Undergrads Explore Other Cultures with NYUAD’s January Term

The January term at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) gives students the opportunity to study abroad in Abu Dhabi. Students will have the opportunity to explore different concepts across the United Arab Emirates throughout a three-week term with courses based on experiential learning. Students will be able to devote more time to their studies because they will only be taking a single course.

Some of the courses offered during the term include; Colloquial Arabic; Emirati Dialect, Reporting Disasters Before They Happen to Save Lives, and The Language of Business and Aristocrats. The courses are designed to help students learn more about things that may be unfamiliar to them. The students will learn through doing research, artistic production, and field work. They will have a better understanding of the human landscapes in the UAE.

Colloquial Arabic: Emirati Dialect
The course is taught by NYUAD Arabic language instructor Naseer Isleem. Students will learn about the factors that make the Emirati dialect unique. Students must speak solely Arabic for the duration of the three-week course, which should strengthen their understanding of the Emirati dialect. Students will also serve as the guests of local host families in Al Ain.

Language of Business
American political consultant Dr. Frank Luntz will teach the course, which will help students learn how to apply business communications and language techniques in social environments. The course will help show students how different visuals and words can impact how people interact with each other. One of the highlights of the course is that Yousef Al Otaiba, The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to The United States of America, will make routine visits to interact with the students.

Language of Aristocrats
The course is taught by Kanchan Chandra, The Professor of Politics at NYU. Students will use topics such as political science, history, and anthropology to determine the connection between democracy and aristocracy. The start of the course will see students analyze different parts of the World, including; The United Kingdom, South Asia, and The United States. For the second part of the course, students will study in India.

Reporting Disasters Before They Happen to Save Lives
The Editor and Publisher of the Nepali Times, Kunda Dixit, will oversee the course that looks at the media’s role in covering disasters. Students will visit Nepal to view the impact of the recent earthquake there, as well as the climate change.