Learning Arabic with Tea

It has been ten weeks since I first arrived in the United Arab Emirates, and yesterday evening I placed an order for drinks all by myself. I would like three karak teas please, “urid thalatha chai karak, min fadlak,” I told the man at the tea shop. He replied in a quick manner and with […]

The Beauty of the Mosque

A few days ago my API director Hong Ho took me and several other American students to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world. The mosque is located in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The mosque, a Muslim place of worship, was beyond beautiful. From a distance, it looked like […]

The Palm Tree

In the month that I’ve been in the United Arab Emirates, I have seen no other plant more often than the palm tree. It’s important to understand the tree’s role in the history of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a source of fruit, shade and protection. More importantly, it serves as a reminder of national […]

Eid al-Adha

All students love a good holiday. They can put their school work down for a couple of days and relax before the next wave of tests. There are certainly holidays in the Arab world too, and one of the best has to be Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha celebrates the occasion when Abraham, from biblical times, […]

Dubai, Sharjah, and IXO Adventures

10 days have passed since arriving in the United Arab Emirates there has been a sandstorm whirl of activity. Since stepping off the plane, I have been to three different Emirates, experienced the wonders of the souks, still doubted every moment that I am living in a foreign country. It was not until I traveled […]

Culture Shock is Real

Students who travel abroad generally have an orientation before departure, usually through an online package provided by the study abroad program, and one right after arrival, usually in a classroom setting in the host country. In these orientations the first thing that the student is bound to hear concerns culture shock. Culture shock is the […]

Study Abroad in Sharjah – Capital of Islamic Culture for 2014

API opened our study abroad program in Sharjah, UAE in 2010 as part of our focus on developing programs in non-traditional locations that appeal to many majors and focus on critical language areas. Hosted at the American University of Sharjah (itself accredited in the U.S. by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States), […]