Arabic language courses

  • Full time Arabic academic and professional courses. 10 week modules throughout the year
  • Intensive Arabic language summer courses of 4 weeks
  • Part time Arabic courses for busy people. 40 hour modules
  • Easter travel and Arabic exam preparation over 2 weeks
  • Local Sanani dialect courses
  • Arabic conversation courses for people planning to visit Yemen for a short period
  • Customised Arabic language programmes

Easter travel and study visit

Easter travel & study visit 28 March – 8 April
or  4 April - 15 April

Jebal Boure

27 hours 1x1 tuition to give individual support/ exam preparation. Accommodation in large study bedroom in shared accommodation.

Easter weekend 3 days travel to Jebal Boure and a chance to visit one of Yemen’s most beautiful and interesting conservation areas. Baboons in the wadis, views of the Tihama from the top of mountains which are sprinkled with remote villages.

Specially discounted Arabic Language intensive summer courses 2009

4 weeks , 72 hours group tuition, one weekend and two day trips outside Sana'a, (see travel section for examples of weekend travel) single or shared accommodation within the Institute, pick up and return to the airport, orientation around Sana’a.

Tuition dates  
2 - 27 May vacate accommodation 29 May
30 May – 24 June vacate accommodation 26 June
27 June – 22 July vacate accommodation 24 July
25 July – 19 August vacate accommodation 21 August
22 Aug – 16 September vacate accommodation 18 September


We will be flexible to link in with your international flight.

Full time academic and professional courses

16 hours per week tuition in a group of maximum 12 students.

Course dates

Spring term 2009  Tuition 10 January – 1 April 2009
Autumn term 2009  Tuition 28 September– 16 December 2009 ( Eid holiday 28 and 30 November)
Full time course 9 January - 31 March 2010

Course Aims for Arabic languages

  • To develop the ability to use the Arabic language in a variety of professional and academic settings, making use of a variety of sources.
  • To enable the student to communicate clearly and confidently in the Arabic language.
  • To establish a sound understanding of the structure and grammatical rigour of the Arabic language.
  • To develop an understanding and appreciation of the Yemeni culture and history as well as the current issues in the region.

Assessment criteria

  • Understanding and responding to Arabic language text from Arabic newspapers, magazines, reports and books.
  • Using the the Arabic langauge (reading, writing, speaking and listening) appropriately to demeonatrate knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical function.
  • Selecting information and analysing data to make logical and well considered presentations and reports.


The syllabus is made up of 4 components.

  1. Grammar and language structure that follows appropriate sections from Al- Kitaab or Al-Kitaab Al –Assassi augmented by in house worksheets.
  2. Media and current affairs. The aim is to extend the students’ vocabulary and the use of language appropriate for future academic study or professional career. The Institute has developed its own methods of teaching media so that progression is built into the programme.
  3. Study of modules related to Yemeni culture, history and current issues such as the ‘Tribal Structure in North Yemen’, ‘Role of Women in Yemeni Society’, ‘Life in Old Sanaa’. ‘Development of Democracy in Yemen’.

Students' comments


"My time at the British Yemeni Arabic Institute was fantastic. A typical day consisted of two or three hours personal tuition, then lunch with the Institute staff, other students or locals. In the afternoon I either had more tuition, or time to study on my own. I'd often head off into the old city centre to explore and practise my Arabic - a great challenge when that's the only language you can communicate in!".

Cambridge University
Syllabus details on request from email
Contact details: P.O.Box 16250, Nassem Hameed St. Fej Attan. Sana'a Yemen, Tel/fax: 00967 1 425953, E-mail:, Mobile:00967 711783392