I have a couple of questions about the Arab and Islamic Studies program at Exeter, and I would love to hear from any student that is currently studying this program. I will be applying next year for 2015 entry or 2016 deferred entry, and I'm extremely excited. I'm a US student, so I apologize if any of my questions seem "silly".
1. How is the rigor of the program and especially the Arabic classes? Is the workload manageable? I'm especially curious to hear about this considering you complete Master's coursework in the final year.
2. The Master's coursework...I am under the impression that advancement to Master's coursework is subject to the grades received in the first three years. Are the majority of the students in this program permitted to advance to Master's coursework in the final year, or is it only a few students with the best grades?
3. The Arabic! Is the focus more on grammar and writing, or speaking proficiency? From the impression I've gotten from the information on the Exeter site, the first year, at least, seems very writing/grammar heavy. Also, is there a strong focus on literature?
4. The study abroad! Do students choose between Jordan and Morocco, or are they assigned to one of the regions? How was this experience? Also, do you pay normal Exeter fees this year, or do you pay directly to the host country institute?
Thanks a ton to anyone who takes the time to answer these questions. It' really valuable to hear from someone who's currently studying this program.
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