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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.

Chicago, Rome and Beijing: Inescapable Arabic

Chicago, Rome and Beijing: Inescapable Arabic

February 14th, 2014

My name is Chris Benson, Arabic-tutor-on-leave for the Loyola Ricci Scholar program, which sends me to Italy, John Felice Rome Center, for one semester and China, The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, for the spring.  At Loyola, I’m studying History, Sociology, and Anthropology and minoring in Arabic. I have worked as tutor for Arabic at […]


Arabic at Loyola University Campus Tours

Arabic at Loyola University Campus Tours

December 9th, 2013

As a student Tour Guide, I have grown quite comfortable talking about my school and its resources, life as a student in Chicago, and about my experiences as an International Studies major and Arabic Language and Culture minor. However, I never imagined my studies in Arabic would become relevant to my work. I had the […]


Arabic Language, Culture & Compassion: Law and Community Service

Arabic Language, Culture & Compassion: Law and Community Service

August 26th, 2013

My name is Miriam Saffo and I am a junior double majoring in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Arabic. I recently completed four semesters of Arabic driven by my families Iraqi heritage in an attempt to better understand my culture and communicate with the greater Arab community that is increasing steadily […]


Working with Iraqi Refugees: Cross Cultural Adventures

Working with Iraqi Refugees: Cross Cultural Adventures

March 15th, 2013

My name is Amy, and I’m a sophomore nursing major currently enrolled in Arabic 102. I decided to learn Arabic because for years I’ve been interested in working as a nurse in under served areas of the Middle East. I thought learning Arabic would be a great first step of preparation, and that has certainly […]


Not Lost in Translation

Not Lost in Translation

February 4th, 2013

My name is Sarah Tiwana and I am currently in my third year of undergrad. I am a Psychology and Anthropology double major. I decided to take Arabic for so many reasons; some of the most important reasons were in regards to being able to attain better understanding when reading the Quran, but also because […]


Arabic and service to family and community

Arabic and service to family and community

January 11th, 2013

My name is Thahani Salih. I am an International Studies major, with a minor in Peace Studies. I decided to take Arabic, because I wanted to be able to read and understand the Quran better. I used to have a hard time reading the Quran, let alone understanding it, but after being exposed to 3 […]


Arabic and Community Work Investments

Arabic and Community Work Investments

December 18th, 2012

My name is Heba Abuseini and as I’m writing this I will be an official Loyola winter graduate. It’s been blood, sweat, and tears to finally receive a degree in Psychology and International Studies. One of my favorite classes at Loyola has been with Ustaadha Sawsan in Arabic 102. I come from an Arabic speaking […]


Arabic at Carson Pierre Scott

Arabic at Carson Pierre Scott

December 3rd, 2012

My name is Besma, and I am currently a junior at Loyola majoring in Psychology. I have taken 2 semesters of Arabic. There are many reasons why I took Arabic, but my main reason was to learn the language so that I can communicate with other people who speak Arabic and also to be able […]


Arabic, homelife, and work

Arabic, homelife, and work

October 29th, 2012

My name is Crystin and I’m a senior at Loyola. I’m a dual major in Journalism and Political Science. I’m also in my third semester of Arabic with Professor Sawsan. I chose to learn Arabic for a number of reasons, but they are hard to express. I eventually want to report in the Middle East […]


Arabic and Qur’an

Arabic and Qur’an

October 1st, 2012

My name is Zeba. I am a Loyola student majoring in Biology with a minor in Arabic and Islamic World Studies. I have been learning Arabic at Loyola with ustaadha Sawsan Abbadi for a number of reasons. I think communication is very important and often one of the main hindrances to open communication is language. […]