Arabic Language Academy

Arabic Language Academy

Learn Arabic at our summer language immersion program for teens.

No matter your background or prior Arabic language experience, if you are passionate about learning Arabic and commit to speaking Arabic 24/7 at the Academy, you will dramatically improve your Arabic language skills.

For summer 2016, join us at at the beautiful Green Mountain College campus, in Poultney, Vermont, for a U.S.-based immersion program that accepts rising 8th-12th grade—from beginner to advanced Arabic speakers. You'll spend four weeks with other likeminded students, speaking Arabic and gaining an appreciation for Arabic words and culture through cuisine, art, history, dress, dance, geography and politics.

Why Learn Arabic?

Arabic is one of the oldest languages in the world. Students studying the Arabic language are introduced to a world of rich history and culture. With nearly 300 million speakers across the globe, Arabic is the official language of more than 20 different countries and has become the fifth most spoken language in the world. In addition, Arabic speakers are in high demand, a need that is only expected to grow considerably in the next few decades. This demand is reflected in the U.S. State Department’s identification of Arabic as a “critical language.”

Arabic students at the Academy will learn Modern Standard Arabic. Sometimes called the Literary Arabic, this dialect is widely taught in schools, universities and used in work places, government and the media. There are many dialects of Arabic spoken in different countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and some of these dialects are not mutually intelligible, but people from these countries all use the Modern Standard Arabic to communicate with each other.

“Studying at the Academy was an amazing experience that helped me improve my knowledge of Arabic. I will remember this experience for the rest of my life.”

Maximillian, Arabic Academy Student

Experience Arabic Culture

Arabic language Academy students enjoy their full language immersion experience in the classroom, where they are exposed to different dialects through their teachers, and through cultural activities. Understanding Arabic culture goes hand in hand with learning the language. For Arabic students, cultural exploration may include:

  • Tasting traditional Arabic food
  • Drawing maps of the Middle East
  • Visiting a local mosque
  • Listening to Middle Eastern music or belly dancing
  • Drawing calligraphy or applying henna designs to hands and feet
  • Visiting Middlebury College's Arabic Language School where you will take a tour of campus (in Arabic!) and meet Arabic Language School students

When cultural opportunities are available nearby, we find a way to engage with the local community, as well as bring that community to you.

Arabic Language Academy Scholarships

Qatar Foundation International (QFI) and the Language Academy are partnering to provide full scholarships (including tuition, room and board and travel costs) for deserving students interested in studying Arabic. The Academy shares QFI’s commitment to increase “the number of young people in the Americas with good knowledge and understanding of the Arab culture.”

To be eligible, students must qualify for financial aid and be able to continue their Arabic studies after participating in the Academy. For more information and to request QFI scholarship forms for the Arabic Academy, please email mmla.financialservices@middleburyinteractive.com.