Montana Arabic Summer Institute

June 20 to July 11, 2014

MASI 2014 Students

Sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA), the Arabic Studies Program is offering intensive non-residential Arabic to 30 high school students in summer 2014. MASI 2014 offers three levels:

  • Level 1: No previous knowledge of Arabic
  • Level 2: Former Level 1 students OR new students who have been introduced to Arabic while in high school
  • Level 3: Former Level 2 students OR new students who studied at least one year of Arabic in high school

If you are not sure whether Level 2 or Level 3 is the right level for you, please don't hesitate to email Dr. Huthaily <> to schedule a short phone call to assess your language skills.

Students will develop/improve Arabic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and cultural knowledge in a fun and academic environment. Upon successful completion, students in levels 1 and 2 will receive five college credits, and students in level 3 will receive three college credits. The grant covers tuition fees and textbooks. Each student will receive a T-shirt and a USB flash drive.


Please use the navigation menu to the left to register. Students under the age of 18 need their parent(s)/guardian(s)' approval before they apply. Each applicant will submit two forms: Applicant & Parent/Guardian Information. The two forms don't have to be submitted on the same day. The deadline for applying to MASI is May 30th. New applicants should either (a) email a scanned letter of recommendation (preferably from one of their language highl school teachers) or (b) have a recommendation letter emailed directly from the recommender to Dr. Khaled Huthaily (see contact information below).

What to Expect

MASI is a three-week federally-funded intensive summer program that is open to US citizens and green card holders only. Instruction starts at 9:00 a.m. for all levels. Levels 1 and 2 finish at 3:00 p.m., and level 3 finishes at 12:00 p.m. Students are expected to dedicate about two hours everyday for homework assignments. Daily attendance is critical to meet the goals of the program.

Consent Forms

The University of Montana's MASI 2014 is one of 125 STARTALK programs, which are administered by the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland. For the purpose of improving future STARTALK programs, NFLC gathers information about students and conducts surveys. In order for NFLC to be able to do so, consent forms are required:

Students who will be under the age of 18 (on the first day of instruction, June 20th) need to have their parent(s)/guardian(s) fill out and sign the Consent Form. Students who will be 18 or above can fill out and sign the Consent Form on their own. Please bring the completed Consent Form with you on the first day of instruction. Consent Forms are required even from former MASI students.