Beyond the classroom

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The Arabic program invites students to enhance their coursework through an array of activities such as art exhibits, concerts, film festivals, lecture series, independent research, and study abroad. 

All Arabic majors are encouraged to spend time in the Middle East, whether for a full academic year, a semester, or even a summer. Many students find education abroad to be a transformational experience, and say immersion is the best way to build fluency and cultural understanding.

"My experience in Jordan was instrumental in bettering my Arabic and broadening my worldview."

— Matthew Kent ’13

Study Abroad

Academic year study abroad programs are available through Notre Dame International. NDI creates and oversees programs that enable students to undertake coursework, research, internships, and service in diverse regions around the world. The primary study abroad program for Arabic students is in Amman, Jordan. 

If you are interested in study abroad, consult your advising dean and the director of undergraduate studies as early as possible.

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Study Abroad in Amman, Jordan

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The city of Amman provides a safe environment for exploration and study. Amman, the capital of Jordan with at least 5,000 years of history, is a fascinating city of contrasts—a unique blend of old and new, situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley.

Students can choose from a semester or year-long program designed for students interested in following one of three tracks: Arabic language, Arabic language and culture, or diplomacy and policy studies. Enrollment in certain courses may require a higher level of proficiency in Arabic than others.

Students can live with a Jordanian host family or in an apartment with other CIEE students. There are volunteer options available to engage with the community, from helping others with English to volunteering at a women’s rights organization. Academic year students can participate in an internship with a non-governmental organization. 

Summer Language Abroad (SLA)

A program of Notre Dame's Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, Summer Language Abroad offers grants of up to $5,500 for students to complete an intensive curriculum in their chosen country, coupled with real-life language use and structured opportunities for community engagement. 

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Recommended SLA Programs in Arabic

Additional Opportunities

Study Abroad and Summer Language Abroad aren't the only ways to internationalize or enhance your Notre Dame experience. 

Visit Notre Dame International and the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures to learn more about international and language learning opportunities. The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts both offer guidance and grants for students interested in independent research — including senior thesis projects or working with faculty experts in various aspects of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Work with the Beyond the Dome program in Arts & Letters and the University's Meruelo Center for Career Development to explore internship opportunities. 

Globally Engaged Citizens

Notre Dame’s Globally Engaged Citizens program rewards the learning and experiences you are already engaging in — and will stand out on your resume and show employers and graduate schools that you’re prepared to be a global citizen.

Students in any college or school can earn the certificate by taking two classes and participating in cultural activities on and off campus. You may already be well on your way to meeting the requirements. 

Earn your Globally Engaged Citizens Certificate