Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures


Arabic: Your Ticket to the Middle East

Arabic: Your Ticket to the Middle East


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. Additionally, I recently returned from a semester studying abroad in Amman, Jordan, where I participated in an intensive Arabic language program through CET Academic Programs. It was a whirlwind of a semester, but in between all the studying and traveling I made some amazing friends and learned so much Arabic. Ustaadha Sawsan’s Arabic 101 and 102 classes gave me a strong foundation in both fusHa (Modern Standard Arabic) and a’mia (the Jordanian dialect), and then CET built on those foundations to give me the skills I needed to navigate Amman.