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Summer School - CAMES Arabic Language and Cultue Program 2018, Lebanon


April 10, 2018


Event Date:

June 20, 2018 - August 08, 2018

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Summer School -  CAMES Arabic Language and Cultue Program 

CAMES would like to welcome you to the American University of Beirut CAMES Arabic summer 2018.

The goal of the CAMES Arabic summer program is  to provide students at all levels with opportunities to immerse themselves in the language and culture both inside and outside the classroom within an intensive setting. Among the defining features of the program are the following:

  • A rich, diverse language and culture learning environment in the city of Beirut, one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in the Arab world
  • A proficiency-based curriculum that emphasizes all skills and integrates the different varieties of Arabic based on communicative tasks, goals, and contexts
  • A learner-centered environment in which learners are considered as partners who take responsibility for their own learning
  • A dynamic and experienced instructional team that includes teachers from AUB and abroad who are trained in the latest theories and practices of language pedagogy
  • A rich extracurricular program that features lectures, films, trips, and volunteer activities in some of Beirut's NGO's
  • Learning support outside the classroom via the tutors and conversation partners who help cater to the individual needs of students in the program
  • Administrative support and counseling to help participants get the most out of their learning experience at AUB and their cultural immersion in Lebanon​


Introductory Arabic (Intensive) (9 cr. )

High Introductory Arabic  (Intensive) (9 cr.)

High Introductory Arabic  (Intensive) (9 cr.)

Intermediate Arabic (Intensive) (9 cr.)

High Intermediate Arabic (Intensive) (9 cr.)

Advanced Arabic (Intensive) (9 cr.)

High Advanced Arabic (Intensive) (9 cr.)

Superior Arabic (Intensive) (9 cr.)

Application for Summer 2018

From the applicant to

  • Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Scan of the front page of your passport
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from all universities you attended
  • For all applicants except those applying to the Introductory levels: An unaided writing sample in Arabic (150-200 words). Please make sure that the writing sample is not aided, as this will affect your placement in the appropriate level. You may submit a copy of the latest Arabic language exam you took instead of a writing sample.

From the applicant’s recommenders to

  • Two letters of recommendation: one from your Arabic instructor and one from another academic referee
  • If you are applying to the Introductory levels (in Arabic Language & Culture or Lebanese Colloquial Arabic) you may provide two letters of recommendation from academic referees.
  • If you are currently employed, you may provide one letter of recommendation from your employer

From the applicant’s university to

  • Electronic official transcript(s)
  • Hard copies of sealed official transcripts


In Summer 2018, the CAMES Arabic intensive summer program will offer additional financial support to its students. The following section provides a detailed description of the forms of financial support available:

CAMES Tuition Waivers

CAMES will offer students fourteen tuition waivers that can be used to offset some of the program costs. These waivers are set as follows:

  • Four 50% waivers of the $4,925 tuition fees for four students
  • Ten 25% waivers of the $4,925 tuition fees for ten students

Students who want to apply for these waivers must have an excellent academic record and must provide a letter from the Financial Aid Office at their home institutions stating that they currently receive need-based financial aid.​

R. Bayly Winder Endowed Scholarship 

With a mission to act as a link between the Arab World and the United States, and in recognition of the importance of the language, culture and history of the region, the R. Bayly Winder Endowed Scholarship provides full tuition support to a qualified undergraduate student who is a United States citizen. Students who wish to be considered for this award must have an excellent academic record  and must provide a letter from the Financial Aid Office of their home institutions stating that they currently receive need-based financial aid.

David S. Dodge Arabic Fund 

The David S. Dodge Arabic Fund award was established in 2010 by the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation. The award covers the cost of tuition and fees for one student each year in the summer Arabic program at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies. 

Eligibility to be considered for this award depends on two factors: s

  • tudents must have an excellent academic record and letters of recommendation;
  • must provide letters from the financial aid departments of their home institutions stating that they currently ​receive need-based financial aid.

Students may apply for any of the above scholarships by filling out the "Funding Information" section on the CAMES summer Arabic programs application form. 


Students may stay in the student dorms on AUB campus or search for accommodation outside the university. Students must indicate their preference when filling out the application for the summer Arabic program. The university will organize free transportation to and from the airport for the students who choose to stay in the AUB dorms. Participants who prefer to make alternative housing arrangements outside the university are not required to pay the accommodation fee. CAMES can provide some limited assistance in finding accommodation off campus. 

Students who have made arrangements to stay in AUB accommodation, and arrive between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. will be greeted by the Head Resident upon arrival and will receive their room keys. Students arriving between 5:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M. will have their room keys waiting at the reception with a student monitor or with the night monitor. All residence halls on AUB campus have air conditioning, washing machines, dryers and irons. Rooms are furnished with standard size single beds, desks (with a locking drawer), chairs and closets (with locking doors). Bed sheets and pillowcases are provided but towels are not. 

Travel and Visas

Participants are advised to obtain a multiple entry visa to Lebanon that is valid for at least two months from the Lebanese embassy in their country of residence. Visas are also issued at the Lebanese borders and at Beirut airport upon arrival. Such visas are often single entry and are only only valid for one month. It is possible to renew a one-month tourist visa at the offices of Lebanese General Security. 

Participants are strongly advised to obtain the appropriate visas for neighboring countries they plan to visit from embassies in their country of residence.

Residence halls on AUB campus are not coed, so women participating in the Summer Arabic program are usually housed in New Women's Hall and Jewett Hall, while men are housed in Kerr Hall.

For more information and to apply click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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