About the Program

Experience Campus Life, Learn a New Language & Earn 2 College Credits!

June 11, 2017 – June 24, 2017

The Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) opens its doors to motivated high school students for 2-week intensive Elementary Arabic course. This is an introductory course in Modern Standard Arabic for high school students with limited or no prior knowledge of the Arabic language. 

A program leading to success

During these 2-weeks, students will learn foundational reading, writing, and speaking skills in the Arabic language through four hours of daily classroom instruction followed by co-curricular activities, including conversation tables,research forum, film series, cooking classes, calligraphy, Henna Tattoo, field trips, and moreDuring the program, participants will meet college students, local Arabic community members, and live in a residence hall located on UIUC campus with Arabic speaking support staff. All of these aspects of the program will contribute to their knowledge of Arabic and to be more familial with the culture of the Arab word.

Students will earn 2 college credits, and will gain a sense of what to expect after graduating high school.

Program Daily Schedule

Classes are held every weekday for four hours daily. The first two class periods are from 9:00 – 9:50 and 10:00 – 10:50. After that, students break for lunch. Classes resume again from 12:00 to 12:50 and then again from 1:00 – 1:50. After classes, students take part in a variety of culture activities, that typically last from 2:00 to 4:00 depending on the day and type of activity.

Program Highlights 

  • Language program designed and run by experienced teachers, tutors and staff with native command of Arabic
  • No prior knowledge of Arabic assumed
  • Small class size and supportive environment
  • Immersion in target language and culture
  • Students will earn 2 college credits
  • Solid preparation for college

This year, the Summer Intensive Arabic Program for High School Students was awarded a generous grant from the Qatar Foundation International. Funding from this grant is dedicated to providing full and partial scholarships to students in our program. Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and/or academic merit.