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Ibn Battuta Arabic Scholarships aim to reward students for excellence and dedication to the study of the Arabic language as well as promote the study of Arabic as a foreign language.  Prospective students may apply to either one of the semester programs (fall, spring) or else to one of the winter and summer programs offered at the Qalam wa Lawh center in Rabat Morocco.


- Program Dates

- Program Costs

- Scholarship and Grants

  • Ibn Battuta Scholarships

Award Value

  • Full Scholarships cover all tuition and housing costs for the duration of the program 

  • Partial Scholarships cover tuition-only costs for the duration of the program


Note: Transportation to/from Morocco is the responsibility of awardees.



Applicants must write a 600-1,000 word essay answering “What do you hope to achieve through your study of the Arabic language?”  Applicants must have completed a minimum of four University semesters in Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent study (at least 240 documented contact hours at a private institution).  Applicants must have three written recommendations, including at least one from an Arabic Language Instructor/Professor.  Recommendations should be addressed to the Scholarship Committee at Qalam wa Lawh.  Applicants must provide graded transcripts documenting previous Arabic study.

Program Durations

Start Date
End Date
Application Deadline
Fall 2023
21 Aug 2023
08 Dec 2023
23 Jun 2023
16 Weeks
Winter 2024
11 Dec 2023
05 Jan 2024
30 Jun 2023
4 Weeks
Spring 2024
08 Jan 2024
26 Apr 2024
28 July 2023
16 Weeks
Summer 2024
19 Aug 2024
13 Sep 2024
01 Mar 2024
4 Weeks

Application Deadlines

All applications must be postmarked by the specified deadline for each session.   Applications sent after the deadline will not be considered.


How to apply

To Apply, send the completed application form and all required attachments (photocopy of passport, recommendation letters, essay, and transcripts) via email or post to Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies attn: Ibn Battuta Scholarship

Frequently Asked Questions


What are my chances of winning?

We review each application carefully and grant full scholarships to candidates who demonstrate a dedication to studying the Arabic language and a potential to play a positive role in their communities and around the world.  We typically receive 50 -200 applications for each scholarship sessions.

  • Five (5) full scholarships (tuition & housing) are awarded for each session

  • Ten (10) partial scholarships (tuition only) are awarded for each session.


When and how will the results be announced?

The results are announced one calendar month after the submission deadline.  The winners’ names are posted on our facebook page .  The winners are also informed of their successful candidacy via email.


Do I have to be enrolled in University to apply?

No, you do not have to be enrolled in University to apply. You must have acquired 240 hours of documented study of the Arabic language, but it does not have to have been through university enrollment in order to apply.


How should I submit my documents?

We prefer you to submit your documents via email ( Though it is possible to submit them by mail, we are not responsible for lost documents mailed to Morocco.


What languages are acceptable for my essay and recommendations?

We accept documents in English, French or Arabic. Translated documents should include a copy of the original.


What types of candidates are the judges looking for?

We are primarily looking for students who have demonstrated excellence and dedication to study of the Arabic language.  We are also looking for students with clear goals and plans for their Arabic skills. Students from countries where it is very difficult to find Arabic courses or who have never had the opportunity to participate in Arabic immersion are also given preference.


Can my professors email my recommendations directly?

Yes, your professors or Arabic instructors can email your recommendations directly to the school. Please ask them to include your full name in the subject line, as well as in the body of the email.


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