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This program is designed for students with an interest in studying Arabic in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who want to live in Rabat, Morocco for a semester or academic year with AMIDEAST. Arabic language courses are required and all area studies courses are taught in English. Students live in homestays. Courses, cultural activities, and excursions are hosted through the AMIDEAST center in Rabat. Upon completion of this program, students will be well-versed in the issues currently facing Morocco and the broader MENA region. Please visit the AMIDEAST blog to learn more about students' experiences in Morocco, and contact AMIDEAST alumni here.
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.
Students in the AMIDEAST Area & Arabic Language Studies program in Amman carry 14 or 17 credit hours per semester. All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Arabic and select two or three other courses from offerings in Area and Language studies in a variety of disciplines. AMIDEAST academic staff bios can be found here.
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.
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Language Courses (8 credits in Arabic; required): All students will enroll Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) for 5 credits and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic for 3 credits. For MSA, students will be given a placement exam on arrival and enrolled for Arabic courses at the appropriate level. Students will be placed in the appropriate dialect course based on their MSA level. Media Arabic is also available for advanced students for an additional 3 credits.
Area Studies Courses: Students enroll in two to three area studies courses. All area studies courses are worth 3 credits each and cover a wide variety of disciplines.
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 & MealsAMIDEAST students live with a Moroccan Family. Moroccan families have been carefully screened by AMIDEAST/Morocco 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. AMIDEAST matches students in the Regional Studies in French Program with strong French speaking families in order to improve language acquisition. 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.
ExcursionsAMIDEAST 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.
Additional Learning OpportunitiesIn addition to the academic program, AMIDEAST in Amman, Jordan offers a variety of additional learning opportunities to enhance participants' study abroad experience:
In each host country, AMIDEAST field staff recruits local students, young professionals, and participants in AMIDEAST English-language courses to act as language partners for semester/academic year students. During both in-class and extra-curricular activities, students work with host-country peers to practice language and build cross-cultural friendships. Language partners are a core element of the Arabic language learning agenda of those programs.
Cultural Dialogue Sessions
During semester programs, students participate in structured dialogue sessions with carefully-selected host country students. Held either in informal small groups or as larger speaker-led discussions, cultural dialogue sessions provide an opportunity for students to discuss cultural issues and interact with host country peers. AMIDEAST staff members strive to create a “safe space” for both AMIDEAST students and host country students to express their views and ask questions. These unique environments allow participants to broach topics that are not easily raised in day-to-day conversation. Some of the topics that may be discussed during these cultural dialogue sessions include perspectives on identity, marriage, religion, and gender roles.
All AMIDEAST semester/academic year programs include a "Reflection Week" at the end of the term. Over the years AMIDEAST has found that at the end of the program, students often feel a great deal of excitement and anxiety about returning home. Reflection periods have been designed in order to create the time and space for students to slow down, look back on their experience, and plan for their return home.
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.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Academic Year||2016-2017||02/24/2016 **||Varies by program||TBA||TBA|
|Fall||2016||02/24/2016 **||Varies by program||08/21/2016||12/17/2016|
|NOTE: Students need to arrive in Rabat on August 21st, and depart their AMIDEAST housing on December 17th.|
|Spring||2017||09/27/2016 **||Varies by program||01/14/2017||05/13/2017|
** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.
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