In the following section, TeachMideast will share details about competitions, study and travel opportunities that are connected to Islam, the Arab world, the Middle East and cross-cultural understanding. Experiential learning can complement and enhance the typical classroom experience.

The Center for Global Studies - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

The Center for Global Studies is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education awarded the Center for Global Studies a four-year grant of $2.1 million for the period of 2014-18.  This Title VI funding renews the Center’s status as a National Resource Center in Global Studies and provides continued funding for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Illinois graduate, undergraduate and professional school students.

Kennedy - Lugar YES Programs

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides scholarships for secondary school students (age 15-17) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend one academic year in the United States.

The U.S. Department of State’s  Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) program, provides competitive merit-based scholarships for U.S. citizens in secondary school (age 15-18.5) to study for one academic year in select countries.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

Oxbridge Summers

Oxbridge Summers at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge (est. 2011) is a summer enrichment program hosted at Oxford and Cambridge respectively each August dedicated to the academic, cultural and social enrichment of secondary school students from around the world.  Arabic and Persian language instruction offered.

Abdelkader Education Project Annual Essay Contest

Abdelkader Education Project Annual Essay Contest

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About The Abdelkader Education Project is a non-profit organization that endeavors to broaden global perspectives by providing opportunities to learn about the Middle East and Islamic culture through the legacy of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883). AEP promotes cultural literacy, civility, and understanding while reviving important lost history with relevance for today. The multi-faceted life of Emir Abdelkader, a widely acclaimed 19th century Algerian statesman, humanitarian, warrior, religious scholar, and ethical leader, is the vehicle for the global education project

Who can participate? Students enrolled at U.S. high schools and colleges, including exchange students, are invited to enter the seventh annual essay contest.

Why participate?  It is global education at its best. Participating in the essay contest broadens perspectives as you learn about the Middle East and Islamic culture through the legacy of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883). His powerful and non-threatening example of Islamic leadership in compassion and highest moral values counters stereotypes. Connecting continents and cultures across centuries inspires learning about cultural literacy, civility, tolerance, and understanding.

Center for International Relations Spring Writing Competition

The Center for International Relations holds an annual Student Writing Competition each spring in which winners are eligible for publication in the upcoming issue of International Affairs Forum, a biannual publication on international affairs and economics.  Submissions are open to any topic related to international affairs and economics issues. For eligibility information, guidelines, and submission information, visit the competition website here.

Arab American Language Institute in Morocco

AALIM is the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco, a private language institute based in Meknes, Morocco, with US offices in Virginia. AALIM is accredited by the Moroccan Ministry of Education and offers all levels of Arabic study throughout the year as well as cultural tourism and special programs for people over 18 years of age.

Summer programs are offered anywhere from 4-12 week periods. Summer program payment due upon acceptance.

For academic year programs, please click here.

Private instruction: $30 per hour.

Most often, classes during the summer programs run Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Some classes, depending on level, may be held in the afternoon. Please note that if there is only one student in the class, it is considered a tutoring program and that student will have 3 hours of class daily rather than four. Lectures and cultural activities are held in the afternoon after any classes, once or twice a week, and are part of the academic program. Students are expected to notify staff weekly of their participation in these activities.

When choosing your program, please note that four weeks are equivalent to one semester of study in an American university. Please consider your university’s schedule when planning your studies. Some universities do not offer 102, 202 or 302 in the fall semester. If this is the case, and you complete 101 during the 4 week summer program, you may have to wait till the spring semester to take 102 at your home university.

For the application form, go here.

Concordia Language Villages

At Al-Waha, you’ll experience an oasis of cultural richness and diversity with counselors and teachers who speak a variety of dialects from across the Middle East. Enjoy traditional camp activities while you live the language surrounded by Arabic sounds, sights and flavors of the world’s fifth most populous language—right in the Midwest!

Arabic Language Village scholarships are supported by the generosity of individual donors, organizations and companies; we are especially grateful to our premier sponsor, Qatar Foundation International (QFI). For more information on QFI scholarships at Concordia, visit the website here.

Scroll down for additional information about QFI and their scholarships in other language programs.

Middlebury Interactive Languages

No matter your background or prior Arabic language experience, if you are passionate about learning Arabic and committed to speaking Arabic 24/7 at the Academy, you will dramatically improve your Arabic language skills.

For the summer, join Middlebury’s prestigious program at the beautiful St. Michael’s College campus, in Colchester, Vermont, for a U.S. based immersion program that accepts rising 8th–12th grade students—from beginner to advanced Arabic speakers. You’ll spend four weeks with other like-minded students, speaking Arabic and gaining an appreciation for Arabic words and culture through cuisine, art, history, dress, dance, geography, and politics.

The Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has partnered with MIL the last 6 years to provide full and partial scholarships along with travel stipends to students participating in the Arabic Academy in Vermont. The partnership between Middlebury Interactive Languages and QFI seeks to increase the number of Arabic speakers in the United States. Although Arabic is the fifth most spoken world language and has been designated as a “critical language” by the U.S. Department of State, less than one percent of all high school students enrolled in a foreign language are studying Arabic.

Scroll down for more about QFI and their funding for other programs.

Qatar Foundation International's Arabic Language and Culture (ALC) Program

As part of its mission to foster strong and genuine connections between cultures, Qatar Foundation International’s Arabic Language and Culture (ALC) Program supports exceptional high school seniors and undergraduate students to continue the study of Arabic language at the university level. Through QFI’s Education Awards program, students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership potential receive financial support to further their studies. QFI offers merit and need-based awards.

The awards for the 2018-19 academic year have already been distributed. The deadline for the application is typically in April but visit QFI to receive updates for future deadlines. General information about how to apply for the following awards can be found at the links below.

QFI’s Academic Excellence Awards will be granted to two outstanding high school seniors in the United States who plan to major in (1) Arabic language studies or (2) Middle East Studies with a concentration or minor in Arabic language at a university/college starting in the fall semester.  This award is issued on a merit basis through a national competition. Awardees will receive a one-time grant of up to $20,000 towards tuition for the first year of their university/college education. Applicants will be evaluated based on their academic records, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. Read more about how to apply for this award here.

QFI Education Awards (High School) will be granted to graduating high school seniors in the United States who plan to major in (1) Arabic language studies or (2) Middle East Studies with a concentration or minor in Arabic language starting in fall 2015.  Merit and financial need will be taken into consideration when selecting awardees. Award amounts will be determined by unmet financial need, as determined by FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and your university or college financial aid statement. Awardees will receive a one-time grant of up to $10,000 towards tuition for the [2019-20] academic year. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their intended university/college offers advanced-level courses in the Arabic language. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their academic records, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. Read more about how to apply for this award here.

QFI Education Awards (Undergraduate) will be granted to exceptional rising university-level juniors and seniors in the United States who have declared a major in (1) Arabic language studies or (2) Middle East Studies with a concentration or minor in Arabic language.  Merit and financial need will be taken into consideration when selecting awardees. Award amounts will be determined by unmet financial need, as determined by FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and your university/college financial aid package. Awardees will receive a one-time grant of up to $10,000 towards tuition for the [2019-20] academic year. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their intended university/college offers advanced-level courses in the Arabic language. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their academic records, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. Read more about how to apply for this award here.

QFI also provides grants and support to schools and institutions offering Arabic language instruction. In addition, high school instructors of Arabic can apply for different types of support including Teacher Initiative Grants, Teacher Fellowships, and Education and Travel Grants.

Lebanese American University SINARC

The Lebanese American University Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture (SINARC) program offers a variety of Arabic language study courses throughout the year in both New York and Beirut.

In Lebanon, the 14-week Spring program is offered at three levels: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. In addition, two special courses are available: Arabic Language Writing Skills and Principles of Translation.

The six-week Summer program is offered at four levels: Elementary, Upper Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. A separate two-credit course in Lebanese Dialect is also offered at two levels: Beginners and Advanced.

In New York, courses are offered for Spring 2016, January 25-April 30. Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, and Dialect classes are available in the evenings. Cost is $450 per credit; non-credit courses available at a special rate.

For more information, visit the link above or contact Megan Geissler at mgeissler@mepc.org.

The Lebanese American University Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture (SINARC) program offers a variety of Arabic language study courses throughout the year in both New York and Beirut.

In Lebanon, the 14-week Spring program (January 18 – April 22, 2016) is offered at three levels: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. In addition, two special courses are available: Arabic Language Writing Skills and Principles of Translation.

The six-week Summer program (June 8 to July 18, 2016) is offered at four levels: Elementary, Upper Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. A separate two-credit course in Lebanese Dialect is also offered at two levels: Beginners and Advanced.

In New York, courses are offered for Spring 2016, January 25-April 30. Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, and Dialect classes are available in the evenings. Cost is $450 per credit; non-credit courses available at a special rate.

For more information, visit the link above or contact me at mgeissler@mepc.org.

Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture

Sijal is an institute of Arabic language and culture founded by scholars of Arab culture, history, and society. Through their intensive Arabic program, they offer outstanding instruction at all levels for students seeking to learn Arabic in Jordan. The Institute also acts as a hub of intellectual and cultural events, bringing together scholars, artists, and specialists across a broad range of expertise and disciplines, for seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and informal conversation.

The Institute is housed in a historic villa and gardens lying in the heart of the Rainbow Street cultural district of Amman. From this inspiring setting, the Institute hosts university students of the Arabic language, post-graduates working on the Middle East, researchers, artists, and the local intellectual community in Jordan and Palestine.

The Summer Institute at Sijal is eligible for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) funding and offers a limited number of partial, need-based scholarships. For more information, click here.

Receive Facilitator Training & Lead Online Dialogue Sessions

Soliya is an international nonprofit organization preparing the next generation with the skills, attitudes, and commitment to engage with difference constructively. We operate at the intersection of technology, peacebuilding, and global education to foster local awareness and global perspectives.

Facilitators are integral to Soliya’s mission: the quality and rigor of Connect Program sessions rely on the highly skilled and extensively trained facilitator community. This global community draws from a wide range of professions and backgrounds and represents a variety of interests, politics, countries, and cultures, but all share a curiosity about the world and a passion for engaging an inclusive, diverse community in constructive dialogue.

Soliya designed trainings that teach facilitation and conflict resolution skills that are applicable to a variety of professional interpersonal interactions, as well as the unique experience of the Connect Program.

Through its Facilitation Training and Practicum Program you can become part of Soliya’s mission, develop your skills in facilitation and leading virtual exchange, and connect to our international community.

As a facilitator with Soliya, you will gain:

  • An opportunity to get hands-on experience facilitating cross-cultural dialogue.
  • Extensive training relevant to both in-person and online group facilitation.
  • An opportunity to work closely with a partner from across the globe and to be part of an extraordinary international network of volunteers.
  • Build 21st century skills such as leadership and initiative, critical thinking and problem solving, cross cultural communication and collaboration, and teamwork.
  • Access to Soliya’s dialogue facilitation resources and online learning materials.
  • Experience working with a growing international non-profit organization.
  • Access to continued development and training through Soliya’s volunteer growth path and unique engagement opportunities and workshops provided to our community.

This opportunity is appropriate for university level students and above. Learn more here.

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

SALAM 2018: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2018 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program in the Sultanate of Oman. SQCC supports Arabic language study for U.S. students through its annual SALAM program. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.

Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in a degree seeking program (BA, MA or PhD) in spring 2018, and have completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework.

Program dates: 24 June – 9 August 2018

Location: Manah, Oman

Cost: SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase international health and medical evacuation insurance, and arrange travel to and from Washington, D.C. and their home city.

Classes: Held 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday.

Outside of class: Students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.

Housing: Shared student housing, provided by the program.

The program also provides: Three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and laundry and gym facilities onsite.

To submit an application, or for more information, please visit the SALAM page on the SQCC website. 

Applications due 31 December 2017