Winter Break program

January 2 - 13, 2017

The SINARC Winter Break Program offers two levels of intensive courses in Arabic language and culture:

Levels * Intermediate Advanced Credits
Courses offered Modern Standard Arabic - Fusha (fuṣḥá) 2
Lebanese Dialect  2
Total credits Credits transferable to the student’s home institution 4 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. The Institute also organizes a series of excursions to historic, 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 201 - Intermediate Arabic (2 cr.)

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.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 11 through 20 of Al-Kitab, Part One, and the first two chapters of Al-Kitab, Part Two, as well as suitable authentic materials 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 (2 cr.)

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 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 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 by improving their pronunciation and fluency. Students will converse on topics involving description, narration and argumentation.


Tuition ($360 per credit) $1,440
Dorm (Sharing) $500
Excursions (touristic entrance fees, transportation, and one overnight stay) $331
TOTAL $2,271


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