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Our emerging Arabic program helps Arabic learners at Loyola find connections between classroom learning experience and multiple investments of Arabic as applied to their own worlds. Students celebrate their ability to own their Arabic learning as it fits their needs and enjoy discovering opportunities in which Arabic helps them in diverse personal contexts.

Mansaf- A Jordanian Dish of Hospitality

Mansaf- A Jordanian Dish of Hospitality

April 15th, 2019

 My name is Amy and I am a third-year Loyola student with a double major in Political Science and Global and International Studies, and a minor in Arabic Language and Culture. My dad is originally from Madaba, Jordan, and my mom is from Kazmierza Wielka, Poland.  I’m happy to share a blog on a special […]


Arabic & Quran: A Transformative Experience!

Arabic & Quran: A Transformative Experience!

March 22nd, 2019

My name is Aliya Syed. I am a Human Services major with minors in Arabic and Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. Over winter break, I attended an Intensive Knowledge Retreat; part of the Annual Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America (MAS-ICNA) Convention. This unique opportunity created a two day intensive knowledge experience […]


Palestinian Culture Night: A Passion for Arabic

Palestinian Culture Night: A Passion for Arabic

February 6th, 2019

marHaba! My name is Nida Hameed and I am currently an Arabic student in my junior year here at Loyola. I recently attended a Palestinian Culture Night that was held on campus and I was marveled at the amount of culture and history I was surrounded by. The culture shined through the performances, food, decorations, […]


My Passion for Arabic: A Summer to Remember!

My Passion for Arabic: A Summer to Remember!

December 10th, 2018

My name is Sabrina, a sophomore at Loyola majoring in Cybersecurity, while minoring in both Criminal Justice and Arabic.  I am currently a third semester student with ustaadha Sawsan.  My passion for learning the Arabic language stems from an experience I had from the summer of 2013, a six-week journey I’ll never forget. During the […]


The Little Things that Make me Smile: Arabic Phone Settings

The Little Things that Make me Smile: Arabic Phone Settings

April 24th, 2018

My name is Grace, a Senator in Student Government of Loyola Chicago majoring in Global and International Studies & Visual Communications and minoring in Arabic Language and Culture. Learning a language is always going to be a difficult feat, especially in American society that thinks it is acceptable to wait until high school to start learning […]


Unforgettable Journey with SAMS: Al-Zaatrai Refugee Camp in Jordan

Unforgettable Journey with SAMS: Al-Zaatrai Refugee Camp in Jordan

March 14th, 2018

My name is Dana, a junior majoring in Biology, pre dental track. I’m currently in my second semester of Arabic 102 with ustaadha Sawsan. On January 12th, I packed my suitcase and hopped on a flight to Amman, Jordan where I was about to embark on an unforgettable journey. From January 13 to 18, I […]


Bonding via Arabic at MIT

Bonding via Arabic at MIT

February 15th, 2018

marHaba! My name is Uljana Sejko and I am a senior at Loyola. My studies focus on Computer Science and Spanish with minors in Arabic, Computer Forensics, and Psychology of Crime and Justice. I love learning languages and I am proficient in Albanian, Greek, and Spanish. I was born and raised in Albania and I […]


A Mosque in the City of a Thousand Churches

A Mosque in the City of a Thousand Churches

January 18th, 2018

My name is Mark Neuhengen and I am a junior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in History and Religious Studies and minoring in Islamic World Studies, Arabic Language and Culture, and Catholic Studies. In Rome, the city of a thousand churches, a lone mosque sits in the northern corner of the city. During my semester […]


“Allah” is Universal

“Allah” is Universal

November 14th, 2017

My name is Melissa. I am a sophomore at Loyola, majoring in International Studies and minoring in Arabic Language and Literature. Since an early age, I have been fascinated with the alphabet and root-system of Arabic. However, it was not until 2012 that I met any Arabic-speakers: a family of Christian refugees in Spain. For […]


Together in a Night of Stars

Together in a Night of Stars

October 24th, 2017

marHaba, our names are Dana Elchami and Maria Ravazoula. We are both juniors, Maria double-majoring in Psychology and Criminology with a minor in Arabic, and Dana majoring in Biology on the Pre-Dental track. Apart from being good friends, we are also running the Loyola chapter of an international organization called Palestine Children Relief Fund, a […]