Study Arabic in Palestine

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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

Highlights
  • 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

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Reviews

93%
based on 71 reviews
  • Academics 8.9
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 8.6
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.1
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Alfio
10/10

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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Rafik
10/10

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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Ingrid
10/10

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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Maryam
10/10

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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Mirza
8/10

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?
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Yes, I recommend
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Alex
10/10

The ideal place for private Arabic lessons!

Why did I not come here sooner? I took private lessons at the Excellence Center for a week, not only was it affordable but the professors were very accomodating and sought to work with my level. As a student, you also eat with the staff every morning which gives you the opportunity to practice your Arabic.

Yes, I recommend
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Caroline
9/10

Deep and mindblowing

My stay in Hebron lasted for about two months and the first three weeks were spent learning Arabic at the Excellence Center. I was attracted to the Study Arabic Intensive Program for three reasons :

- a one-to-one teacher
- living in a host family
- cultural activities in the city

... and I was absolutely not disappointed! The people there are warm, welcoming, friendly and laid-back. They took me under their wings right away so I did not feel any homesickness. They are simple and at the ready if we need anything, and they still display a strong professional behavior in their programs and services. I loved my Arabic teacher with whom I had many interesting conversations. I learned as much about the language as I did about the culture, and being hosted in a Palestinian family was perfect for practicing Arabic, and meeting Palestinian people. I've made great friends there thanks to the people I met through my host family.

Hebron is a fascinating place due to its rich history and its wonderful inhabitants.The beauty of the old town leaves you speechless and humbled. The fact that it is still inhabited makes for some extraordinary sight and experiences. For instance, I have been driven around there in a car and I still can't quite get over how that was possible ... the roads are so narrow. Go see and you will know what I mean. That's the sort of fun experience you can enjoy there - and not the least.

Unfortunately it is also invaded by human garbage (israeli soldiers and settlers). As internationals, we are safe there - but it is very important to go and witness the disastrous realities of the occupation. Choosing to visit Palestine is not a random choice - and Hebron is the only city in the West Bank that has settlements within. You can read a thousand books about it but once you get there and see for yourself the settlers having a nice walk around the part of town they stole, wearing rifles on their backs like normal, and the soldiers protecting them and monitoring and intruding on every aspects of Palestinians lives at best (and at worse...), you just cannot fathom how such a thing can be.

In short, if you have the will and the means, do take this course. It is worth it - for the mind, the heart and the intellect.

How can this program be improved?
Just even more activities if possible
Yes, I recommend
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Heidi
8/10

A great experience

During my stay in Hebron, I learned a lot: because of my stay at a local Arab host family, I learned a lot about Palestinian culture and family life. Due to the visits with the center manager to various sites of interest in the city, I also learned specific things about Hebron, such as handicraft. Also I learned about the difficulties caused by the settlements in the middle of the city. Visiting certain controversial places was very interesting and educative, but also a very impressive and intense experience.
The Arabic course was very good, I learned a lot because I studied several hours per day.

How can this program be improved?
My Arabic teacher at the Excellence center was not schooled to be an Arabic teacher, meaning that he often was not sure about certain grammar issues etc. although being a native speaker. His English however was very good, making communication easy.
On many occasions, my teacher was rather absent-minded, looking at his phone all the time which was annoying and distracting. This should be improved.
Yes, I recommend
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Naadirah
10/10

An unforgettable experience

My journey to Hebron was one that I know I will remember for a very long time. I met the most amazing and kind people, from my teacher and the staff at the Excellence Centre to my host family. I would have to say that the highlight of my trip was the people that I met. The Centre are very accommodating and willing to make your studies as comfortable as possible for you. I had already studied Arabic prior to my trip to Palestine, so my teacher chose books that matched my level of knowledge. The city itself is beautiful, (especially in Ramadan!) and has tons of history for you to explore. The Centre organise loads of trips to various sites in and around Hebron for their students, which was brilliant, and my teacher would adjust my lesson times whenever I wanted to travel to other cities. Each volunteer/student that I met told me their host family was the best, and I still think the same about mine. I couldn't recommend this programme, the Centre or the country enough, I'm already mentally planning another trip!

Yes, I recommend
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Aitor
9/10

Learning arabic in a unique environment

I spent a month learning arabic in Excellence Center, I didn´t expect the staff and people in the place to be so welcoming, so that, added to the fact of seriousness about teaching and commitment to making people feel comfortable, makes a perfect mixture for anyone to be in a superb environment for learning arabic, whatever the level might be.
Apart from the learning program, living in Hebron and getting to know Palestine is an experience itself, one really worth it, and the center provides means for that, and much more.

Yes, I recommend
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Christine
10/10

Great experience and lovely people

I had a wonderful week at the Excellence Center in Hebron. My host family was very nice and they tried very hard to speak a lot of Arabic with me and my friend. Everybody at the Center was very welcoming and some trips were also included in the program. As there are not so many tourists in Hebron, it is a great city to get to know Arabic culture which is not yet spoiled like other mass touristic areas. People were very friendly there and it is great to practise your Arabic skills.

Yes, I recommend

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About The Excellence Center

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...