Experience Campus Life, Learn a New Language & Earn 2 College Credits!
**SUMMER 2021 UPDATE: Because of the uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic, SILMW 2021 are preparing for both online and face-to-face instructions. We are closely monitoring the status of the global pandemic and will announce the final decision regarding method of delivery following university directives and policies.**
Program Dates: June 13 - 26, 2021
The Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) opens its doors to motivated high school students for a 2-week intensive Elementary Arabic course. This is an introductory course in Modern Standard Arabic for high school students with limited or no prior knowledge of the Arabic language.
A program leading to success
During these 2 weeks, students will learn foundational reading, writing, and speaking skills in the Arabic language through four hours of daily classroom instruction followed by co-curricular activities, including conversation tables, research forum, film series, cooking classes, calligraphy, Henna Tattoo, field trips, and more. During the program, participants will meet college students, local Arabic community members, and live in a residence hall located on the UIUC campus with Arabic speaking support staff. All of these aspects of the program will contribute to their knowledge of Arabic and familiarity with the culture of the Arab world.
Students will earn 2 college credits as well as a sense of what to expect after graduating high school.
Program Daily Schedule
Classes are held every weekday for four hours daily. The first two class periods are from 9:00 – 9:50 and 10:00 – 10:50. After that, students break for lunch. Classes resume again from 12:00 to 12:50 and then again from 1:00 – 1:50. After classes, students take part in a variety of cultural activities that typically last from 2:00 to 4:00, depending on the day and type of activity.
- Language program designed and run by experienced teachers, tutors and staff with native command of Arabic
- No prior knowledge of Arabic assumed
- Small class size and supportive environment
- Immersion in target language and culture
- Students will earn 2 college credits
- Solid preparation for college
For our 2020 program, we were awarded a generous grant from the Qatar Foundation International. Funding from this grant was dedicated to providing full and partial scholarships to students in our program. Scholarships were awarded to students based on financial need and/or academic merit.