Intensive summer programme (Damascus)

Ifpo (Département des études arabes, médiévales et modernes) organizes the Summer Intensive Arabic Programme in association with the University of Paris-Sorbonne. This programme is open to students, irrespective of their interest in research, as well as to specialists and professionals who need instruction in Arabic. It lasts for the whole month of July (4 weeks), five hours a day, five days a week. The summer programme offers classes on Arabic culture, literature, Arabic grammar, history of the Arab world, press, spoken and written modern Arabic, Syrian dialect. Several levels are offered, from next to beginner (after one year of intensive Arabic) to advanced (after three years or more).


The medium of instruction is Arabic. Knowledge of French is not necessary, but would be useful.

Ifpo professors simultaneously hold teaching positions in Syrian institutions, or are involved in research programmes. Eric Gautier currently heads the programme in Arabic. Dr. Gautier holds a position of assistant professor of Arabic at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

The cost is 900 Euros. Students pay the fees at the beginning of the programme, in Euros (by check only) or in cash in Syrian Pounds (the amount will be calculated by Ifpo on the basis of a fixed exchange rate). The fee is non-refundable.

On their arrival in Damascus, students attending the programme in Arabic are expected to find their own accommodation. A list of rooms and flats for rent is available at Ifpo.

The students must arrive at least one week prior to the beginning of the course to take an oral placement exam and to take care of various formalities.

We suggest that the applications be sent by express mail before the end of May 2011.

Ifpo does not offer financial support to students attending the programme in Arabic.

Forms for the yearly Arabic programme of 2011-2012, as well as for the summer Arabic programme of 2011, can be requested by e-mail as soon as January 2011.


Contact :
Eric Gautier
Institut Français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo)

(precisions for priority mail :
Ifpo, Damas, Abou Roummaneh, near Japanese embassy)

Tel : (963 11) 3 330 214
Fax : (963 11) 3 327 887
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