Choosing the country

Searching for the right country to facilitate you Arabic education can be quite a daunting task.

Here are 4 simple tried and tested steps to simplify your research:

1) List the things that are really important to you, such as children’s education, pollution, overall safety etc and rank them. You need to realise here, that you will never be able to completely satisfy ALL your needs.

2) Choose a number of countries and think broadly outside your traditional centres. This includes contacting as many institutes and people you know from a particular country to gather intelligence about living in such a country and whether it ticks the boxes for you.

Repeat steps 1 & 2 until you have narrowed down to 2 or 3 countries. Then:

3) Start ranking institutes (price, reputation (there are lots of duds) , location, mode(private, class), professionalism.
4) Investigate the location of the institute/s you are interested in. This can normally be found on the institute website itself, or through your contacts. There is nothing more off putting to your studies than an environment that you are not comfortable in such as streets with human waste, having a smelly dump yard next door, or living in a neighborhood hostile to foreigners.
To kickstart, here are some countries listed in alphabetical order to get you thinking, but don’t restrict yourself at all. It is just for you to realise that Arabic learning is available across the Islamic world each with its positives and negatives:
Egypt
India
Indonesia
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Malaysia
Morocco
Pakistan
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
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