Speak Arabic as you learn the intricacies of the culture

Learn Arabic in a supportive summer immersion language program.

2015 Dates

June 21 - July 16, 2015

Student-Teacher Ratio

12 Students to 1 Arabic Teacher

Time in Language

215+ hours of language immersion

Arabic Student Outcomes

After four weeks living in language at the Arabic Academy: 

  • 98% of students gained one of more levels on the ACTFL scale
  • 61% of students gained two or more levels on the ACTFL scale
  • 19% of students gained three or more levels on the ACTFL scale 

Immersion at Green Mountain College

Green Mountain College, located in Poultney, Vermont, has been a partner to the Academy since 2008, making it our longest-running Academy site.  Green Mountain enjoys a close working affiliation with Middlebury College and is located less than an hour from Middlebury’s campus.  With pastoral hiking trails, a collection of classic New England college facilities and a commitment to environmental sustainability, the campus is an ideal place for students to focus on language acquisition, while enjoying a fun and engaging summer in Vermont.

Qatar Foundation International Scholarships
For the past three years, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) and the Language Academy have partnered to provide full scholarships (covering tuition, room, board and travel costs) to deserving students studying Arabic.  
The Language Academy shares QFI’s commitment to increase “the number of young people in the Americas with good knowledge and understanding of the Arab culture.”  
To learn more about 2015 Arabic scholarships, please check back in late December 2014/early January 2015. 

Overview

Our Arabic Academy places you in a sphere of reality that literally envelops your senses in Arabic. You live and grow in this world with the support of a peer community.

You are a willing participant, facing every challenge and obstacle in a group effort to succeed. Add in the catalytic effect that our Teachers and Staff provide and you end up in a world specially designed for learning language, with the integrated tools that accelerate your personal success. The benefits of the Academy go beyond simply living in a place where the language is spoken. 

It is something quite special. Something you won’t find in Riyadh. You’ll grasp cultural and literary fluency in a short span of time. And the result is a confidence that stays with you for the rest of your life.

Studying at the Academy was an amazing experience that helped me improve my knowledge of Arabic. I will remember this experience for the rest of my life.

 - Maximillian, Arabic Academy Student

Background information follows on what the days are like at the Academy, as well as highlights specific to your month long journey in the Arabic program. We cannot possibly provide all of the highlights on this web site. So we encourage you to ask questions of our staff if need be. We’re happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

Get Excited About Participating in Arab Culture!

We’d be hard pressed to cover every special event we’ve got planned for you, but here’s a quick tease on some of the activities that might surprise you:

  • Not unusual to don traditional Arab clothing and sing traditional songs, as you engage with local Arab artisans and professionals in the area.
  • Engage with local scholars and debate issues in an open forum pertaining to the Middle East. Current events are always at the forefront of the agenda.
  • Ever have a desire to make hummus instead of just eating it?

When opportunities are available near your local Academy, we find a way to engage you and your language group with the local community, as well as bring that community to you.

Each Day Has A Set Schedule. Yet No Day Is The Same.

For four weeks, all programming, events, activities, field trips, meetings and meals will be in Arabic. From morning assembly until lights out, you’ll be wrapped in Arabic with a group at your level of language competency. The curriculum is organized by themes that help you navigate life in this new environment. And it remains consistent for your entire month in the program. To familiarize yourself with a typical day at the Academy, click the link below.

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  • Visits to local Mosques Visits to local Mosques
  • Traditional mezze Traditional mezze
  • Customs of the culture Customs of the culture