Summer Intensive Online Program

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Study Arabic language and culture this summer for 6 weeks and earn 8 credits!

June 14 - July 23
Monday - Friday (6:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
Deadline to apply: June 1

Location: WebEx 

This program simulates a classroom setting using all the latest tools for effective virtual language acquisition. The program provides a number of credit-based course options on various levels for students interested in Arabic as a second language only and not toward earning a degree at LAU. All courses are organized and divided according to ACTFL standards and are delivered using various online learning platforms. All SINARC instructors are native speakers with many years of teaching experience, specialized in reading, writing, and verbal communication.

The classes are distinguished in their live teacher interaction, animated lectures and interactive exercises along with a rich virtual culture immersion component.

LAU is one of the top institutions of higher education and research in Lebanon and the region and is accredited by the New England Commission for Higher Education (NECHE). As such, upon successfully completing the SINARC credit courses, you will receive an official LAU transcript that makes your credits transferrable to most institutions of higher education across the globe.

The following courses can be taken either as credit-based or non-credit based:

  • Elementary I Modern Standard Arabic (2 levels)
  • Elementary II Modern Standard Arabic (2 levels)
  • Intermediate I Modern Standard Arabic (2 levels)
  • Advanced I Modern Standard Arabic (2 levels)
  • Lebanese Dialect Beginner


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

Levels *


Upper Elementary




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


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 elementary course is designed for students who have no knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. It offers a unique opportunity for descendants of Arabic- speakers to revive their 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. By the end of the course, students are able to handle many daily life situations, such as identifying the self and others, naming familiar objects and people, telling time, asking for directions, describing places of residence and national origins, ordering food and drink.

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

SIN 111 - Upper Elementary Arabic (6 credits)

Students must have completed approximately one semester of Arabic (or the equivalent) to be able to join this class. They must have the ability to read and write using Arabic script, have a limited working vocabulary and a basic understanding of sentence structure and other basic grammatical concepts. This course is a continuation of Elementary Arabic and expands on all four skills of language learning; reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Students registering for Upper Elementary Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level

SIN 201 - Intermediate Arabic I (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. 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 registering for Intermediate Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 301 - Advanced Arabic  (6 credits)

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 105 - Lebanese Dialect, Level I (2 credits)

Students placed in this level have no previous knowledge of the 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.


Tuition: USD  3,200 (USD 400 per credit)       

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.


Learn the language and practice it too

Practice is crucial to gaining confidence in the Lebanese dialect, and with your own designated language buddy you’ll have plenty of opportunity to do just this. This is a great way to put to use everything you learn in your daily classroom lessons and to maximize your learning potential. ​

Immerse yourself virtually in the region (Lebanon and Middle East)

The SINARC program gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and diverse cultures of Lebanon and the region virtually. SINARC’s rigorous academic curriculum is complemented by a rich extracurricular and cultural program featuring lectures, films, clubs, excursions, and activities with LAU’s Arab Institute for Women and Institute for Migration Studies.

Dive deeper into the region’s pressing topics

Get to know the complexities of the region from a historical perspective and the hot topics that are shaping it today through SINARC’s weekly program of virtual lectures and informative videos. The following are examples of topics covered:

  • Lebanon: history and demographics
  • MENA geopolitics & the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Gender justice, and social and political activism
  • Vulnerable & marginalized populations (refugees, the LGBTQ community, human rights advocacy)
  • Lebanon as host for refugees
  • The confessional politics of Lebanon
  • Media and propaganda
  • The power of activism: assessing the impact of NGOs in Lebanon
  • International migration of the highly skilled: a Lebanese perspective
  • The October 17 “Thawra”
  • Lebanon and COVID-19
  • The economic crisis in Lebanon

Virtual excursions and tours and films.

We will share with you touristic videos, information, and links for both unknown and popular places in Lebanon such as:

  • Jeita Grotto
  • Arab and Roman ruins in Baalbek
  • Cedars of Lebanon
  • Historical palaces in Beiteddine and Deir al-Qamar
  • Sidon/Tyre
  • Beirut city tour
  • Byblos: the oldest inhabited city in the world (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Cedars of God and Becharre: Gibran Khalil Gibran Museum
  • Beirut National Museum
  • Qadisha Valley
  • Sursock Museum
  • Banque du Liban Museum
  • Old city of Tripoli

We will take you on a virtual tours, teach you how to cook delicious and easy-to-prepare Lebanese dishes, and introduce you to everyday life in Lebanon through family gatherings, weddings, and walks. We will also share with you a list of Lebanese movies so that you get to know Lebanon’s culture through the eyes of its talented film-makers.