North Central College - Naperville, IL


Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan

Fall Term




Program Overview

In this institute, one of the leading centers in the Middle East for Arabic language learning, students are immersed in a five-level comprehensive curriculum, taking them from the pronunciation of basic sounds to a level of language mastery. The Jordanian dialect is considered to be among the closest to Classical Arabic, making Amman an ideal setting for learning Arabic. Language classes meet three hours a day, five days per week, and place special emphasis on developing a student’s ability to converse. In addition, students may take a dialect class, pursue an internship or enroll in other classes related to Arab culture. Excursions to area sites are also included.

Qasid Arabic Institute website


Internships are available


Photo:  NCC student Carlee Johnston, Qasid Arabic Institute, Fall 2012



Junior or senior only; GPA 3.0 preferred. No previous knowledge of the Arabic language required.



Students earn 12 credits studying Arabic at Qasid Arabic Institute. Students study either Classical or Modern Standard Arabic which comes back as MCL 100, 200, 300, or 400 depending on the level of Arabic. If students successfully complete all Arabic courses, the 12 credits earned abroad will count as one year of language study and fulfill the college language requirement. As this is an intensive language program, in addition to three hours of class, five days per week, students should expect to study 4-8 hours per day out of class studying Arabic on their own time.

All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.


Housing and Meals

Students choose between residence halls or apartments. Students have the option of choosing apartments that are already furnished; more information regarding accommodation will be given to students once they have been accepted to the Qasid Arabic Institute program.

Meals: not included in program fees.


Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. Qasid Arabic Institute) pay North Central College tuition plus a $3,500 program fee. This fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.



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Last Updated:  October 2016