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Shezza is a 2016 Study Abroad student, studying Arabic at Studio Arabiya Institute.

First Time Visiting Home!

Ever since we first arrived in Egypt, I had been planning to visit home at least once during our program. As the months passed I grew more and more eager to return home and see my family. I had it in my head that I wouldn't be able to go more than 4 ...
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8th Month Study Abroad Update

I'm pleased to say that we've now been studying here in Egypt for almost 9 months.It feels like an amazing feat and the progress we've made is really starting to show. Everything from reaching the 8th level in our text 'Bayna Yadayk', to being able t...
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A Lesson from Our Weekly Suhba

Every few weeks I am blessed with the opportunity to gather with other students from around Cairo and to enjoy each other's company all while receiving an essential spiritual reminder from our shaykh. This past week, Shaykh discussed the importance o...
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Connecting with Egypt

A few weeks ago, I decided to start taking a class in Calligraphy at this little school located near Masjid al-Azhar. I was ecstatic about starting, as I've always wanted to learn Arabic Calligraphy, and this school came highly recommended by a frien...
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Biggest Differences: Living in Egypt Vs. America

After being in Egypt for five months now, I feel like I've gotten a pretty good grasp on the Egyptian lifestyle. It differs greatly from that of an American lifestyle, (i.e. the only lifestyle I've ever known). Here are some of the key differences ab...
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Ramadan Kareem from Egypt!

We are now approaching the 4 month mark of our stay here in Egypt! I'm ecstatic that we've made it thus far. In the beginning, I was worried about how time would pass slowly and the days would feel so long, and how being away from home would be unbea...
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3 Months and Counting!

I can't believe it's already been 3 months since my husband and I arrived here in Egypt. What an amazing journey it's been so far! We've experienced many ups and downs, but overall our time here was been incredible.In the past three months, we've cov...
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First time Arabic Student

I chose to study Arabic for the sole reason of getting to know my Creator better. Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) revealed the Qur'an to mankind in Arabic and filled the language with beauty and eloquence unmatched by any other language. ...
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