Until further notice, the University of Arizona, in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages all employees to work remotely. Our office in 440 Marshall Building is closed to the public, but you can reach the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Monday–Friday 8am-5pm:
- Director: Ben Fortna firstname.lastname@example.org 520-873-7008
- Program Coordinator: Sergio Cañez email@example.com 520-260-0837
- Administrative Assistant: Randa Abdu firstname.lastname@example.org 520-561-2098
SUMMER 2020 PROGRAM SESSIONS UPDATE
Session I – Online: June 8 - July 9
Session II - In-person Instruction*: July 13 - August 12
Both summer sessions will be online due to COVID-19
Please refer to the University of Arizona COVID page for updates, accessible from Arizona.edu
About the Program
Earn 10 credits in just 10 weeks at one of the top Arabic programs in the United States.
The Arabic summer program, through virtual instruction, at the University of Arizona at the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) is a rigorous, immersive program that adopts the proficiency-based approach and emphasizes cultural literacy and the use of technology.
The program offers a variety of online classes and online cultural activities. Three levels of Arabic are taught by dynamic, innovative and experienced teachers in a supportive and culturally-rich environment.
The program is open to:
- non-UA students (non-degree seeking)
- out of state students
- high school students (Please see the Jumpstart Program)
- incoming freshman
- University of Arizona students (graduate and undergraduate). You can register through UAccess
- scholarships that require 120 hours of instruction (e.g. FLAS)
Summer Course Offerings
All online classes are approximately four hours per day, five days a week, followed by online study time/office hours and cultural activities.
Prior Arabic: All students with prior Arabic will take a proficiency assessment test to determine the level at which you will be placed.
- Elementary Arabic I, ARB 101: June 8 - July 9.
For students with no previous language background in Arabic. Students cover Alif Baa and Lessons 1-6 of Al-Kitaab, Part one.
- Elementary Arabic II, ARB 102: July 13 - August 12.
Prior completion of one college semester (or equivalent) of Arabic is required. Lessons 7-13 of Al-Kitaab, Part one are covered in this course.
- Intermediate Arabic I, ARB 401: June 8 - July 9.
Prior completion of two college semesters (or equivalent) of Arabic is required. This course covers Lessons 14-20 of Al-Kitaab, Part one.
- Intermediate Arabic II, ARB 402: July 13 - August 12.
Prior completion of three college semesters (or equivalent) of Arabic is required. This course covers Lessons 1-5 of Al-Kitaab, Part Two.
- Advanced Arabic I, ARB 405: June 8 - July 9.
Prior completion of four college semesters (or equivalent) of Arabic is required. This course covers advanced level Arabic content material.
- Advanced Arabic II, ARB 406: July 13 - August 12.
Prior completion of five college semesters (or equivalent) of Arabic is required. This course covers advanced level Arabic content material.
Along with online Arabic classes and office hours, the summer program organizes a variety of online cultural activities that aim to enhance the students’ familiarity with the culture and society in the Middle East. These activities include sessions of Arab calligraphy, music, and film screenings, as well as introducing students to famous Arab traditions such as traditional dances, clothes, celebrations, and henna.
In addition to class hours and cultural activities, the Summer Intensive Program usually features a full language and culture immersion experience including on-campus Arabic language housing.
Due to COVID-19, however, housing is not available at this time.
Textbooks and Materials
While the online program uses the Al-Kitaab textbook series, all courses use additional language and culture materials, as well as many technology-based resources that help with speeding up the learning process.
Tuition and Costs
Summer 2020 tuition and fee totals (differs from reduced tuition totals):
One Summer Session: $2,544.85
Two Summer Sessions: $5,074.65
For more information regarding tuition costs, please use the University tuition and fees calculator. Note:
1 summer session = 5 units/credits
2 summer sessions = 10 units/credits
Housing is available for in-person instruction only and is not available at this time.
How to Apply
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT JUMPSTART APPLICATIONS IS MAY 1st, 2020
THE DEADLINE FOR UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA INCOMING FRESHMEN IS MAY 15TH, 2020
University of Arizona students:
Please go to UAccess and log on to the Student Center; there, you should be able to enroll for ARB Summer Sessions I and II.
Non-University of Arizona students:
A completed registration form and non-degree seeking application is required for enrollment.
- Complete registration form
- Apply to non-degree-seeking student application
- Create an account
- Follow Step-By-Step guide to fill out application Step-by-Step Guide NDS Students.pdf
- Pay the fee: Arizona Residents pay $50.00; Non-residents pay $80.00
- Select Submit!
Once you are enrolled at the University of Arizona and have your student ID and pin number (this process may take up to a week), you will receive instructions to create your UA NETID. Next, please go to UAccess and log on to the Student Center; there, you should be able to enroll for ARB Summer Sessions I and II.
High School Juniors and Seniors: Apply to Jumpstart Program
- Select Track 1 or 2
- Complete Jumpstart application form including scholarship information
- Send letter of recommendation link to language instructor
- Complete University of Arizona admissions form
If you have questions about the application please call the Office of Admissions at 520-621-3237.