Qasid Arabic Institute Arabic Courses in Amman, Jordan
About Qasid Arabic Institute
The word qasid is used to describe a path that is direct and smooth. This is the way we believe the Arabic language should be taught. The Qasid Institute for Arabic has quietly developed a reputation as 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.
Graduating students who have applied themselves will find that understanding an all-Arabic university course to be within reach, and translating general texts to be manageable. Our graduate-level modules prepare advanced students to teach Arabic and Middle East Studies, something that a number of our alumni now do at universities throughout the US and Europe. To indicate something about its level of rigor, Qasid’s Summer Intensive Program (SIP) has a higher percentage of Ivy League students vis a vis the rest of its student body than any other private Arabic language institute in the Middle East. The term qasid is also used to describe an individual who strives forward with a direct, specific intention, which is a dictionary-perfect definition for the kind of student that Qasid attracts. Although designed mainly for university-level students and time-starved professionals, Qasid students have come as young as 15 and as old as 65. Our students include consulate officers, Fulbright researchers, full-time mothers, medical doctors, FLAS recipients, and Ivy League graduates, and hail from nearly two dozen countries.
WHO ARE OUR STUDENTS?
Qasid hosts students belonging to a variety of nationalities, professions, and faiths. Our admissions criteria focus just as much on leadership skills and demonstrated civic involvement as they do on GPA. This dynamic convergence of an elect student body, with members representing extraordinarily diverse backgrounds, is in many ways unprecedented in a Middle East-based private, academic institute.
Students act as ambassadors of their home countries to the Arab world, while their experiences at Qasid help give birth to broader perspectives. These future leaders then bring an enriched outlook back to their various communities and institutes, completing the circle of mutual growth and good will.
Seminars and workshops which promote social awareness and discuss contemporary events are held to foster dialogue between varying viewpoints. Qasid’s strategic partnerships with humanitarian organizations, policy of maintaining a neutral atmosphere on campus, and scholarships offered to various academic and faith groups are some of the ways it aims to build the bridges of understanding and respect which are critically needed today.
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Our campus is housed in an 8,000 square foot facility on University Street in the Sport City district of Amman. 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 feature custom-made wood tables in U and L configurations to foster discussion. Complimentary wi-fi extends to every classroom, a book store and copy center serves students and staff alike, and a spacious conference hall accommodates seminars and presentations delivered by special-invite guests. Within easy reach are numerous malls and shopping outlets, art and cultural centers, sports and gym facilities, and bookstores. It is an optimal locale for those desiring to immerse themselves in the active hustle and bustle of one of the most dynamic capital cities in the Arab world.
For those who haven’t had the opportunity to travel to the Middle East, it is worth noting that Jordan is considered part of Sham (or “the Levant”), an area for which the Prophet made special prayers. Its physical location is also referred to in the Qur’an as part of the Holy Land, and those who have walked its valleys and hilltops are following in the footsteps of the Prophets.
We provide each incoming student a rich, visually-compelling series of information brochures that detail Jordan’s historical sites, including Tracing Islam in Jordan, Destination Jordan, Eco-Jordan , and the Jordan’s Visitor’s Guide.
A few of the landmarks:
Wadi Rum (Absolutely stunning landscapes – ideal for camping; adventurous souls can stay overnight with local Bedouins deep in the heart of the desert); The Prophet’s Tree (Famous tree near which the Prophet met the monk Bahira and later the monk Nestor; Tombs and meeting-areas of the Prophets and Sahaba (Among whom are: Harun, Shu’ayb, Dawud, Sulaiman, Nuh, Lut, Yahya, Ayub, Abu Ubaida, Mu’ad Ibn Jabal); Petra (Red-rose city – depicted in “Indiana Jones III”); Yarmouk (one of the central battles of early Islamic history was fought here); Ajloun (Site of Salahadin’s famous castle built at the time of the Crusaders); Cave of the Seven Sleepers (Site of the well-known Qur’anic and Biblical story); Red Sea (Aqaba – reputed for its resort-like setting).
Several airlines serve Jordan from the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Among them are KLM, Lufthansa, and Royal Jordanian. Prospective students that are having trouble making suitable arrangements should feel free to contact us for assistance.
With respect to visas, any US/Canadian/UK/EU passport holder can get a hassle-free visa upon arrival at Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport, however, if convenient, we recommend acquiring one at a local embassy or consulate before departing. Prospective students that hold a passport for other than one of these nationalities should inquire about visa procedures with a local embassy.