Lessons from 25 Years of Experimenting with Arabic Study Abroad: Programme Evaluation, Culture, Location, and Curriculum

  • Matthew T. BirdEmail author
  • R. Kirk Belnap


This chapter documents the Brigham Young University Arabic study abroad (SA) programme in Amman, Jordan, focussing on principles of programme design that have proven beneficial over the course of its ongoing development. This four-month programme is designed to provide students an intensive learning experience with Arabic language and culture and build confidence and facility in speaking and reading. After summarising the history of the programme, the authors share insight regarding the programme’s central role in a degree programme, the value of a vibrant programme evaluation culture, the influence of SA location on programme design, and an intensive reading course focussed on Arabic news sources.


Curriculum design Institutional collaboration Programme culture Programme evaluation Reading development Speaking partners 


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  1. 1.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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