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Students who choose to study abroad in Sharjah with API will enroll at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). The summer Intensive Arabic Language Program at the AUS is a 6-credit course aimed at developing elementary and beginning language skills through formal classroom instruction and daily conversation practice with a native speaker. Students will have 3 hours of class per day, 5 days per week, in addition to 1 hour of lab work each of those days.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Transit Pass

Housing

UAE Visa, I.D. Card, Medical Tests

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • All elementary and beginning-level Arabic students are encouraged to apply
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Application documents must ALL be turned into API by deadline
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Sharjah programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi is the capital and largest of the United Arab Emirates. It is a place of enormous wealth thanks to its oil reserves, but it is also a region with an eye towards sustainable economic and environmental development. Students may visit the most expensive hotel ever constructed in the world, walk along the seaside Corniche, or tour the rapidly developing Saadiyat Island (home to international museums such as the Louvre, Guggenheim, and others) and Yas Island (home to a world-class racetrack, yacht club, and Ferrarri World). Al Ain (which in Arabic means “The Spring”), also known as the Garden City due to its greenery, is the second largest city in the Abu Dhabi Emirate and the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates. It is close to the Omani border, and has a unique desert/mountain landscape that make it a popular tourist attraction for locals and expats alike.
  • Dubai

    The 2nd largest, Emirate, Dubai shatters the stereotypes of Eastern and Western cultures while simultaneously and relatively seamlessly mixing them together. The pace of development in Dubai is breathtaking, and the urban (and coastal) landscapes are constantly changing. Students may have the opportunity to tour some of the opulent malls (and snow ski in one!) as well as the traditional souqs along Dubai Creek (such as the Gold Souq, the Spice Souq, and others). Whether riding a traditional abra (boat) across the creek or the new state-of-the-art metro system, students will be able to experience this exciting city in many ways. There is no better way to top off a day in Dubai than to ride the elevator to the 124th-floor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest skyscraper) and see the city spread out below, as well as the Palm Jumeirah and The World archipelago island developments.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 credits

Students who choose to study abroad in Sharjah with API will enroll at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). The Summer Intensive Arabic Language Program at the AUS is a 6-credit course aimed at developing elementary and beginning language skills through formal classroom instruction and daily conversation practice with a native speaker. Students will have 3 hours of class per day, 5 days per week, in addition to 1 hour of lab work each of those days.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive a transcript from the American University of Sharjah upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Lana Aveyard

    Lana will be your Resident Coordinator in Sharjah and a resource for you while you are with us in the United Arab Emirates!

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    Kelsey Patton

    Kelsey Patton will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - kelsey.patton@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

The American University of Sharjah issues credit according to the American system. Students in the Intensive Arabic Language Program will take one language course for 6 U.S. semester credits.

Intensive Elementary Arabic 1

Introduces the Arabic script, its phonology, basic vocabulary and grammar. Builds the foundations of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) to expand knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Fosters cultural awareness of the Arab world through the use of short texts and situational dialogues. Limited to non-native speakers of Arabic only.

Language of Instruction: Arabic    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 6   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Intensive Elementary Arabic II

This course enhances the non-native speaking students' ability to comprehend a variety of aural and written materials at a more advanced elementary level. In addition, it develops the students' communicative abilities in terms of expressing themselves with Arabic-speaking peers both orally and in writing. This course is aimed at meeting the needs of non-native speakers of Arabic through building their Arabic language competency. Limited to non-native speakers of Arabic only. Limited to IXO students only.

Language of Instruction: Arabic    Language Level Required: Intermediate   Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 6   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Intensive Intermediate Arabic

Develops the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through enriching the students' pool of vocabulary and knowledge of grammar. Enhances students' knowledge of Arab culture through reading materials drawn from different genres. Limited to non-native speakers of Arabic only.

Language of Instruction: Arabic    Language Level Required: Intermediate   Course Level: Upper Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 6   Course Level: Upper Division  

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Highlights
  • Arabic language instruction
  • Housing: student dorms
  • International excursion

Housing is separated by gender, and all students (male and female) are subject to a curfew (12:00 a.m. weekdays; 1:00 am on weekends). 40% of the student population of AUS lives in campus housing. Dorms are located on campus, within walking distance to classes (though shuttle service is also provided around campus). Shuttle service is also available at select times to transport students to popular shopping and entertainment areas in Sharjah and Dubai. Students typically have one roommate, and most rooms have one bathroom, a kitchenette, as well as access to laundry facilities, the campus athletic facilities and pool, and study/storage areas.

Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included.

Meals are not included in the API program cost. Students can purchase meals at one of the many cafeterias/cafes located on or around the AUS campus or prepare light meals in the kitchenette included in their dorm room.

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Any lab fees will be the responsibility of the student.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 Jun 7, 2020 - Jul 24, 2020 $9,980 Mar 15, 2020 Apr 15, 2020
Summer 1 Jun 7, 2019 - Jul 25, 2019 $9,980 Mar 5, 2019 Apr 15, 2019