| by Noor Shater


Noor is a student in the Arabic School.

My name is Noor, and I am a first-year law student at The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, with aspirations to pursue a career in international law.

Attending the 8-week Arabic School was an incredibly enriching experience. It equipped me with a vast array of vocabulary that will prove invaluable in my chosen field, while also deepening my understanding of Middle Eastern politics and fostering a deeper appreciation for Arab culture and language. 

Delving into Arab art, culture, and history exposed me to facets of my heritage that I had previously not encountered.

Moreover, the program broadened my comprehension of Modern Standard Arabic and various dialects, including Moroccan, Tunisian, Yemeni, and Iraqi, which complemented my existing knowledge of Palestinian and Egyptian dialects. 

This summer, I will be interning with the International Criminal Court, where I anticipate utilizing my Arabic skills to contribute meaningfully to the pursuit of justice on the global stage! Learning Arabic has really opened up opportunities that I would not have had otherwise.

High school graduates up to 80+ years old are eligible for the Language Schools. The biggest group of students enrolled are college students. The Language Schools also enrolls a big proportion of graduate students at other institutions studying a wide range of disciplines as well as working professionals and retirees.

Bennington college campus on a beautiful summer day.
The Arabic School is located on the Bennington Campus, along with Italian and Portuguese.