Arabic Program

In line with the DI's vision of promoting the status of Arabic as an international language of study and research, the Language Center offers different courses and training to serve the local as well as the international academic community.

In addition, the LC seeks to reach out to the professional community and assist in endorsing Arabic as a medium of communication through offering language courses for professional purposes.

The Arabic program at the LC include three tracks:

     Special programs

    Upon request, the LC is happy to offer Arabic courses for special purposes, such as: Business Arabic, Arabic for diplomats, Arabic for journalists, etc.​

    Business Arabic: whatever your job or field is, if you want to learn Arabic to work and do business in Arab countries or even have an interview, this course is for you. Learn how to talk business in Arabic. Know the vocabulary that you will be using in your field. Know the cultural context of your business including the do's and don'ts.

    Arabic for diplomats: This training provides diplomats with the essential Arabic language skills in order to: Gain fluency in communicating professionally and comfortably in formal situations in Arabic, prepare speeches and presentations in Arabic, head and participate in meetings and conferences, discuss the current political situation in the Middle East and international news, use speed-reading for specific information, improve professional Arabic writing skills for email and letters, make and receive telephone calls in Arabic, understand idioms, accents, body language and other specifics of the Arabic culture, in addition to gaining essential Arabic social competence.

    Arabic for the foreign press core: This training introduces the language of the Arab newspapers, magazines, and Internet news sites. It trains journalists to master the core vocabulary and structures used in Arabic media and provides them with the various  tools for media coverage and interview in Arabic.

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     Doha Residence Program

    The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Residence Program in advanced Arabic language and social studies. DI aims to create an enduring legacy of intellectual innovation and education within the Arab world and beyond. It assumes and promotes the Arabic language as a tool of scientific inquiry, an official language in public discourse, and a primary language for teaching and research.

    The Residence Program is an important part of the DI's mission to establish, maintain, and nurture intellectual links and two-way dialogues between its students, faculty, and the international learning and research community. The Program is a unique forum for academic and cultural exchange between the DI's predominantly native Arabic-speaking graduate students and faculty (from across the Arab world) and their international non-native or heritage peers.

    The Residence Program can be for one or two semesters. It meets the language, culture, and academic needs of advanced non-native and heritage graduate students who wish to strengthen their language and cultural skills, as well as prepare for specific challenges related to their academic areas of expertise. The Program is delivered entirely in Arabic, and consists of a twin advanced language-training and academic components.

    The language-training component of the program prepares students to function professionally in Arabic and offers dedicated courses in language, translation, and content-based instruction. The program adapts to the academic needs of students as a base for linguistic and cultural acquisition, emphasizes productive and presentation skills, and develops higher levels of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and translation.

    The academic component gives fellows the opportunity to take advantage of the wide array of distinctive graduate-level courses the DI teaches in Arabic through its four academic units: The School of Social Sciences and Humanities, the School of Public Administration and Development Economics, the School of Behavioral Sciences, and the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies. For more detailed information about the DI, please go to:


    Fall semester program dates and features:

    • September 23, 2018 – January 4, 2019

    • 6 credits of Intensive Arabic

    • A language partner

    • Option to audit graduate academic courses taught in Arabic if eligible

    • Option to have an academic partner

    • Access to the DI conferences, symposia, and guest lectures

    Admission Requirements:

    • Advanced level in Arabic.

    • Tuition fees: QAR 9,000 (approximately €2,250 or US$2,465) per semester.

    • Housing (optional): QR 11,000 (approximately €2,470 or US$2,906) per semester

    • Admitted applicants must submit proof of international health insurance

    • Application deadline: May 31, 2018.


    Apply here for September 2018. 

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     Arabic as a Foreign Language

    The Language Center offers courses in Arabic language and culture within a proficiency-based framework, founded on a communicative and task-oriented approach. Classes are student-centered and target the development of the various skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) with a special emphasis on fostering the cultural component in Arabic.

    The program provides instruction at different levels of proficiency from the beginning level to the advanced level following the guidelines of  the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines (ACTFL) and the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).


    Arabic Course List

    Beginning Arabic I-II

    This course supports students in developing strong communication skills in Arabic. Beginning with a focus on reading, pronouncing and recognizing Arabic sounds, the course progresses quickly toward developing intermediate reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiency as well as cultural competence. By the end of the course, students are able to communicate with others about daily life topics, understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to actively use a vocabulary of approximately 600 words.'

    Intermediate Arabic I-II

    This course introduces students to various topics in Arab culture in order to expand language skills, advance vocabulary acquisition, and build toward Intermediate High proficiency in all skills. Coursework focuses on helping students master and activate large amounts of vocabulary and utilize the root and pattern system to increase fluency and accuracy in communication. Students learn to develop their reading and listening strategies enabling them to comprehend main ideas of authentic texts.


    Advanced Arabic I-II

    This course aims at helping students reach advanced proficiency in Arabic through language and content work focused on Arab history, literature, thought and other cultural manifestations. Focus is on developing active control of a large vocabulary and idiomatic expressions through communicative activities. Grammatical work focuses on complex grammatical constructions and demands increased accuracy in understanding and producing complex structures in extended discourse. 

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     Academic Arabic

    In line with the DI's vision of promoting the status of Arabic as an international language of study and research, and cognizant of the fact that not all university graduates in the Arab world can use academic Arabic proficiently at the graduate level, the LC will offer the DI students advanced specialized training in academic Arabic for their respective disciplines.

    First year students take a diagnostic test to identify their needs and the type of training they need during their study period at DI.

    ​This is the first test of its kind in Arab educational institutions. It was developed through collecting samples of the master's students' writings in the various disciplines, and extracting the types of errors and problems  which students face in expressing their ideas. Through a set of exercises, the diagnostic test measures students' proficiency in academic Arabic, through using syntax, sentence structure, paragraph and coherence, punctuation, text structure and consistency, relationship of meaning and context, ability to present and support opinions, analysis, effective persuasion and citation as indicators of proficiency.

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