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


  • Perspective Shift: Tranquility & Trust in Tunisia

    Perspective Shift: Tranquility & Trust in Tunisia

    September 1st, 2020

    by Sawsan Abbadi

    Aslema! My name is Katie James and I just recently graduated from Loyola with a BA in Political Science and a BA in Global and International Studies, and minors in Arabic and Islamic World Studies. In the spring of 2019, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Tunisia through the School for International Training. […]


    Volunteering with “Youth for Jordan”: A Chance to Connect!

    Volunteering with “Youth for Jordan”: A Chance to Connect!

    April 28th, 2020

    by Sawsan Abbadi

    My name is Nabil Ahmed, and I’m a sophomore at Loyola studying Neuroscience on the pre-med track. Two summers ago, I traveled to Jordan with an organization called Helping Hand, through the program “Youth for Jordan”. Through this, I got to spend one week in Jordan to help and interact with Syrian refugees and orphans, […]


    Arabic, Qur’an and Civic Engagement: A Case from WISE!

    Arabic, Qur’an and Civic Engagement: A Case from WISE!

    January 24th, 2020

    by Sawsan Abbadi

    With appreciation to the generous support of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University Chicago, it was a pleasure to be invited to participate as a guest in Qur’anic Arabic lessons and activities at World Islamic Sciences and Education University (WISE) in Amman, Jordan.  Arabic is one of the formally recognized languages of the UN and […]


    Arabic and Turkish: Tidbits of Excellence, Gratitude & Humility

    Arabic and Turkish: Tidbits of Excellence, Gratitude & Humility

    June 20th, 2019

    by Sawsan Abbadi

    With deep gratitude to Liebentritt Faculty Development Award last year that funded my visit to Istanbul- a gateway to a magical spiritual, linguistic, and sociocultural beautiful city, I’m following up in this blog with a few reflections. Our Arabic program at Loyola takes pride in synthesizing the micro and macro worlds of the teacher and […]


    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 […]