Ellie Dominguez

Ahlan wa sahlan! I'm a senior in CC double majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Urban Studies, with a concentration in Political Science. I spent summer 2014 participating in the Amman/Paris program, and summer 2015 on the Tunis/Istanbul program, after which I interned in Jordan through CCE’s CEO Amman program! During the Amman/Paris program, I mostly studied Modern Standard Arabic, as well as Jordanian and Moroccan dialects. The additional seminar was about migration from North Africa to Europe, particularly Paris, and it has turned out to be one of the most valuable and relevant classes I’ve taken at Columbia thus far. For anyone majoring in Political Science and remotely interested in the Middle East, I cannot emphasize just how valuable the Tunis/Istanbul program is. Not only are you learning about the Arab Spring and the current political environment of the region - you’re discussing it with brilliant students your age who actually experienced these events firsthand! In addition to learning coding and studying comparative politics, I made lifelong friends that I still keep in touch with regularly. In Spring 2016 I participated on Columbia's traveling seminar to Jordan, and having spent a total of 3.5 months in Jordan thus far, I’ve come to meet many wonderful people and find a ton of awesome places - please don’t hesitate to reach out, as I’m always happy to share my finds! And more broadly, I’m always happy to speak to students interested in studying in North Africa or the Middle East!