Duke University, located in Durham, North Carolina, is a private research institution that was founded in 1838. The University is divided into 10 schools and colleges, many of which serve both undergraduate and graduate students, and has an undergraduate enrollment of about 6500. The University is most known for its programs in economics, biology, computer science, and public policy, and has produced ten Nobel laureates. Duke is also known for its high-ranking basketball team, which has a long-standing rivalry with the nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Housed in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies department of the College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University's Middle East major program combines language skill training with classes about Arab culture and literature.
Also part of the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies department, the Arabic major program provides students with an advanced understanding of Modern Standard Arabic language and grammar. Students are encouraged to study abroad, especially as part of the Duke in the Arab World program (see below).
The DukeEngage in Egypt program requires participants to have a prior knowledge of Arabic. Students are placed into advanced Arabic levels during their summer civic engagement work in Cairo. The service focus of the program is on teaching literacy skills to refugees, supporting youth with physical disabilities, and offering assistance with community development.
Duke in the Arab World is a 6-week, 2 course summer program that is based in Morocco. Students spend three weeks each in the cities of Fez and Rabat. Students study the sociopolitical development and intricacies of the Arab world, and gain real life experiences through observation, field visits, and interaction with local scholars, students, and homestay families.
Postcards from students on the program: http://studyabroad.duke.edu/media/index/tags/Qatar