Discover the Arabic side of Montreal!

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“We learn by doing” 

–Aristotle

Come and learn one of the most important languages of the world in the heart of one of North America’s most culturally diverse cities, Montreal. Hosted by McGill University, the Arabic Summer Program is an intensive and immersive language experience that combines formal language training in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) with cultural and social activities.

Delivered by specialized language trainers over a period of eight weeks, the program is designed to come as close as possible to the experience of staying in an Arab country. Thus, it not only covers the material that a regular course at a North American university would in one academic year, but also offers access to extracurricular activities such as lectures, cultural and social activities, excursions, and clubs that expose students to cinema, journalism, cuisine, music, drama, and more.

The teaching philosophy is based on a language oath, meaning that during the entire length of the program, the students and teachers are not permitted to speak any other language than Arabic. Courses at various levels, as well as many of the cultural activities, are held strictly in Arabic starting at the earliest level.

Classes are available at the beginner, intermediate, and higher intermediate levels and are open to undergraduates, graduates, and professionals.

The program at a glance:

  • 237 total program hours (170 hours in-class, and 67 hours of extra-curricular activities)
  • Various levels available (beginner through high intermediate)
  • Extra-curricular activities included (field trips, calligraphy, cooking, lectures, and more)
  • Small class sizes (max. 15 students with 2 instructors)

Application deadline: March 1
Orientation and move-in: June 7-8
Program dates: June 9-August 2
Fees: 12,700 CAD (approx. 9,818 USD)*

*Fees include instruction, room & board, and all extra-curricular activities.