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Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)
Colloquial Lebanese Arabic Program

Program dates: June 21 - August 9, 2017

The Center for Arab and Middle Studies will offer an intensive program in Colloquial Lebanese Arabic at the intermediate level in the summer of 2017. The prerequisite for this program is one year (two semesters or the equivalent) of Arabic study. To insure proper placement in the program, a Skype oral interview is required of all applicants.

Course Description

MEST 382: Intermediate Lebanese Colloquial Arabic (Intensive) (6 cr.)

This course is designed for students who already have some knowledge of Standard Arabic and/or Lebanese Arabic (LA) but want to devote more attention to developing higher level of proficiency in LA. The course provides 120 contact hours during the summer.

The program provides students with the opportunity to improve their Lebanese colloquial Arabic skills through a wide variety of activities, including discussing topics of personal and public interest, describing and narrating in detail, conversations and debates, stating and supporting opinions, making presentations, watching and analyzing TV programs, soap operas and films, and listening to songs and music. In addition, the program helps students develop familiarity with and understanding of the diverse products, practices, and perspectives of Lebanese culture and society. The program utilizes a wide variety of instructional materials developed by the CAMES Arabic teaching team.

The tuition fees for Colloquial Lebanese Arabic are obligatory. The fees cover classroom instruction, wireless internet access and all field trips. Optional fees include health insurance, accommodation and use of sports facilities (including the AUB beach). All students attending the program must have health insurance coverage. Students who have an insurance plan that covers them in Lebanon should provide proof of this and sign a health insurance waiver which will be provided along with the letter of acceptance. Students who are not enrolled in a health insurance plan that covers them in Lebanon should pay the AUB health insurance fee. Students may choose to live in the student dorms on campus or look for their own accommodation off campus. The sports facilities fee is also optional.

Tuition for Colloquial Lebanese Arabic (obligatory): $3,284

General Deposit (obligatory): $200 (will be refunded to each student at the end of the program)

Additional fees for optional services include:

  • Health Insurance: $164
  • Sports Facilities: $80

    Accommodation in the dorms on AUB campus:
  • Private Room: $1,658 (private; single-occupancy room sharing the floor bathroom; women only) - upon availability
  • Semi-private Room: $1,160.5 (two double-occupancy rooms sharing a bathroom; women only) - upon availability
  • Double Room: $1,000 (double-occupancy room sharing the floor bathroom)

Payment Requirements
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is also required upon acceptance and will be deducted from each applicant's tuition fees. The full fees are due by May 15, 2017Accepted students who have not paid their tuition fees may not attend any part of the program, including Orientation Day. Payments can be made by check, cash, or bank transfer. Credit card payments are not accepted. Participants who wish to pay in the USA should mail a check to the AUB New York office, quoting "American University of Beirut / CAMES". Participants who wish to pay in Lebanon may come the CAMES office to get a bill and pay at the Cashier's Office in College Hall, AUB. Participants who wish to pay by bank transfer should email CAMES for details on how to do so.

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