Qasid Modern Standard Arabic Program
A unique institute
The Qasid Institute for Arabic has quietly developed a reputation as one of the leading centers in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. A comprehensive curriculum taught over five distinct levels takes a student from the proper pronunciation of letters to a level of mastery. Although designed mainly for university-level students and time-starved professionals, Qasid students have come as young as 15 and as old as 65. Our students include consulate officers, Fulbright researchers, full-time mothers, medical doctors, FLAS recipients, and Ivy League graduates, and hail from nearly two dozen countries.
An ideal location
Many scholars of Arabic have noted that the Jordanian dialect is among the closest to Classical Arabic (fusha), making Amman an ideal setting for learning-or perfecting-one’s Arabic. An inherent shortcoming of university-based Arabic instruction is the lack of daily, out-of-classroom practice. Language learning requires practice-and lots of it. For this reason, regardless of how many years of formal study a student has had, a several-month immersion in an Arabic-rich setting is critical for intermediate/advanced mastery of the language.
At the same time, English is a second language for many residents of Amman, meaning that in dealings with cab drivers, shopkeepers, and others, beginners have a support ready, in case words from a particular lesson slip their minds. Jordan has a rich Arab and Islamic heritage, and the natural hospitality of the Jordanian people will be the source of many endearing memories.
Our campus is housed in an 8,000 square foot facility on University Street in Sport City, Amman, in the Sony building – where Sony houses its largest showroom in Jordan. Classes are conducted in classrooms each bearing the name of one of the historically-significant centers of learning in Islamic history (Cairo, Istanbul, Baghdad, Damascus, etc.), and feature custom-made wood tables in U and L configurations to foster discussion. Complimentary Wi-Fi extends to every classroom, and a spacious conference hall accommodates seminars and presentations delivered by special-invite guests. Within easy reach are numerous malls and shopping centers, art and cultural centers, sports and gym facilities, and bookstores. It is an ideal location for those desiring to immerse themselves in the active hustle and bustle of one of the most dynamic capital cities in the Arab world.
22 Queen Rania (University) Street
Tel: +962 6 515 4364
Fax: +962 6 515 4352
Modern Standard Arabic refers to the standard literary and communicative language of the Middle East and North Africa, recognized as one of the UN’s six official languages. It is the common medium for nearly all formal communication, both printed and spoken. And, as the official language of all Arab countries, it provides the most versatile tool for those interested in living or working in an Arab country, or those whose occupational field intersects with any aspect of the Arab world.
The first four levels of the track follow normal undergraduate curricula, each level equivalent to an entire year of university Arabic. Currently, the base text is the now standard al-Kitaab series (our own unique curriculum, similar to the Classical track, is in the works), ensuring a smooth transition for those continuing studies at their home institutions. All four language skills are emphasized from the outset of class such that students develop balanced, confident command of the language. Actual texts are introduced early, such that by the end of the fourth level, students are fully functional outside the classroom.
Level 5 provides advanced students with an opportunity to further enhance their language skills through rotating modules (normally 2 or 3 per term) dealing with a variety of topics. Topics include Media Arabic, Readings in International Relations, The Arabic Novel and Short Story, Poetry, Literary Criticism, and Economics. Students may also custom design modules that suit their needs and goals. No language acquisition materials are used other than the very books and audio used by Arab university students. Graduating students will thus find themselves well-equipped and literate enough to engage Arab society, culture and literature with ease.
UGA students must complete a Transfer Credit Approval Form at least three weeks prior to their program start date. This form serves to keep the student enrolled at UGA and enables the distribution of financial aid including the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships.
For further information about supplementary courses and extra academic activities, please visit: http://www.qasid.com/academics/supplementary-courses/ and http://www.qasid.com/academics/extra-academic-activities/
2016 Program Itinerary
Fall 2015 Orientation: Sept 1 – 3, Classes and Finals: Sept 6 – Dec 9
Spring 2016 Orientation: March 19 – 21, Classes and Finals: March 22 – June 7
Housing and Meals
The Qasid Institute has dedicated a number of staff to assist with housing placement, housemate matching, and offering guidance related to budgeting, food options, and other student life questions.
To find detailed information, please see the Housing page: http://www.qasid.com/academics/housing-application/
Students pay Qasid institute tuition and student fees, not UGA tuition and fees. Financial Aid such as HOPE, Zell Miller and student loans can be applied to the program. See the financial aid section of GoAbroad.uga.edu for more information.
Please see the Qasid Institute Pricing & Payments page for current costs: http://www.qasid.com/admission/pricing-and-payments/