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.)

This course is designed for students who have no knowledge of modern standard Arabic. It also offers a unique opportunity for descendants of Arabic-speaking people to revive lost language and cultural ties with their ancestors’ land. In this course, Arabic language instruction aims for basic proficiency in the four language skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The alphabet, phonetics and basic greetings are introduced, after which students begin reading, speaking and listening to authentic materials. By the end of the course, students are able to handle many daily-life situations, such as identifying self and others, identifying familiar objects and people, telling time, asking for directions, describing places of residence and national origins, ordering food and drink, etc.

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 of Modern 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 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 address various styles of texts covering areas of 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. (offered in the fall only)

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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