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Laura Jarboe of Lebanon is among 27 American college students who studied Arabic and lived with local families in the Middle East this summer with SIT Study Abroad, a program of World Learning. The students spent seven weeks in the region on programs designed to teach intensive Arabic language skills and introduce them to critical issues and Middle Eastern culture.
Based in the historic cities of Amman, Jordan and Rabat, Morocco, the students were immersed in an Arabic-only environment where they acquired language skills through a combination of classroom instruction and field exercises. Educational excursions included the opportunity to live with desert-dwelling nomads, shop at a centuries-old souk, and visit the ruins of ancient civilizations.
SIT Study Abroad has offered programs for undergraduate college students for more than 50 years and currently offers more than 80 programs worldwide. To date, more than 25,000 students have benefited from SIT Study Abroad’s field-based programs.