Spend a summer at the Arabic School and you’ll experience the single most effective method for rapid language acquisition: a total Arabic language immersion environment with the Language Pledge®—a promise to read, write, listen, and speak only in your language of study.

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Arabic Program Options

The Arabic Language School is located on the Bennington campus, along with Italian and Portuguese. Application and scholarship/financial aid processes are identical to those for the Middlebury campus. Programs are open to undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students at other institutions, and professionals of all ages.

Choose a program based on your language proficiency and goals of study.

  • 8-week immersion program for beginner to advanced students who primarily want to improve language proficiency as rapidly as possible.
  • Graduate programs for students seeking a degree or graduate-level courses in certain content areas.

Live in Language

You’ll master not only vocabulary and syntax, but how to use the Arabic language to engage effectively with Arab culture. The focus is on Modern Standard Arabic during classroom hours, with optional Arabic language classes in colloquial dialects such as Moroccan, Egyptian, and Syrian. For graduate students, our programs provide rigorous graduate instruction in key content areas.

Outside the classroom, you’ll choose from a wide array of in-language cocurricular activities—including calligraphy, cooking, cinema, music, and the Qur’an—each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency. In addition, the program offers daily review classes, one-on-one tutoring sessions, weekly guest speakers’ lecture series, and pronunciation workshops.

With connections to prominent universities across the globe, the Arabic School draws from among the leading scholars of the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the United States, and Canada. Our faculty will support you at every step, helping you perfect your Arabic throughout your program.

Why Middlebury Language Schools—Arabic

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Sushant Naidu:

My name is Sushant Naidu and I am 40 years old and I started at Middlebury with the Arabic Level 1 program, the 8-week intensive. I work in conflict in Yemen for the Center of Peace and Conflict Studies, so I needed another language to work in order to work in the local context. So, I was at the Bennington Campus which is really beautiful and surpassed my expectations, by far, at times I was like…wait, where am I, it was so calm and peaceful.

The Pledge for beginners is a little modified, so basically for the first two weeks you have room to speak in English and to ask questions specifically related to grammar, but its in like the third week that it really goes into like full affect. I think one of the specialties of the program is the learning through activities and you know clubs, so we have like the cooking club and the calligraphy clubs. Various activities also including like volleyball and football [soccer]. I tried out the Quran Club but then finally settled on the Cinema club, for me that was a really great experience.

The strengths of the program is first, I would say, is the immersion. The second thing I would say is the professors, the dedication of the teachers was amazing, and then finally I would say the students themselves, because I feel, at least in my cohort, everyone was really dedicated and wanting to learn the language. I mean it is pretty magical, yea, it is, just like if you just look at it and you go into a language not knowing it at all, but I came out of it writing like a three page essay, giving two presentation and you know, being able to have like a solid conversation with my professors, so in that sense, yea, I would say its pretty magical. 

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Funding

Thanks to the support of generous donors (including Language Schools alumni) and Middlebury’s commitment to provide an opportunity for as many students as possible, we are pleased to offer funding opportunities.

You’ll find several options available for both the immersion and graduate programs, as well as funding for specific languages of study.