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This program offers courses in Arabic language and culture at variour proficiency levels. Each level provides 20 hours per week of intensive classroom instruction, including five hours per week of Lebanese Dialect.
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 historical, cultural and tourist sites in Beirut and throughout Lebanon.
The six-week Summer program (June 26 – August 4, 2006) is offered at four levels: Elementary, Upper Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. A separate eight-credit course in Lebanese Dialect will be offered provided there is sufficient enrollment.
The 15-week Fall program (September 4 – December 16, 2006) is offered at two levels: Intermediate and Advanced. In addition, two special courses are available: Arabic Language Writing Skills and Middle East Challenges of the 21st Century.
Students are required to attend classes Monday through Friday, three hours per day of Modern Standard Arabic and one hour per day of Lebanese Dialect. The total 120 class hours are equivalent to eight credits, which can be transferred to students’ home institutions.
Placement exams will be administered at the beginning of the program to determine each student’s appropriate course levels.Language courses are supplemented by a cultural component consisting of weekly films and 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.
The main textbooks used are:
* 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.)
* Arabic You Need (Hadia Harb)
The courses offered are:
* Elementary Arabic (8 cr.)
* Upper Elementary Arabic (8 cr.)
* Intermediate Arabic (8 cr.)
* Advanced Arabic (8 cr.)
* Intensive Lebanese Dialect (8 cr.) (Requires sufficient enrollment)
Students are issued cards during the first week, allowing full access to all campus facilities, including library, computer labs, language lab and recreational facitlities (indoor Olympic-size swimming pool, indoor basketball court, tennis courts), free e-mail accounts and internet access.
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.
Round-trip tickets to Beirut cost approximately U.S.$ 1,200 from New York and approximately U.S.$ 600 from Europe. We urge participants to make travel plans as early as possible in order to take advantage of discounted prices. Participants are required to purchase comprehensive health insurance, unless they can provide evidence of comparable coverage.
Students should plan on arriving in Lebanon at least one or two days before the beginning of classes for orientation. Transportation for arrival and departure between Beirut International Airport and LAU-Beirut is provided to students free of charge.
Non-Lebanese citizens are required to obtain a three-month tourist visa.
U.S. citizens and most European citizens can obtain visas at the Beirut International Airport for $35 or L.L. 50,000. Please be aware that visas purchased at the airport must be paid for in cash. (U.S. dollars are acceptable.) Credit cards are not acceptable for purchase of visas at the airport. Visas can also be obtained in advance through the Lebanese Consulates in the countries of origin. Citizens of countries other than the U.S. should check with their embassies for information concerning visas to Lebanon.