About Private Tutoring

MEI offers private tutoring in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, Kurdish, Urdu, Pashto, and Dari in the D.C. area for students and professionals seeking the flexibility of private lessons, and/or those who seek a more intensive, customized learning format designed in consultation with their instructor. Tailored to meet individual student learning goals, private lessons are especially popular with employees of the federal government as well as international organizations and think tanks who need to reach advanced proficiency levels in a relatively short amount of time. MEI maintains a good working relationship with many of these agencies such as the Department of State, the Department of Justice, and a variety of foreign embassies.

MEI instructors provide tutoring in the following regional dialects, among others:

Levantine (Syrian, Palestinian, Jordanian, and Lebanese), Egyptian, Iraqi, Gulf, Moroccan, and Yemeni Arabic as well as Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Dari, Turkish, Kurdish, and Hebrew. 

To Begin Tutoring

  • Click here to complete a tutoring request form. This form will help us pair you with an instructor that best meets your learning goals and schedule, and you will be notified via email once a match has been made. The email will also include instructions for retrieving your MEI Student/User ID, which you will use to purchase tutoring credits and schedule lessons.

  • Both in-person tutoring sessions and those held online must be a minimum of 1.5 hours.


On-Site Private Tutoring $55 per hour (conducted on-site at the Middle East Institute)
Off-Site Private Tutoring $65 per hour (instructor travels to student's desired location in the D.C. metro area)
Online Private Tutoring $45 per hour (conducted via online platform, such as Zoom, Skype, etc.)
On-Site Group Tutoring $45 per hour per student (private lessons for 2+ students conducted on-site at the Middle East Institute)
Off-Site Group Tutoring $55 per hour per student (private lessons for 2+ students conducted off-site in the D.C. metro area)
Online Group Tutoring $35 per hour per student (private lessons for 2+ students conducted via online platform)

Please note that MEI enforces a strict 24-hour cancellation fee for private lessons; sessions canceled within 24 hours will be assessed a flat rate equivalent to 1.5 hours of instruction for onsite or offsite lessons - such that a late cancellation of onsite private tutoring would, for example, be assessed an $82.50 charge - or 1 hour of online instruction, equivalent to a $45 late cancellation charge.

Policies & Procedures

  • As per our new policies, all sessions must be paid prior to meeting with your instructor; please note that instructors are not obliged to attend sessions unless they are prepaid. Prior to starting your lessons at MEI, you will create an MEI username and be given that of your instructor's in order to use the online system.

  • When you log into your MEI account on the "Languages Dashboard" click on the "Tutoring" tab.

  • If you already have funds in your account, click on the "schedule tutoring session" tab to schedule your next lesson. Here you will use your teacher's MEI username to schedule the session, entering the agreed upon date, time, type of session, language, and session length (hours). Once you submit the session, your instructor will be notified of the lesson by email. At this time, your session has been paid for and you are confirmed to meet with your instructor.

  • If you do not have enough funds in your account when creating a session, the system will notify you of how much tutoring credit must be added to your account in order to hold the lesson. Upon adding the required amount of funds, you will complete step two outlined above to schedule and pay for your lesson.

  • The online system is only used for adding funds to your account and applying those funds to individual tutoring sessions. It is not used for scheduling purposes. Students and teachers must work out a schedule via email once they are connected.

About OPI Preparation Sessions

MEI is now offering Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) preparation sessions in Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, and Persian through in-person and online sessions via Zoom, Skype, etc. Our one-on-one tutoring sessions are personalized to every student and their individual language goals. Private lessons are ideal for students or professionals who plan on taking the OPI test in the future. These intensive sessions are developed with the goal of achieving a higher mark on the OPI test. OPI sessions will focus on attaining higher language levels within a student’s target end date and center on speaking and listening exercises in order to thoroughly prepare for the oral proficiency interview. 

At MEI we pride ourselves on providing the best language experience through our certified, trained, and accomplished language instructors. Many of our teachers are professors at renowned colleges such as American University, Georgetown, and Princeton. MEI teachers promise to supply you with the best instruction through a fully hands-on approach, being with you every step of the way to help you reach your language goals.