QFI is pleased to announce the opening of the Summer Study Grants program. As part of its mission to expand and increase access to Arabic language education, QFI will offer grants to K-12 summer Arabic programs to provide need and merit-based scholarships to qualifying students. Day and residential summer programs serving K-12 students are welcome to apply. This is a grant competition for organizations, not individuals.
For more information, and to apply, please see the Request for Proposals. Proposals are due by January 30, 2017.
In Summer 2016, QFI supported the following programs:
California State University San Bernardino
Participants completed a seven-and-a-half week program, the equivalent of an entire year of college classes, in San Bernardino, CA from June 22-August 12, 2016. The program offered four levels of Arabic language instruction and includes extra-curricular activities, such as learning the art of calligraphy, ceramics, folkloric dancing, and cooking ethnic foods. Additionally, students had the opportunity to watch and discuss films from the Arab world, listen to guest speakers and attend multiple field trips during extended weekends. This program further awards college credit to students! QFI funding provided 30 student scholarships.
For more information about the program and the application process, please visit:http://flan.csusb.edu/summer/arabic/
Concordia Language Village’s Al Waha
Concordia Language Village’s Al-Wāha offers both two-week and four-week residential immersion programs in Bemidji, MN. The two-week programs are open to students ages 8-18 and ran from July 25-August 6, 2016 and August 8-20, 2016. The four-week program is open to high school students and offers high school credit. The four-week program ran from July 25-August 20, 2016. In both programs, students were exposed to both colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and were immersed in a variety of cultural activities including exchanges and celebrations, music events, calligraphy and art, and various outdoor activities. QFI funding provided 40 need-based student scholarships.
For more information about the program please visit: http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/youth-languages/arabic-language-village
Middlebury Interactive Languages- Arabic
Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Arabic Academy (MMLA) offered a four-week residential Arabic immersion program at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont from June 28-July 24, 2016. During the program, each student at the Arabic Academy takes the Middlebury Language Pledge, which requires them to speak, read and write only in Arabic for the entire four-week program. The setting offers numerous advantages for students, including a rich array of museums, performance spaces, and activities to give students the freedom to explore the language in a real-world context. QFI funding provided 30 student scholarships.
For more information about the program please visit: http://www.middleburyinteractive.com/summer-language-academy/languages/arabic-language-academy
Qatar Foundation International will be accepting applications from institutions to its 2017 Summer Arabic Study Award Program in December 2016.