Founded in 1953, The Middle East Institute's Department of Language and Regional Studies offers multiple levels of nationally accredited language training in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Classes especially focused on interaction with mainstream Arabic Media sources are also offered by the department. Employees of government agencies, foreign embassies, international consulting organizations, corporations, as well as local students frequently benefit from MEI language training. In addition to language training, the Department of Language and Regional Studies offers a variety of courses on the history, politics, and culture of the Middle East. Classes are offered evenings and weekends year-round at the Middle East Institute’s Dupont Circle location. Private and group tutoring sessions are available in all languages for affordable hourly rates. All classes offered by the Department of Language and Regional Studies are taught by MEI’s diverse and accomplished faculty.