In March 2014, the Arab coalition and its supporters started the war in Yemen. Many of us thought that this war would end in a matter of weeks. Now we know; it easy to start a fight, but not to know when it ends.
In light of the current situation, the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies has established the German International Language School (GILS) in (Idar-Oberstein).
Starting the first week of October, GILS will conduct the YCMES Arabic Language Program with the same Yemeni Arabic language instructors and academic staff that have served our 9,700 students so well over the past thirty years. GILS also provides cross cultural training for Europeans and North Americans and courses on the Arab World.
The good news is that we have decided to start blogging regularly again. After a couple of dodgy years Yemen is back on the map as a superb study destination, and we have plenty of international students joining us for the summer.
An interview with a PhD student who is visiting YCMES with a view to analysing the formation of different movements and how the revolution has changed them. Madeleine is returning to YCMES in the summer and the staff at YCMES are looking forward to seeing her again.
Before departing from Yemen Kenneth sat down with us and shared his feelings about the year he spent at YCMES. During his stay Kenneth became a valued member of an organization which serves the needs of Somali refugees in Yemen. Kenneth was able to gain an advanced level of proficiency in Arabic while staying at the college and we wish him the best in his educational pursuits.
Despite the current political situation in Yemen students continue to choose the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies as their preferred study abroad destination. Luca Nevola, a PhD candidate from Italy, has had a long history of living and studying in both the cities and rural areas of Yemen. Before arriving in July, Luca had expected to find a Yemen much different from the one he has come to know. During a brief interview Luca was asked how the picture which media outlets have depicted differs from the reality of daily life here in Sana’a.
We are a group of Americans, Spaniards, French, and many others who are living and studying at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies - located in Sana'a, Yemen. We hope that the blog will give you a sense of the sights, sounds and smells we experience everyday, as well as our many Yemeni friends and neighbors.