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Arabic Flagship

Prerequisite Tutorials: January–April 2023
Morocco Capstone: June 2023–May 2024

Application Deadline: 1 December 2022

The Arabic Flagship provides a rare opportunity for students to develop superior Arabic ability in the professional field of their choice. After taking the core Arabic classes on campus and participating in the third-year study abroad program in Jordan (see separate program flyer), students may apply to the advanced Flagship program. Upon returning to campus for winter semester, accepted students take debate (ARAB 411R) and writing (ARAB 495R) classes which are supplemented by a professional tutorial course (ARAB 490R) in the field of their choice (e.g., law, medicine, engineering, business, etc). Accepted students also take exams in January to qualify for the year-long capstone experience in Morocco, which begins in June 2023 and includes two components: intensive instruction at the Arab American Language Institute in Morocco, and an internship related to the student’s professional goals.

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Contact Us

Arabic Flagship Office
JKB 3122
(801) 422-9189


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students will enroll in the following courses while on this program:

ARAB 411R—Advanced Formal Arabic Conversation and Rhetorical Skills (1 credit hour)
ARAB 495R—Directed Studies in Arabic (1 credit hour)
ARAB 490R—Independent Readings (0.5 credits)

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students); housing, group transportation on field trips, some meals, and international health insurance. Students need to pay the $35 ISP application fee.

Does not include anything not covered by the program cost.

Accompanying spouses of Flagship students will need to pay $780 for international health insurance coverage as well as tuition for one credit per semester.

For Flagship students only: some program costs are covered by the Arabic Flagship Program.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Students may receive Arabic Flagship Program funding to pay part of the Flagship program costs. Students are also encouraged to apply for Boren scholarships, Gilman scholarships, or other outside funding to cover all overseas program costs.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 369R, 1 credit hour) which will be held during the spring semester prior to leaving for Morocco.

Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants of the program. Spouses will also need to apply online and take the preparation course.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will stay with approved families in Meknes, Morocco who live close to the program’s language institute. During the internship, students are responsible for arranging their own housing; they can communicate with the internship employer for suggested locations. Internship employers are not required to provide housing, although some may do so.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

BYU welcomes students from any university to apply to participate in our study abroad programs. However, internships and direct enrollment programs are limited to BYU Provo students.

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Application Deadline: 1 December 2022
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Kirk Belnap is the Arabic Flagship Center Director.

3064B JFSB
(801) 422-6531

Ahmad Karout is the Arabic Flagship Coordinator.

3095 JFSB
(801) 422-3396
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.