Annual Program

2021 - 2022

The Annual Program has been designed and conceptualized to provide substantial linguistic, cultural and historical skills to our student over the course of three trimesters spent with the Levantine Institute. Totaling 720 hours of classes and 34 hours of private tutoring, the AP accepts students of all levels, with complete beginners starting at the beginning of the academic year in September and more advanced students joining in October and December.

DATES : 06.09.2021 until the 17.06.2022


FEES : 4799 US$ 

Objective: The aim is to help students achieve high-proficiency in Levantine Dialect and in Modern Standard Arabic (reaching B2 level at the end of the year) through a complete immersion program in the heart of the Levant, the historical city of Tripoli. While Trimester 1 will be focusing on giving the students the basic Arabic skills to interact with their direct environment, Trimester 2 and 3 will take students through a journey across Levantine language, history, politics and culture in order to provide a holistic understanding of the major sociopolitical developments of the Levant. At the end of the year students who attended the Annual Program will reach a working proficiency in Arabic and will be equipped with all the necessary tools to understand the Levant today, one of the most complex regions in the World. This program has been specifically designed for all individuals who would like to work in our region, understand its language, culture, media and modern history.

Duration: The Annual Program starts on September 6th 2021 and ends on June 17th 2022 covering 720 hours of Arabic classes and 34 hours of private tutoring.

Certification: At the end of the course, an achievement Diploma stating the level reached in MSA and Levantine dialect will be awarded. Each student will also receive a certificate stating the grades of the three main exams and attendance rate.

Integrated modules: Combining MSA and Levantine dialect classes during the 3 Trimesters, students will also have different modules in Modern History of the Levant, Art and Culture of the Levant but also Media and Journalism.

Accommodation: Students are free to decide if they want to stay at LEVIT accommodation or look for their own place. Weeks in between terms are included in the accommodation fees for Annual Program students. Please check this calendar for those dates. For more information regarding our accommodation please follow this link.

Volunteering: The Levantine Institute of Tripoli is by essence a social-enterprise and has a strong commitment to educate the underprivileged in our society. The LEVIT runs an education center in Azmi Beik, providing pro-bono school support to tens of children. The LEVIT strongly encourages its students to participate and assist in the running of the center as an extremely beneficial way to help people in need while further fine tuning their Arabic by spending quality time interacting with locals.

Price: The AP is for 4799$ for the three Trimesters. Students with prior knowledge of Arabic will join the program at a further date in order to avoid level discrepancies in classrooms. The number of hours will be deducted from the final price of the course in this case.

Deadline for application: 1st September 2021. Candidates for the Annual Program are invited to demonstrate their interest by a letter of motivation including their educational and professional background as well as main purpose of studying Arabic language. Contact us for more information about the program.

The following courses are included in the Annual Program.

  • Modern History of the Levant: Dr Ziad Koussa. Follow the link for the syllabus.

  • Arabic Calligraphy: Dr Jihad Mikati. Follow the link for more details.

Jihad Mikati graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Lebanese University in 2006. He taught Arabic calligraphy in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) in 2014, and currently teaches Arabic calligraphy at Al-Azm Technical Institute in Tripoli.

  • Media and journalism: Pr Dima Danawi. Follow the link for more details.

Pr Dina Danawi has been working in media and journalism for the past 15 years all over the Levant and Golf countries. She is currently a lecturer in Balamand University and has taught in Birkbeck University (London) and the American University of Beirut (AUB). She holds degrees in Political Science from AUB, M.A in Political Thoughts from the University of Sussex (UK) and currently writing her Phd at the Universite St-Joseph in Beirut. 

  • Lebanese political system: Ms. Malak Al Lawzi. Follow the link for more details.

Ms. Malak Lawzi holds a B.A and a M.s.c in Public Law from the Lebanese University of Tripoli. She  is a senior Arabic teacher at the Levantine Institute as well as the coordinator of the Maan Center. Ms. Malak Lawzi worked as a representative for the Ministry of Interior during the previous parliamentary election and is a well aware of the political development in Lebanon and specifically in Tripoli.