Arabic Year

Arabic Year at King’s Academy (AY) offers high school students one year of intensive Arabic language study, Middle Eastern cultural immersion and experiential learning.

The program is designed for students in grades 10 through 12 who want to learn Arabic and explore the history, politics and culture of a vital part of the world. Students enrolled in AY are part of King’s Academy, an American-style boarding school in Jordan modeled after Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. 

AY allows students to gain fluency in Arabic, soak in the history and culture of the Middle East and “learn by doing” through off-campus educational excursions in Jordan and the region. Students accepted into the AY program must be committed to the work necessary to access a difficult language. 

Message from Headmaster John Austin

Arabic Year at King’s Academy (AY) provides interested young men and women an unprecedented opportunity to study Arabic and explore the culture and traditions of the region. This is a critically important moment in the history of the Middle East. Because of Jordan’s unusual position in the region, we are uniquely placed to provide adventurous young men and women with a powerful and, we hope, transformative educational experience at Arabic Year.

Mission Statement

Arabic Year at King’s Academy (AY) is committed to providing high school students with:

  • An intensive one-year program in Arabic language, emphasizing spoken Arabic and introducing students to the essentials of classical Arabic
  • An immersion in the Middle East that builds appreciation and awareness of the region’s culture and values
  • Integration of classroom learning with beyond-the-classroom experiences
  • Challenges that inspire self-reflection and encourage students to consider other perspectives
  • A curriculum informed by the King’s Academy guiding principles of respect, love of learning, responsibility, an integrated life and global citizenship


To download the Arabic Year brochure, click here.

Last updated July 15, 2013