Seven MSU Students Win Arabic Flagship Scholarship

Seven Arabic students from Michigan State University have won Flagship Scholarships, which will allow them to spend a year in Morocco at the Arabic Flagship site to advance their Arabic learning.

While in Morocco, the students will have the opportunity to take courses at Moulay Ismail University and to do an internship, in addition to the intensive classes in Arabic.

“Studying Arabic includes so much more than just the language," Tumas said. "I have found myself immersed in captivating culture where strong community ties, a rich history, and deeply rooted traditions are embedded in the culture’s everyday life. Arabic inspires me every day to step out of my comfort zone, expand my cultural knowledge, and to further understand those with beliefs that are different from my own."

Arabic inspires me every day to step out of my comfort zone, expand my cultural knowledge, and to further understand those with beliefs that are different from my own.

Allison Tumas

The Arabic Languages Flagship Program collaborates with the Language Flagship, which seeks to graduate students with superior level proficiency in Arabic in order to create the next generation of professionals.

“The students thank the Department of Linguistics and Language and the College of Arts & Letters for their support of the program, as well as the Arabic Flagship director at MSU, Dr. Camelia Suleiman,” Tumas said.

Article originally published on MSUToday. April 18, 2016 | Camelia Suleiman