Welcome: Chris Hard Education Abroad Intern
Chris Hard was born and raised in Connecticut, right in between New York and Boston. Proximity to both of these cities in particular provided an exposure to many different languages and cultures from an early age. This exposure grew into a passion for studying different languages, including French, Arabic, and Japanese. In 2014, Chris began his studies at American University in Washington, D.C., majoring in International Relations and minoring in Arabic language. In the summer of 2017, Chris had the opportunity to study abroad in Morocco through AMIDEAST’s Intensive Arabic program, where he studied Modern Standard Arabic as well as Moroccan colloquial Arabic.
“While adventure and exploration may be a part of any student’s experience abroad, what sets AMIDEAST apart from other organizations is the quality of its professors and staff. I remember having one professor, who didn’t speak a word of English, and yet she managed to explain to me, in Arabic, a complex point of grammar that I’d been struggling with for years. If we could surmount a language barrier like that, then that’s the mark of a truly capable educator.” – Chris Hard on his grammar professor in Rabat, Morocco
As an Education Abroad Intern, he provides logistical and administrative support to the Education Abroad team. In addition to that, he is also assisting with the development of an AMIDEAST professional alumni network; connecting old friends and professionals from across the country and around the world.