SABLA Program: Summer Arabic Language Immersion

July 10 – August 10, 2017

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center's Sabla Program is an intensive summer language program designed to benefit current university-level students and recent graduates. The program offers courses at four different levels: Advanced Beginning, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced. The program emphasizes the instruction of Modern Standard Arabic or MSA (fusha).

The MSA program runs for four weeks offering highly intensive course work in Arabic. Classes run from Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Experienced instructors use a proficiency-based approach that emphasizes all five skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. Arabic is the main language of instruction. Classes are held in technologically advanced classrooms.

The program offers formal instruction in a language that is enriched by immersion in an authentic cultural context. Cultural activities include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab history, society, and culture with a special focus on Oman.

The program is highly demanding. As such, students are expected to be totally committed to attending classes and doing homework on a daily basis. The typical daily workload in the Sabla program entails 4 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 2 to 3 hours of homework.

All applicants are required to have completed at least two semesters of Arabic at a college or university in the United States by the start of the program. This exam, together with the information to be provided in the application about the student's knowledge of Arabic and the required Arabic writing sample will determine the level of Arabic instruction appropriate for the applicant.

The program also includes:
  • Integrated weekly cultural events, including music presentation and movie screenings.
  • Attending lectures conducted in Arabic featuring guest speakers.
  • Trips to acquaint students with the magnificent Middle Eastern heritage on display in museums and libraries across D.C.
  • Visits to Middle Eastern restaurants.

This academic scholarship covers the cost of classes only. Students will be responsible to pay for their airfare ticket to D.C., accommodation, and food, excursions (most museums in D.C. are free to the public) and any other miscellaneous living expenses for the duration of their stay in D.C.


Students are required to purchase textbooks. Additional teaching materials will be supplied by instructors at no cost to students.


All insurance coverage including medical, life, accident etc. is the responsibility of the student. Please note that students will be required provide proof of valid medical insurance with their application.


Students must make their own arrangements at a hotel, hostel, or private home in D.C. Reservations should be made in advance before arriving to D.C. for class. SQCC does not provide housing. Students must arrange for their own housing.

If you need any assistance, please email Dr. Abeer Al-Mohsen:

Sample weekly programs

A typical weekly schedule would look like this:

Time Mon Tues Wed Thurs
10:00-10:50 Class Class Class Class
10:00-10:50 Class Class Class Class
12:00-12:50 Lunch Lunch Field Trip 2nd W & 4th W Regular class day 1st W 3rd W Lunch
1:00-1:50 Class Class Guest Speaker/ Arabic Movie
2:00-3:00 Conversation Club Conversation Club Guest Speaker/ Arabic Movie

SABLA Application


Personal Information


Emergency Contact Information (please list two)

* Name * Relationship * Phone(cell) * Phone(home) * Address * Email address

Educational Background - University Enrollment (please list a minimum of one)

* Institution Name * Degree Earned/Earning * Dates Attended


Arabic Language Background (please list a minimum of one)
* Institution Name * Level * Dates Attended * Textbook/s Used * Last chapter completed

List any other foreign language skills that you have:

Travel experience

* Have you been to Oman before? If yes, please give details:
* Have you traveled abroad before? If yes, please give a brief description:


List the names of two people who will be writing letters of recommendation for you. One recommendation should be from a current professor of Arabic. The second recommendation should be from another professor.
* Names * Title & Affiliation * Phone & Email

Other Information

* Do you have any specific health or learning needs that we need to know about? Include dietary restrictions and allergies.
If yes, please explain:
* Please tell us about your hobbies and interests:
* How did you learn about this program?

If Faculty/advisor was selected above please list name/university:
If other was selected above please specify:
Medical Treatment Responsibility
No medical expenses incurred during the summer program are the responsibility of SQCC. All medical costs are the responsibility of the student. Applicants must provide proof of health insurance.

Insurance Notification

Upload Required Documents

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Write an essay, in English, that discusses how studying the Arabic language at SQCC will help you accomplish your future goals. How do you plan to incorporate Arabic language study into your academic and/or career plans? (300-500 words)
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Write an essay, in Arabic, introducing yourself to the Arabic program staff, including a discussion of your personal and professional interests and goals. (175 words)
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Upload up to four(4) unofficial transcripts:
Placement Exam: You will receive a username and a password via email to access placement test portal (the username and password will be valid for 7 days). When you start your test, you have up to 2 hours to finish it.

Digital Signature

I agree that the answers and information provided in this application are authentic and accurate to the best of my knowledge. You agree to follow the expectations and rules laid out in each section, including the code of conduct and program policies.

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