Given the current instability in the Arabic world, many traditional locations like Egypt and Syria are no longer available for study abroad. However, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has a record of close relations with the United States, is a very safe country, and uses a dialect very similar to that taught in the URI curriculum. For this reason, most of the suggested programs below are located in Jordan.
Summer Study Abroad Programs
The URI Arabic program strongly recommends students planning to study abroad only for a summer to consider the CET Program in Jordan. This program has a large proportion of colloquial Arabic instruction, is located in a city where Arabic is spoken more commonly than English, and features Jordanian roommates and language partners.
Year-Long Study Abroad Programs
The CET program in Jordan also offers a semester or year abroad program, with classes on Arabic literature, society offered in Arabic. This would be best for students already at an advanced level of Arabic study.
The CIEE program is a good option for students who need to take classes for their general education requirements or their major while studying abroad. CIEE has several different programs, geared towards different kinds of students:
The CIEE Language and Culture program includes areas studies courses in English, alongside courses in standard and Jordanian Arabic. The AMIDEAST program has a similar Area & Arabic Language Studies program.
The CIEE Diplomacy and Policy Studies program focuses on building relationships with government ministries, and includes an internship component.
The CIEE Arabic Language program focuses primarily on learning Arabic, and features homestays with local families and a mid-semester language retreat. Students are expected to have a high level of language skill, equivalent to approximately completing ARB 212.
Combined scholarship/Abroad Programs
These programs fund students to go abroad in a specific program, with the funding and the program linked together:
The Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) program is a very competitive fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period.
The Kathryn Davis Fellowships cover 100% of tuition, room, and board for one summer of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels at the Middlebury Language Schools. The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above. Students must also apply independently to the Middlebury summer program.
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center regularly offers scholarships to study abroad in Oman for summer language study, through the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers. Classes are held 8:00am to 1:30pm Sunday through Thursday (Friday and Saturday are the weekend in Oman). Each day, students will study Modern Standard Arabic for three hours, media Arabic for one hour, and Omani dialect for one hour.
The following programs fund study abroad through your choice of programs. These opportunities require you to apply to your study abroad program independently of your scholarship application.
Beatrice S. DEMERS Foreign Language Fellows Program ($1K – 25K) January
The fund provides for fellowships for Rhode Island residents AND anyone who is a student at a Rhode Island college or university who wishes to pursue foreign language study. Preference will be given to applicants from the University of Rhode Island!
Benjamin A. GILMAN International Scholarship ($5K or $7K) October & March
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students with Pell Grant eligibility who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.
Boren Scholarships On-campus deadline: First week January
1st Draft/Priority Deadline: 2nd week of December
For students interested in languages deemed critical to national security. Scholarship award will cover the cost of a proposed study abroad program up to $20K/academic year or $10K/semester. Special summer opportunity for students in the STEM disciplines is also available. Boren scholars must commit to seeking employment with the national security community for one year upon graduation.