Is This Program Right For You?
The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Regional Studies in French Program in Rabat offers a diverse set of courses taught in French on Morocco in its Muslim, Arab, African and Mediterranean contexts. Students must have at least intermediate-mid proficiency in French to enroll in the program and can learn Moroccan Arabic and have the opportunity to study Modern Standard Arabic if they so desire. Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Regional Studies in French Program in Rabat carry a 15 credit hour load each semester.
Upon arrival in Rabat, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students participate in an in-depth, week-long orientation designed to introduce them to Moroccan culture and daily life, and familiarize them with the logistics of the program. The orientation combines structured informational sessions with organized activities and free time to familiarize participants with the city of Rabat. Topics such as safety and health, family life in Morocco, cultural adjustment, program regulations, participant responsibilities and other essential information are all discussed during orientation. During the on-site orientation students also meet their professors, take language placement tests, and become familiar with the program's IT environment. Please look over the frequently asked questions and answers here
Classes take place both at AMIDEAST's facilities in the bustling Agdal area of the city and in the buildings of AMIDEAST's partner, the College of Letters and Humanities of Mohammed V University – Agdal. Courses are taught by French-speaking Moroccan faculty members from the University and other universities in Rabat and neighboring cities.
All courses are taught in French exclusively for the AMIDEAST program
. All lectures, readings and written work in this program are in French, other than Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic
. Students take classes only with other program participants. Moroccan Arabic (3 credits) is required
, but students can take also take Modern Standard Arabic
if they choose to. Some French subject choices
are as follows:
*Le Maroc et l'Europe: Economie et Politique ( 3 credits)
*Littératures Francophones du Maghreb (3 credits)
*Systèmes Politiques au Maghreb (3 credits)
*Le Maroc et l'Afrique (3 credits)
*Introduction a l’Islam (3 credits)
*Femmes, Islam et Politique (3 credits)
*Sexualité, Femme et Religion dans le Monde Arabo-Islamique (3 credits)
*Community-Based Learning in the MENA Region (3 credits)
This course is designed to enhance students’ critical and analytical intercultural communication skills with the aim of developing intercultural competence. This is accomplished through course work and practical engagement and interaction with host country society in private, official, and semi-official spaces. Guided and facilitated by the course instructor, students are expected to spend approximately six hours at their community placement work-site each week and submit journal entries reflecting on their experiences. At the end of the semester they design and deliver a final service learning project to be shared with a larger audience. Through their intercultural experiential education, students develop their intercultural competence which is a valuable asset in the global marketplace.
Library resources of the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program, Mohammed V University-Agdal and the National Library of Morocco are available to students on the program. In addition, a Moroccan graduate student will be assigned to each course to assist students.
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 Mobility Award
, in which students can earn up to $2500 per semester towards their tuition and 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 program live either with French-speaking Moroccan families or in a private Moroccan student residence hall.
Living with a Moroccan Family – students who select this option will live with a Moroccan family that has 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. Few, if any, families speak English. Most host family members speak Arabic as a first language and also speak French.Students living with host families will be provided with all meals by their host families but may find that some days it is not possible to return to the family for lunch because of class schedules.
Student residence with a Moroccan roommate – students who select this option will live in a private Moroccan student residence hall that opened in 2007. Each double room has a private bathroom and toilet, small refrigerator and cooking facilities and internet access. There are separate buildings for male and female students and strict gender segregation is enforced. The residence hall is located in the university quarter of the city and students living there should expect to take public transportation to and from classes. A student cafeteria is located across the street and students may eat there, prepare their own meals in their rooms, or eat in restaurants.
Please note that the availability of residence hall rooms is limited; therefore, AMIDEAST cannot guarantee that students who select this option can be placed there. Students who are not assigned a residence hall room will be placed with host families.
Please see AMIDEAST's blog on students' perspectives here
- Civil Society: Students will encounter a variety of Moroccan civil society organizations ranging from political and human rights groups to women's organizations to sports clubs. AMIDEAST will organize special activities to facilitate student connections to these organizations.
- Service-learning: AMIDEAST coordinates organized service-learning projects either for individual students or for larger groups. With many connections to a wide range of organizations in Morocco, AMIDEAST can adapt projects individual student interests to ensure a unique and satisfying service-learning experience.
- Cross-cultural learning: AMIDEAST and Mohammed V University-Agdal organize a variety of cross-cultural learning opportunities. Ranging from meet-and-greets to formal presentations, these events give participants the chance to interact with Moroccan students, to learn more about Morocco, and to introduce others to American culture.
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.
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 three months, 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.