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American University of Beirut

The American University of Beirut has long been admired for the strength and breadth of its academic programs and its commitment to a broad-based liberal arts education.

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AUB Summer Arabic Programs

Learn Modern Standard Arabic or Colloquial Lebanese Arabic through an intensive summer program provided by the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American

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Study in Lebanon with American University of Beirut

The American University of Beirut has long been admired for the strength and breadth of its academic programs and its commitment to a broad-based liberal arts education.

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American University of Beirut Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    10

Summer semester at AUB

In 2015, I spent 2 months from June to July as a study abroad student from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to the American University of Beirut. Being Lebanese in origin, and having had many friends at AUB, I quickly found it easy to settle in and become accustomed to the general living experience of Beirut. That being said, it is a bit different to what people are used to in the US, but that comes with its pros and cons. Life in Beirut is generally never boring or dull, and there are always new things to explore and do, whether from a cultural, academic, or social perspective. The University offers the best education in the region, and the courses I took were with helpful, well informed professors. I found that the procedure for getting actually enrolled in the courses and going through the registrar was a bit tedious and over complicated, but once that was done, everything flowed smoothly.

Living in Beirut gives people a really big chance to explore Lebanese culture to its fullest. You meet people from all backgrounds, different religions, cultures, and countries, and you start to get the real experience of what it's like to live in Lebanon, which is completely different to what people generally hear about in the media. Lebanese people are very social and love meeting new people, so it should not be hard to settle in.

If you're someone who likes to get involved in clubs and societies, the university offers a lot of options as well as different sports and other activities to keep yourself occupied. Beirut is also one of the best places in the world for nightlife, so if that's something you're interested in, you'll find plenty of great things to do.

All in all, the experience was everything I wanted it to be. I got to reconnect with friends, meet some great people, explore Lebanon in a way I didn't get to before (since I left to the US for university right after high school), and take courses at a really great university. The campus was beautiful, the people were helpful, and the overall experience was genuinely enjoyable.

Program: American University of Beirut

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health & Safety

    10

Amazing program with rigorous academics

Like with any program, the people make the experience. The people who were attracted to the AUB program were all extremely hard working, motivated and interested in learning/pursuing Arabic. I don't think you would find this caliber of student at any other University other than the "Harvard of the Middle East". The classes were very rigorous and the teachers were phenomenal - one of my teachers had written her own Arabic textbook. My spoken Arabic improved tremendously and my vocabulary base is much wider. There were a fee classes that had 12 students which is a little bigger than I would have hoped, but overall an amazing experience. Beirut and Lebanon are amazing, too, and AUB is a great way to meet locals who actually know the country. The common language was obviously English so I didn't speak much Arabic outside of the classroom, but if you are determined enough this shouldn't stop you from speaking it 24/7. Amazing amazing experience, 10/10 would recommend!!

Program: AUB Summer Arabic Programs

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    6

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

You will come out learning Arabic

This program is great, you will learn Arabic, but it comes at a cost. This isn't an easy summer, you are in class from 8:30-5 and have homework on top of that and weekly tests.

They try to get us immersed in the culture around us with programs, and some are more successful than others!

Overall, if your main goal is to learn Arabic- you should come here!! If your main goal is to explore the Middle East, just be prepared you will only be able to explore such small parts of the world going to this program.

Program: AUB Summer Arabic Programs

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

Challenging and Effective Arabic Program

The CAMES program was, as all the reviews have stressed, a very very intensive program. There was a huge amount of homework every day, and while this was difficult at times, it also accomplished its goal. I came away from the program statisfied that I had significantly improved my ability to communicate in Arabic. The teachers and tutors were amazing; they challenged us and were entirely dedicated to helping us succeed. The small student-teacher ratio allowed for lots of one-on-one support. I especially appreciated the program's integration of colloquial and modern standard Arabic. The program also offered a variety of cultural activities and trips. The campus itself was beautiful and very safe. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in a highly intensive Arabic program that will dramatically improve their Arabic skills.

Program: AUB Summer Arabic Programs

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    6

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

Success

The CAMES Summer Arabic program was rigorous and provided an intensive learning experience. The CAMES team was very responsive to all student needs. The teaching staff was professional and available for any extra help and were dedicated to teaching Arabic. Would highly recommend the program.

Program: AUB Summer Arabic Programs

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