Syrian Insitute of Language & Arts

  • MA




United States

About Us

The Syrian Institute of Language & Arts (SILA) is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that connects students across the globe with Syrian language and music instructors.

Our mission is twofold: we provide our students with affordable, high-quality instruction in the convenience of their homes, and we create jobs for Syrians who have remained in their country at a time when employment opportunities are limited due to the ongoing conflict.

Our lessons are offered through Skype. This allows students in any part of the world to receive personal instruction from Syrian Arabic tutors– or to explore subjects rarely offered outside the Middle East, including the Kurdish language and Middle Eastern instruments.

Instruction for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students is offered in these subjects: Modern Standard Arabic, Syrian dialect, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Arabic oud, and Middle Eastern percussion. All language teachers are native speakers of the target language and all are proficient in English.

100% of tuition goes to our language and music teachers living in Syria.