Student Events & Opportunities

We can learn a great deal about the world from each other, from books and films, from classrooms, and from digital resources. Even more exciting opportunities await if you are eager to know more about the Middle East. You can apply your knowledge in a writing competition; participate in a language program; or receive a scholarship to live with a family in the Middle East or in a Muslim country. Visit this section regularly to learn how to take advantage of different scholarships, awards, and study programs for students.

2016 Munich-Vienna Middle East Summer School

Yearly Concentration
2016 Program [August 2 – 28]: Politics, Economies, and Societies of a Changing Middle East

The Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Middle East and International Affairs Research Group (MEIA Research) welcome applications for the 2016 Munich-Vienna Middle East Summer School.

During the 2016 Munich-Vienna Middle East Summer School, students will be provided with a broad understanding of the key political, economic, and societal developments in the contemporary Middle East. In the seminars, students will be taught by academics and practitioners with long-standing experience in the Middle East and given the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with students from the region in focus.

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

The Center for Global Studies administers 3 global studies summer workshops for high school students. Each of these programs provides students an opportunity to have an immersive learning experience at the University of Illinois campus prior to graduating from high school and each workshop is facilitated by UI faculty. The programs are designed to give students a brief glimpse into life as a university student.  In addition to rigorous academic content, students will participate in field trips that will reveal real-world connections to concepts explored in the classroom. Students will also spend their time on campus living in a University of Illinois Residence Hall, making use of campus facilities, and meeting with advisors from the academic departments that interest them. Application materials are found on each program’s website; deadlines are toward the end of April 2016. Encourage students to apply and let them know that there is considerable financial aid available. The 3 subjects for summer 2016 are:

Sustainable Futures – June 5-10
Global Health – June 12-17
Intensive Arabic Language Program – June 12-June 25

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

Deadline: Essays are due before April 15, 2017

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.

Application deadline for summer 2016 is March 15. 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

Concordia Language Villages for ages 6-18, grades 8-12. Need-based scholarships may be available.

Middlebury Monterey Language Academy

Middlebury Monterey Language Academy for grades 8-12. Limited need-based financial may be available at US-based locations.

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 2015-16 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 [2015-2016] 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 [2015-2016] 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 (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.