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All Programs Available:
  • Philology, Languages, Literature
    • Language Courses
    • Language Courses and Cultural Immersion Programs
    • Arabic Language and Literature (in Universities)
  • Social and Cultural studies
    • Middle Eastern Studies
    • American-Arabic Studies
Language of instruction

Arabic, English

Type of school

Independent Private College


+967 1 270 200


26th of September Street, #83 - P.O. Box 3671, Sana'a, Yemen, Yemen


The Yemeni Ministry of Higher Education

More information about Academic Programs

With over twenty years experience, PAL provides individualized language study from Beginning through Advanced Arabic and is the first and only fully-accredited Arabic program for international students in Yemen.  With the YCMES license from the Ministry of Higher Education, university students have a much easier time transferring credit back to their home institutions. PAL is also proud of the collective experience of its Arabic teaching staff, ranging from 5 to 23 years, ensuring continuity in the PAL teaching philosophy. Standard instruction consists of either 4 hours of group classes or 2 hours of private tutoring a day (depending on placement test results) and all classes are capped at 8 students. You receive the equivalent of 100 hours of Arabic instruction per term and can validate up to 6 credit hours per term (under pre-approval of your home university). For more information, please consult:   In addition, 2 PCMES intensive Summer sessions will be held during Summer 2010. Each Summer session offers the possibility to take 1 or 2 PCMES courses (taught in English) in one of the following topics: Arabic literature, Anthropology, Political Science, and Development Economics. The courses are taught by distinguished American and Yemeni professors and each course provides 4 credit hours (credit transfer has to be previously approved by your home university). PCMES courses are all taught in a seminar setting in order to encourage maximum student/teacher interaction whereas weekly “academic labs” provide students with the opportunity to use their knowledge in the field! For more information, please consult:

More information about Graduate Programs

Graduate students and PhD candidates are welcome to join any PAL or PCMES course, as well as to enroll as a Visiting Researcher with the YCMES Research Center.

Admission Requirements

PAL - Rolling admissions. Private classes can be set up at any time during the year. A new term begins almost every month. For detailed program dates, please consult: PCMES - Applications should be submitted no later than 6 weeks before the beginning of the term, admissions are announced no later than one month prior to the beginning of ther term. For detailed program dates, please consult: Program Dates: *PCMES and PAL courses Term 7: June 6th - July 7th Term 8: July 11th - August 11th *PAL only Term 9: August 15th - September 22nd (break for Eid Al-Fitr from Sept.10 to Sept. 14, 2010 – approximately)

Language Requirements

PAL - no language requirements. PCMES - courses being taught in English, a TOEFL score of at least 600 is required for non-English speakers.


Regular packages include tuition, housing, internet, 2 meals per day / 5 days per week, day trips, cultural activities, wireless internet, library access, and other various services. The YCMES can also arrange airfare, though students are free to purchase their round-trip plane tickets to Sanaa on their own. For complete prices, please consult

Financial Aid

Students registering by April 15th, 2010 are eligible for a 20% discount off all tuition packages for any session of summer 2010. The YCMES is also offering scholarships to university students and professors that consist of free tuition and free housing (based on shared occupancy). Please visit our website for updated tuition and financial aid information.


The YCMES facilities are located on 26th of September Street near Maydan Tahrir (Liberation Square). The college is situated between the Yemeni Parliament building and the Prime Minister’s office, making for a safe and quiet neighborhood within the city’s center. In addition to its main building where administrative offices and classrooms are located, the YCMES owns three buildings used for housing. The Markez Dormitory, the largest, and the Guest House are located near the Main College Building. The Bab al-Sabah dormitory offers students a more private residence in the Old City. All rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, and closet for each student. Students are also provided with sheets, a pillow, and a towel. Telephones and wireless internet are accessible in all rooms. A cleaning service is provided for communal areas, but residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. Students have access to shared, fully-equipped modern kitchens as well as satellite TV, washing machines, cinema hall and a modest but nice gym room. For the general safety of the residents, 24-hour guards and emergency services are also provided.

Services and Activities

In addition to the academic coursework offered at YCMES, students may take advantage of a series of day and overnight trips, lectures and other cultural activities. These excursions allow students to visit some of the most ancient and beautiful areas in the world with experienced professors who provide the background to truly appreciate the experience. Lectures either held in English or in Arabic give students the knowledge to better understand Yemen and the contemporary Middle East. Cultural activities aim at strengthening students’ integration into Yemeni society. More than a language course, the YCMES offers you the possibility to study and enjoy a totally different culture!

Apply Online

Please contact [email protected] for the Arabic Program or [email protected] for the Program in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies

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