Bloggers

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    Amy Siracusa

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    Caroline Tooker

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    Catalina

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    Christopher Benson

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    Kyle Scheuring

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    Megan Meagher

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    Rabiya Eshete

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    Rebecca Sawatzki

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    Sawsan Abbadi

    Arabic Program
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    Theresa Smiley


  • Arabic and Jesuits: Encounters in Egypt

    Arabic and Jesuits: Encounters in Egypt

    January 17th, 2019

    by Sawsan Abbadi

    My name is William Manaker, and I’m a Jesuit studying in the English MA program at Loyola. This past summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Egypt and spend six weeks doing intensive Arabic study. I arrived in Cairo just after the Eid al-Fitr at the close of Ramadan. During my time in Cairo, I […]


    Ibn Haldun University: Arabic Immersion In Istanbul

    Ibn Haldun University: Arabic Immersion In Istanbul

    November 7th, 2018

    by Sawsan Abbadi

    With deep gratitude to Liebentritt Faculty Development Award, I was able to visit a rising intensive Arabic program in Istanbul Turkey, rooted within a vibrant city rich in centuries old religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage.  This blog shares a few insights about the Arabic Program at Ibn Haldun University; a rigorous program for Arabic language […]


    “What’s up?” Arabic @ CIEE Amman

    “What’s up?” Arabic @ CIEE Amman

    September 14th, 2018

    by Sawsan Abbadi

    Thanks to the generous Liebentritt Faculty Development Award, I was able to visit prominent Arabic programs in well-established study abroad centers and universities in Jordan and Istanbul. This blog shares a few insights about CIEE- Amman/Jordan; a study abroad program for Arabic language and cultural studies with immersion experience and travel around fascinating personal exposure.  […]


    Arabic: Your Ticket to the Middle East

    Arabic: Your Ticket to the Middle East

    June 6th, 2018

    by Theresa Smiley

    MarHaba! My name is Theresa Smiley, and I’m incredibly excited to share a bit of my experience with Arabic outside of the Loyola community. I just finished my junior year, and I’m currently majoring in Global and International Studies and Political Science, with minors in Arabic Language and Culture, Islamic World Studies, and German Studies. […]


    “Oman, The Hidden, Sea-Side Wonder”

    “Oman, The Hidden, Sea-Side Wonder”

    October 23rd, 2017

    by Kyle Scheuring

    My name is Kyle Scheuring and I am a junior here at Loyola University Chicago. I study English Literature with a minor in both Arabic Language and Studio Art. While studying in Amman, Jordan at the University of Jordan, two friends and I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Muscat, Oman. Although the […]


    Palestine: Empowerment and Community Building

    Palestine: Empowerment and Community Building

    September 10th, 2017

    by Catalina

    My name is Catalina. I am a Loyola alumna. I majored in International Studies and minored in Arabic Language and Culture, and Islamic World Studies. I lived in Palestine for a mere three months, but my life will forever be impacted by the warmth of spirit, inherent kindness, and wholesomeness I experienced there. I traveled […]


    Palestine: “Make Hummus Not Walls”

    Palestine: “Make Hummus Not Walls”

    August 22nd, 2017

    by Catalina

    My name is Catalina. I grew up hearing Biblical stories and imagining from a young age what my life would or could be if I lived in Palestine. I wished to be able to share life with individuals there and hear their own stories. Fast forward about 15 years, I am studying Arabic Language and […]


    Tunisia: In Love With A New Magical Life

    Tunisia: In Love With A New Magical Life

    November 22nd, 2016

    by Amy Siracusa

    My name is Amy. My Arabic adventure began under the guidance of Professor Abbadi in 2013, my sophomore year of college, as I declared my minor that same year. Initially I took Arabic because I thought it would be a good challenge for me, it definitely was, but I was also interested in the culture […]


    Taste of UAE: Food for Thought

    Taste of UAE: Food for Thought

    October 31st, 2016

    by Rabiya Eshete

      My name is Rabiya Eshete and I am a senior majoring in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Marketing. I’ve always wanted to study abroad since my freshman year because I love to travel and learn about different places and cultures. I began taking Arabic my Sophmore year and I loved it. Recently, I was […]


    Friends, Family, and Frisbee in Morocco

    Friends, Family, and Frisbee in Morocco

    September 20th, 2016

    by Rebecca Sawatzki

    My name is Rebecca Sawatzki. I’m a senior International Studies major with minors in French and Arabic graduating December 2016. Participating in the Arabic program was one of the most worthwhile things I did at Loyola. During my time at Loyola I studied abroad in the south of France and in Rabat, Morocco. “Abeta!!!!” screams […]