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Program Details - Dar Loughat - Cross-Cultural Language Center - Granada, Spain

Primary Mailing Address

ATTN: Zayd Benaboud
Address: C/Poeta Manuel de Gongora n�4 Galeria Alminares local 10
City / Province: Granada
Postal Code 18006
Country: Spain

Primary Contact Information

Phone: ++ 34 687 357 792

General Program Information

Dar Loughat is an innovative, cooperative and outreach institution in Morocco providing intensive courses in all levels of Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic throughout the year.

Founded in 2004 in the heart of the city of Tetouan in northern Morocco, Dar Loughat has rapidly established a strong and well respected reputation as a cross-cultural center in the Arab world.

The city Tetouan, declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, stands out for its strategic location, as it is less than sixty kilometers from Algeziras in Spain northwards and sixty kilometers fro Tangier in the western direction. The small size of the city allows students to get easily integrated and immersed into the local culture, which is famous for its legendary generosity and tolerance.

While studying Arabic in Tetouan, students can enjoy the city's excellent beaches, which are undoubtedly among the most beautiful in the entire Mediterranean area, its evergreen Rif Mountains which spread eastwards along a distance of more than 500 kilometers and its five century old Medina.

The school is fully equipped with the latest audio-visual material, modern language labs, wireless internet connection and a small library that contains a considerable number of books on a variety of topics.

The flexibility of the starting dates and the program length allows students to attend Arabic classes anytime throughout the year, from a week to a complete academic year.

At Dar Loughat, students benefit from small size classes of between three and eight students (maximum), and a wide range of excursions, social and cultural activities allowing them to get the most out of their international experience.

The school welcomes a diverse and international student body throughout the year. Students from Europe, North America and Asia come to learn Arabic and discover Moroco's rich and unique cultural legacy at Dar Loughat.

Language courses are given by enthusiastic, multilingual, qualified and experienced teachers, exclusively dedicated to teaching Arabic to non-native speakers. All classes are given in Arabic, except for complete beginners, where the student's mother language is used to the minimum.

Through various immersion and language exchange activities, Dar Loughat providers its students with daily contact with Moroccan life, allowing them to expand their vocabulary, improve their spoken language performance and better understand the local culture.

'I had a great time at Dar Loughat. I came not knowing any Arabic, and left feeling that I had learned quite a lot (a lot more than I thought it was possible to learn in a month!). Tetouan is a unique city, in a really interesting part of Morocco, with a culture all its own. My favourite memories of my time here will be with my wonderful host family. They taught me specific things about Islam and Moroccan culture, but through getting to know them I came to appreciate their view of the world and current events. I was a little worried about the way they would feel about an American coming to live with them, but they were really interested in my culture; we carved a Moroccan squash like a jack o later on Halloween. They taught me about their cooking, and how to dance like a Moroccan for my host sister's birthday party.' Margaret Morelli, 18 - Fall 2007 - Middle Eastern Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA

'I chose Morocco over other Arab countries by chance but I'm so glad because people made me feel so welcome and the culture is truly fascinating. The people here are amazing. I felt as if they would do anything to help me have a good experience. I was here for a short time but they helped me make the most of it. I wish I had brought small 'American' gifts to say thank you for the amazing Moroccan hospitability.' Susan Kemp, 26 - Fall 2006 - 2nd year Masters in International Human Rights, University of Denver, Colorado, USA

'Before coming to Morocco, I thought that I would have to pretend to be Canadian to be safe. What I found out is that Moroccans love Americans. I received no problem or hostility in more than 3 months in Morocco. The people were very nice. At Dar Loughat, I had a great teacher who made a very difficult language fun and interesting. The price of the program is excellent. The school is much cheaper and much better than studying at an expensive institution in the US. I learned as much here in Morocco in 3 months as I did in a years at home.' Clint Hackenburg, 23 - Summer-Fall 2006 - Binghamton University, New York, USA
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