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Elisheva Cohen

Elisheva Cohen

PhD student, Comparative and International Development Education

"Arabic classes at the U are great. The quality of instruction is very high and the instructors hold students to very high standards in a way that pushes students to work hard and learn a lot! They are also very supportive and go above and beyond to ensure student success in their learning."

Amanda Davenport

Amanda Davenport

PSEO student

"My experience with Arabic at the U has been phenomenal. Coming in with no background in the language or culture whatsoever, it’s amazing after just one year how much I’m able to understand and retain."

ALL-Joseph Fakhoury

Joseph Fakhoury

Major: Business and Marketing Education

"I love Arabic. The teachers are super nice and want what’s best for you. They are also super supportive and want you to learn rather than just moving on from day to day without any knowledge. If you have questions the teachers always have time before or after class to help you with your problems."

Shirin Fatima

Shirin Fatima

Major: English

"Arabic has allowed me to connect with many different students from all walks of life. Arabic language has introduced me to a rich culture and community that I had not been exposed to previously. I want to use Arabic to communicate with employers and foreign policy leaders. I think the Arabic program creates a great learning environment for students and the teachers really try hard to work with each student."

Sarah Flinspach

Sarah Flinspach

Major: Political Science

"The Arabic program at the U is a supportive place for students to learn the language and to study various cultural aspects of the Arab world. The professors want their students to succeed and go out of their way to ensure that each student has a rigorous and worthwhile educational experience."

Andrew Kelsh

Andrew Kelsh

Major: Political Science

"Arabic at the University of Minnesota is a one of a kind experience. The students and professors all come from different backgrounds and all share a unified drive to learn and teach the language. It’s an amazing community."