Study Arabic in Palestine
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(66 Reviews)

Study Arabic in Palestine

Join Our Family in Palestine in Summer 2018

All nationalities and majors are welcome to apply for all of our programs. You do not have to have any degree to join us. The Excellence Center hosts internationals year-round. Participants decide when they would like to start and end their programs. We are very flexible when it comes to starting and ending dates. You can come to Palestine from 1 week to 6 months.

The Excellence Center would like to invite you to participate in the Study Arabic Intensive Program in Hebron. The Arabic Program combines studying Arabic with an immersion into the Palestinian culture and history.

International participants study the Arabic language with Palestinian teachers in interactive ways. Language studies include learning the Palestinian dialect and Modern Standard Arabic. We offer Arabic courses for all levels from starters to advanced learners. The Excellence Center provides international students with all necessary books needed in the course.

The Study Arabic Program is a singular opportunity for students searching to make a unique difference in their lives. While studying Arabic in Hebron, they are also involved in community development activities that are organized by the Excellence Centre.

The program is an optimal opportunity that gives an intimate, first-hand experience of Palestinian life and the political realities of that life in Hebron

  • Stay with a Palestinian family in Hebron
  • Engagement with Palestinian youth in cultural and educational activities
  • Visit unique tourist attractions with a non-touristic perspective
  • Live and engage in the Palestinian daily life
  • Meet new people and make new Palestinian and international friends
Program Type
Subject Areas
African Studies
African-American Studies
American Studies
Animal Science
Art History
Asian American Studies
Asian Studies
Australian Studies
Conflict Studies
Conservation and Preservation
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Cultural Studies
Earth Sciences
East Asian Studies
English Literature
European Studies
Food Science and Nutrition
Jewish Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Peace Studies
Public Relations
Service Learning
Social Sciences
Sustainable Development
Women's Studies
Degree Level
High School Diploma
Academic Year
Short Term
Spring Break
Host Family
Some Activities
Airport Transfers
SIM cards
Travel Insurance
Online Application
Letters of Recommendation
Phone / Skype Interview
Starting Price
Price Details
The program fees include: pre-departure support, accommodations with a host family, some of the Meals, full coordination while volunteering in Palestine, and some visits to different sites in the city of Hebron.

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

based on 66 reviews
  • Academics 8.9
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 8.5
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.1
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Studying arabic at the excellence center

I've been studying Arabic at the Excellence Center for three weeks this summer, and I've loved every second of it. I had private lessons, and my teacher has been so, so kind and proficient. I knew some arbic before i came to Palestine, and my teacher has been very good at adapting the lessons and corriculum to my level and needs. During my stay, I've been living with a wonderfull host family. They have been so kind, and they are almost like my second family. The Excellence Center has not only provided arabic lessons, but also many trips in and around Hebron. We've learned lot about how people in Palestine live their lives, about their traditions and of course also about the Palestinan-Israeli conflict. I would really recomend studying Arabic at the Excellence Center, not only will you learn a new language, but also gain a lot of experiences which you will never forget.

Yes, I recommend
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Studying Arabic in Hebron

I have just completed one month studying Arabic at the Excellence center in Hebron. The whole experience has been great. My teacher was incredibly patient and encouraging. And i am really happy with the amount and speed at which i have learnt in both conversational as well as reading and writing.I had lessons in the morning leaving me time to explore the city and the west bank in evenings and weekends. The staff are really flexible and accommodating. During my stay here i was able to immerse my self in the local culture and learn a lot about life in Palestine which was as important to me as the academic side. The people of Hebron are overwhelmingly generous and friendly making my stay here a wonderful experience.

Yes, I recommend
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Good times in Palestine

Studying Arabic in Palestine was an amazing experience. I came here not knowing any Arabic as a complete beginner. As i'm leaving I can read, write and speak a fair amount of Arabic in a confident manner. The staff at the Excellence Center were more like a supportive family and this environment helped a great deal with the progression of my learning. As for the city Hebron, it is one of the friendliest and safest places I have ever stayed in. To anybody wanting to learn Arabic in Palestine, I have to recommend the Excellence Center

How can this program be improved?

I would have stayed longer

Yes, I recommend
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3 wks in 2014

The program was great, teachers are very friendly and you feel like at home. It is very complete. I had courses in the morning and activities in the afternoon. You can also get free time to have your own activities.
A very complete program to get to know local life. Everything is kindly supervised from arrival until the departure.

Yes, I recommend
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excellence center

I stayed at excellence center nearly two months in summer 2014, I came across that school by accident while still in France. Everything happened so fast and a few days latter I was in Hebron. My staying at excellence center turned out to be fantastic experience. With the one to one courses, and the very helpfull staff surrunding you at all time, you are ensured to improve your arabic skills. If you want to discover Palestine, and especially its people, I definitely recommend excellence center.

Yes, I recommend
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Unique opportunity

If you want to learn arabic outside of an NGO, and in one of the most interesting thought provoking situations in the world, look no further than excellence centre. I spent summer 2014 with them, and they are humble and grounded people who care about your learning. They are not there to hide the challenges in Khallil, but they allow you a way to feel hosted in a city that might otherwise be inaccesible. The teaching is great, the integrity is there and your money is going to a good place. You will stay with a family who will be curious to meet you ... And the rest is down to you

How can this program be improved?

The program is good as it is

Yes, I recommend
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Arabic course spring 2015

I learned a lot during my course, but the different levels were a challange in the beginning. Alaa solved the challange very well by writing the same words in 'soundlanguage' and aracbic. It was very usefull fo understanding and learning for both levels.
The classes were arraged after my wishes about learning the letters as first priority. And it was very helpfull. I could have used a little more homewrk in the first half of the lesssons, but it was not a wish from the other half of the calss.
I appriaciated the different learning 'games'. The calsses were never boring and most often we lost time, and the lessons ended later than planed. But nobody notised because we always had fun learning.
I and very satisfied for my time and for my teacher. I give her the best review.

How can this program be improved?

Students at the same level.
More structured homework throughout the cource.

Yes, I recommend
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Paola's comments

I am very happy about this experience at the Excellence Center, Miss Racha has always been available to follow our interests and prepare special activities for us. She is really passionated by her job and an excellent teacher.

Yes, I recommend
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what I learned

I learned a lot. I think the most important is the interaction with our teacher which has been very good.
I have been to arabic classes before but this time I think I have improved.
A problem could be the way to form good studygroups with equal level.
Another problem could be that the motivation among the students is shifting.
I think it is very good that my teatcher is listening to my wishes about
learning .
Of course I would like to go more than twice a week but it is difficult to coordinate with my work in TIPH. I hope to continue after Ramadan.

How can this program be improved?

I would like to have a disc wiyh spoken arabic that I can listen to when I do my homework. It would improve my ability for pronunciation.

Yes, I recommend
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The best school in Hebron

Excellence center is a school located in one of the most important street in Hebron. It is a school in wich you immediately feel the professionality of the staff: coordinators and teachers. The school strives to improve its standars, indeed they are always more than happy to receive feedbacks. I personally studied dialet and standard arabic, focusing more on the former. I really recommend this school to any newcomer and I am sure that you will enjoy the company and the kindness of these fantastic people like my teacher Dua'a, Marwa , Osama, Alaa and the two Ibrahim etc. etc.

How can this program be improved?

Personally I think that every student has to find his own method so that in my case I asked the teacher to focus more on conversation. They are really flexible so that you have just to find out what works best for you.

Yes, I recommend
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my experience in excellence center

I am very glad to learn the Arabic language even if I can learn the basic words. In this way I hope to have the opportunity to deal in a better way with the local Population. I have found a very professional teacche, very patient and also the director, She is very nice and always available. After different lessons I can say to know some Arabic words and I can understand some phrases, even if simple. I woul like to learn in the future also to read the Arabic language but now, unfortunately I have to go back to Italy.

How can this program be improved?

The program is perfect.

Yes, I recommend
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My review Rafik

Highligts - the teachers are very good and well prepared, the atmosphere is excelent, staff is wonderfull. You allways get help if you need. I liked the speaking excercises, talking about differences between palestine and our home countries, listening to films and news. overall very happy with the program.

Difficulties - getting enough time to study and prepare, sometimes the work at TIPH takes a lot of time and little time left to study. The working hours in TIPH are sometimes difficult to manage togeteher with the hours at Excelence. the logistics is the biggest challenge as well as having enough hours to study.

How can this program be improved?

continue mixing the ways of teaching as you do today, the mixture between speaking, tours downtown, movies, cultural discussions and doing excercises are great. best way to learn.

Yes, I recommend
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Classes at Excellence centre

I have enjoyed four months of studies at Excellence centre that I have really enjoyed and profited from. The teachers are very devoted and respond qickly to the wishes of the students. I plan on continue my studies with Excellence centre and believe that I will have the chance to develop my studies evven more.

Yes, I recommend
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my experience in excellence center

My name is Maryam Allan i'm from America. I am 16 years old. I came to live in Palestine. I came to the excellence center to learn Arabic.Here at the excellence center I learned the alphabet and the converstations of everyday life. My experience at the excellence center was great. The staff and teachers treat you like family. They teach the languages so you can undestand and they have a positive atmostphere.

Yes, I recommend
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Good place to learn Arabic

I enrolled in a 50 hours group program at Excellence centre. We decided to study mainly the local dialect, which was approved by the centre and facilitated well. Our teacher was a talented young lady.
We used video in many of our classes, which is very good.
We studied the most relevant subjects relevant for our current and future job in an Arabic speaking country.

All in all, very nice and useful experience.

How can this program be improved?


Yes, I recommend

About The Excellence Center in Palestine

The Excellence Center was established in June 2011 as a youth initiative to offer educational and community services to its diverse group of internationals and Palestinians. It is located in the main heart of Hebron on Ein Sarah street which is under...