Important Information and Program Dates
Arabic Summer Institute
March 1 Priority applications deadline
March 15 Admissions notifications sent for priority deadline
March 22 Signed acceptance letter and deposits due for priority applicants
April 15 Final applications deadline
May 3 Signed acceptance letter and deposits due for final applicants
May 15 Tuition payments due, housing payments due
May 29 Visiting students arrive
June 2 Last day to withdraw for a full refund (less deposit)
May 30 Mandatory reading and listening tests, orientation activities
May 31 Mandatory reading and listening tests, orientation activities
June 3 Classes begin
June 6 Last day to withdraw for a partial refund
June 24 Last day to change registration to or from pass/fail or credit/no credit for first session
July 4 – July 7 Mid-summer break
July 30 Last day to change registration to or from pass/fail or credit/no credit for second session
August 9 Summer program ends
August 25 Transcripts available from Registrar’s office
Beginning students will receive 12 hours of credit, specifically ARA 601C and 611C, upon successful completion of the program
Intermediate students will receive 12 hours of credit, specifically ARA 621K and 621L, upon successful completion of the program
Advanced students will receive 10 hours of credit, specifically ARA 531K and 531L, upon successful completion of the program
Transcripts are available upon request from the Registrar’s office at Get a Transcript
Please note: credits received through the ASI do not count as in-residence credits through the University of Texas.
The schedule of daily activities will be available soon and is subject to change.
Classes run Monday thru Friday. The ASI does not hold courses on the weekends; however, you should expect 8-10 hours of homework over the weekend.
Thursday, July 4 is a day off for all students.
The summer is divided into two sessions, with a break between sessions July 4- July 7. There will be no assigned homework during this break.
Each course requires a set of textbooks outlined in the course descriptions. If you already own the books in the correct edition, please bring them. If you have previously worked on the chapters you will be studying this summer, we encourage you to consider purchasing a new copy of the textbook(s) to start fresh. Please note that beginner level students must purchase the third edition of Alif Baa: An Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds. Please bring your books to class on the first class day. Textbooks can be purchased in advance or upon arrival in Austin.
We strive to create an Arabic-rich environment for ASI students, and this requires that all participants and faculty use Arabic as much as possible in ASI-related activities. Intermediate and Advanced students are expected to use Arabic while engaged in ASI activities. This means using Arabic with your professors, TAs, and fellow ASI students at all times while on campus, studying, or attending ASI events.
Beginning students are encouraged to use Arabic as much as possible during the first 5 weeks of the summer. Beginners will be expected to use Arabic in ASI activities in the second 5 weeks of the program. In discussions of grades, personal matters, etc, you are welcome to use English.
Arrival and first week
All Students should plan to be in Austin by Wednesday May 29 2013. Students living in ASI Housing (Dobie Center, Arabic House or Grayson House) will register at their housing site on this day. An Orientation Breakfast for all students will be held the following morning, Thursday May 30, at which students will receive a range of general materials about the ASI and specific information about their classes. A campus orientation for all non-UT students will be held after the Orientation Breakfast. In the afternoon, all students will take the mandatory online Arabic Reading exam. On Friday May 31 there will be an administrative orientation for all non-UT students in the morning to cover the online component of the ASI. In the afternoon, all students will take the mandatory online Arabic Listening exam. Students’ scores on both the Reading and Listening exams will be used to finalize class placement. Classes will begin on the morning of Monday June 3.
ASI students will have access to the UT computer labs throughout the course of the summer. However, the labs are not open 24-hours and will be subject to extremely limited availability during the first three days of classes (June 3-5). Therefore, all students are advised to bring their own computers.
Students in the ASI
We are excited to have a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students from across the country joining our program this summer, representing a variety of programs, majors, and academic and professional interests. Ahlan wa sahlan biikum—welcome!
What if I have other questions?
Housing, billing, and administrative matters:
Christian Glakas, AFP Senior Program Coordinator
512. 471. 3283
Maggie Bell, AFP Administrative Associate
Curricular issues and course placement:
Laila Familiar, ASI Director