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Five month intensive Arabic semester

Every year Givat Haviva offers a five-month semester from mid-January to mid-June. During the Intensive Arabic Semester, you will take part in a variety of courses both inside...

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Beginners and Advanced summer courses in Spoken Arabic

Every year Givat Haviva offers a six-week summer courses (beginners and advanced) from July to August. The summer courses focus on the spoken Arabic (Palestinian dialect). During...

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Givat Haviva Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Facilities

    9

  • Academics

    10

An unforgettable experience

Straight to the point: the Five Month Arabic Semester was undoubtedly the best language learning experience I have ever had, and perhaps the best study abroad experience as well. Why? Two words: Immersion and Discovery.

After the first few days of the program class was done almost exclusively in Arabic, something that was made possible thanks to our extremely talented and varied set of teachers, and the weekly visits we made to local families, with whom we would speak in Arabic at all times. It allowed us to gain actual fluency in the language, the kind that stays with you permanently. In addition to that, during that time I discovered a side to Israel that is hard for foreigners to see, but that is crucial to its essence. I feel that only after our many visits do I have a real grasp of the country with all its complexities.

Undoubtedly, the experience was worth the price and then some, as long as you're willing to put in work and don't expect to be pampered. The result will be an adventure that you will remember as long as you live.

Program: Five month intensive Arabic semester

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    9

Excellent program!!

Wow, my experience was amazing at Givat Haviva. First of all, I want to thank Meirav for the administration and the teaching. Second of all, we had so many cultural immersion activities and opportunities during our course - we went to field trips (which were spoken only in Arabic! Amazing and we were surprised that this was possible from almost the first week)
Also , we had host families in which we spoke only in Arabic. This was a great oppurtunity to understand the culture from within.
Our teachers were also really good - I learned so much from Kheir, Samia and Ibrahim. Each was its own fountain of knowledge.

Program: Five month intensive Arabic semester