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Summer Institute for
Intensive Arabic Language and Culture

Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon

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Program Overview

The Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture (SINARC) is a multi-faceted language and cultural immersion program that welcomes students from all over the world. In business for over 16 years, SINARC has quickly become a top choice for Arabic language learners looking to not only improve their language skills but also to gain a true understanding of the cultural and social dynamics in the region.

The SINARC program is hosted each year at the Lebanese American University (Beirut Campus), one of the premier institutions of higher education and research in Lebanon and the region. Our Credits are transferable to most Institutions of Higher Education across the Globe, and with the LAU's recent accreditation by NEASC in May 2010 [In May 2010, the Lebanese American University became fully accredited for a five –year period, by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (CIHE- NEASC)], which adds to the validity and professionalism of the Institute.

The campus, situated in the heart of the Lebanese capital, provides students with a unique perspective on Lebanese culture and daily life.

SINARC offers courses in Arabic language and culture at various levels of proficiency. Each level provides twenty hours per week of intensive classroom instruction, including five hours per week of Lebanese Dialect. Formal language instruction is enriched by immersion in an authentic cultural context. Cultural activities include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture. In addition, students partake in a series of excursions to historical, cultural and tourist sites throughout Lebanon.

Students have a Summer, Fall and Spring program option: The six-week Summer program (June 22 - July 31, 2015) is offered at four levels: Elementary, Upper Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. A separate two-credit course in Lebanese Dialect is also offered at two levels: Beginners and Advanced.

The 14-week Fall program (September 07 - December 11, 2015) is offered at three levels: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. In addition, two special courses are available: Arabic Language Writing Skills and Middle East Challenges of the 21st Century.

The 14-week Spring program (January 19 - April 24, 2015) is offered at three levels: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. In addition, two special courses are available: Arabic Language Writing Skills and Principles of Translation.

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