Learn a language abroad!
Study Arabic abroad on this great adventure! While a challenging language, there are many rewards to those who study Arabic abroad. Arabic is the official language of 26 countries, the third most of any language after English and French, primarily located in North Africa and the Middle East, where we offer our opportunities to study Arabic abroad. With more than 280 million native speakers it is the largest of the Semetic languages. With so many different dialects, it is almost questioned whether Arabic can be considered one language. However, Modern Standard Arabic is familiar to most speakers and is what you will be immersed in when you study Arabic abroad with us.
Steeped in history, the earliest surviving texts of ancient Arabian are the Hasaean inscriptions from Saudi Arabia dating back to the 8th century BCE. Arabic is studied the world over by Muslims since it is the language of the Qur’an. The Qur’an had a large impact on Arabic, helping consolidate the language and being the best example of classical Arabic from which the Modern Standard version has developed. Arabic has a rich history in poetry and theatre as well as being, for many generations, the language of the most advanced philosophical and mathematical discussions. In Western society Arabic fiction is best known for the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, from which the adventures of Sinbad are drawn. Study Arabic abroad and learn more about this fascinating language!
With many new rules and a different alphabet from English, it may help as you study Arabic abroad, to keep in mind the Arabic saying: "Every head has a headache!" However, those who study Arabic abroad will find their very ways of thinking expanded. For one thing, you will have to get used to writing and reading right-to-left. When you return from your trip and your friend seats you on their sofa and asks whether you want sugar in your coffee, you can surprise them by telling them that sofa, coffee and even sugar are words all derived from Arabic. Perhaps they will even think of taking a trip to study Arabic abroad themselves!