Earlier this year in Jan 2020, we asked our former and current students of Arabic & Middle Eastern studies at IMES (Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies) to share with us their thoughts and reflections about their motivation to study Arabic. We asked them:

What made you decide to study the Arabic language and culture?

What & who inspired you?

What were your motivations? *

“My Journey to Arabic” Submission Form

Around 13 students have responded and here is what they said:


Laura Milloلورا ميلوFranceMSc International Relations of the Middle East w/Arabic
Samantha Waltersسامانثا والترزUSAMSc Middle Eastern Studies w/Arabic
Yanto Setiawanيانتو ستياوانIndonesiaMSc Middle Eastern Studies w/Arabic
Alina Noethالينا نويثGermanyMSc International Relations of the Middle East w/Arabic
Violet Tinnionفيلبت تينونUKMSc International Relations of the Middle East w/Arabic
Connel Emigكونيل يميجGermany/IrelandMSc Middle Eastern Studies w/Arabic
Scott Beatonسكوت بياتونRepublic of IrelandUG MA French and Arabic
Hugo Floris Schiffersهجو فلوريس شيفيرسHollandMSc Middle Eastern Studies w/Arabic
Pengfei Changتشانغ بينجفيChinaMSc Advanced Arabic
Rose Chackoروس شاكوUKMSc Advanced Arabic
Kristín Halla Helgadóttirكرستين هاللة هلجادترIcelandMSc Middle Eastern Studies w/Arabic
Michael Draxميخائيل دراكسUKUG Arabic and History
Nikos Tavridis-HansenنيكوسNorway/GreeceMSc Middle Eastern Studies w/Arabic

My journey to Arabic (MJTA) is an online initiative in which we try to capture and document the personal stories and learning journeys (incl. motivations, struggles and successes) of people who have studied the Arabic language and culture as a non-Arabic speaker or anyone keen to learn about the Arab world and its language.

If you have studied Arabic as a foreign or second language – no matter how little – we would love to hear from you. To take part, please go to SUBMIT

To find out more about the MyJourneytoArabic initiative, go to ABOUT


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If you have studied Arabic before (no matter how little), we would love to hear from you. To share your story, please  go to SUBMIT .To find out more about the MyJourneytoArabic initiative, go to ABOUT


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