Summer Program

June 10 - July 19, 2019

The SINARC summer program offers four levels of intensive courses in Arabic language and culture:

Levels * Elementary Upper Elementary Intermediate Advanced Credits
Courses offered Modern Standard Arabic - Fusha (fuṣḥá) 6
Additional courses Lebanese Dialect  (with sufficient enrollment) 2
Total credits Credits transferable to the student’s home institution 8 credits

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

Formal instruction in language 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, as well as excursions to historic, touristic and cultural sites in Beirut and 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. 


  • Alif-Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds (Brustad, et. al.)
  • 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 credits)

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. The course is open to the general public, students of Middle Eastern studies, business people, embassy officials, and children of foreign nationals stationed in the Middle East. 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 in the first week, 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. 
Students registering for Elementary Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 111 - Upper Elementary Arabic (6 cr.)

This course is designed to meet the needs of students between the novice and low intermediate levels. Students in this course have studied approximately one semester of Arabic (or the equivalent) and have acquired the basic ability to read and write using Arabic script. They have a limited working vocabulary, a basic understanding of sentence structure and other simple grammatical concepts. This course aims at bringing students up to intermediate-level competency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. 
Students registering for Upper Elementary Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 201 - Intermediate Arabic I (6 credits)

SIN 202 - Intermediate Arabic II (6 credits)

Students placed in the intermediate level should have taken at least one year of Arabic in college (or the equivalent), and have acquired a basic knowledge of the structure of modern standard Arabic language. 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 focuses on basic Arabic morphology, syntax and vocabulary building, as well as on 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 15 through 20 of Al-Kitab, Part One and the first two chapters of Al-Kitab, Part Two.

SIN 301 - Advanced Arabic I (6 credits)

SIN 302 - Advanced Arabic II (6 credits)

Students placed in the advanced level should have completed the equivalent of two or more years of Arabic in college. They have acquired a broad vocabulary and have 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 language texts covering areas in literature, culture, history, and the social sciences.

Students registering for Advanced Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 211 - Intensive Lebanese Dialect (8 credits) (Requires sufficient enrollment)

Enrollment permitting, the SINARC program will offer an intensive, eight-credit course in the Lebanese dialect. This course is designed for students who have attained intermediate to advanced level proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. Students are regularly given practice assignments that involve using the dialect outside the classroom throughout Lebanon.

SIN 105 - Lebanese Dialect, Level I (2)

Students placed in this level have no previous knowledge of the Lebanese dialect. The aim of this course is to provide students of modern standard Arabic 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. 
Class meets one hour per day, Monday through Friday.

SIN 106 - Lebanese Dialect, Level II

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 involving description, narration, and argumentation. Class meets one hour per day, Monday through Friday.

SIN 107 - Lebanese Dialect, Level III

This course is designed for students who are enrolled in the Intensive Lebanese Dialect class.
The class is designed to help Students Bridge between their knowledge of the Modern Standard Arabic and the Lebanese dialect through various means of interpretations of newspaper articles and current issues as presented through the many media mediums available in Lebanon and the Middle East.


Tuition ($360 per credit) $2,880
Dorm (Sharing) $1,180
Excursions (touristic entrance fees, transportation, and one overnight stay) $331
TOTAL $4,391


  • Non-refundable deposit: $250
  • Single occupancy:  $551 extra depending on availability
  • Health insurance: $88
    Participants are required to purchase comprehensive health insurance, unless they can provide evidence of comparable coverage. Emergency health insurance for coverage over the duration of the program may be purchased through LAU upon arrival.
  • Transportation for arrival and departure between Beirut International Airport and LAU-Beirut is provided for SINARC students (residing in the LAU dorm only) free of charge. Additional transportation needs within Lebanon are the responsibility of students. Taxi and bus services are reasonably priced in Lebanon.
  • Meals and round trip travel to Beirut, books, and supplies are not included in the above costs.
  • While ATMs are available and credit cards are widely accepted in Lebanon, cash is the most convenient form of currency. American dollars are legal tender in Lebanon. Other currencies are easily exchanged in banks or exchange counters at official rates. The rate of exchange is approximately L.L. 1,500 = U.S.$ 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.


This summer, SINARC is offering two scholarships.
The application is the same as the Application for Admission


  • Enrolled as a full time student
  • Completed 1 year of Arabic studies at an accredited institution
  • Have good academic standing (transcript required)
  • Does not benefit from a full scholarship or financial assistance


  • Full tuition
  • Excursions
  • Accommodation (in a shared room)
  • Insurance

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