The University of Haifa's International School is renowned for its intensive language study programs in Arabic. In light of global trends and the increased interest of students to have access to more in-depth curricula, we are pleased to offer a new program in Arabic Culture and Civilization that will enable the serious student to experience an integrated and expanded approach to the Arab world.
Modern Standard Arabicالعربية الفصحى
Students interested in learning Modern Standard Arabic are welcome to enroll in the semester course of the International School. During the academic semesters (October – January and February – June), Modern Standard Arabic classes meet three days per week for two hours each morning. Instruction is offered at the beginning through advanced levels. Admission is conditional upon completing an online placement test to make sure the appropriate level is offered.
As the Modern Standard Arabic classes are relatively small, each student receives a great deal of personal attention and has many opportunities to interact with fellow students and with the instructor. As an integral part of their language studies, all classes have a weekly two hour conversational Arabic component. Credits: Six
Summer Intensive MSA Language Courseالعربية الفصحى
In August, four-week sessions are offered as an intensive summer language program. 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 offered for students who wish to receive extra help with their studies from local students. Credits: Five
Arabic Culture & Civilization أللغة العربية, الثقافةوالحضارة
A concentration of 3-credit courses is now being offered to provide the student with expanded knowledge of Arab culture to complement the Arabic language courses. Please check our website for details and syllabi.
- Contemporary Arab Thought and Culture
- Islamic Fundamentalism in the Arab World
- Media in the Arab World
Arabic Immersion Experience
In order to provide a more comprehensive immersion experience in both Arabic language and culture, students have the opportunity to request to live with Arab students in the on-campus dormitories. Additionally, internships in the Arab community, either in Haifa or in one of the Druze villages next to campus, can be arranged. Student interns experience the Arab society from the inside and can gain important insights by actually being part of grass-roots political, educational, feminist and/or cultural organizations.
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.
Click here to download the Prior Knowledge Questionnaire & Placement exam.