"I enrolled in the Intensive Arabic Semester with the intention of becoming a fluent Arabic speaker. I quickly realized that learning Arabic was such a minute part of the program. What I came out with, was a flood of knowledge of an array of topics including current events, minority rights, the current conflict, the Kibbutz movement, and the political/social status of Israeli-Arabs/Palestinians in Israel.
These past 5 months I got to visit several Arab villages in the Wadi Ara region, each with their own unique culture and dialect. Having my own host family in the nearby Arab village Baqa-al-Gharbiyye was an invaluable experience. Not only did I learn about their culture and lifestyle, but they got to learn about my culture as well.
I am now able to have a conversation in Arabic for several hours about any topic. I am very satisfied with the level of spoken Arabic I was able to achieve."
Jacqui Black, 2013 alum