Arabic Language Flagship Program

The University of Mississippi

Summers Abroad

Summer 1:  Jordan

Flagship students spend the summer following their freshman year at MALIC, the Modern Arabic Language International Center.

Owned and operated by Dr. Khalid al-Gudah, MALIC is a private language institution for non-native speakers of Arabic. MALIC is located outside the Northern Gate to the University of Jordan in the neighborhood Jubeiha in Amman, the capital city of Jordan.

For State Department travel advisory status and other country information, click here.

Application & Proficiency Requirements

There are no minimum proficiency standards to attend MALIC.

Students apply via UM Study Abroad.

Housing

Students may choose to live in MALIC apartments with their classmates or in a homestay setting. MALIC apartments are within walking distance of the MALIC Center and are surrounded by food markets, restaurants and cafes.

Curriculum

MALIC offers courses in Modern Standard Arabic, Jordanian dialect and Media Arabic. MALIC’s curriculum accommodates students ranging from beginner to advanced. Students earn 6 credits of ARAB 398. 

Students also participate in numerous cultural activities and excursions, typically to the ancient city of Petra, the Dead Sea, the desert Wadi Rum, the Roman ruins of Jerash and others.

Scholarships & Costs

Arabic Flagship students typically receive a $3,000 scholarship from UM. Students are encouraged to seek outside funding. Learn more about study abroad funding for Flagship students here. Scholarships are sometimes awarded but never guaranteed to non-Flagship students.

Program Cost*: $5,176

Includes tuition, apartment housing, program fees, 2 excursions, cultural activities and international health insurance

Estimated Additional Costs: $2,800

Includes food, local transportation, visa fees and airfare (typically $1,500-$2,000 roundtrip)

*Program cost based on Summer 2020.


Summer 2:  Morocco

Flagship students spend the summer after their sophomore year at the Arabic Overseas Flagship (AOF) site, the Arab-American Language Institute of Morocco or AALIM, a private language institution for non-native speakers of Arabic in Meknes, Morocco. 

For State Department travel advisory status and other information on Morocco, click here.

Application & Proficiency Requirements

Applications are due and qualifying exams are conducted each January. Interested students should contact the Program Coordinator in October to gain access to the application.

Proficiency Exams

  • Telephonic OPI: Minimum Score of ILR 1+ (Intermediate High)
    • Minimum Score of 1+ in Listening OR Reading
    • Minimum Score of 1 in Writing & other modality

Online Application

  • Arabic Essay & English Essay (Statement of Purpose)
  • Two Letters of Reference 
  • Resume
  • Transcript

Housing

Each student is paired with another Flagship student and placed with a homestay family that has been carefully selected by AALIM staff.

Curriculum

AALIM summer offers Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan dialect. Students earn 6 credits for ARAB 398.

Students also participate in numerous cultural activities and excursions to Moroccan tourist sites.

Scholarships & Costs

Flagship students are eligible for up to $7,000 in funding from The Language Flagship*.

Program Cost**: $8,325

Includes airfare, tuition, housing, program costs, excursions, international health insurance

Estimated Additional Costs: $850

Includes food, local transportation, mobile phone

*Flagship funding is subject to annual availability and is never guaranteed.

**Program cost based on Summer 2019.


Other Sites

Critical Language Scholarship

CLS is a fully-funded summer language program with locations in Jordan, Morocco and Oman.

Applications are due each November.

 

Project Global Officer

Project GO is a fully-funded summer language program with locations in Jordan, Morocco and Oman.

Application deadlines vary by program.

For ROTC cadets only

 

Other study abroad sites may be found at UM Study Abroad.