Speaking with a student ambassador is a great way to get a previous student’s perspective on the Language Schools experience.

If you would like to connect with a student ambassador to ask questions, please contact Eman Hayyat, Arabic School Assistant Director, at arabicschool@middlebury.edu.

Arabic student Tamara Rehawi

Tamara Rehawi

Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Program: 8-week Immersion
Current: William Paterson University, Communication Sciences and Disorders

What surprised you about your experience at the Middlebury Language Schools?

I was most surprised by how incredibly kind and encouraging everyone was in the program. Each and every student and faculty member had their own story and motivated one another along their journey.

Why did you choose to study at the Middlebury Language Schools?

Middlebury Language Schools is regarded as the best language school in the entire country. Middlebury takes the language pledge very seriously and hires highly qualified professionals with years of experience.

Please describe how your language skills improved due to your studies at Middlebury.

My grammar has improved dramatically. I had not known a single word in Modern Standard Arabic prior to my time at Middlebury, and I had only known how to speak Syrian-Arabic dialect. After only being a month into the program, my Arabic had improved dramatically and I was speaking with fluency. When I graduate from a Speech Pathology program, I intend on using Arabic to communicate with bilingual Arabic-speaking natives who struggle with communication.

What advice would you give someone wanting to attend the Arabic School?

Your time at Middlebury Language Schools will be an unforgettable, life-changing experience. The faculty is highly qualified and the entire immersive experience makes learning the language inevitable and uncomplicated. It is worth it.

Arabic student Cory Ashby

Cory Ashby

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Program: 8-week Immersion
Current: University of New Orleans, Music and Interdisciplinary Studies

What surprised you about your experience at the Middlebury Language Schools?

I entered the program with absolutely no previous study of Arabic. The idea of complete immersion was both exciting and terrifying, as I had no idea how to communicate the most basic of ideas or needs without English. I was happy to find Middlebury to be a very safe and welcoming place to be a stumbling beginner, and I credit this environment for so much. I am grateful for the sense of community I developed with my class as well as with students and teachers from across all levels of the program.

Why did you choose to study at the Middlebury Language Schools?

To be honest, I feel like Middlebury chose me. I was privileged to be granted a Kathryn Davis Fellowship.

Please describe how your language skills improved due to your studies at Middlebury.

I fell in love with Arabic in those 8 weeks at Middlebury. By the end of the program, I was having conversations with speakers of all levels, about politics, food, family, dreams, you name it. Since the program, I try and speak as much as I can. I’ve become involved with Students for Justice in Palestine at my college, and I’m constantly surprised by how much Arabic is spoken on campus and throughout New Orleans. I am applying to programs to continue Arabic study in the following semesters and the summer. I intend to achieve some level of fluency and hope to be able to put these skills to use in my community.