Schools offering classes in Arabic and other Middle Eastern languages are being inundated with students who believe that education is the key to understanding the state of today´s world.
Schools nationwide have reported waiting lists for classes that once had lackluster enrollment. Middle East Institute in Washington, D-C reports taking 40 to 50 calls a day from interested students. Typically the school has about 90 students a quarter in its beginning Arabic class, but this year there´s 130. There is a waiting list for Arabic at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension, where many adults take classes. Administrators there have decided to add another class for winter quarter. At the University of California, Berkeley Extension, an Arabic class was unexpectedly full starting September 12th.