Language Classes and Private Instruction

Thu, Apr 7th 2016, 6:40AM


The Department of Languages is now offering
Winter 2017 Evening Classes and Private Tutoring in:


Arabic-English Translation, DLPT/OPI proficiency test, and ESL courses coming soon!

For more information, please contact us at or 202-785-2710,         M-Th 9am-9pm and F 9am-5pm.

To determine the appropriate course for your proficiency level, click here.

Winter 2017 Term Begins January 23rd and 24th


New Regional Studies Program: 2017 Course Offerings Coming Soon!


The Middle East Institute (MEI) will be relocating its offices from its historic brownstone townhouse on February 1, 2017 for an expected 2-year renovation as part of the Institute's expansion campaign. The Institute's temporary offices will be located around the corner of the same block, at 1319 18th St NW. The expansion and renovation will see a significant transformation of the Institute's headquarters, including the addition of an art gallery, a state-of-the-art broadcast studio, a larger conference space, and enhanced classrooms. The building that will house the temporary offices on 18th St. was built in 1900 and features an elegant 3-story spiraling staircase and an ornate ballroom that will host MEI's public events and roundtables.The Oman Library at the Middle East Institute will not be open to the public during the renovation period, but MEI members will be able to borrow books on request. The Institute's Languages and Regional Studies classes will continue to operate normally in the temporary building. Telephone service may be disrupted while offices are being relocated this week, but staff will continue to be reachable by e-mail.

About the Department:
For more than 60 years, the Middle East Institute has been offering unique, engaging, skills-oriented, and affordable instruction in Middle Eastern languages to Washington, D.C. area students and working professionals of all proficiency levels. As a department, we are proud to employ experienced, native-speaking instructors many of whom also teach at one of D.C.'s many universities and train employees of federal agencies and international organizations throughout the Capital region. Evening classes meet twice weekly in a semi-intensive format for a period of 8 weeks, while instructors tailor more intensive private lessons to meet individual student learning goals.

Translation Services:
Requests for Arabic-English and English-Arabic translations can be sent to

Location and transportation:
All classes are held at 1913 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 located in the Dupont Circle area, easily accessible by bus and Metro on the Red Line. If coming by Metro, exit at the south end of Dupont Circle station, walk down 18th Street to our building. Street parking in the neighborhood is metered until 6:30 p.m.