Arabic is the native language of over 350 million people, is the official language of 22 countries in the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region, and is one of the six official languages of the UN.
However, in the United States, Arabic is only spoken by less than 1% of the population, even though it is the fastest-growing language in the US. This, in addition to extensive commercial, diplomatic, and other interests in the MENA region, is among the reasons that Arabic is classified as a “critical language” by the State Department. American speakers of Arabic have a wide array of career opportunities, both domestically and internationally.
Our Arabic Language and Cultural Institute takes place in historic medina of Fes, often considered the cultural capital of Morocco, at one of the pre-eminent Arabic language facilities in the MENA region. Participants will be housed with local Moroccan families to maximize interactions in Arabic as well as to foster deeper cultural understanding and exposure. Students will also have the option of participating in a community engagement project or local internship, which will also assist in the language learning experience.