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University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

Cairo, Egypt

American University in Cairo (AUC)
UCEAP's program in Egypt allows you to be immersed in the cultural and educational diversity of modern Egyptian life. You enroll at the American University in Cairo (AUC), where you can take advantage of the broad array of regular courses taught in English from an Arabic, Muslim, or Near or Middle Eastern perspective. The program also provides a venue to learn Arabic (colloquial Egyptian and/or Standard Modern), a language not widely taught in the UC system. You may participate in one of three options: a regular study abroad program, a full-time intensive Arabic language study program, or graduate study. All three options can be taken for fall, spring, or year.



Ben-Gurion University
Ben-Gurion University is a leader in sustainable development, environmental studies, global health, and Israel studies. It is the #1 university choice for Israeli undergraduate students. You will have access to the Center for Bedouin Studies and to the archives of David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel.  The university enrolls almost 20,000 students and is located in Beersheva, a multi-cultural city in the heart of the Negev desert, only one hour from Tel Aviv.


Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers UC students the opportunity to form an understanding of the complex relations between Israelis and Palestinians and between Israel and its neighboring Arab countries. The wide variety of courses offered by Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) provides an interdisciplinary approach to your studies, with special emphasis placed on Jewish, Israel, or Middle East studies and Hebrew language.


Rabat, Morocco

Qalam Center and CIEE at Mohammad V University
Study Arabic at the Qalam Center and also choose courses provided by CIEE at Mohammed V University. Homestays are an integral part of this exciting new program, giving you a genuine, behind-the-scenes understanding of Moroccan life. Take advantage of this chance to prepare yourself for countless job openings in diplomacy, international business, NGO work, education, health services, and more.



Bilkent University
EAP students are fully integrated into Bilkent University classes and have access to all fields of instruction. Bilkent University is Turkey’s first private university and was founded with the goal of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. All courses are in English, but students are able to increase their ability to interact socially with Turkish students outside of classes by studying Turkish.


Boğaziçi University
Become fully integrated into International Summer School, Boğaziçi University classes and access a variety of fields of instruction. This seven-week intensive program offers you the unique opportunity to live in Istanbul, the capital city of three world empires. Explore Istanbul’s Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman heritage while living in a modern, secular setting. Program participants enroll in regular university courses with international and local students. You can choose from courses in most subject areas, including social and natural sciences, history, language, engineering, and education.

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Koç University
UCEAP students are fully integrated with Turkish and other international students into Koç University classes and have access to all fields of instruction.  Koç University was founded with the goal of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. Courses are in English, but students are able to increase their ability to interact socially with Turkish students outside of classes by studying Turkish.




Cairo, Egypt

The Presidential Internship Program at the American University in Cairo
Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo provides recent university graduates with the opportunity to learn Arabic, work at the highest levels of an international university, and experience life in Cairo.

Selected individuals spend one academic year working at AUC, studying Arabic, and partaking in the rich intellectual and cultural life of both AUC and Cairo. Each intern fulfills a full-time position in one of seven offices. Additionally, interns have the opportunity to study Arabic or to enroll in one course per semester through the university. Interns also benefit from faculty privileges such as housing and library privileges and enjoy AUC-sponsored opportunities to discover the culture and history of Cairo, Egypt, and the Middle East.

Selected applicants are assigned to offices aligned with their academic and professional interests, where they develop substantive skills and experience needed to make tangible contributions to the university community. Interns have utilized the skills, knowledge, and network they develop during the program to go on to pursue a variety of impactful opportunities and careers. Learn more about our alumni here.



*For additional information on UCEAP language study opportunites please click here.

Amman, Jordan

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Advanced Arabic Language
The Advanced Arabic Language program is designed to provide you with a full immersion experience commensurate with your abilities and proficiency level. All courses are taught in Arabic and include both subject area content and language instruction. This approach enables you to develop a high level of proficiency in Arabic, and a better understanding of important issues facing Jordan and the Middle East today. You are tested at the beginning of the program, and again at its conclusion, to document your language acquisition during your studies. Final program eligibility and course placement are determined by the on-site placement exam.


Arabic Language & Culture
The Arabic Language & Culture program offers you a series of specially designed area studies courses in such fields as archaeology, economics, history, international relations, literature, politics, and religion. Area studies courses provide an overview of issues relevant to Jordan and the broader Middle East region. Although there is no language prerequisite, you are required to take both modern standard Arabic and colloquial Jordanian Arabic while in Amman. In addition, you take two area studies courses. A full course load is considered four courses.


Diplomacy & Policy Studies
Jordan’s political agility and skilled diplomacy has made it a stabilizing force in the region and an ideal setting to improve your Arabic while taking a focused look at diplomacy, policy studies, and international affairs in the Middle East. You have the opportunity to enroll in intensive Arabic language training; enjoy coursework taught by professors and professionals at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy; and take part in an internship with local government ministries, agencies, and international organizations. Studying abroad in Amman offers you unparalleled insight into Middle Eastern diplomacy and a truly unique intercultural experience.


Qasid Arabic Institute
The word qasid is used to describe a path that is direct and smooth. This is the way we believe the Arabic language should be taught. The Qasid Institute for Arabic has quietly developed a reputation as one of the leading centers in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. A comprehensive curriculum taught over five distinct levels takes a student from the proper pronunciation of letters to a level of mastery.


Beirut, Lebanon

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies
he Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut is a leading center for the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East and of the Arabic language, attracting a diverse group of students and scholars from around the world.

To study Arabic at AUB, students may either apply to the intensive summer Arabic program offered by CAMES or apply to AUB as a Special / Visiting student during the regular academic year. Once accepted, Special / Vsisting students may register for courses in any subject of their interest (Political Studies, Arabic, History, Philosophy, etc.) For further information on applying as a Special / Visiting student, please check the AUB Office of Admissions website. You may download the application form or write to the Office of Admissions on admissions@aub.edu.lb and ask them to send you an application package by mail.


Fez, Morocco

The Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF)
The Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF) offers three and six-week courses in all levels of Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic throughout the year.


Rabat, Morocco

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Arabic Language & Culture
Study the Arabic language, both Modern Standard and Colloquial Moroccan, at your own level, beginner through advanced.  At the same time take courses taught in English or French in the subject areas of African studies, business, economics, Francophone studies, international relations, literature, Moroccan studies, political science, and religious studies.


Muscat, Oman

The Center for International Learning (CIL)
The Center for International Learning (CIL) is an accredited Omani-American higher education institution based in Muscat. Our President and staff formerly comprised the World Learning/SIT Oman Center. We provide the same type of educational programs and services as our predecessor organization, but with a broader alliance of college and university partners in the United States, Great Britain, Europe and Japan. Most professional and teaching staff remain the same as before, and we are located on the same campus in Muscat looking onto the Arabian Sea. CIL offers accredited study abroad programs, langauge instruction at all levels, and customized programs for shorter visits.


American Association of Teacher of Arabic, Arabic Language Programs

Programs in the Middle East

Summer Arabic Language Programs



Study Abroad (full course offerings)

Despite the large number of foreigners who descend on Egypt annually, AMIDEAST exposes students to aspects of the country most visitors never see. Students live in the heart of Cairo in the neighborhood of Dokki, just a short walk from the banks of the Nile. There, students engage in experiential learning every day by shopping in local markets, haggling with taxis, and frequenting local cafes with Egyptian friends.



AMIDEAST exposes students to a Jordan most visitors never have the privilege to experience. Students live with local Arabic-speaking families or in apartments with their fellow students in Amman, an ancient city facing many modern challenges. There students engage in experiential learning every day by haggling for goods in local shops, cooking meals with host families, and frequenting local cafes with Jordanian friends. Students who study with AMIDEAST in Jordan are placed in an environment which allows them to explore the vibrant Jordanian culture which is not easily accessed by foreign visitors.



Students engage in experiential learning every day by haggling for goods in local shops, cooking meals with host families, and frequenting local cafes with Moroccan friends. AMIDEAST students get to know diversity of people who make up a society that stands at the crossroads of Arab, indigenous (Amazigh), African, and European cultures.



In this beautiful country located on the Arabian Pennisuila, AMIDEAST students are exposed to a way of life unfamiliar to most Americans. With Oman’s borders and capital city once extending to Zanzibar, the Omani language and self-identification is unique s in the Arab world. Oman’s environment is hot and dry throughout most of the year, and is characterized by extraordinary natural formations and forts, towers, and ancient city walls dotting the landscape. Through both learning and service components, AMIDEAST students navigate this distinctive Omani environment on a daily basis.



The northern-most country in Africa, Tunisia is continually in flux, playing a significant role in regional dynamics. Long before the Arab Spring, Tunisia has been known as one of the most historically significant and culturally rich countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Distinctly Mediterranean, Tunisia’s landscape features balmy beaches to the north and the sultry Sahara to the south, with lush green forests in between. AMIDEAST students learn about Tunisia’s unique culture and position in the Arab World through daily exploration and coursework.



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