Arabic Language Summer Institute

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.

The University of Texas at Austin's Arabic Summer Institute offers an intensive Arabic language and culture program for Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced students of Arabic. The program will run from June 6 to August 12, 2011 and will feature the following:

  • An intensive ten-week summer program equivalent to one full academic year
  • Elementary, Intermediate & Advanced training combining instruction in MSA and Colloquial Arabic
  • Daily Dardasha conversation hours devoted to developing spoken skills in Arabic
  • A focus on building listening comprehension skills through Arabic media and current events
  • A fully incorporated cultural program with lectures, films, hands-on workshops and guest speakers
  • A Resident Advisor to provide tutoring, advice and guidance

Program Highlights

  • Ten week duration from June 6 to August 12, 2011
  • Open to all qualified students (competitive admission by application)
  • An emphasis on communicative teaching methodology
  • 22 contact hours per week for Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced level students
  • Daily Dardasha (chat) classes to develop oral skills
  • Competitive cost of attendance
  • Dedicated, supportive faculty trained in Arabic pedagogy

Summer 2011 Tuition Costs

Tuition for the program is $3,800, excluding travel, room and board, and other living expenses. Offering over 200 contact hours, this program qualifies for the Summer FLAS Fellowship. Contact your home institution for details on applying for the FLAS.

Arabic Course Listing

Arabic Language Level
Credit Hours
Arabic Course Listing

ARA 601C & ARA 611C


ARA 621K & ARA 621L


ARA 531K & ARA 531L


Application & Eligibility

The program is open to all talented students of Arabic. The average student attending will have made a serious, long term commitment to learning Arabic, be prepared to study intensively for ten weeks, and be performing well academically at their home institution. Due to the intensive nature of this program, it will not be possible to take other courses or to work during our program. The Institute will provide you with the opportunity to study with some of the best and most motivated students of Arabic, including Arabic Flagship students from UT and other Arabic Flagship programs.

Application Instructions

A complete application for the Arabic Language Summer Institute will include the following:

Priority deadline: March 1

Post-Application Steps
Applicants who meet the priority deadline will be notified of the admission committee’s decision in late March.

Qualified applicants from outside UT will be contacted within a couple of weeks of the priority deadline to schedule an oral proficiency interview.

Admitted students must submit their decision to accept or decline an offer of admission by April 15.

Arabic Summer Institute Staff

Hope Fitzgerald

Kimberly Dahl
Senior Program Coordinator

Helena Schneider
Events Coordinator

Franny Vandervoort
Administrative Associate