Arabic Language Institute (ALI) opens full-time program to internationals working in KSA

Monday, September 19, 2011

Riyadh Saudi ArabiaKing Saud University's Arabic Language Institute (ALI) has announced that internationals working in Saudi Arabia are now eligible to enroll for Arabic as a Second Language (ASL) courses. The full-time ASL program has, until now, been reserved to foreign students, who are provided with scholarships for the program.

The program offers a full-time course during the day, targeting foreign professionals in need of vital language skills, and a similar evening program as well. Upon completion of the Arabic program, the international students will subsequently have an opportunity to pursue their studies at KSU colleges and universities.

The intensive ASL morning program is open to male students under the age of 25 years and will take place Saturday through Wednesday from 8 AM to 12 PM. It includes four levels, each level is to last one semester (15-17 weeks, 20 hours per week). It should be noted, however, that the international students will not be eligible for scholarships or receive any financial aid from KSU. Enrolment is limited and the application deadline for this semester is September 14, 2011.

Applications for the morning program can be electronically submitted at:

Requirements for the intensive morning program include:

  • High school certificate with a GPA of 80% and above;
  • Applicants must be between 18- 25 years;
  • Valid residency card (Iqama); and
  • Authorization letter from employer.

Young foreign professionals interested in the program, but holding day jobs, are encouraged to enroll in the evening courses, which are open to male and female applicants and to be held from 5 to 8 PM from Saturday to Monday. This program's main focus will be on communication skills, particularly ones needed in workplaces such as embassies, hospitals, trading companies, etc.

The evening program requirements are as follows:

  • High school certificate with a GPA of 80% and above
  • Valid residency card (Iqama); and
  • Authorization letter from employer.

Diplomatic workers, it should be noted, should apply through Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For application materials for the evening program, please contact Mr. Saad Al-Ghamdi at +966 0504463460.

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