SABLA: Summer Arabic Language Immersion
Sabla is an intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. For 5 weeks each summer, students from across the US can study Arabic at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center on scholarship. The program hopes to enable students to be active learners and to form a community to cultivate a lifelong Arabic language learning experience. The program includes integrated weekly cultural events, including music presentation and movie screenings; attending lectures conducted in Arabic featuring guest speakers; trips to acquaint students with the magnificent Middle Eastern heritage on display in museums and libraries across DC; and visits to Middle Eastern restaurants.
The program offers courses at 4 different levels: Advanced Beginning, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced. The program emphasizes the instruction of Modern Standard Arabic.
All applicants are required to have completed at least 2 semesters of Arabic at a college or university in the United States by the start of the program.