Fall program

August 27 - November 30, 2018

The SINARC fall program offers three levels of intensive courses in Arabic language and culture:

Levels * Elementary Intermediate Advanced Credits
Courses offered Modern Standard Arabic - Fusha (fuṣḥá)
Lebanese Dialect
Additional courses offered Arabic Writing Skills
Middle East Challenges of the 21st Century
Total credits Credits transferable to the student’s home institution 14 credits

* Placement exams will be administered at the beginning of the program to determine each student’s appropriate course level.

Formal instruction in language is enriched by immersion in an authentic cultural context. Cultural activities are abundant on campus during the fall semester, including lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture. Students will receive invitations to attend when available. SINARC also organizes a series of excursions to historical, touristic and cultural sites throughout Lebanon.


All classes are held in air-conditioned classrooms and lecture halls, Monday through Friday. A complete schedule will be given at the beginning of the term.


Al-Kitaab fil Ta’allum al-’Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Parts One, Two and Three (Brustad, et. al.)

Course descriptions

SIN 101 - Elementary Arabic (6 cr.)

Elementary Arabic was added to the SINARC program in 1998 to meet the needs of students in between the novice and low intermediate levels. Students in this course will have studied approximately one semester of Arabic (or the equivalent) and  acquired a rudimentary ability to read and write using Arabic script. They will have a limited working vocabulary, a basic understanding of sentence structure, and other basic grammatical concepts, such as adjective agreement and some verb - conjugation.
The course aims at bringing students up to intermediate-level competency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

SIN 201 - Intermediate Arabic (6 cr.)

Students placed in the intermediate level should have taken at least one year of Arabic in college (or the equivalent) and acquired a basic knowledge of the structure ofModern Standard Arabic. This course aims at enabling students to read, write, speak and listen at a competency level equivalent to intermediate-mid on the ACTFL scale. Classroom instruction includes basic Arabic morphology, syntax and vocabulary building, as well as  reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Students are asked to comment on most- daily life situations, write descriptions and argumentation, and read a variety of styles. Students at this level study units 11 through 20 of Al-Kitab, Part One, and the first two chapters of Al-Kitab, Part Two, as well as suitable authentic material related to various aspects of Lebanese, Arab, and Middle Eastern culture.
Students registering for Intermediate Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 301 - Advanced Arabic (6 cr.)

Students placed in the advanced level should have completed the equivalent of two or more years of Arabic in college. They will have acquired a broad vocabulary and mastered basic Arabic syntax and morphology. Class sessions aim to help students attain proficiency in expository and argumentative discourse and to handle a variety of communicative tasks. Reading, writing, and listening activities combine lessons from the textbook Al-Kitab, Part Two, with readings of various styles dealing with language, literature, culture, history, and the social sciences.
Students registering for Advanced Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 311 - Arabic Language Writing Skills (3 cr.)

Students placed in this intermediate-level course will work on improving their Arabic language writing skills and sentence structure through the use of enriched vocabulary and terminology, with correct and adequate syntax, as well as journal writing activities, narratives and translations.

Pol 205 - Middle East Challenges in the 21st Century (3 cr.)

The topics covered in this course include the Arabic-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts; Arab Development and Integration: the Challenges of Globalization and Modernity; Islamism and Islamization; Islam and Democracy; The Question of Ethno-Religious Minorities in a Predominantly Islamic Region; Arab Self-Criticism; Human Rights in the Arab world; Minority Rights and Democratization; The Decline of the Arab Intellectual Elite and much more .

SIN 105 - Lebanese Dialect, Level I (2 cr.)

Students placed in this level have no previous knowledge of dialect. The aim of this course is to provide students of Modern Standard Arabic with an opportunity to learn the basics of the Lebanese dialect. Students in this level will learn to communicate with native speakers in various daily situations.

SIN 106 - Lebanese Dialect, Level II (2 cr.)

This course is designed for students who have had some exposure to the Lebanese dialect. The classes will enable students to practice their speaking skills and improve their pronunciation and fluency. Students will converse on topics using description, narration and argumentation.


Tuition ($360 per credit)  5,032
Dorm - Sharing 2,916
Excursions (entrance fees, transportation and one overnight stay) 331
Student Association Fee 88
School Personal Accidents and Insurance Policy 15
TOTAL (US-D) $8,382


  • Non-refundable deposit: $525
  • Single occupancy:  $1,433 extra depending on availability
  • Health insurance: $110
    Participants are required to purchase comprehensive health insurance, unless they can provide evidence of comparable coverage. Emergency health insurance for coverage over the duration of the program may be purchased through LAU upon arrival.
  • Transportation for arrival and departure between Beirut International Airport and LAU-Beirut is provided for SINARC students (residing in  LAU dorms only) free of charge. Additional transportation needs within Lebanon are the responsibility of students. Taxi and bus services are reasonably priced in Lebanon.
  • Meals and round-trip travel to Beirut, books, and supplies are not included in the above costs.
  • While ATMs are available and credit cards are widely accepted in Lebanon, cash is the most convenient form of currency. American dollars are legal tender in Lebanon. Other currencies are easily exchanged in banks or exchange counters at official rates. The rate of exchange is approximately L.L. 1,500 = U.S.$ 1.
  • Deposit and tuition payments may be made by check, bank transfer or credit card.
  • Refund Clause: Please note that there will be no refunds on program fees after the start of the session, unless the University cancels the program for unforeseen reasons.

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