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 five semesters or equivalent in French to enroll in the program. A course on Moroccan Arabic is required, and students can choose take Modern Standard Arabic. Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Regional Studies in French Program in Rabat carry a 15 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.
AU Abroad provides students the opportunity to apply for the need-based AU Abroad Student Awards
for up to $3000. 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.
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 also take Modern Standard Arabic if they choose to. Regional studies courses can be found here.
View the Course Equivalency Database 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. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Rabat is one of Morocco’s “imperial cities,” as well as its political capital. It is home to the leading educational institutions in the country and offers students opportunities to move from the shops and cafes of the “European” city to the winding alleys and exciting markets of the old medina in a few minutes’ walk.
Accommodations & Meals
All AMIDEAST Education Abroad students live with Moroccan families
. 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. 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.
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.