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Policies Class registration implies acceptance of the school's policies. Additional policies regarding our intensive programs are here.

Registration and Fees
Evaluation and Placement
Cancellations and Refunds
Attendance, Performance and Conduct

Registration and Fees

Registration Pacific Arabic Resources (PAR) accepts student registrations online, by telephone, by mail or in person. Tuition may be paid by check, credit/debit card or cash.

Tuition for classes with eight meetings includes a nonrefundable $80 deposit.* The nonrefundable amount for classes with four meetings is $40.* In order to be fair to all students, PAR will not make exceptions to our refund policy under any circumstances.

*This deposit applies to a specific class. Changing to a different class will entail forfeiting the original deposit, except in cases where a student moves to a different level for placement purposes.

Classes with no registered students are cancelled before the first scheduled class meeting, so it is best to register as early as possible.

Fees Tuition must be paid in full before the first class meeting begins. Students may save on tuition costs or may incur additional fees as outlined below.

Scholarships PAR provides financial aid to four students each term. Scholarships are available only to continuing students, including those returning to PAR after a break. Scholarships are not available to new students.

To request a scholarship, first register for the class you wish to take, then send a brief email to the registrar explaining your financial need. Your registration and email request must be received before tuition begins to rise.

The four students who most require assistance will receive a $110 scholarship to be used as half-tuition for any eight-week course. Scholarships may not be used for four-week classes, and students may not receive financial aid during two consecutive terms.

Bounced Check Fee Bounced checks are subject to a $20 handling fee.

Course Materials Some classes require textbooks and audio CDs that are not included in the cost of tuition. It is the responsibility of the student to purchase all required materials by the time class starts. As of January 2013, the fees for these materials are between $25 and $60.

Intensive Arabic Programs: Deposit and PoliciesSee the Intensive page for details about additional policies and discounts specific to our intensive programs.

Semi-Private and Private Instruction PAR will not cancel a class due to low enrollment (fewer than three students). If the minimum number of students is not met, those who registered for the class will still have the opportunity to take the class on a semi-private (two students) or private (one student) basis.

Such classes meet for eight weeks at the scheduled time, but private classes meet for one hour instead of an hour and a half. (Semi-private classes meet for one and a half hours.) Tuition for eight-week classes is $290 for semi-private instruction, and $340 private instruction. Tuition for four-week classes is $145 for semi-private instruction, and $170 for private instruction. Early registration discounts do not apply to these classes.

Private and semi-private classes are structured like our group classes; they meet weekly at an appointed time, and missed class meetings cannot be reimbursed. Students in fully enrolled classes may not visit semi-private and private classes. All other PAR policies apply equally to group, semi-private and private classes.

PAR does not offer semi-private or private classes unless they are scheduled for a particular term.

Evaluation and PlacementLevel 1 is for students with no previous exposure to the language. Students entering our school with some background in the language must have their level evaluated in order to be placed into the proper class.

Evaluation Evaluation may be done by means of an interview or a class visit (see below). All placement is at the discretion of the school.

Visiting a Class Currently in Session Prospective students are encouraged to visit a class to evaluate our instruction or to determine their level within our curriculum. Such visits are meant to aid students in determining their interest in future classes. Evaluation visits are not permitted during the first two meetings of any course. Please contact us if you're interested in visiting a class.

Class Transfer / Change of Course Level An enrolled student may transfer to a different class for no additional fee if they and their instructor believe they are at an inappropriate level.

Cancellations and Refunds

Course Dropped by Student Students are required to submit written notice to cancel registration. Email messages to registrar@pacificarabic.com are acceptable. In addition, students who are absent for two class meetings within a given term without contacting their instructor will be considered to have voluntarily cancelled their enrollment.

Tuition (minus the nonrefundable $80 tuition deposit) will be refunded if cancellation is submitted before the beginning of the second class meeting. No compensation will be given if cancellation is submitted after the second class meeting begins.

Course Cancellation by PAR Sometimes PAR must cancel a course due to circumstances beyond our control, such as low enrollment or last-minute student cancellations. If a course is cancelled by PAR at or before the second class meeting, students will receive a full refund. If the class is cancelled after the second class meeting, the student will receive a prorated refund.

Attendance, Performance and Conduct

Attendance Due to our obligations to our instructors and the small size of classes, missed classes cannot be reimbursed. Students wishing to make up material they have missed may schedule a private session with their teacher, which is not administered by the school. PAR does not offer private, one-on-one instruction.

Students who are absent for two classes will be considered to have voluntarily cancelled their enrollment. If a student must miss two class meetings and wishes to remain in the class, the student must contact their instructor.

Multiple Class AttendanceAny student enrolled in an eight-week grammar course may attend other grammar courses for no additional fee. These classes must be of the same language, and at or below the level of the class for which the student is enrolled. Students should speak with their teacher before attending other classes, since classes that are already full cannot accommodate such students.

Lesson CancellationVery rarely PAR must cancel a lesson due to circumstances beyond our control, including instructor illness. If we must cancel a class, PAR will make every effort to contact all students immediately. Each student should provide a daytime phone number to be reached in such an event. We will also notify students via email if possible. Cancelled lessons will be rescheduled.

Student Performance Although grades are not given, a student may be required to repeat a class if their instructor deems the student unready for the next level.

ConductTo ensure a supportive learning environment for all, PAR reserves the right to cancel the enrollment of any student who is deemed to engage in behavior disruptive to the education of others, including (but not limited to) verbal harassment and disrespectful behavior toward students, instructors or staff. In this case, a refund will be offered to the student, calculated as follows: prorated tuition for the number of weeks remaining, minus the nonrefundable $80 tuition deposit.


Access to PremisesStudents who arrive early for class may sit in our front sitting area or an empty classroom. We ask that students not loiter or eat in the hallways, stairways or other office suites within the building.

Wheelchair Access Our school is fully accessible, and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Bicycles Unfortunately, bicycles are not allowed anywhere in the building and must be locked up outside.

LibraryPAR maintains a library of approximately 1,500 Arabic books at our facility. Enrolled students may borrow up to three books at a time for short durations with their instructor's approval.

Smoking, Eating and Phone

Smoking Students who smoke may do so outside the building, at least ten feet from the entrance. Smoking is prohibited anywhere in the building.

Eating Students are welcome to use our kitchenette, opposite the Cairo Room. There is always tea and water available to students, and occasionally we have coffee and snacks. Students may also use our microwave. Food and drink are permitted in the classrooms, but we ask that students clean their area after class, and that students wash any cups, dishes or silverware they may have used.

Phone Common courtesy requires that students turn off the ringers of their cell phones before class. If a student must make or receive a phone call during class, they are requested to leave the classroom. The phones and printer at the facility are not for student use.

PrivacyPacific Arabic Resources respects your privacy, and is sensitive to concerns regarding the collection and use of personal data. For more information, see our privacy policy.

Non-DiscriminationPacific Arabic Resources does not discriminate against students, employees or contractors on the basis of age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical characteristics, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.