The UN has designated December 18 as UN Arabic Language Day 2019.
Arabic is estimated to be the fifth most-spoken language in the world, by roughly 422 million speakers. Modern Standard Arabic is one of six official languages of the United Nations, making it an important global language along with English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. Classical Arabic is one of the world’s most important literary languages, with a rich history of poetry, song and narrative.
MIT offers a Middle Eastern Studies Concentration and a Minor with a range of interdisciplinary classes across SHASS. Although Arabic is not currently taught at MIT, students can cross-register at Harvard and Wellesley, and obtain a Concentration in Other Languages through Course 21G. MISTI’s MIT-Arab World Program offers opportunities for MIT students and faculty to engage and collaborate with peers in the region. The MIT-Arab World Program matches MIT students with internship and research opportunities at leading companies, research labs and universities in Jordan and, in collaboration with the MIT-Africa program, Morocco. MISTI Global Teaching Labs offers a unique opportunity for MIT students to teach STEM subjects in Jordanian high schools over IAP. The MIT-Arab World program is currently exploring expansion to Egypt in 2020.
If you have interest in studying Arabic at MIT, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below: Video, MIT Global Teaching Labs: Amman, Jordan