2023 - 2024
What is The Annual Program?
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.
Objective: The aim is to help students achieve high-proficiency in Levantine Dialect OR 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 beautiful middle eastern country Lebanon.
Duration: The Annual Program starts on September 4th 2023 and ends on the end of June 2024 covering 720 hours of Arabic classes and 34 hours of private tutoring.
Dates: 04.09.2023 until the end of June 2024
Deadline For Registration: 1st September 2023
Price: 4799 US$, 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 if that is the case.
Certification: At the end of the course, an achievement Diploma stating the level reached in MSA or 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: Provided in MSA or 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.
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.
Accommodation (only available in tripoli): 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. Learn more about our accommodations here.
Social Impact: The Levantine Institute of Lebanon 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.
Why Join The Annual Program?
We offer so much more than just Arabic classes. Your experience at the LEVIT is an immersive one giving you the chance to join a wide variety of cultural events during your stay with us :
Weekly debates on some of the most controversial topics such as the Syrian Crisis, The Lebanese Revolution and the Arab Spring.
Weekly Lunches and Cooking Classes
you'll get the chance to try out and even learn how to cook a new traditional Lebanese lunch every week.
Weekly Music Classes
Learn a few Levantine songs that will help you get more in touch with Levantine traditions and culture at the LEVIT's cultural center, Rumman.
Presentations, Talks and Events
Monthly talks and events discussing Tripoli, its rich history and its norms, traditions and culture.
The following courses are included in The Annual Program :
Modern History of the Levant: Dr. Ziad Koussa. Follow the link for the syllabus.
Dr Kabbara is a lecturer in Political Science at Balamand University.
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.