'This photograph, in my opinion, perfectly captures the nature of Arabs. I took this picture at the Pyramids in Giza when my friends and I were walking around the pyramids and I saw these two little boys riding a camel. One of them was really scared and was shouting at his mother to take him down. Their mother wasnt happy about it either and loads of people surrounded them even if they didnt know this family because this is what Arabs do. They just want to help and be a part of the happening.' (Katarina, BA Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies)
Spend a year in Morocco
The year abroad component of the undergraduate degree undertaken in an Arabic speaking country provides an unforgettable experience for students, not only enhancing their language skills but also giving a greater understanding of the Arab World.It is designed to introduce learners to an Arabic and Islamic culture, while strengthening their language skills both in terms of greater literacy and in the vernacular Arabic of the country of study.
Our students are hosted by the Arabic Language Institute in Fes (ALIF) in Fez, Morocco.
Our chosen institutions have been carefully selected for their high quality methods of teaching and success in running TAFL (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language) courses. Students are provided with the essential skills needed to communicate in Arabic effectively and clearly. There is constant liaison between the institutions and the University of Leeds and these language skills will be built on and taken further in the third and fourth years of the degree. Importantly, the curriculum you will study on your year abroad is designed in-house and classes will be taught exclusively for Leeds University Arabic studies students.
Where you will stay
Accommodation is either with a host family or in specially provided student accommodation. Host institutions take the welfare of students very seriously and there will always be someone to offer help and guidance. There are many opportunities to travel, either within the country or further into other Arab countries during the vacation period.