Language Instruction in Arabic
The Arabic Program has been growing steadily in recent years. It attracts students across with interests in Middle-Eastern studies, political science, business, engineering and the sciences. Our six semesters of language instruction focus on learning language and culture through the study of authentic discourse. Classes are learner-centered, using a communicative approach, and emphasizing all four language skills (reading, speaking, listening and writing). Students will gain knowledge, skills, and awareness necessary to succeed in and contribute to a global world.
The program is coordinated by Riadh Bounatirou. He can be reached via email, in his office in 405 Burrowes, or by phone at 814-865-8481
Summer Programs in Arabic
Penn State offers Arabic in the summer through the Summer Intensive Language Institute on the University Park campus. The first and the second level of Arabic are offered during a period of four weeks each. The class meets daily for four and a half hours. Students earn a total of eight credits during the eight weeks of this intensive Arabic program. Classes are usually small; and students enjoy the close attention they receive from their instructors.
Students who take both Arabic 001 and Arabic 002 in the summer are ready to take Arabic 003 in the fall semester.
For specific dates, tuition, and other information, please visit the Outreach program.
Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities
There are many fellowship opportunities available for students of Arabic.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships provide awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests.
The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.
The Monterey Institute for International Studies has established the “Summer Scholarships for Peace”, full Scholarships for intensive language study at the Middlebury Summer Language Schools.
Resources for Students of Arabic
American Association of Teachers of Arabic:
Arabic Social Science Research
Fun with Arabic