Intensive Arabic Programm

Stage de langue arabe, session d’été, juillet 2014, Beyrouth

General Overview

The intensive Arabic programs (1 month / 100 hours) are organised by IFPO’s department for Medieval and Modern Arabic Studies (Département des Études Arabes, Médiévales et Modernes / DEAMM de l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient) under the responsibility of Sabrina Benchenaf (Associate Professor, Ifpo) and the direction of Pr. Frédéric Imbert (Director of DEAMM). They are aimed at people who wish to deepen their knowledge of the Arabic language and culture on a personal or professional level (students, defense staff, journalists, NGOs, etc.). Each year, Ifpo’s intensive Arabic language courses welcome trainees from all over the world.

Ifpo’s intensive training courses offer in-depth language and cultural training to trainees (students or non-students) who have already taken an academic or assimilated literal Arabic language course (MSA / fushâ) corresponding to one of the following profiles:

  • Profile 1 = advanced: between 400 and 600 hours of Arabic (MSA) at least (from 3 years of Arabic)
  • Profile 2 = intermediate: between 250 and 400 hours of Arabic (MSA) (+/- 2 years of Arabic)
  • Profile 3 = post beginner: between 150 and 250 hours of Arabic (+/- 1 year of Arabic/MSA)

Ifpo does not offer courses to beginner trainees in literal Arabic (MSA).

This year 3 intensive courses are available


July summer course in Beirut, Lebanon: From the 2nd July to the 27th July 2018 included. Students must have arrived at Beirut by Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of June 2018 in order to take the oral exam which is used to place students into the correct group based on their level and participate to the pre-entry meeting (attendance for the test is obligatory). Week end: Saturday / Sunday.

September course in Beirut, Lebanon: From the 4th September until the 28th September 2018 included. The oral tests to place the students into the different level groups and the pre-entry meeting will take place on Monday 3rd September morning (attendance for the test is obligatory). Because of the pre-entry placement tests standing on the Monday 3rd September, classes of Monday 4th September are exceptionally postponed to Saturday September 8th 2018. Week end: Saturday / Sunday.

Stage de langue arabe, session d’été, juillet 2014, Beyrouth


July summer course in Amman, Jordan: From Sunday 1st of July until Thursday 26thof July 2018 included. Students must have arrived in Amman by Thursday 28th of June 2018 in order to take the oral exam which is used to place students into the correct group based on their level and participate to the pre-entry meeting (attendance for the test is obligatory). Week end: Friday/Saturday.

A Few Words about Intensive Summer and Autumn Training

The courses are given in Arabic by Lebanese, Jordanian and Syrian teachers whose Arabic is the mother tongue and has a solid experience of teaching Arabic as a foreign language.

Students are placed according to their level in small groups (maximum 12 people) and receive 25 hours of classes per week (5 hours a day for 4 weeks) for a total of 100 hours of Arabic.

When they arrive at Ifpo, the students accepted are evaluated orally in MSA and dialect. These tests, which take place during the pre-entry, allow students to be placed into groups of level in both MSA and dialect.

The intensive course of Arabic offers several level groups in literal Arabic (MSA) and Arabic Syro-Lebanese and Jordanian.

It should be noted that it is possible to be a beginner in dialect, so a student can be placed in the most advanced level group in literal Arabic (MSA) and in the beginner group in dialectal Arabic or vice versa, his placement depending on his results in the written test conducted remotely and oral tests of literal and dialectal carried out on day of pre-entry.

The course offers 25 hours of group courses in the following areas (offer adapted to the profile of the student): MSA grammar, written expression and comprehension, oral expression and comprehension, reading and dictation, written press, audiovisual press, social issues, modern history, classical and modern literature. Syrian-Lebanese or Jordanian dialect (grammar and expression) teaching is also offered (beginner level accepted).

Terms and Conditions for Applying for Beirut & Amman (July and September)

Candidates for intensive courses (July in Beirut and Amman / September in Beirut) must send their complete enrolment application as soon as possible, by e-mail to the following address:

The transmission of the registration file must be submitted:

  • no later than Thursday, 15th June 2018 (deadline) for July course (in Beirut and Amman)
  • no later than Friday 29th June 2018 (deadline) for the September course in Beirut.

The file submitted must necessarily include:

– an individual information form (to download below) + 1 identity photograph.

– the MSA language test (download below). The test is obligatory. Three levels of testing are available for download: you must download the one that corresponds to your profile (1, 2 or 3).

Stage de langue arabe, session d’été, juillet 2014, Beyrouth

It is fundamental that the test be carried out according to the formulated conditions: 3 hours, dictionary authorized. Attention, if the candidate fails to finish his test under the conditions of time (3h), he must send it as is. Anyway, the accepted candidates will be tested on their arrival, during pre-re-entry days: oral tests (literal and dialectal), and this in order to divide them into groups of levels. If the trainee is a beginner in dialectal, he will only be tested in MSA.

Warning! The number of places is limited and the number of requests important, we advise you to download and return your registration file as soon as possible (by email).

Also bare in mind that airfares to the Middle East increase in price during summer, therefore by applying in advance you should be guaranteed a better price.

Warning! the number of places is limited in Beirut as in Amman and the number of requests is important, we advise you to send us your application file as soon as possible. If the courses are full, candidates may be placed on the waiting list or may be proposed on the other site (Beirut or Amman).

Incomplete applications will be refused


Tutions fees

The registration fee is 1200 euros for an intensive session (Beirut or Amman in July or Beirut in September). As regards the July 2018 courses in Amman and Beirut, they must be paid in full no later than 15th June 2018.

Tuition fees for the intensive course of September 2018 in Beirut, must be paid in full by July 15th, 2018.

The amount paid will not be refunded in case of withdrawal, except for medical or professional reasons (duly justified). If payment of the full registration fees is not made by the dates indicated, Ifpo authorizes you to cancel your registration.

Payments are made according to Ifpo payment terms specific to each country (please see the payment terms, available below for download). Bank transfer remains the simplest and fastest method of payment, the Ifpo bank account in France. You can download the Ifpo RIB (IBAN) below.

Practical informations

Students are expected to find their own accommodation Prior to their arrival, the Institute provides them with up-to-date information on the addresses of apartment and room owners recommended by trainees of previous sessions. Trainees can also access practical information via social networks. We strongly advise to arrive in Beirut or Amman at least one week before the beginning of the training to settle some formalities and to find an accomodation.

Trainees must be present at Ifpo before the start of the session to take the oral test (see pre-re-entry dates / calendars available for download).

For all information concerning visas, sanitary/living conditions and security issues for Jordan and Lebanon you should consult your country’s foreign office website, specifically the page ‘advice for travellers’ ( or ). Equally, you can visit the Jordanian/Lebanese embassy in your own country.



Head of Arabic courses

E-mail :
Tel : + 961- 1- 420 291 /292/293/298

Institut Français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo)

Rue de Damas

BP 11-1424, Beirut, Lebanon