The American University of Beirut’s Continuing Education Center (CEC), in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations and the Worldwide Alumni Association of AUB (WAAAUB), hosts the Summer Program for AUB Alumni Children (SPAAC) to strengthen the ties between AUB and all of its alumni.
SPAAC offers AUB alumni children from around the world the opportunity to experience campus life while learning about Lebanon’s rich history and culture. The summer program aims at enhancing the students' knowledge of their heritage, expanding their understanding of the modern Middle East, and strengthening alumni ties through their experiences of their children. This summer program is a rich and pleasurable educational experience, and a unique opportunity to enjoy the summer, make new friends, get a taste of college life, and explore Lebanon.
The summer program is open for bright and highly-motivated students from around the world between the ages of 14 to 17. The participants’ stay on campus will be facilitated and carefully supervised by our highly qualified staff. All participants will be accompanied by our staff for all planned activities including on-campus activities and filed trips to extraordinary historical sites throughout Lebanon.
Participants will learn classical and colloquial Arabic using a curriculum rich in social and cultural activities. Participants will also cover pre-history, contemporary history, soft skills courses, the archaeology of Lebanon and the region at large mainly on field trips and partly in class. The language of instruction is English, though Arabic will be used when suitable.
Participants can chose between the following courses:
Standard Arabic Language
Standard Arabic Beginner: This course introduces students to the language through a proper acquisition of the alphabet, pronunciation of the sounds, connection of letter, and formation of words and simple sentences
Standard Arabic Intermediate: This course focuses on basic grammar structures and vocabulary; and on comprehension and articulation of simple statements, questions, and paragraphs
Standard Arabic Advanced: This course stresses complex grammar structures and vocabulary needed to comprehend and compose written and oral material
Colloquial Arabic: for day-to-day communication
Colloquial Arabic Beginner: This course focuses on pronunciation and vocabulary needed to engage in simple dialogues such as, greetings, directions, traveling, and shopping.
Colloquial Arabic Intermediate: This course focuses on the basic principles of expression and builds the students’ vocabulary to enable them to comprehend and compose simple sentences needed in day-to-day conversations.
Colloquial Arabic Advanced: This course offers students the opportunity to practice their communication skills in different settings to achieve a comfortable level of verbal interaction in business, social, and formal environments.
Contemporary Lebanese Studies
This course aims at giving participants a better understanding of Lebanon from the prehistoric period period through the modern day. The archaeology program starts with a general introduction to the archaeological sites in Lebanon and surveys prehistoric Lebanon.