | Thursday, March 21 | 3:30-4:30pm | PAR 101
Dr. Stephan Guth, a special guest from the University of Oslo, will be presenting History of Concepts in Arabic: Toward an Etymological Dictionary of Arabic Language and Culture this Thursday, March 21, from 3:30-4:30pm in PAR 101.
A Q&A Session with Dr. Bassem Youssef – the ‘Egyptian Jon Stewart’ | Friday, March 8 | 2:00-4:00pm | Student Activities Center Auditorium (SAC 1.402)
Dr. Bassem Youssef, the 'Egyptian Jon Stewart,' will be visiting UT campus on Friday, March 8, to host a fun and informal Q&A session and meet and greet. Dr. Youssef's political satire show, B+ Show, has gained a worldwide following on YouTube. AFP scholars are encouraged to attend this event!
Welcome, From The Arabic Flagship Program Director
Salaam wa TaHiyyaat, warm greetings!
The Arabic program at The University of Texas, Austin is proud to be home to one of the national Flagship centers that are working across the nation to fulfill the Flagship mission of preparing future global professionals.
Our UT Arabic Flagship program (AFP) was established in 2007 with the goal of preparing a cadre of American undergraduate students in a variety of disciplines who reach Superior proficiency in Arabic by the time they complete their undergraduate education. The AFP offers a rigorous training program in Arabic language and culture that incorporates regular academic-year courses, domestic intensive summer study, summer study abroad at the Arabic Flagship center in Meknes, Morocco, and a capstone year in Alexandria, Egypt.
Our AFP is unique in several ways: It attracts students who are among the best learners of Arabic nationwide, features outstanding faculty members, and offers a vibrant curriculum with clearly defined learning outcomes and assessment tools. Our curriculum incorporates a wide range of Arabic courses from Elementary Arabic to content-based courses to graduate seminars conducted entirely in Arabic and employs a pedagogical approach to Arabic that is based on a holistic vision of Arabic in all its varieties.
By May of this year, the UT Arabic Flagship Program (AFP) will have graduated fifty-five students who completed the program and experienced rich language and cultural immersion both domestically and abroad. Many of them have joined the work force in government, business, and education. Others have continued to graduate school and are training to be the next generation of Middle East scholars and teachers. Most of them are using the language and culture skills they’ve acquired within the AFP and playing a role in fostering better understanding and intercultural communication between the US and its people and the peoples of the Arabic-speaking world.
The motto of UT is “What starts here changes the world” and our AFP teachers, students, and alumni are contributing to this effort by transforming the paradigm of the teaching and learning of Arabic and demonstrating the importance and vitality of language learning and cultural understanding for a better world.
Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal
Professor of Arabic, Director of AFP