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Foundations of Modern Standard Arabic

Why Foundations of Modern Standard Arabic?

  • Master the Arabic alphabet and its pronunciation.
  • Learn to read and comprehend texts in Modern Standard Arabic.
  • Acquire the skills to write in Arabic at the basic level.
  • Engage with the culture by traveling to Arab communities throughout Israel.

Online Course

This elementary intensive Arabic language program is designed for students with little or no prior background in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). The course will provide you with a mastery of the Arabic alphabet as well as an understanding of pronunciation, grammar, syntax, and semantics. By the end of the course, you will be able to read and comprehend texts in Modern Standard Arabic and write paragraphs at a basic level. You will also become familiar with the Arabic culture and learn how to interact with Arab communities in Israel in a culturally appropriate way.

This intensive introductory course covers the fundamentals of Modern Standard Arabic. We will begin with the alphabet and the sounds of the language and then move to grammar and syntax, reading, and basic composition. Excursions to Arab communities throughout Israel and extracurricular activities related to Arab culture are a core component of the program.

Upon completion of this course, eligible students will be prepared to continue Arabic studies in the MSA Intermediate Level 12-credit course in the fall semester. This 12 credit course is a mandatory component of the M.A. program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

This intensive course consists of 100 instructional hours offered over the course of five weeks. Classes are held five days a week for approximately six hours per day.

Course Components

  • Class readings and discussions
  • Daily homework
  • Field trips to Arab communities throughout Israel


Students earn 5 credits.

You’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Life. From a tour of the Old City to a trip to the Dead Sea to checking out the local festivals, you’ll build your own unique impressions and memories of Jerusalem and Israel.

While residing in HebrewU dormitories with other international and Israeli students, you’ll have a chance to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, is also there to help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU.

Apply by: July 1, 2020
Program Length: Five weeks

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as mature learners with an academic background. Applicants must have completed at least one year of study at an accredited institution of higher education. No background in Arabic is needed.


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We’re happy to answer any questions you might have – or to chat for a bit to help you choose the right course or program.

Email Us

Graduate students: gradmiss@savion.huji.ac.il
Undergraduate students: lisash@savion.huji.ac.il

Fast Facts


Foundations of Modern Standard Arabic (Fusha)

Language of Instruction:



Academic hours: 100
Credits: 5

Course Dates:

August 25 – October 6, 2021


Undergraduate (second year and up) and graduate students; mature learners with an academic background; no background in Arabic needed

Application Deadline:

July 1, 2021
Late applications will be reviewed on space-available basis


For financial information, see Tuition & Fees for Special Graduate student

Relevant Academic Fields:

Middle East Studies, Arabic

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