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Arabic Summer Program

First, Second, and Third Year Arabic 1 are offered in Session G: May 26–June 19
First, Second, and Third Year Arabic 2 are offered in Session J: June 22–July 17

Check the Directory of Classes for the most up-to-date course information.

Schedule and instructor information is posted for 2020. Please check back at a later time for updated 2021 course offerings.


Students are encouraged to take courses in both sessions, but with permission from the director may take one session.

The Columbia Arabic Summer Program (CASP) offers intensive instruction in the Arabic language through texts, multimedia materials, and activities designed to situate the language in the context of cultures in which it is spoken. The program uses Al-Kitaab series published by Georgetown University Press.

The language of instruction is Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), but students also have the opportunity to take a course in Spoken Arabic offered in the afternoon if they wish.

Experienced instructors use a proficiency-based approach that emphasizes all five skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Arabic is the main language of instruction. 

The program also includes:

  • Daily office hours held by the instructors to advise students
  • Daily free tutoring provided by an experienced Teaching Assistant
  • Integrated weekly virtual events to acquaint students with the culture

Students in the Columbia Arabic Summer Program follow the Summer Session application and registration procedures.


To apply, follow the Summer Sessions application instructions for your admissions category:

Applicants should select “Arabic Summer Program” under “Program” on the application and then complete questionnaire within the application to indicate the level you plan to take.

Note: Students applying for any course other than First Year Arabic, I, must take a placement exam before they are admitted to the program.
Students who have taken Elementary or Intermediate Arabic at Columbia University are not required to take the placement exam.