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StarlightTours offers extensive Arabic language courses in Damascus. We are the official representative of the Syrian language course provider Arabesk in the Baltic and Nordic regions.

Our courses cater for all levels of students from beginners to the most advanced. Our past students include undergraduates, diplomats, teachers and businessmen, as well as pensioners. Our students' ages range from 17 to 70.

Our study packages can be tailored to include flights, airport transfers, accommodation, tours and activities in Syria. The students are able to choose their preferred type of tuition - from university lectures to private teachers. We also provide a 24/7 hotline in case of emergencies or urgent questions.

All our students are entitled to a personal assistant on their first days in Damascus. In the case of beginner-level students the assistant will be chosen according to his fluency in the student's preferred language (English, French, Spanish or German.). The assistant will help the student to register, find accommodation, and obtain the necessary paperwork in order to save time and begin studies as soon as possible.

Most of our students choose to study Modern Standard Arabic which is the form most commonly taught in Syria. Syrian dialect - colloquial Arabic - courses and teachers are also available. The most popular choices among our students have been combinations of either University of Damascus Language Center classes and light private tuition or, for the more advanced, a full time private teacher.

At the University of Damascus a new 1-month course (on all 8 levels taught) begins monthly. Class sizes are relatively small at all levels and classes run from 9am to 1pm from Sunday through Thursday. Courses in the lover levels contain 80 hours, and in the higher levels, 100 hour of tuition.

Our private teachers are professionals and often teach Arabic at university level. Private tuition can be arranged in the location chosen by the student and can be modified to meet their requirements (e.g. poetry, trade/professional vocabulary, the local dialect).

Accommodation can be arranged in family housing (women only) or in a private furnished apartments. Sublet rooms or accommodation shared with a member of Arabesk staff (men only) are also available. We can also help find a hotel suitable to your budget and requirements.

Starlight Tours maintains good relations with foreign missions and organizations in Damascus and encourages all students to report with their embassies after arrival.

All our flights are regular economy class flights with major airlines. Direct services to Damascus from the Nordic/Baltic region are operated only by Syrian Airlines but Air France, Malev, Alitalia and Austrian Airlines all offer connections through their respective hubs.

We strongly recommend all our students obtain a full medical insurance prior to traveling to Syria.

All advance fees are paid through StarlightTours - TS Enterprises Ltd account at Danske Bank / Sampo Pankki in Helsinki, Finland. StarlightTours is listed in the Finnish Customer Protection Agency's list of responsible travel agents and is fully bonded as required by the Travel Agency Guarantee Act which stipulates 100% collateral to be placed in escrow for all advance payments in case of operator or agency bankruptcy.

Please use the form in this link to contact us for more information on Arabic studies in Damascus or feel free to email us at

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