Williams College, founded in 1798 is one of the nation's oldest colleges and is located in rural Williamstown, Massachusetts. The University is a small, private, liberal arts institution with a total enrollment of just over 2,000 students. Williams College is consistently ranks #1 in the U.S. News & World Report list of best liberal arts colleges. The most popular majors are English, Biology, Political Science, Mathematics and Chemistry. The school has a unique January term in which students take only one class, in addition to the usual fall and spring semesters. Williams meets 100% of all students' demonstrated financial need. Williams students do not participate in Greek life, but the school has over 200 active student organizations and many yearly traditions.
Williams College's Arabic program is the university's most recent language addition to the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, having been founded in 2010. In addition to the study of the language, students are encouraged to take courses in literature and translation which examine social and political issues from a cultural perspective. To study abroad, students have enrolled at semester-long programs in Syria, Morocco, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan and Egypt. Students have also had the opportunity to study during January term in Morocco and Yemen.