The Arabic School

The Middlebury Arabic School's summer session takes place at the Mills College campus in California.  Please check the Dates and Fees page for dates of the program.

Additional Requirements for the Arabic School

Applicants to the Arabic MA program must hold a BA or its equivalent, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher before the initial graduate session. They should have completed a major or concentration in Arabic or have studied Arabic at the college level for four years or more.

In addition to the general application requirements, applicants to the Arabic Graduate Program must complete the following:

Writing Sample

Please submit a 3-5 page writing sample in Arabic through the online application. The sample should be recent, reflecting as much as possible your current writing ability in Arabic (e.g., a scholarly essay or research paper, in full or in excerpt, submitted for a course within the past few months).

Course History

Please supply the following information on the online application:

  • level of course(s)
  • institution and dates for each course
  • names of instructors
  • hours per week (with breakdown of lecture, drill, laboratory, conversation, etc.)
  • textbooks used and extent to which the content of the text was covered
TOEFL Scores-International Applicants

Non-native speakers of English who have received their undergraduate degrees from an accredited four-year US institution are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Non-native speakers of English who did not receive undergraduate degrees from an accredited four-year US institution must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Minimum TOEFL scores:

  • Internet-based test (IBT): 100 overall (25 reading and listening, 23 speaking, 27 writing)
  • PBT: 600
  • CBT: 250

Minimum IELTS scores:

  • 7.5 overall
  • 7.5 listening and reading
  • No sub-score below 7.5
Language Assessment

Once we have received all of your application materials, we will send you instructions for taking the Arabic proficiency test. We will also contact you to schedule a telephone interview with Dr. Mahmoud Abdalla, Director of the Arabic School. The writing sample, proficiency test, and interview are used to determine whether you meet the proficiency requirements for admission to the graduate program.

If the results of the test and interview indicate that you are not ready for the graduate program, you will typically be given the option of enrolling in the 8-week program (provided that you qualify for admission to that program).

Address for Submitting Supplemental Materials

Arabic School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

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