IFSA Summer in Jerusalem: Arabic Immersion

Jerusalem, Israel


Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: April 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Summer in Jerusalem: Arabic Immersion

Spend six weeks immersed in Arabic language study as you interact with and learn from Israel's many Arab communities.

Summer in Jerusalem: Arabic Immersion Benefits

  • Take your Arabic language learning to the next level whether you enroll in elementary, intermediate or advanced courses, based on the Al-kitaab textbooks
  • Take elective courses taught in English
  • Take courses with local students at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School, one of the Middle East’s most prestigious universities
  • Enhance your ability to communicate with roughly 300 million native Arabic speakers in one of the United Nations’ six official languages
  • Live and learn near Mount Scopus in the ancient city of Jerusalem, located within easy access to transportation, supermarkets and eateries
  • IFSA orientation covering important health, safety, and security topics pertaining to Israel
  • Outside of the classroom, you will participate in co-curricular activities and excursions to historically and culturally significant places designed to engage you with diverse ethnic, religious and linguistic communities

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Summer in Jerusalem: Arabic Immersion

Arabic Immersion (10 U.S. semester credit hours): The Arabic Immersion program is a single course that combines intensive classes in both colloquial Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic the formal language employed in print, news broadcasts and formal speeches across the Arab world. It includes coffee hours with Arabic speakers, cultural events and tours to religious and cultural sites. Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels are offered, based on the Al-kitaab textbooks. 
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Summer in Jerusalem: Arabic Immersion
Arabic Cultural Studies History Middle Eastern Studies

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
No meal plans are available, though numerous student-friendly cafeterias and restaurants are available on and near campus.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Emma Robinson

Student Engagement Specialist. Program Advisor for Australia, China, India, Israel, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka

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Resident Director

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Monica Wasserbach

Resident Director Israel Programs

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Summer 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
June 15, 2020
Program End Date
July 26, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
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