Is this program right for you?
The AMIDEAST Education Area & Arabic Language Studies program in Rabat offers a diverse set of courses taught in French on Morocco in its Muslim, Arab, African and Mediterranean contexts. Students are required to take Modern Standard Arabic, Colloquial Arabic, and two to three topics courses in English. Students in the AMIDEAST Education Area & Arabic Language Studies program in Rabat carry a 14-17 credit hour load each semester. Please visit the AMIDEAST blog
to learn more about students' experiences in Morocco, and contact AMIDEAST alumni here
. You can find out about how AMIDEAST deals with health and safety here
. Students need to verify before the term begins with their department or academic advisors in what Arabic courses they will be placed in upon their return back to American University.
All classes are held in AMIDEAST’s center in Rabat, located in Rabat’s Agdal district. The AMIDEAST center is located close to coffee shops, fast food restaurants, cafés, and shopping. While the AMIDEAST center in Rabat is not located on a university campus, there are many Moroccans who use this center for educational activities. The AMIDEAST/Morocco center offers a number of different services to individuals and local organizations such as English language courses, professional training, entrepreneurship workshops and mentoring, scholarship opportunities in the U.S. and elsewhere, management consulting and coaching, internationally recognized test administration, and educational advising and placement services. In other words, the AMIDEAST center is a hub for many different education and training activities, not only education abroad programs.
AMIDEAST students take courses only with other AMIDEAST students. Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) and Moroccan Arabic (3 credits) are required
. Regional studies courses can be found here
. Students are able to take one topics course in French in this program.
Course Equivalency: Click here
to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.
AU Abroad provides students the opportunity to apply for the AU Abroad Student Award
, in which students can earn up to $2500 per semester towards their tuition and AU program fees. AMIDEAST also provides students the ability to apply for several different scholarships for their programs.
It is the responsibility of the student to find out how to apply for these opportunities.
Morocco is a gateway to the Arab world and beyond. A meeting point for civilizations and continents situated on the northwest tip of Africa. Contemporary Morocco, with its 35 million people, is a unique mixture of Middle Eastern, African, and European cultures. Students will have the opportunity to experience life in a Muslim country while exploring the distinct society and traditions of the Maghreb. Morocco's political, social, economic and historical experiences will challenge students' preconceptions about Islam, democracy, development, ethnicity and modernity.
Accommodation & Meals
AMIDEAST students live with a Moroccan Family
. Moroccan families have been carefully screened by AMIDEAST from a database of qualified applicants. Students usually are placed with a roommate from the AMIDEAST program into families who have previous experience hosting American students through AMIDEAST. Most host family members speak Arabic as a first language and also speak French; a small number of family members also speak Spanish or Amazigh (Berber) as well. While all placement preferences may not be met in every case, AMIDEAST will strive to make the best match to ensure a rewarding and pleasant living experience. In the event of a problem, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program staff members will be available either to mediate or to arrange a new host family placement. Students living with host families will be given a stipend for lunch, as often class schedules prohibit students from return to their host families for lunch.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat students participate in several program-organized excursions outside of Rabat to visit major cities and historical sites in Morocco. The excursions are coordinated by AMIDEAST/Morocco in conjunction with the program’s academic staff. Organized activities are combined with limited free time, allowing students to explore independently within a safe and structured framework. AMIDEAST publishes the academic calendar, including planned excursions for future semesters here
American citizens must present a valid passport, but they are not required to obtain a visa to travel to Morocco. Visitors may remain in Morocco for up to 90 days, after which time they must leave the country or apply for a residency permit. AMIDEAST will coordinate the visa extension process when necessary.
Citizens of other countries should check with AMIDEAST during the application process to ascertain what visa requirements they may face.