Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

The Arabic Summer Institute at UT Austin

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The Arabic Flagship Program and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin are proud to offer the Arabic Summer Institute (ASI), providing an intensive language and culture program for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of Arabic.

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 Summer Institute illustrates our continued commitment to excellence.

SUMMER 2020 UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19: The 2020 Arabic Summer Institute will be offered fully online in summer 2020. Classes will run from May 28th, 2020 through August 7th, 2020. The program will be intensive in nature and will continue to meet FLAS requirements. Classes will be highly synchronous, conducted every day via ZOOM. Students will not be required to be physically present in Austin, but are responsible for attending all classes at the time they occur, in accordance with the institute's attendance policy. 

Program Dates

  • May 28, 2020 through August 7, 2020 
  • Application Priority Deadline: March 9, 2020
  • Application Final Deadline: April 13, 2020

Program at a Glance

  • Intensive ten-week summer program equivalent to one full academic year
  • Open to all qualified students (competitive admission by application), must be at least 18 years old by the start of the program
  • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced training combining instruction in MSA and Colloquial Arabic
  • 21 contact hours per week
  • Weekly Dardasha (chat) classes and daily Open Tutoring opportunities to develop oral skills
  • A fully incorporated cultural program with lectures, films, hands-on workshops and guest speakers
  • Competitive cost of attendance
  • Dedicated, supportive faculty trained in Arabic pedagogy
  • Meets FLAS fellowship requirements

Questions? Contact Us!

Arabic Summer Institute Staff

Norah Elamir
Program Officer and Outreach Coordinator


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