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Arabic is one of the world’s most important languages, spoken by more than 300 million people in 22 countries.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the Summer Intensive Language Program must cancel its on-campus program for Summer 2020. Admitted students have been contacted via email with options regarding deferring, withdrawing, or transferring their admission. Our sister program in Vermont is accepting applications for alternative online programsIf you are a prospective graduate student, the Middlebury Institute Office of Admissions will be in contact with you directly regarding your language plan.


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It is the liturgical language for over one billion Muslims of diverse nationalities. Instruction is primarily in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), with exposure to other dialects, including Levantine, Egyptian, and North African.

Our Arabic Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) supports your development in reading, listening, speaking, writing, grammar, and pronunciation skills while building intercultural awareness. At all levels, you are exposed to Arabic grammar, structure, and script, in addition to communication strategies.

The goal is to help you meet the challenge and reap the academic, professional, and cultural rewards of learning Arabic.

Program Highlights

  • Develop reading, writing, speaking, listening, and pronunciation skills.

  • Build intercultural awareness.

  • Learn grammar, structure, and script, in addition to communication strategies.

  • Engage with native speakers from across the Arabic-speaking world.

  • Participate in cocurricular activities such as workshops for dance, cuisine, dialects, writing, and more; karaoke nights featuring popular music from the Middle East; after dinner with local Muslim students during Ramadan; and guest lectures on relevant and newsworthy topics by leading professors and speakers.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Arabic Summer Intensive Language Program offers courses for the complete beginners to high intermediate learners. See the student learning outcomes for each level.     

Next Steps

If you have any questions email us at languages@miis.edu.