Summer Opportunities

Courtesy of Laura RostadThe Middle East Center aggregates information regarding third party summer programs concerning the Middle East. Many of these programs are language programs, some are abroad and some are US based. They are listed accordingly below. While the Middle East Center does not officially sponsor these events, we strongly encourage interested students, teachers and professionals to take advantage of the growing number of summer programs in Middle East Studies.

As always, we continue to involve and educate the community about the peoples and cultures of the Middle East. Click here for more information about our outreach programs.

See also our Internships, Volunteer, and Employment Opportunities page for more offerings not restricted to summer sessions.



Al-Bustan Camp
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Pennsylvania
Al-Bustan Camp is an Arabic language and cultural day camp where children and youth develop new language skills and appreciate Arab artsand  culture while making new friendships and exploring nature.Open to children and youth of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, “Al-Bustan”, Arabic for “The Garden”, encourages dialogue, respect, understanding, and celebrates diversity.
Each year, a different theme integrates the various program areas. In 2012, campers will explore the life of 14th century traveler Ibn Battuta and his home country Morocco. Past themes have included learning about Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Arab contributions to the sciences through the story of Ibn Al-Haytham, Palestinian arts and culture, Andalusia through the story of Ziryab, Egypt through the story of Um Kalthoum,  the Silk Route and traditional Arab souks, 14th century traveler Ibn Battuta, the olive tree, the folktale character Juha, and Kalila Wa Dimna stories.
Open to children grades K-12, the 2012 program lasts from July 9-27, at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

Arabic Music Retreat
Arab American Arts Institute
Discover Arabic music with Simon Shaheen, DR. A.J. Racy, and the master instructors at the 16th Annual Arabic Music Retreat, August 11-18, 2012 at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
This week-long intensive session in Arabic music includes lessons on ear-training, music theory and analysis, and music literature as well as private and group instrumental/vocal lessons, and coached ensembles and large orchestra.
To register, or for more information, visit All registration materials due by July 1, 2012. Scholarships are available.

Qasid Arabic Language Institute
Amman, Jordan
The Qasid Institute has developed a reputation as the leading private institute in the Middle East for Arabic language instruction. It is the institute of choice in Jordan for the Fulbright Program, several university study abroad programs, ACOR, AMIDEAST, the US State Department, the UK Home Office, and half a dozen embassies. Qasid offers courses in Modern Standard Arabic, Classical Arabic, and Jordanian Colloquial, which can be taken as a supplement to either of the other tracks.
The summer program lasts from June 9th through August 15th, 2012. Program fee is $2,250, excluding airfare. Housing and free wi-fi are available. Application due by April 30. More details can be found at:

Intensive Summer Language Institute
University of Texas - Austin
This ten-week program from May 28 - August 3, 2012 is equivalent to one full academic year of language study. Languages offered include elementary, intermediate, and advanced Arabic; elementary Biblical Hebrew; and advanced electives in Persian.
More information about the program and applying can be found at the website: ( The priority application deadline is March 1, 2012, though applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until seats are filled.

Int'l Summer School/Turkish Language & Culture/Istanbul
ISIK University - Istanbul

The International Office at ISIK University, Istanbul, Turkey, invites applicants for its Summer Program 2012. The four-week program, July 2 - 27, 2012, offers exclusive Turkish language courses and cultural courses (i.e. Turkish cuisine, the evolution of Turkish Republic, Ottoman language, music, dance and arts). There are two hours per day of language instruction in small seminar settings. Cultural electives are a further two hours per day. Weekends can be free, or participants can go on group-organized tours and excursions. Visit the website here for more information or contact Sebnem Kismir at <> or <>.


Intensive Summer Arabic in the Middle East
Ambergh Education
Ambergh provides numerous opportunities for students of Arabic in the Middle East, with programs or partners in Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, and Jordan. Most program dates are flexible. Check back at the website for updates about specific locations' course offerings and dates.
For more information, please visit:

Cappadocia in Context
Koç University
International workshop for graduate students by Koc University directed by Penn Professor Robert Ousterhout. This workshop will take place from June 17 to July 5, 2012.
Do you want to explore the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Cappadocia? Within the region's spectacular volcanic landscape are dozens of rock-cut settlements, including hundreds of painted, rock-cut churches, chapels, monasteries, houses, villages, towns, fortresses, and underground cities.
Through a program that combines lectures, guided site visits, thematic explorations, and seminar presentations, the workshop will explore ways to "read" the landscape and its monuments, as well as ways to write a regional history based on the close analysis of sites and monuments.
In order to maintain an intimate setting and provide maximum exposure opportunities, the program has a limited capacity of 14 students.  Find out more about the program through the program website here.

Doing Business in the Middle East and Turkey
Santa Clara Law in Istanbul
Turkey is poised between Asia and Europe and is an exciting, dynamic country where businesses are thriving. Turkey is also the gateway for many to do business in the Middle East as well as North Africa. The course offered in Istanbul will focus on issues that are important to doing business in Turkey as well as the Middle East. Lecturers are from the Koç University law faculty, business faculty and practicing lawyers in the region. The internships are with Turkish firms that do international work as well as in other cities of the Middle East. In addition, field trip to courts, law firms and other sites are planned weekly. Includes optional internship component as a follow-up to the course; internship opportunities can be in Istanbul, Dubai, or Kuwait.
The course runs from June 17 to July 6, 2012 and costs $3,600. The optional internship segment runs from July 9 to August 3 and costs an additional $2,970. These costs do not include airfare or lodging. There is an enrollment limit of 20 students. Application due March 25, 2012. For more information, visit the program website here.

Summer Travel Course in Tunisia
Loyola University
Loyola Professor Peter J. Schraeder will be leading for the 6th year in a row his highly popular interdisciplinary 22-day summer travel course to Tunisia, “The Arab Spring, Democratic Change, Islam, and U.S. Foreign Policy,” May 27-June 16, 2012.  Fifteen spots are reserved for non-Loyola students. Applications are due March 19, 2012. Program fee of $4,161 includes tuition and lodging.
Students participating in the trip will:

  • Learn about Tunisia’s “Jasmine revolution” and transition to democracy within the context of the “Arab Spring”
  • Experience a camel trek in Southern Tunisia.
  • Visit sites of political, religious, and historical significance throughout Tunisia.
  • Attend presentations at the U.S. Embassy and meet the U.S. Ambassador.
  • Take part in joint sessions with English-speaking Tunisian students.
  • Camp overnight in the Sahara Desert.

Please visit to view a syllabus with a detailed daily itinerary of activities. Students may contact Amye Day, Office for International programs at or (773) 508-2551 or e-mail Professor Schraeder at with questions.

GEEO Travel Abroad for Educators
Regional July 2012 Trips to Morocco or Egypt  
Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps and encourages educators to travel abroad. GEEO hopes to make America more outward-looking by helping teachers travel and then giving them an effective way to share these experiences in their classrooms.
Educators can earn graduate school credit and professional development credit while seeing the world. The trips are designed for teachers and include activities such as school visits and homestays that give participants authentic exposure to local culture. The trips are deeply discounted so as to be affordable to teachers. GEEO also helps teachers find funding to subsidize the cost of the trips.
Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at  

Critical Language Scholarships
U.S. Department of State
The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for
seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.
Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, described at The deadline to apply for the 2012 CLS Program is November 15, 2011.
To access the online application, or for more information about the CLS
Program, please visit the CLS website at  or


Summer Study Abroad
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
CIEE offers six-week intensive Arabic summer programs in Jordan and Morocco. Both programs in Amman and Rabat offer students of any level the opportunity to improve their Modern Standard Arabic as well as introducing them to the local dialects of each country. The application deadline is April 1, 2012. (Program dates to be posted Feb 15).
CIEE also runs a six-week program in Istanbul about Turkish history, politics, culture, and literature, in partnership with Koç University.
Please check the program websites for updates in information regarding costs, program, dates, and deadlines.
For more information visit their website,, call 1.800.40.STUDY or e-mail

Intensive Arabic Language in Irbid, Jordan
CET Academic Programs
Hosted at Yarmouk University this eight-week summer program (June 6 - Aug 3, 2012) focuses on intensive language acquisition, with a full-time Arabic language pledge and pairing with Jordanian roommates. Language courses are integrated and include study of Modern Standard Arabic, Media Arabic and Colloquial Arabic (Levantine dialect). Intermediate, advanced intermediate and advanced Arabic language levels are offered. The summer course is equivalent to one year of college-level Arabic language instruction.
Program fee of $6,500 includes tuition, housing, and course materials. CET-run scholarships are available. Application is on a rolling basis, closing March 1st, 2012. Apply online at

Turkish Langauge and Culture Program
The Language Center, Boğaziçi University

The annual international summer program in Turkish Language and Culture provides intensive instruction in Turkish at intermediate and advanced levels. Class size is limited to approximately 10 students. Each level receives 160 hours of instruction during the program. Classes are held on weekdays 9am - 1pm. Weekly Turkish and biweekly English lectures are given by scholars specialized in their fields on various aspects of the Turkish culture ranging from economics, history, literature, fine arts, architecture and others. Weekly Turkish film sessions are scheduled for Monday afternoons.

Program dates are June 21 to August 10, 2012. Tuition for 2012 is $4150; optional program-organized housing not included. Financial assistance may be offered through the American Research Institute in Turkey.

Applications are due March 12, 2012, and students should recieve a response by April 10th. Course credit and financial assistance may be available. Further information about the program and access to the application can be found here.

Direct questions to or phone number (90)-(212)-257 5039.

Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Immersion Program June 16 - August 11
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Operating under the principle that language learning occurs best when instruction emphasizes full immersion, UW-Madison's Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Immersion Program employs a communicative approach that entails student-centered, performance-based, and context-oriented language teaching. To meet the program goals of integrating reading, writing, listening, and speaking with communication strategies and cultural skills, instructors and students sign a contract agreeing to use the target language exclusively within and outside the classroom. At the end of each level of instruction, students will demonstrate a) greater facility of communication; b) broader understanding of how to engage in the historical and socio-cultural contexts in which the target language is used; and c) expanded individual capabilities in learning how to adapt language skills for life-long learning. Courses available in Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Arabic, Persian, and Turkish.

Total cost is $6,750, including room, board, and tuition fees. Application deadline is May 15, 2012. Apply before April 15 for reduced fees. Space is limited. Applications and more details available at: Questions? Contact Quinn Fullenkamp at (608) 262-5666 or

"My Galilee" Program
American Cultural Center of Nazareth
Based on the success of last year’s program, ACCON is proud to announce the 2012 My Galilee Leadership Program! From July 29th to August 2nd, selected Arab university students from the Galilee will host visiting American university students and participate in a historically unique and unprecedented program that promotes dialogue and understanding between these two groups.  Program participants will have the opportunity to host American students and be  cultural ambassadors, representing their community and educating their American counterparts about the prominent issues in the lives of Arab residents of the Galilee. Additionally, Arab and American students will participate in a variety of other activities. The program will include: cultural excursions to sites of great significance to the Abrahamic religions, daily Arabic classes, dialogue sessions with Arab-Israeli university students, and town hall meeting and discussions with local leaders.
Students must download and complete the application form and two required essays available on the website, Application due by April 1 via email to

Zaytuna Summer Arabic Intensive June 18 to August 11, 2012
Berkeley, California
The Zaytuna Summer Arabic Intensive provides elementary- and intermediate-level students with a rigorous, complete-immersion language experience in an Arabic-only environment, integrating the acquisition of listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills at an accelerated pace. In eight weeks, students acquire the equivalent of one year of university-level Arabic and meet the objectives of a ten-unit summer intensive program.
The Zaytuna Arabic Intensive does not stress a "classical vs. modern" dichotomy; instead, it focuses on the itnersections and contiutities between classical Arabic and MSA. Zaytuna instructors place a strong emphasis on acquiritng a solid foundation in classical Arabic grammar, while simultaneously developing smooth conversational and reading skills, which are enhanced by the Arabic-only immersion policy.
Tuition is $3000, with options for on-campus housing ranging from an additional $2035 to $2530. Need-based financial assistance available through the program. Applications processed by rolling admission. For more information and to download and application form, please visit the Zaytuna website.



Summer Intensive Arabic at Beloit
Beloit College, Wisconsin
Join us in learning a new language with our summer intensive language school. Our four week or eight week courses are designed to immerse you in the language of your choice with high-level instruction and quality resources located in Wisconsin's first College - Beloit College. In the Arabic program, students play an active role in the language tables, study together in groups, and highlight their artistic or culinary talents during the evening of international poetry and song or the international dinner. None of these goals—high-level, fast-paced language acquisition and cultural enrichment —would be possible, however, without the fine instructors of Arabic whom we have had over the years. Students consider their instructors’ talent and creativity, willingness to help students, and dedication to the teaching of Arabic language and culture to be some of the greatest qualities of our program.
Features offered include academic credit, small classes with a maximum of twelve students each, language conversation tables at lunch and dinner, housing with other students of Arabic, and flexibility of sessions.
Who can attend. Programs are open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; advanced high school students (17 minimum age limit); educators; business persons; and adults interested in language study for academic purposes, career and personal enrichment. The Center for Language Studies is ideal for people preparing to work or study abroad.
When. The Summer 2011 8-week session lasts from June 11 to August 5. The 4-week session lasts from June 11 to July 9.
Now accepting applications on a rolling basis.
For more information, and to apply, visit the program’s website at

Istanbul - The Capital of Empires Past
Özyeğin University, Turkey
Come and explore the intricacies of this ancient city and surrounding areas across its many manifestations through lectures by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Turkish scholars married to hands-on, guided tours of well-known as well as off-the-beaten-path landmarks. You will also have the opportunity to study and learn the basics of the Turkish language while being hosted by local university students.
The Summer Program is work 9 ECTS / 6 US Credits composed of a lecture series covering a survey of the history and culture of Istanbul and an introductory Turkish language course. The program runs four weeks, from July 1 to July 29, 2011. The total cost of the program is 2,250 USD (1,650 Euros) including local tours, room and half-board.
For more information, visit