Villagers in four-week high school credit-bearing sessions gain an academic year’s worth of language and culture skills through an immersion experience embedded in daily life, featuring a variety of cultural activities as well as formal study and assessment (minimum of 180 instructional hours; accredited by AdvancED). Emphasis is on literacy and oracy. This program is open to students entering grades 9-12, and is open to all proficiency levels.

The credit program at Al-Wāḥa is a challenging and rewarding experience. Every two weeks, the credit villagers take exams, and almost every night, they have homework. Many of the final projects are kept in Al-Wāḥa as Arabic decoration or for teaching purposes, and serve as a great reminder of credit villagers’ impact on the program.

Our Teaching Methods

Your Arabic immersion experience will be different from every classroom experience you’ve ever had. Every activity is conducted in Arabic, providing an opportunity to learn more of the language within a cultural context.

You’ll meet counselors and friends who will teach you the Arabic of their everyday conversations, tailored for your age and your generation!

Language classes are adjusted to learners of all ages and stages. Whether you’re looking for an early introduction or an intensive language program, we’ll meet your level of language and help you to advance during your camp session. Our counselors speak a variety of dialects, so you will experience the richness and diversity of classical and colloquial Arabic dialects and cultures.

In additional to spoken Arabic, you will also learn to read and write modern standard Arabic.

Typical Day​                                   

Time Activity
7:15 a.m. Wake up
7:45 a.m. Flag raising/Stretches
7:55 a.m. Meet outside Al-Qods (the dining hall)
8 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-9:10 a.m. Village/Cabin cleaning
9:15-10:10 a.m. Moghamara 1 (first class)
10:20-11:15 a.m. Sports activity
11:20 Snack
11:35 a.m.-12:35 p.m. Moghamara 2 (second class)
12:45 p.m. Meet outside Al-Qods (the dining hall)
12:50 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. Nap
2:45-4 p.m. Free time (snack at 3:45 p.m.)
4:05-5 p.m. Cultural activity
5:05-5:40 p.m. Song time
5:45-6:30 p.m. Moghamara 3 (third class)
6:30-7:15 p.m. Study hall
7:20-8:20 p.m. Night program
8:30 p.m. Dinner
9:35 p.m. Cabin council
10 p.m. Lights out