Study Arabic in Palestine with The Excellence Center

Video and Photos

Dinner at my teacher Ibrahim's house
Dinner at my teacher Ibrahim's house
Road trip
Road trip
Dinner with Excellence staff
Dinner with Excellence staff
Center
Center
Excellence Center certificate
Excellence Center certificate
Excellence Center certificate
Excellence Center certificate
Excellence Center certificate
Excellence Center certificate
April feast
April feast

About

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

Join Our Family in Palestine and Germany

Welcome to the Excellence Center: People who are between 18 – 75 years old are eligible to participate in all of our programs in Palestine and Germany. All nationalities and majors are welcome! 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.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

94%
based on 114 reviews
  • Academics 9.1
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.2
  • Instruction 9.1
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 9.1
  • Housing 8.4
  • Value 9.4
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Kiki
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellence is excellent

The most unique thing about excellence centre is the atmosphere of the place. It reflects the Palestinian customs and culture and gives the students a good idea on the friendliness, generosity and good heartedness of the people. The program is well tailored for the individual student and this makes the actual learning experience even more fun. My teacher always thinks of new ways to get me engaged and I love the energy he brings to the class room.

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Morten
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

studying in Hebron

Being at Excellence Center has been at enjoyable experience. You are not just a student here, but you are so part of a broader relationship between all people here. The friendly atmosphere between staff volunteers and students makes is a good environment for not only studying but so living. The course we have had was perfect for us, Because We got the opportunity to make it Exactly how we want it accordion to the curriculum provided from university. The center is located a few kilometers away from the city center. We have been living in Bethlehem and the services made ​​it easy for us, by stopping just in front of the door to the center. Hebron is a very interesting place to live if you want to understand the life of the Palestinians and the impact of the Conflict On Their daily life's. Nonetheless Excellence Center is located in a peaceful part of the city and we have never experience any trouble. We highly recommend Excellence Center Whether you just want to learn a few phrases or to continue to ongoing study.

Sallaam min ID Denemark! Morten og Marie

What would you improve about this program?
Being at Excellence Center has been at enjoyable experience. You are not just a student here, but you are so part of a broader relationship between all people here. The friendly atmosphere between staff volunteers and students makes is a good environment for not only studying but so living. The course we have had was perfect for us, Because We got the opportunity to make it Exactly how we want it accordion to the curriculum provided from university. The center is located a few kilometers away from the city center. We have been living in Bethlehem and the services made ​​it easy for us, by stopping just in front of the door to the center. Hebron is a very interesting place to live if you want to understand the life of the Palestinians and the impact of the Conflict On Their daily life's. Nonetheless Excellence Center is located in a peaceful part of the city and we have never experience any trouble. We highly recommend Excellence Center Whether you just want to learn a few phrases or to continue to ongoing study.

Sallaam min ID Denemark! Morten og Marie
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Frank
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Intensive Arabic qolloquial course

I wanted an opportunity for an intensive improvement of my qolloquial Arabic language, and this was the perfect fit. With daily classes and endless possibilities of practising conversation at the center, social gatherings and with my host, this was what I was looking for. The centre has a lively and fun atmosphere, with foreigners studying or volunteering, and the staff is friendly and fun. The classes are one to one, so the teaching and topics are tailored to your wishes and interests. I, for example had less interest in writing and more in speaking and expanding vocabulary.
With intensive classes, accomodation and social arrangements as well as good people, the centre did provide the full package one needed for a stay without other connections.
The centre arranges optional tours which are great for learning about the situation of daily, though normalised, occupation, even if your stay is short.
No city in the West Bank is alike, and with Hebron in the more conservative end, one should take time to visit other cities as well.

What would you improve about this program?
It is not a critique, but it is good for people with a more independent lifestyle to know that staying with a host family entails a social responsibility, depending on the accomodation.
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Stine
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Cat
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Karl
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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

What would you improve about this program?
I would have stayed longer
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narjes
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Benoit
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Brad
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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

What would you improve about this program?
The program is good as it is
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Lise
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
Students at the same level.
More structured homework throughout the cource.
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Paola
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Louise
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Donato
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Alfio
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
The program is perfect.
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Rafik
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.