The Institute’s main educational activities are annual academic symposia and conferences, student workshops and seminars as well as courses on Arabic and other Semitic languages. The education is tailored to support the main fields of Middle East studies offered in Finnish universities. Course announcements are published on the Institute’s website and mailing list at least three months before the beginning of the course. Students are selected based on applications, and an attendance certificate is given to all students at the end of the course. It is the student’s responsibility to agree on the terms of academic credits of the Institute’s course with his or her home university.

In addition to its own education programme, the Institute organises courses and workshops jointly with Finnish and Middle Eastern universities and international research institutes. The Institute supports the study of Arabic and other Semitic languages by advising on language study opportunities in Beirut, Amman, Alexandria, Cairo, and other Middle Eastern cities.