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Foundations of Modern Standard Arabic

Foundations of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)

This intensive Arabic language program is designed for students who have little or no prior knowledge of Literary Arabic. It consists of 100 hours (5 credits) of classes over the course of four weeks. The program also includes excursions to Arab communities in Israel and extracurricular activities related to Arab culture. Classes meet daily Sunday through Thursday for approximately five academic hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This course will prepare you to continue with Arabic Language Programs in the semester.


Classes will utilize the “Al-Kitaab” textbook series, in addition to materials prepared by the teaching faculty. Students are expected to complete chapters 1-8 of “Al-Kitaab” Part 1 (3rd Edition).

Learning Objectives

  1. Master the Arabic alphabet and learn to distinguish and pronounce all Arabic sounds.
  2. Read and comprehend a variety of basic texts in MSA.
  3. Compose paragraphs using a basic level of MSA.
  4. Understand the phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of the Arabic language.
  5. Familiarize yourself with Arabic culture and learn culturally appropriate responses to daily situations in Arab society, through academic tours and activities.


To participate in this course, you must be accepted to one of the study abroad programs in the Undergraduate Division of the Rothberg International School. Apply now.


Tuition – fee US$ 1,390. This course is for students enrolled in the Undergraduate Study Abroad Program, and the Graduate Non-Degree Program, as well as for those who wish to take this as a stand-alone course. This fee includes health insurance.

Housing – fee US$ 610.


To learn more, just send us an email: lisash@savion.huji.ac.il.

Fast Facts

Languages of Instruction:

English, Arabic

Hours and Credits:

Academic hours: 100
Credits: 5


February 4 – 27, 2020
Registration: February 4, 2020


Undergraduate (second year and higher); mature learners with an academic background. No background in Arabic needed.

Application Deadline:

November 31 (Late applications reviewed on a case-by-case basis.)


Tuition: US$ 1,390
Housing: US$ 610

Relevant Academic Fields:

Middle East studies, Arabicm

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