MSA Intensive August Program العربية الفصحى

 This program focuses on Modern Standard Arabic (the written language). 

July 29 – August 22, 2019

Registration deadline: June 20th, 2019

 (Course level openings dependent on registration)


Classes meet four days a week, six hours each day, and students can expect several hours of homework every day. In order to provide an opportunity for students to actually speak Arabic and immerse in the culture, students will go on weekly field trips to visit locations of interest in Arab communities in the northern parts of Israel. An afternoon homework club is available for students who are interested in receiving extra help with their studies from local students.

The courses are taught in English and are designed for beginners who have never studied the language (Elementary I), for student's who have already had some exposure to the Arabic language (Elementary II), and for students who have already taken formal Arabic lessons (Intermediate I). Acceptance to the program is conditional upon completing a placement exam by May 1, 2019. Only students who fit the offered course levels (Elementary I, II, and Intermediate I) will be accepted into the summer program.

The Arabic Language Program awards 5 academic credits.
Scholarships are available for each session!

Course Syllabus - Elementary I
Course Syllabus - Elementary II 

Co-Curricular Activities

Each summer we offer a wide range of social activities, including  trips, lectures, and celebrations.  Participation is optional.

Tution and Fees

For Intensive Arabic Language Program tuition and fees, please click here

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For information regarding scholarships and financial aid, please click here.


Students are welcome to live in the dormitory facilities on campus.


The Intensive Arabic Course is open to all students above the age of 18 with a high school diploma, as well as adult learners. Please click here for application process and deadlines.

Placement Exam

Click here to download the Intensive August Arabic placement exam. Please fill out the mandatory prior-knowledge questionnaire to be submitted with all placement exams.

Jerusalem Arabic Brochure

     Meet Our Students

Peter Kellner

Peter Kellner 22, Boston University Vermont, USA

Why Haifa?

I decided to come and study at the University of Haifa because it seemed like a fantastic opportunity to immerse myself in a completely new culture as well as to see the State of Israel, something of importance to me because of my Judaism. 

Favorite Arabic Word?


      What do you like most about Haifa?

What I like most about Haifa are the beautiful views from the top of the carmel, you get to see the sea, and the entire city below.  Its especially beautiful at night atop the main building. I also really like being surrounded by different cultures, and being able to interact with Arabs and Druze.