June 6 – July 15, 2022
In-person at Alif Institute (Atlanta) & Detroit (Michigan).

Are you a high school or college student whose study abroad plans have been canceled, or are you itching to do something fun in person? This program is for you! Alif is hosting an intensive, in-person domestic program that will allow you to study Arabic and immerse yourself in the culture.

This six-week program will give you a domestic-led study abroad experience in your backyard:

    • You will learn Integrated Levantine Arabic inspired by the Arabic as One Language Cornell University integrated Arabic model in tandem with Alif’s critical intercultural communication curriculum.
    • You will practice speaking Arabic online with refugees via Natakallam as well as Atlanta’s native Arabic-speaking community; participate in Alif’s community-based experiential learning in Atlanta’s Arab-American community; engage in hands-on culinary, calligraphy, and dance workshops.
    • You will take a trip to Detroit, the de facto Arab-American capital in the US in partnership with the Arabic American National Museum. The educational trip to Dearborn (Detroit) may include: a #YallahEat culinary tour, meeting Arab-Americans from all dialect groups, visiting historic sites and museums in Detroit, taking a stroll around Arab-American iconic venues in Dearborn, and a presentation by the National Arab Orchestra.
    • Upon completing the course, beginning students will demonstrate their linguistic proficiency at the novice/intermediate level by completing a standardized test by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).
    • Students will demonstrate critical cultural awareness measured by quantitative and qualitative means.
    • Transfer of credit may be arranged with your home institution.
    • For more information, please email info@alifinstitute.org.

Click below for more details about each program:

  • Dates:  June 6 – July 15, 2022
    • Five weeks in Atlanta, GA, based at Alif Institute.
    • One week in Detroit, MI, based at the Arab American National Museum.
    • Classes and cultural programs will be held Monday through Saturday, from 10 AM- 5 PM, with a one-hour lunch break.
  • Tuition:  $6,000 (Airfare and incidentals are not included.)
  • 150 contact hours:
    • language instruction
    • critical intercultural communication
    • community-based experiential learning
    • conversational partners
    • refugee voices
  • Please note: To receive academic credit, please have your home institution contact us prior to enrolling in the program to author an MOU by sending an email to info@alifinstitute.org or calling 770-936-8770.
  • Dates:  June 6 – June 24, July 5 – July 15
    (Off the week of June 26 – 30)
    • Five weeks in Atlanta, GA, based at Alif Institute.
    • Classes and cultural programs will be held Monday through Saturday from 10 AM- 5 PM with a one-hour lunch break.
  • Tuition:  $4,800
  • 110 contact hours:
    • language instruction
    • critical intercultural communication
    • community-based experiential learning
    • conversational partners
    • refugee voices
  • Please note: To receive academic credit, please have your home institution contact us prior to enrolling in the program to author an MOU by sending an email to info@alifinstitute.org or calling 770-936-8770.
  • Dates:  June 26 – June 30, 2022
  • Tuition:  $1,350 (Airfare and incidentals are not included.)
  • Activities and cultural programs will be held Sunday (evening) through Thursday (from 10 AM- 7 PM).
  • 40+ contact hours
    • Arabic language practice and exposure
    • Critical intercultural communication
    • Community-based experiential learning
    • Meet leaders and prominent representatives of the largest Arab American community in the United States
    • Experience the richness and diversity of Arab cuisine
    • Visit historical and culturally significant Detroit landmarks
    • In partnership with the National Arab American Museum
    • High school student scholarships provided by Qatar Foundation International! We have a limited number of scholarships covering everything except airfare. If you are a high school student interested in attending, please email info@alifinstitute.org for more details. 


Many thanks to Qatar Foundation International 
for their generous support through student scholarships.

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