Courses of Study 2011-2012 
    Sep 28, 2020  
Courses of Study 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Near Eastern Studies|


Language Courses:

Intensive Arabic Program (IAP):

Modeled in part on the FALCON program in Chinese at Cornell University, the Intensive Arabic Program is designed to help students attain proficiency in Arabic in both its spoken and written forms in a condensed period of time. The program consists of three phases: (1) The first phase covers the equivalent of elementary Arabic I and II, and can be taken during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year, or as part of the Arabic summer intensive program. (2) The second phase covers the equivalent of Intermediate Arabic I and II and Advanced Arabic I and II and is taken in a total immersion environment at Cornell. During this phase, up to 12 students will take only Arabic classes for the duration of the fall semester. (3) The third phase takes place at an affiliated university in Jordan during the following spring semester. The students who successfully complete the second phase will spend the spring semester in Jordan with one of the teachers in the Cornell Arabic program. The course work will be taught entirely in Arabic and will focus on Arab society and culture, the Arabic language, and the modern Middle East.

Credits for Cornell Undergraduates:

The fall and spring semesters will each be the equivalent of 16 credits for Cornell undergraduates. Ideally, students would enroll in the yearlong program during their junior year, but the other years are also a possibility. The program will enable students to fulfill their language requirement and, depending on their major, they would have the option of applying the other courses toward their major. For Near Eastern Studies majors, all the courses would go toward the major (beyond the NES 1103  language course). Nonmajors will be able to count the spring courses toward the geographic breadth requirements. Upon their return, students would have the option of continuing their study of Arabic by enrolling in 4000-level Arabic courses in NES.

Cornell undergraduates seeking degrees in colleges other than Arts and Sciences, please note that you will be transferred to the College of Arts and Sciences during IAP. This means that all costs will be assessed according to Arts and Sciences rates, not those of your “home” college.

For further information, contact the Department of Near Eastern Studies, 409 White Hall, (607) 255-6275 or visit our website,

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