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Yale Summer Session in Rabat: Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I & II

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Program Information


Rabat, Morocco




Sunday, June 7, 2020 to Saturday, August 1, 2020



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L5 distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number

ARBC S150-S151


2 Yale credits


Qalam wa Lawh Faculty


Yale College Applicants: ARBC 140 (Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II), or placement exam into L5.

Other Applicants: Completed four semesters of college-level Modern Standard Arabic and evaluated by the Summer Arabic Language Program Director, Jonas Elbousty. Please contact Prof. Elbousty (jonas.elbousty@yale.edu) prior to the February 15 application deadline.


An accelerated language program, which includes readings, composition exercises, review of Arabic grammar, listening skills, and conversation practice in standard Arabic. Concentration is placed on idiomatic expressions, vocabulary acquisition, in addition to focusing on reading and listening to extended passages. 

The class will meet Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; students should expect about 3 hours of work outside the classroom each day, as well excursions and other program activities.

The syllabi below are from a previous summer and contain dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.



Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities

A welcome dinner and tour of Rabat is scheduled at the begining of the program. Students also will have the opportunity to participate in a range of cultural immersion activities - including cooking, calligraphy, dance and music sessions - in addition to hearing lectures from local experts. The program includes excursions to the south (Ifrane-Errachidia-Merzouga) and north (Tangier-Tetouan-Chefchaoun) of Morocco as well as visits to well-known cities, including Fes, Casablanca, and Marrackech.


Students will be housed with local host families who will provide breakfast and dinner on a daily basis. Living conditions and distance to Qalam wa Lawh Center, where classes will be held and lunch served Monday - Friday, will vary amongst housing assignments.

Homestays are an integral part of this program. This living arrangement provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the host culture, increase language proficiency, and form meaningful connections in the community. Students admitted into the program are expected to spend time getting to know their homestay family and be mindful of the need to balance time spent at home with time spent traveling or going out with friends. If you have any questions about living with a homestay family, we encourage you to reach out to the program instructor.

Participants must depart housing on the last day of the program.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Rabat on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact the program director Jonas Elbousty. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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