The Arabic Flagship Program, UArizona Attracts New Students and Provides Virtual Immersion Experiences - New Grant Award from the US Department of Education

The University of Arizona was awarded an Arabic Flagship Grant for four more years, allowing for top-tier Arabic training – including virtual immersion experiences – to all Arabic learners.

Over the summer, Arabic classes at the University of Arizona were three times their normal size. In addition to learning Arabic with new web-based materials, students could participate in virtual cultural activities with people in Morocco.

Such programming is possible in part because of funding from the Arizona Arabic Flagship Program which has won a new $1.4 million grant for 2020-2024 – plus summer and yearlong study abroad scholarships for participating students – from the National Security Education Program. The federal program supports the learning of languages considered critical for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.  For the complete article, please click here: https://sbs.arizona.edu/news/arabic-flagship-program-uarizona-attracts-new-students-and-provides-virtual-immersion



Summer 2021 Program Sessions Update

Session I:  June 7 - July 8
Session II:  July 12 -  August 11
Both summer sessions will be online due to COVID-19 - TBD
Please refer to the University of Arizona COVID page for updates, accessible from Arizona.edu
Please check in with us next March for the 2021 Jumpstart Program

Summer Arabic for High School Students

JUMPSTART your university career this summer!
Earn 5-10 college credits in the summer at one of the top U.S. Arabic programs

FOR SUMMER PROGRAM 2021...MANDATORY ORIENTATION for Students & Parents will be held online:


The University of Arizona Arabic Jumpstart Program allows high school juniors and seniors to take an intensive Arabic summer course through virtual instruction, for college credit at a reduced tuition rate and with scholarship support. The program includes a diverse range of online activities that boost students' knowledge of the Arabic language and Arab cultures.

Benefits include:

  • Earning 5-10 college credits in just 5-10 weeks at MENAS online with one of the top Arabic programs in the U.S.
  • Enjoying a variety of online educational and fun-filled cultural activities throughout the program
  • Benefiting from a special high-school student reduced tuition rate and additional scholarships 
  • Exploring the UA campus online and the possibility of joining the UA Arabic Flagship program once in college
  • Enjoying mentoring and tutoring specifically for JUMPSTART high school students to ensure success

For more information about the Flagship program, visit: arabicflagship.arizona.edu



2021 Arabic Jumpstart Program Online Instruction

Session I: June 7 - July 8 

Session II: July 12 - August 11


Jumpstart Schedule

All Summer Program participants are required to be available from 8:30am to 4:00pm MST daily for different types of program activities: 4 hours of online instruction, office hours, tutoring, advising meetings, and online cultural activities. Friday’s, however, are an exception. The schedule will extend until 6:00pm to include either an online movie or a two-hour online cultural activity.



The program offers two tracks:

Track 1: Jumpstart to Flagship 

Eligibility: Current high school seniors joining the University of Arizona as freshmen in Fall 2020 who plan to join the prestigious Arizona Arabic Flagship Program. Applicants pursuing any major qualify for this track and can benefit from study abroad and funding opportunities in the Flagship Program. Open to students from all over the U.S.  For more information about the Arabic Flagship Program and to apply, please click the link at the top of the page!
Fully Funded: This track offers full funding for Summer Session I and/or Session II (tuition, fees, online tutoring, college mentoring and advising and online cultural activities.

Track 2: Jumpstart to College 

Eligibility: Rising high school juniors and seniors from anywhere in the U.S. who are motivated to:
1) Receive college credit
2) Get exposure to college life
3) Pursue advanced Arabic. 
Funding: ​​Offers large tuition reduction. Online cultural activities and events will be covered by the program along with tutoring, college mentoring and advising. Remaining tuition/fees expenses after reduction are close to $600 per session. Applicants interested in scholarships to cover fully or partially the remaining $600 per session may apply for funding while completing the application form.   
Funding Opportunities for High School Students from the U.S. Deparment of State - Youth Programs Division

The U.S. Department of State provides over 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad (https://exchanges.state.gov/highschool/) for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries.  These high school exchange programs prepare young Americans to succeed in the 21st century’s global economy by developing their foreign language skills, increasing their cross-cultural understanding, strengthening their leadership capacity, and fostering new academic insights and ambitions.  The NSLI-Y, and YES Abroad programs are accepting applications now, Youth Ambassadors will be open soon.

-    National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) - https://www.nsliforyouth.org/
-    Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) http://www.yes-abroad.org/
-    Youth Ambassadors - http://youthambassadorsprogram.org 

These scholarships include international airfare, tuition, and program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family).  Most programs have no language prerequisites, and applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18.  Seniors are welcome to apply and can travel after graduation, as long as they meet the age requirement.  

The U.S. Department of State is committed to diversity and inclusion in exchange programs that reflect the diversity of U.S. society.  We seek and encourage the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented audiences. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.  We are particularly interested in recruiting applicants who might otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience.

Housing for Students

Housing is available for in-person instruction only and is not available at this time.  


For more information please contact:  arizona-flagship@email.arizona.edu

Awarded Grants and Program Activities: Q1 2020

Summer 2020 Study Partners

Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) Book Awards

  • 500 books given out through MEOC book awards across six states. The top books selected by educators to teach about the Arab World were:
    • Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeyneb Joukhadar
    • Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat