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1st-Year Arabic

Participants in First-Year Arabic learn to understand and speak Arabic at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level. Participants who complete the course successfully will be able to navigate in an Arabic-speaking environment, engage comfortably in day-to-day exchanges, and participate in simple social exchanges in Arabic. They will have a solid foundation for further study or for interacting effectively in a Arabic-speaking community.

Participants study 5 hours a day, Monday-Friday, and earn 10 undergraduate credits or 6 graduate credits of First-Year Arabic.

All courses are contingent upon enrollment and funding.

Participants supplement their classroom instruction by participating in the Workshop's extensive program of events, presentations, and activities. Some activities are conducted in English and some in the language of study. Here are some highlights from previous years:

  • Islamic Art Tour at the Lilly Library
    Yasemin Gencer, Department of Art History, Indiana University
  • Screening of Discussion of the Play “Apples” by Istijmam
    Jane Goodman, Indiana University
  • Salaam Band Concert
    Featuring traditional and original Middle Eastern music
  • Middle Eastern Dance Presentation
    Led by Donna Carlton and Amani Jabril
  • The Middle East: States in Transition
    Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi, Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Middle East
  • The Influence of the Umayyad Dynasty on Combative Jihad
    Mohammed Al Ameri, Indiana University
  • Steeped in Memory: The long voyages of coffee and tea through the Middle East
    Nicholas Kontovas, Bogaziçi University
  • The Qur'an in Traditional Muslim Thought and Practice
    Kevin Jaques, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University
  • Gog and Magog, Jesus, and the End of Time in Islam
    Ron Sela, Associate Professor, Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University
  • State Department Info Session & Coffee Hour
    Michael McClellan, Recruitment and Outreach Officer in residence at Western Kentucky University
  • CIA Info Session & Coffee Hour
    Including recruiters from the Directorate of Operations and Directorate of Support
  • Finding and Applying for an International Award Workshop
    Paul Fogleman, Associate Director, Undergraduate Scholars Office for Competitive Awards, Research and Engagement, Indiana University

May 29 - July 27, 2018

The summer program consists of two 4.5-week courses, with participants receiving grades for each. No classes will meet on July 4.

Graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals from all over the United States, as well as from other countries, participate in the Summer Language Workshop. The staff will work with international graduate students to help arrange necessary visa support.

Contact us if you have questions about your eligibility.

Single-room housing in Willkie Quadrangle is available to Workshop participants at an estimated rate of $30.70 per day. Participants studying the same language live in adjacent units and share a kitchen and lounge. Housing details will be included in the admissions packet for successful applicants.

Participants may elect to live in an Arabic language dorm. Participants are not required to stay in the dorm and may make their own housing arrangements if they prefer.

Indiana University offers summer meal plans, but Workshop participants are not required to purchase them and may opt to cook in the dormitory or to make their own arrangements.

There is a $200 non-refundable housing application fee. This fee may be waived or reduced for current IU students who live in RPS residence halls during the academic year.


All Workshop participants pay in-state tuition.

Credit Hours Estimated Cost per Credit Hour (based on 2017 rates) Fees Total
Undergraduate 10 $285 $650 $3500
Graduate 6 $365 $650 $2840

These rates are estimates. 2018 rates will be posted here as soon as they are published.


Workshop Application Fee: None. The Workshop has no application fee.

Workshop Fee: $150 (non refundable; charged after enrollment)

Indiana University Fees: Varies by credit hours.
All participants pay miscellaneous fees (technology, health, activity, etc.) set by the university. For a full list of associated fees, see Student Central. (Please note that the health service provides discounts at the Health Center, but does not provide health insurance.)

International Participants: $65 application fee through the Office of International Services.

On-Campus Housing: Participants staying in IU housing pay a $200 non-refundable housing application fee. This fee may be waived or reduced for current IU students who live in RPS residence halls during the academic year.

All fees are subject to change. Please refer to the IU Office of the Bursar Rates and Policies for official tuition and fee information.

African Studies Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The IU African Studies Program's Department of Education Title VI FLAS fellowships provide a $2,500 summer stipend plus tuition award (up to $5,000 FLAS tuition limit) for the cost of Summer Language Workshop courses. Applicants must:

— Hold U.S. citizenship or Permanent Residency
— Be a graduate student in a U.S. institute of higher learning
— Need the language of study for research or academic training
— Already be proficient in at least one other language related to the area of study.

FLAS requires a separate application administered by the granting center, which is due February 1, 2018. For more information, detailed eligibility requirements, and to apply, visit the FLAS website.

Project GO (ROTC) Scholarships

IU Project GO Scholarships fully funds Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Option ROTC students for domestic study in the Summer Language Workshop. The deadline for application is February 20, 2018. Find out more and apply at the Project GO website.

Friends of the Workshop Scholarship

Funded through generous donations of alumni and supporters of the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop, the "Friends" scholarship funds participants in any Workshop course. The scholarships are open to any participant who is not eligible for another Workshop scholarship or fellowship. Review eligibility requirements and apply via the online application.

Mohammed Al-Ameri

Mohammed Al-Ameri

Mohammed Al-Ameri is a PhD student and Arabic teacher at Indiana University Bloomington. He has lived in many different countries in the Middle East. He has taught Arabic to non-native speakers for many years and enjoy it. He prefers to teach Arabic in a communicative way, utilizing students’ full capacity with modern, engaging topics.

Ashley Bisutti

Ashley Bisutti
Arabic Section Head

Ashley Bisutti is a PhD Candidate in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department at Indiana University. She has taught Beginning and Intermediate Arabic in the Summer Language Workshop since 2016. She holds a BS in Biology from Christopher Newport University, an MA in Arabic for Professional Purposes from University of Michigan, and has spent time living and studying in both Morocco and Jordan. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing the piano, and watching Jordanian television shows.