About Our Program
About the Arabic Flagship
Welcome to the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Maryland. We are proud to be one of only five Arabic Flagships in the nation. Our mission is to create the next generation of global professionals who speak Arabic at a professional level and possess deep knowledge about the many cultures of the modern Middle East. Our Arabic program at UMD is hosted in a high quality university that offers many areas of study, and we have created a strong and vibrant community for Arabic learning.
Our students benefit from rigorous classes taught by well trained and experienced faculty, the latest technology, cultural activities, field trips, language partners for one to one practice, and a wide array of specially designed workshops to help our students learn Arabic and to practice what they learn.
The Flagship program combines intensive study in the US (both academic year and summer programs), with well-articulated periods of immersion overseas in Morocco. We are proud of our talented and diverse Flagship students who achieve long-term success in our program.
Graduates of our program go on to take their place as leaders in government, education, and in the private sector. They are able to use their sought after language skills, many diverse majors, and real life experience gained through internships and intensive immersion overseas to make a difference to US national security and interests and to secure meaningful, well paid careers.
Information about the 2015-2016 Academic Year
Information About overseas Study
Immersion is a critical step to reaching high-level language proficiency. The Arabic Flagship Program offers students two opportunities to study abroad in intensive, immersion environments - with both summer and full year immersion programs in Morocco. Our study abroad components are administered by The American Councils for International Education and provide excellent courses and a true immersion experience.
While overseas, we take every precaution to ensure our students are safe and well cared for – careful monitoring, risk management and evacuation procedures, a full time American Resident Director on staff overseas, and comprehensive medical and evacuation plans for every student participating.
Summer in Meknes, Morocco
Flagship Students study at the AALIM (Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco) center located in the heart of the old city. Over the summer, students spend time in class learning Moroccan Darija as well as continuing their studies in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Students spend time one-on-one with language partners, participate in cultural activities, and travel to historic sites.
During the summer, Arabic language classes take place 5 days a week and run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In addition, the afternoon cultural or language activities, homework and other outside-of-class preparation amount to 20 additional hours a week or more.
Students will stay with a host family, which offers an interesting and satisfying cultural experience, and complements the academic portion of the program. Living with host families also offers the opportunity to form lasting friendships with Moroccans.
Capstone Year in Meknes, Morocco
Flagship Students study at the AALIM center located in the heart of the old city. Over the summer, students spend time in class learning Darija as well as continuing their studies in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).
In addition to language courses, students also take a direct enrollment course in the fall and spring, work with Moroccan language and academic partners every week throughout the year, attend cultural events and field trips and participate in varied internships to gain professional experience during the fall and spring semesters.
Application to the Capstone year is a mandatory element of the Arabic Flagship Program and students must commit to completing the Capstone year upon acceptance into the program.
In the fall and spring semesters, Flagship students begin their professional internship. Opportunities in the fields of cultural events, theatre, journalism, museums, women’s rights, athletes with disabilities, education, non-profits, and more are available.
Flagship students live with host families during the summer session. During the fall and spring semesters, they can either continue living with a host family or live in an apartment with Moroccan students. Both of these living situations offer an interesting and satisfying cultural experience, and complement the academic portion of the program. They also offer the opportunity to form lasting friendships with Moroccans.