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Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to enhance and accelerate their acquisition of Arabic at the different stages in the learning process, particularly through Penn-approved study-abroad programs. These include:
The American University in Cairo (AUC)

The American University in Beirut (AUB)


Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF):


Yemen Institute of Arabic Studies:


Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)


Institute for Classical Modern Standard Arabic (Amman, Jordan)


A further opportunity for undergraduate students during the summer months is the Arabic School at Middlebury College in Vermont where, in a living-learning environment which requires that only Arabic be spoken, students are able to enhance all four of their language skills as part of an extremely intensive and demanding program.


Either at the end of the undergraduate career or at some point in their graduate career, students who attain an advanced level of proficiency in Arabic are encouraged to apply to attend the US Department of Education-sponsored Arabic program in Cairo (the Center for Arabic Study Abroad-CASA) for either a summer or an academic year. Admission is on the basis of a highly competitive national examination in Arabic. On this program, courses are offered in the colloquial dialect of Cairo, the Arabic of the media, advanced listening and note-taking (in the second semester, taking a regular course at an Egyptian university taught in Arabic), and a series of courses on academic subjects.


Students can obtain advice about these programs and application information either from the members of the Arabic teaching staff or from the Middle East Center