Sabla is an intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. For five weeks each summer, students from across the U.S. can study Arabic at SQCC on scholarship.

The word Sabla in Omani Arabic dialect refers to a place in each community where people gather and receive hospitality. Sabla also serves as a meeting place to discuss important public issues.

The Sabla program aspires to be a hub bringing together students from across the U.S. for a dynamic linguistic and cultural exchange. The program hopes to enable students to be active learners and to form a community to cultivate a lifelong Arabic language learning experience.

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center's Sabla Program is an intensive summer language program designed to benefit current university-level students and recent graduates. The program offers courses at four different levels: Advanced Beginning, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced. The program emphasizes the instruction of Modern Standard Arabic or MSA (fusha).


Our Sabla program runs for five weeks offering highly intensive coursework in Arabic (MSA). 

Classes run from Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Experienced instructors use a proficiency-based approach that emphasizes all five skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. Arabic is the main language of instruction. Classes are held in technologically advanced classrooms. The program offers formal instruction in a language that is enriched by immersion in an authentic cultural context. Cultural activities include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab history, society, and culture with a special focus on Oman.

The program is highly demanding. As such, students are expected to be totally committed to attending classes and doing homework on a daily basis. The typical daily workload in the Sabla program entails 4 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 2 to 3 hours of homework.

All applicants are required to have completed at least two semesters of Arabic at a college or university in the United States by the start of the program. 

The program includes:

- Integrated weekly cultural events, including music presentation and movie screenings.

- Attending lectures conducted in Arabic featuring guest speakers.

- Trips to acquaint students with the magnificent Middle Eastern heritage on display in museums
   and libraries across D.C.

- Visits to Middle Eastern restaurants.

The 2019 application is closed


This academic scholarship covers the cost of classes only. Students will be responsible to pay for their airfare ticket to D.C., accommodation, and food, excursions (most museums in D.C. are free to the public) and any other miscellaneous living expenses for the duration of their stay in D.C.


Students are required to purchase textbooks. Additional teaching materials will be supplied by instructors at no cost to students.


All insurance coverage including medical, life, accident etc. is the responsibility of the student. Please note that students will be required provide proof of valid medical insurance with their application.


Students must make their own arrangements at a hotel, hostel, or private home in D.C. Reservations should be made in advance before arriving to D.C. for class. SQCC does not provide housing. Students must arrange for their own housing.


Sample weekly programs

A typical weekly schedule would look like this:



















Field Trip 2nd W & 4th W Regular class day 1st W 3rd W





Guest Speaker/ Arabic Movie


Conversation Club

Conversation Club

Guest Speaker/ Arabic Movie


Sabla Summer Arabic Language Immersion Dates 2017
Monday, July 10th – Thursday, August 10th

Sabla Summer Arabic Language Immersion Dates 2018
Monday, July 9th –Thursday, August 9th

Sabla Summer Arabic Language Immersion Dates 2019
Monday, June 17th –Thursday, July 18th


Advanced Beginners level

- Low Intermediate level

- High Intermediate level

- Advanced level


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
1100 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 677-3967 



- Write an essay, in English, that discusses how participation in the Sabla Program at SQCC will help you accomplish your future goals. How do you plan to incorporate Arabic language study into your academic and/or career plans? (300-500 words)

- Write an essay, in Arabic, introducing yourself to the Arabic program staff, including a discussion of your personal and professional interests and goals. (175 words)

Two letters of recommendation, including one from an Arabic instructor

Unofficial transcripts

Course Descriptions

Sabla Courses


After completing the application, please use the following links with your confirmation number to complete the Sabla Placement Exam and Letters of Reference.

Sabla Application Form

Sabla Placement Exam

Sabla Recommendation Form

Application Deadline    10 May 2019

For assistance, please email Dr. Abeer Al-Mohsen:

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