This nine week summer program allows students to strengthen their skills in Modern Standard Arabic while being introduced to the history in the intersecting regions of the Maghreb and the Middle East. Students spend the first 4 weeks of the program at Columbia's Global Center in Amman. At the midpoint of the program, they move to Tunis where they spend the second month. Over the course of the program, they take the equivalent of a year of Modern Standard Arabic and receive training in local dialects of both the Mashrek and the Maghreb. The language program is complemented by a cultural and historical seminar featuring lectures by prominent specialists from Columbia university and partner institutions in the Middle East and North Africa. The seminar counts for the global core requirement and the theme for the 2019 session is Maghreb-Mashrek, East and West: Tunis and Amman in Historical Perspective.