State University of New York, Binghamton

Binghamton University—SUNY is a public institution that was founded in 1946. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,632, and it is located in Vestal, New York. Despite being relatively close to New York City, the campus is urban with outdoor activities being a popular part of student life. The University is best known for its programs in Accounting and Finance, Nursing, and Chemistry.

Arabic Studies Major

The University's Arabic Studies Major is housed in the Classical and Near Eastern Studies Department. The Arabic Studies program is supported by the holdings of the Bartle Library, which include, in addition to leading source material in English and other major European languages, one of the better collections of Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, and Persian texts in the United States. The program emphasizes both Modern Standard and Colloquial Arabic. Notable courses include Colloquial Arabic; Arab civilizations

Students are encouraged to study abroad, e.g., at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) Morocco, for which there is official University sponsorship, or at other overseas options that may be approved (e.g., The American University in Cairo, Alexandria University, The American University in Beirut). Over the summer of 2009, 28 students in the Binghamton Arabic Studies program studied in Egypt at Alexandria University's TAFL (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language) Center. This was the largest group of American students from one university ever to study Arabic abroad in Egypt.