Birzeit University Welcomes New PAS Students

On September 3, 2014, Birzeit University welcomed the new students in the Palestine and Arab Studies Program "PAS", a program that focuses on teaching Arabic to non-native speakers.

Forty students from various countries are enrolled in this semester’s PAS program. The students were given a tour of the university campus to acquaint them with its faculties, facilities, institutes and centers.

PAS Director Tina Rafidi briefed the new students on the specialized courses offered by PAS, among them Arabic language, Palestinian culture, history and politics.

The Public Relations Office screened an introductory film about Birzeit University and Voluntary Work Officer Ghada Omari gave a briefing on the spirit of volunteerism at Birzeit University, calling foreign students to participate in these activities.

Coordinator of the Right to Education Campaign spoke about the university’s history and the constraints imposed by the Israeli occupation on education in Palestine.

Information about the PAS program and its offerings is available at the BZU website at