Seeking a new perspective

Vesely, Milan
January 2005
Middle East;Jan2005, Issue 352, p58
This article reports that the Americans students are flocking to Arab universities to gain a broader perspective on the Middle East and to further their employment prospects. Four hundred and eighty American students are currently studying Arabic at the prestigious American University of Cairo. The number, while still modest compared to the 350,000 Americans studying in Europe, is on the rise. This sudden interest in the region mirrors the increase in American students learning Russian during the Cold War conflict, which seemingly raised awareness and the curiosity of the average long insulated from the world American student. An interesting aspect to the surge of American students seeking further studies in the Arab World is how advanced their Arabic language skills are prior to enrolling.


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