Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon, has always been an important urban center for Arab empires in the Levantine region. While Beirut was a middle-sized fisherman city in the 18th century, Tripoli was already the capital of the Turkish Wilayat of Tarabluss, a prosperous city embracing the Mediterranean coast for centuries. From the Crusader Castle of St-Gilles, to the endless souks, from the ski stations to the islands, not to forget pubs, nightlife in Mina and the culinary art, Tripoli’s authenticity and vibrant atmosphere is of a great choice for any international Arabic student searching for a place to study in this part of the world.
Located only 85km away from Beirut (50mn drive ), North Lebanon's capital offers a perfect setting for a linguistic immersion into Levantine culture and history. As many former Arabic students in Lebanon would tell you, the westernisation of Beirut makes it very difficult to practice Arabic on a daily basis, making this city less and less attractive for international students.
You will also appreciate the incredible architectural scenery in Tripoli. This city is known to have the second largest Mameluke heritage in the world after Cairo : mosques, hamams, souks, mansions from that era are countless. Other advantages of studying in Tripoli would be the low rent and affordable living, the proximity of clean public beaches, the absence of traffic jams, the cedar mountains and last but not least , its very hospitable and generous people.
Our exchange programs facilitates linguistic educational support for children lost within the Lebanese school systems and will surely leave you with a long-lasting memory of your time spent in Tripoli, volunteering/exchanging while also improving your Arabic skills in complete cultural immersion.