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All blog posts are by University of Michigan students who have participated in a CGIS program. The following blogs are students studying abroad in Jordan.

Spring/Summer 2017

William reflects on his term in Jordan

Today is Monday, December 18th and one of my last days of class. I have today, tomorrow, then the next day is my final exam, then the next day I fly back to America. I took my Oral Proficiency Exam yesterday and found that I increased 5 levels in proficiency. To put this in perspective, at the end of 4 semesters from Michigan, I increased 3 levels (from no-knowledge to Novice-Beginner). At the end of this semester, I am at Advanced-Mid, that’s something like 8 times the rate of improvement of Michigan. Not to say our program isn’t wonderful, in fact the opposite. Compared to students from other schools, I entered at a very high-level comparative to the number of years I’ve studied Arabic. However, if your goal is to learn Arabic then this is 100% the program for you.

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