Arizona Arabic Flagship - Summer Intensive

Arizona Arabic Flagship - Summer Intensive
Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
SummerJanuary 10mid Junemid August
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • Arabic
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Yes
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Other
Program Overview

The Arizona Arabic Flagship Program guides undergraduate students from diverse majors to professional Arabic fluency (ACTFL Superior, ILR 3).  The program’s individualized learning pathways and study plans allow students to rapidly progress in their years of Arabic study at the University of Arizona. All Flagship students are required to complete a Flagship Capstone year of overseas intensive study administered by the American Councils for International Education.


Arizona Arabic Flagship scholars who attain Intermediate-High Arabic proficiency in speaking and at least one other language skill (reading, writing, or listening), according to the ACTFL Scale may choose to participate in a summer of intensive Arabic study at the Flagship program in Meknes, Morocco.It is highly encouraged that Flagship students take advantage of this intensive summer opportunity. The summer program in Meknes, Morocco helps Flagship students prepare for their mandatory Flagship Capstone year overseas. It also addresses the needs of Flagship students who may need to “catch-up” due to an interruption or extension of their Arabic learning because of other demands on their time.

During the summer, Flagship scholars attend intensive courses in Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic Media, and Moroccan Colloquial, Darija. The Moroccan dialect course develops the participant's colloquial language skills so he or she can use it in daily life, with the help of a language partner who will interact with the participant exclusively in Moroccan Colloquial. The Print Media course develops reading strategies as well as raising cultural awareness of the region. The Non-Print Media course helps students develop listening strategies so that they are able to follow any televised discussion or a dialogue. The Language and its Conjunctions course develops writing at the text level with emphasis on clarity and cohesion. Weekly Roundtables are part of the summer program and provide great insight of the Moroccan culture and the region.

Another main component of the Overseas Summer Intensive Program is excursions and cultural enrichment; the Resident Director organizes field trips and excursions throughout the summer, followed by presentations or research papers. Former participants have visited Fes, Casablanca, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss, Marrakesh, Asila, and the Atlas Mountains. Participants stay with host families in Meknes. 


Participants stay with host families in Meknes, Morocco. The program has a large pool of host families who are willing to welcome Flagship students. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice the colloquial dialect, Darija, and learn more about the local customs. 

Program Timeline

Application process:

  • Application Deadline: January 10, 2018

Dates for the following are to be determined:

  • Online Pre-Program Exam: January 22, 2014
  • Oral proficiency Interview: January 28 to February 1, 2014
  • Selection Process: March 2014
  • Awards: April 2014

Program Dates: June 14, 2018 until August 18, 2018

Dates for the following are to be determined:

  • Pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC
  • Group flight to Meknes, Morocco
  • In-country orientation
  • Summer semester begins
  • End of summer classes
  • Group flight to the US

Links of Interest

How to Apply

For instructions on how to become an Arizona Arabic Flagship Scholar, click here

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