Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Dates and Information

Admission & Program Dates

March 8 Priority application deadline
April 2 Notification of priority admission
April 16 Signed acceptance letter and enrollment deposit due for priority applicants
April 19 Final application deadline
May 3 Notifications of final admissions
May 10 Signed acceptance letter and enrollment deposit due for final applicants
     May 13 Tuition payments due for all applicants
June 1-2  orientation activities, TBA
June 2 Last day to withdraw for a full refund (less deposit)
June 3 First-session classes begin
June 8 Last day to withdraw for a partial refund (50% refund, less deposit)
July 4 University Holiday
July 8 Final exams for first session
July 9-11 Intersession break
July 12 Second-session classes begin
August 13 Final exams for second session/end of program
August 31 Transcripts available from Registrar's Office

 

Credits

  • Beginning students will receive 12 hours of credit, specifically ARA 601C and 611C, upon successful completion of the program.
  • Intermediate students will receive 12 hours of credit, specifically ARA 621K and 621L, upon successful completion of the program.
  • Advanced students will receive 10 hours of credit, specifically ARA 531K and 531L, upon successful completion of the program.

Transcripts will be available upon request from the Registrar’s office by August 31, 2021 at Get a Transcript. Please note that credits received through the ASI do not count as in-residence credits through the University of Texas.  

Textbook requirements

Each course requires a set of textbooks outlined in the course descriptions. If you already own the books in the correct edition, please bring them. If you have previously worked on the chapters you will be studying this summer, we encourage you to consider purchasing a new copy of the textbook(s) to start fresh. Please bring your books to class on the first class day. Textbooks can be purchased in advance or upon arrival in Austin.

Language pledge

We strive to create an Arabic-rich environment for ASI students, and this requires that all participants and faculty use Arabic as much as possible in ASI-related activities. Intermediate and Advanced students are expected to use Arabic while engaged in ASI activities. This means using Arabic with your professors, TAs, and fellow ASI students at all times while on campus, studying, or attending ASI events. Beginning students are encouraged to use Arabic as much as possible during the first 5 weeks of the summer. Beginners will be expected to use Arabic in ASI activities in the second 5 weeks of the program. In discussions of grades, personal matters, etc, you are welcome to use English.

Down time

Classes run Monday through Friday. The ASI does not hold courses on the weekends, although students should expect 8-10 hours of homework over the weekend.  The summer is divided into two sessions, with a break between sessions July 9 – 11, 2021.  There will be no assigned homework during this break.

Computers

ASI students will have access to the UT computer labs throughout the course of the summer. For computer lab schedules across UT campus, please visit this page. All students are advised to bring their own computers.

Students in the ASI

We are excited to have a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students from across the country joining our program this summer, representing a variety of programs, majors, and academic and professional interests. Ahlan wa sahlan biikum—welcome!

What if I have other questions?

Contact us!
Norah Elamir
512-471-3283


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    Austin, TX 78712
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