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Program overview
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
Start dates
Tel Aviv
24 June 2021

Tel Aviv
29 June 2021

Program description


This summer, begin to learn the critical language that over 260 million people speak as a first language. This introductory Arabic program gives students the chance to learn the fundamentals of Modern Standard Arabic while at the same time language learning is complemented by a cultural overnight visit to an Arab-Israeli community where students will practice Arabic, sample traditional foods, participate in a weekend homestay with a local family, and witness life in Israel and the region from this perspective. In addition, during the program students are given opportunities to meet and interact with TAU Arab-Israeli students to learn more about campus and student life from their perspective.

If you are a complete beginner in Arabic and are looking to start the language learning adventure that will prove useful for a life time, this program is for you!

Admission requirements

Open to undergraduates, graduates or professionals who have (or have had in the case of graduates and professionals) a grade point average of 80% (3.0/4.0 scale) and above. 

Please note that the Arabic summer program is intended for complete beginners of MSA Arabic only; the program is not intended for students looking to study intermediate or Advanced Arabic language.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The Arabic language consists of a number of varieties: Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), which is the official language of 26 states and used mainly in written texts and formal settings, and various dialects of colloquial Arabic, one of which is the native language of every Arab. This course teaches the fundamentals of MSA. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the Arabic alphabet, provide a basic vocabulary in MSA, and introduce the rudiments of Arabic grammar.

Students will be trained to acquire the following skills:

  1. Familiarity with the Arabic alphabet and reading words in the Arabic script, including all vowels and other added signs.
  2. Arabic typing and using online Arabic-English dictionaries.
  3. Basic grammar (nominal sentences, possessive phrases, past verb) and vocabulary of MSA.
  4. Reading and understanding simple sentences.

Emphasis is on basic reading comprehension in MSA. Each session (four academic hours) will consist of four main elements: (i) A quiz (dictation in the first part of the course, and a vocabulary exam in the second); (ii) Review of the homework; (iii) Learning and practicing elements of the Arabic alphabet (in the first part of the course) and basic aspects of MSA grammar (in the second part of the course; (iv) Using basic vocabulary to form simple expressions and sentences (in the second part of the course).

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Academic Credits: 4

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Tel Aviv University International

Tel Aviv University (TAU) - Israel's largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning, is home to over 30,000 students studying in nine faculties and over 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities and the arts. Tel...

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Tel Aviv University International

P.O. Box 39040
6997801 Tel Aviv

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