DC Arabic Classes

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is committed to helping students and professionals pursue their interest in learning Arabic. In the courses at SQCC, you will benefit from experienced teachers and small class sizes, ultimately gaining improvement in language proficiency.

Applicants should be advised that this is an Omani government scholarship to study Arabic at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, an office of the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman.

Award recipients will not pay any fees for instruction during the eight-week course, but will be expected to purchase the necessary textbooks for the course, and provide their own phone/laptop/tablet for audio exercises during class.

This is a competitive scholarship, and recipients will be expected to complete the full eight-week term. Students who successfully complete each term and adhere to the SQCC’s code of conduct and program policies including attendance requirements, will be automatically eligible to attend classes in the next term on scholarship.

Courses include Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Arabic. Media Arabic and Business Arabic are offered most terms.

The application for Fall 2017 session I will open June 16

Fall Session I     Monday 21 August 2017 – Thursday 12 October 2017


Each level will be the equivalent of an academic year of study, divided into eight week sessions throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Dates and Times

Fall Session I

Monday 21 August 2017 – Thursday 12 October 2017

Classes are held 6:00-7:50 pm and 8:00-9:50 pm.


All classes take place at Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, located at the corner of 16th Street and L Street, NW.
1100 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036


SQCC does not have parking on premises. There is metered parking on 16th Street in the evenings, and there are parking garages located on L Street between 16th and 17th. Please be advised that these garages may close early. PMI’s garage between M and DeSales is open 24-hours, and is a five-minute walk from our building.

SQCC is located within a few blocks of both Farragut West Metro Station (blue/orange/silver lines) and Farragut North Metro Station (red line).

Arabic Program Placement Test

Test Format

The Arabic placement test is administered in-person/on-site to determine each student's proficiency level. Both written and oral competence in Modern Standard Arabic will be evaluated. The Arabic placement test consists of 7 sections. Each section is designed to assess students’ proficiency in different components of the language: vocabulary, grammar, translation, reading, listening, writing, and speaking.

The questions testing the following skills:  vocabulary, grammar, and reading, listening are in objective multiple choice format; meanwhile, questions testing translation, writing and conversation skills are subjective and require constructive responses.  

You are expected to perform at your highest level so that you will be placed into the correct language course. Your instructors will verify your language placement during schedule adjustment and may ask you to change your schedule if you are enrolled in the incorrect course.

Who should take the placement test?

Students who have studied Arabic previously. Students with no prior knowledge of the language will be placed in the beginning Arabic course

When you will know the result?

Your test result will be sent to you via email before the class session starts.

Who to contact?

Please contact the Arabic Language Program Coordinator Dr. Abeer Al-Mohsen with questions about the Arabic placement exam at arabic@sqcc.org. 

When to take the test?

You will be contacted to schedule a placement test after the application deadline.

What to bring?

You will need a valid photo I.D and a cell phone with audio capabilities in order to take the test.