The Qasid Institute for Arabic

Photos of the Hashemite Plaza in Amman, Jordan.

The Qasid Institute for Arabic is one of the leading centers in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. A comprehensive curriculum taught over five distinct levels takes a student from the proper pronunciation of letters to a level of mastery. The term Qasid is used to describe an individual who strives forward with a direct, specific intention, which is a fitting definition for the kind of student that Qasid attracts.

As the Qasid Arabic Institute's reputation has grown, its programs have made it the program of choice in Amman for embassies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and U.S. colleges and universities seeking excellence in Arabic language instruction. Though its programs are designed mainly for university-level students and busy professionals, Qasid students range in age from 15 to 65. They include embassy and consular officers, Fulbright researchers, fulltime mothers, medical doctors, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship recipients, and Ivy League graduates.

The Qasid Program

The Qasid Program is an intensive, multi-term course tailored for non-native speakers and heritage learners wishing to excel in Arabic. It is designed with busy professionals and students in mind, aiming to teach the equivalent of a year’s worth of university-level Arabic in just under three months in each of our winter, spring, and fall quarters, and in just nine weeks during the Summer Intensive. Five core levels of instruction — as well as supplementary and advanced studies modules — are offered, focusing on the specific needs of beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.

The "Classic Four" skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are taught systematically in classrooms that rarely exceed eight students, giving each individual a considerable amount of attention. Instructors are widely regarded as exceptional, and the curriculum blends a tried-and-true program with innovative techniques to insure an optimal learning experience for each student.

The Qasid campus is housed in an 8,000 square foot facility on University Street in Sport City, Amman, in the Sony Building. Classes are conducted in classrooms each bearing the name of one of the historically-significant centers of learning in Islamic history (Cairo, Istanbul, Baghdad, Damascus, etc.) and the facility is equipped with Wi-Fi access for all students. Located in the heart of Amman, Qasid is at an ideal location for those desiring to immerse themselves in the active hustle and bustle of an emerging Arab metropolis. Jordan has a rich Arab and Islamic heritage, and the natural hospitality of the Jordanian people will be the source of many endearing memories.

For more about the Qasid Institute for Arabic, see the institute’s official website, and for more on student activities see Campus Life