English for Academic Opportunity

AMIDEAST works with local institutions and education ministries to provide English language based training in communications skills, as well as mathematics and science, to help prepare students for success at the next level.  Most of these students are seeking to attend higher education institutions in the region or in the United States.

Program experience in this area includes:

University Preparatory Program (UPP)

In partnership with the King Faisal Foundation, AMIDEAST designed the UPP, a one-year program strong in science and mathematics that is designed to prepare promising Saudi high school graduates to gain entry to Alfaisal University and top higher educational institutions worldwide. Located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the program was launched in September 2007.  AMIDEAST has been involved in curriculum development, teacher recruitment, and overall management of the program.

English Language Support Program, King Faisal School (KFS)

AMIDEAST was contracted by the King Faisal School (KFS), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to provide English language assessment, teacher training, and teacher recruitment services supporting the school’s transition to an International Baccalaureate World School. In addition, AMIDEAST developed and delivered an English language enrichment program for students struggling with the demands of the English-medium education at KFS.

Military Language Institute

From 1996–2003, AMIDEAST worked closely with the UAE Armed Forces in the design and construction of modern educational facilities for the Military Language Institute (MLI) in Abu Dhabi and in the development and implementation of its computer-based educational program. AMIDEAST provided technical management staff for the institute and coordinated the international recruitment of teachers. The MLI prepares officers and enlisted personnel from all branches of the UAE Armed Forces to be able to communicate effectively in English, French, and German in the performance of their military duties and in preparation for language and technical studies abroad. The MLI certifies the academic and linguistic readiness of UAE military personnel selected to study in foreign universities, primarily in the United States.

For more information please contact Helena Simas at hsimas@amideast.org.