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Welcome to our unique Program


Learn Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, or Persian

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Our students and our faculty welcome new and current students to our unique language and culture program. We hope you will choose to begin or continue studying with us. In addition to scheduling an array of interesting language and culture courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Persian every quarter,  we offer tutoring services to help you advance your language skills and regular cultural programming such as language tables, movie nights, and guest speakers (we regularly collaborate with the MENA Student Association and the MENA Studies Program).  If you study with us, you will acquire important language skills and a fresh perspective on the cultures and people of the MENA region.  The MENA region stretches from Morocco to Iran, and it is one of the most diverse regions with more than sixty languages being spoken throughout.


spring 2023 courses

Click here for the details of the Spring 2023 schedule.  

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Our program recognizes that students are diverse learners from racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse backgrounds. To encourage students to excel, we offer a variety of learning situations and scenarios including the frequent use of new technologies and opportunities to practice with native speakers of the target culture. The goal is for students to acquire the new language efficiently and thoroughly while being engaged.

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Many of our students take advantage of the various study abroad opportunities the University offers and all come back with engaging stories to tell.  Mara Kelly spent her summer in Jordan learning Arabic: "During my time in Amman, Jordan, I lived with a Jordanian host family, which was the highlight of my experience. My host family helped me feel at home and was incredibly welcoming."

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Our program has exceptional teaching faculty who regularly receive awards and accolades for teaching. Every faculty member makes a concerted effort to offer classes that are engaging, motivating, intellectually fulfilling, and have an interactive learning environment.  


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News and Events



MENA Languages Welcomes Fulbright FLTA

Northwestern University was chosen to host three Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for the 2022-23 Academic Year.  MENA Languages is excited to welcome one of them: Fatima Alhammadi who will work closely with the instructors and students in the Arabic Language program.  Read more about Fatima here.  The others Fulbrights are Katya Mironenko and Faith Chebet, who will be working with Russian and Swahili language students respectively. 

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Upcoming Events

Zeina Hashem Beck: Reading and Conversation

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Evanston

Join MENA and Creative Writing for an evening with acclaimed poet Zeina Hashem Beck! Reception followed by poetry reading. Zeina Hashem...

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Professors Oya Topcuoglu and Franziska Lys present at the Consortium of Middle East National Resource Centers Languages Workshop
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The Northwestern community seeks to raise donations for the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria
The Language Curricula and Gender Working Group Continues its Research

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