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Frequently Asked Questions - Summer Arabic Program
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On the application form, applicants are required to list the number of years or semesters they spent studying Arabic, the texts they used and the number of chapters they covered. The application also requires a writing sample in Arabic or a copy of the most recent Arabic exam taken by the applicant. The summer Arabic program begins with a mandatory placement exam for all students who have had any exposure to the Arabic language. This testing ensures that the student will be placed in the appropriate level of Arabic instruction.

Applicants are not obliged to register for all of the above services. The tuition fees for the Modern Standard Arabic Program or the separate Colloquial Lebanese Arabic Program are mandatory for all participants. (Please note that the Modern Standard Arabic Program includes a colloquial Lebanese Arabic component.) The fees for health insurance are mandatory for all participants who do not have international medical coverage. Students who have international medical coverage may provide proof of this coverage and sign a medical insurance waiver available at CAMES. The fees for accommodation on AUB campus and the use of AUB's sports facilities are optional. The cost of the services that applicants do not choose will be deducted from their total fees.

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Who is eligible for the summer intensive Arabic language program?
Applicants to the CAMES summer Arabic program need to have completed at least one semester of college or university study. The program accepts applicants from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. The majority of participants are university students and researchers, while some are professionals seeking to improve their Arabic language skills.

How competitive is the admissions process for the summer Arabic program?
Admission into the CAMES summer Arabic program is highly competitive. Since the program entails a very heavy workload, we require that our applicants have a strong GPA, good recommendation letters from their Arabic teachers or other professors, a strong interest in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic and a high level of commitment to the program. CAMES gives priority to academics, graduate students, undergraduate students and professionals who require Arabic for academic and professional purposes.

How do students apply to the summer Arabic program?
Prospective participants may apply to the summer program by completing the application available on the CAMES website.

How do I determine the appropriate level of Arabic instruction for me?
On the application form, applicants are required to list the number of years or semesters they spent studying Arabic, the texts they used and the number of chapters they covered. The application also requires a writing sample in Arabic or a copy of the most recent Arabic exam taken by the applicant. The program begins with a mandatory placement exam for all students who have had any exposure to the Arabic language. This testing ensures that the student will be placed in the appropriate level of Arabic.

Are applicants obliged to register for all of the services provided by the CAMES Summer Arabic Program?
Applicants are not obliged to register for all of the available services. The tuition fee is mandatory for all participants. The fee for AUB health insurance is mandatory for all participants who do not have international medical coverage. Students who have international medical coverage may provide proof of this coverage and sign a medical insurance waiver available at CAMES. The fees for accommodation on AUB campus and the use of AUB's gym and beach facilities are optional.

Does CAMES offer any financial aid to students applying to the summer Arabic program?
AUB offers some financial aid to students in the summer Arabic language program. Click here for more information.

Can CAMES help students with travel arrangements to Beirut?
Students must make their own travel arrangements to Beirut but CAMES can sometimes help by offering advice about travel plans. It is recommended that students book their plane tickets well in advance because of the high demand for air travel to Lebanon during the summer.

Can students obtain a visa for Lebanon at the airport upon arrival in Beirut?
Visas obtained at Beirut airport are usually valid for one month only. Students who obtain a one-month visa will be able to renew it at Lebanese General Security in Beirut. Students may also obtain a three-month tourist visa to Lebanon from the Lebanese embassy in their country of residence. All visitors to Lebanon need a passport valid for a period of not less than 6 months from the date of entering Lebanon. It is important to note that passport holders with an Israeli stamp in their passport will be denied entry to Lebanon.

What types of field trips are included in the summer language program?
Trips during the week include afternoon cultural outings in the Beirut area. There are usually two day trips on Saturdays to sites of historical and cultural interest outside the Beirut metropolitan area.

What kind of university privileges do students in the summer Arabic program have?
Students enrolled in the summer Arabic program will have Wi-Fi access on AUB campus and use of the common areas in the library (without borrowing rights).

Do students need to make any financial arrangements for personal expenses?
Students must budget for their own travel expenses to neighboring countries and around Lebanon, as well as their meals, books and weekend field trips, which are not included in the fees. Credit cards are widely accepted in most places in Lebanon. There are many international banks in Beirut and ATMs are widely available. US dollars are commonly used in additional to Lebanese liras ($1 = 1,500 liras).

What texts does the summer Arabic program use?
The main textbooks used in the program are the Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya series by Brustad, al-Batal and al-Tonsi:

    • Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, 3rd edition, (Brustad, al-Batal, al-Tonsi) (+ accompanying website)
    • Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One, 3rd ed.(Brustad, al-Batal, al-Tonsi) (+ accompanying website)
    • Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part Two, 3rd ed.(Brustad, al-Batal, al-Tonsi) (+ accompanying website)
    • Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic: Part Two, 2nd ed. (Brustad, al-Batal, al-Tonsi)
    • Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic: Part Three, 2nd ed. (Brustad, al-Batal, al-Tonsi)
    • A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic; Hans Wehr, Beirut, Librairie du Liban and London, MacDonald & Evans Ltd.

      The books will be available for sale in the AUB campus bookstore. Students may buy the books once their level of Arabic is determined after the placement exam.

Do students need a dictionary?
It is recommended that all students purchase an English-Arabic dictionary. CAMES recommends A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic by Hans Wehr (Beirut, Librairie du Liban and London, MacDonald & Evans Ltd.). This dictionary is available in Beirut, but students are encouraged to bring it with them.

What is the next step after acceptance into the program?
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required upon acceptance into the program and will be deducted from the applicants' tuition fees. The full fees are due around one month before the start of the program. Details of how to pay are included in the letter of acceptance. Payments can be made by check, cash, or bank transfer. Credit card payments are not accepted.

Can students in the program do research or work part time during the program?
The summer Arabic program is highly intensive, so students will have very little time to engage in any other activities. Students have 6 hours of classroom study per day and should expect an additional 4 or 5 hours of homework.

Do students obtain a transcript at the end of the program?
After completing the summer Arabic program, every student may request an official transcript from the Registrar's office at AUB. The transcript indicates the course number, the level of Arabic studied and the grade achieved.

Is credit earned at AUB transferable to other universities?
Universities worldwide will accept credits earned at AUB. Official transcripts may be ordered from the Office of the Registrar at AUB after the student has completed the program. Students are should inquire at their home university for any special arrangements that need to be made beforehand in order to transfer credits earned at AUB.

Can prospective students contact former participants in the summer program?
Prospective students may contact CAMES if they would like to be put in touch with former participants in the summer Arabic program.

What is the grading system followed by the CAMES summer Arabic program?
CAMES follows AUB's grading system, in which grades are given out of a 100, for instance: 87, 88...

How can students obtain more information about the summer Arabic program?
Please e-mail CAMES and we will try to answer all of your questions.

 

 

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