Congratulations to our AFP Seniors!
We want to offer a warm congratulations to all of our graduating AFP seniors and a special congratulations to those students graduating with honors: Nikki Beittenmiller, Brett Bowman, Stephanie McBrayer, Connor Pursell, and Esme West. We are so proud of you!
Check out AFP Scholar Liz Fenley during her Capstone year
Follow our #AFPMorocco on Facebook to see what our scholars are up to during their capstone year in Meknes, Morocco!
2015 Arabic Talent Show
Have a hidden talent? Dying to belt out your favorite Mashrou’ Leila hit to a live audience? Want to show off your fusha by reading aloud an Arabic poem? Auditions for this year’s Arabic Talent Show are on March 30th. Stay tuned for more details!
Look out for AFP’s next installment of Alumni Connect
The AFP Alumni Connect program is a new platform that, by hosting monthly panels, allows an alumnus to share his/her professional experiences with current students.
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.
As of May 2013, 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