Learning Abroad in Asian Languages and Literatures: Arabic Language Concentration

Learning Abroad in Asian Languages and Literatures: Arabic Language and Culture Concentration

“Learning abroad in the Arab world turns one’s studies of Arabic and Arab culture from an academic into a lived experience. No lessons are as memorable as those learned through living and sharing with people. Studying in the Arab world allows students to refine what they have previously learned, while opening windows onto the beauty and diversity of the region. In terms of language, it allows students to make a tremendous leap forward with their standard and colloquial Arabic skills, and to navigate the spectrum of Arabic language registers more successfully.”

— Katrien Vanpee, Director of Language Instruction in Arabic

 

 

Academic Planning  

Review the following suggestions from the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures  and contact Dr. Vanpee, the Director of Language Instruction in Arabic, before beginning your study abroad research (kvanpee@umn.edu).

Choose your study abroad experience wisely

Program selection

Please review this section carefully while selecting a learning abroad program. With the numerous learning abroad programs out there, selecting the appropriate one for you may seem difficult, but it is worth the effort.

There are three basic types of programs:

Consider these factors when selecting a study abroad program.

Best time to go abroad

Asian Languages Literatures majors and minors may study abroad at any time during their academic career.  If you are considering study abroad in the final semester of your senior year, be certain to consult with the Director of Language Instruction in advance.

Fulfill requirements

Liberal Education Requirements

Major or Minor Requirements

Meet with Claudia Hasegawa (haseg002@umn.edu), the ALL adviser, to:

Course Selection and Evaluation

Language Coursework Abroad

Language Coursework Upon Return

Please consult with the Director of Language Instruction in Arabic to determine:  

Scholarship Opportunities 

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Israel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Program type: University Study
  • Study in Jerusalem, a city sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Instruction is in English; Hebrew and Arabic language courses are also available
  • Participants study in the Rothberg International School. Strengths: Israeli and Middle Eastern studies, Islamic studies, Hebrew, Arabic, Jewish studies, and Biblical history and archeology
  • Arabic Immersion Program for Semester or Academic Year; Summer Arabic Intensive program also available
  • No prior Hebrew is required. Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or summer

University of Haifa

  • Program type: University Study
  • Study in Haifa, a city on the Mediterranean Sea known for its ethnic and religious tolerance
  • Strengths include religious studies, Israeli and Middle Eastern studies, peace and conflict studies, and Hebrew and Arabic
  • Arabic Language, Culture, and Civilization programs available, Summer Arabic Intensive program also available
  • No prior Hebrew is required. Non-language courses taught in English in International School. Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or summer

Morocco

Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • U of M program based in the picturesque historic city of Fez. Homestay housing choices between the traditional medina or the modern city outside the walls.
  • Learn Modern Standard Arabic in the classroom and Darija on the enchanting streets of Fez, considered Morocco's cultural capital city. On weekends, explore the imperial city of Meknes and the historic Fez medina, considered the oldest crafts and food market in the Arabic-speaking world
  • Arabic language instruction at all levels
  • Area studies courses in English on Morocco: Changes and Identities as well as on Islam: Past and Present
  • Advanced topics courses in Arabic in a variety of subjects
  • Internship and research opportunities available as well as volunteer options
  • No prior Arabic is required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer (6-week and intensive 9-week)

United Arab Emirates

CIEE - United Arab Emirates

  • Located in Sharjah, develop your Arabic language skills and understanding of the Gulf region’s role in the Arab World and the global economy.
  • Explore the UAE through CIEE excursions to Dubai, Al-Ain, and Abu Dhabi, and participate in various student clubs and organizations
  • Improve your Arabic language skills while exploring the UAE’s role as a global hub for trade, business, and cultural exchange
  • No prior Arabic required. Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year.

Additional Options to Consider

Non-Credit Opportunities

  • Non-credit  opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.  

Global Seminars

  • Three-week programs led by University of Minnesota faculty, have no prerequisites, are open to freshmen, and fulfill one or more Liberal Education requirements.
  • Ten or more locations and themes offered each year during winter break and May session. 
  • A Global Seminar early in your undergraduate experience can give you plenty of time to follow up with a longer study abroad experience later.