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Studying Arabic in Jordan

Elizabeth Wasmund ’12 spent two months in Jordan, in an intensive Arabic program offered through HWS’ affiliation with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Wasmund took Arabic classes on the campus of the University of Jordan with students from all over the United States and travelled throughout the country on weekends.

“I hope to use this, and future programs, to pursue some kind of career in communications or journalism, obviously, if at all possible, with a focus in the Middle East,” says Wasmund.

A double-major in Middle Eastern Studies (an individual major she developed) and Religious Studies, Wasmund is also minoring in Media and Society. She was placed at the Arabic level of intermediate one and took four hours of Arabic every day (both Modern Standard and Jordanian Colloquial). She says she covered about seven chapters in the time she spent there, “So my Arabic improved a lot! It was a lot of fun and a wonderful experience!”

CIEE organized two weekend trips for participants, to Wadi Rum and Petra and to Ajloun. Every other weekend students planned for themselves. There were approximately 30 students from the program housed together in apartments throughout Amman.

This fall, Wasmund is participating in the study abroad program to Denmark.

“I will be able to take classes there that cover both the communications aspect (Current Trends in News Media and Photojournalism) and the Middle East (Muslims in the West and Terrorism and Anti-terrorism),” says Wasmund.

While still undecided about her plans after HWS, she has considered a graduate program at Syracuse University, a joint program between Newhouse and Maxwell that combines communications with international relations.