Is This Program Right For You?
This program is designed for study abroad students with an interest in studying Arabic and the Middle East region. This program is for students wishing to study intensive Arabic language at whatever level is appropriate, for the equivalent of either one or two four-week terms of study at the AMIDEAST Center and in a homestay. Each summer term is worth six credits. You can find perspectives from past students on the AMIDEAST blog
. 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. 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. The curriculum is based on AMIDEAST's Arabic Language and Culture Curriculum, which is functional and communicative in its approach. The teachers are carefully selected native speakers with excellent language teaching experience and skills.
Each four-week term all students take the Arabic language course--Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits)
. Each student will receive 80 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic in each session, covering the material usually covered in one semester on a U.S. campus.
Each four-week term all students take the summer colloquial Moroccan Arabic (1 credit)
. Students receive 20 hours of instruction per session in Jordanian Arabic.
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 offers summer language intensive AU Abroad Awards
which are merit based scholarships up to $1500. Please note the AU Abroad Award application is separate from your AU Abroad application. AMIDEAST offers scholarships
between $500 - $3000 that can be accessed once you begin a AMIDEAST application.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad staff
members possess a wealth of knowledge about the Middle East/North Africa region. They have served as Peace Corps volunteers, founders of non-profit organizations, teachers, researchers, program administrators, and study abroad students. Although our staff come from diverse cultures and backgrounds, they share a common passion for exposing students to the peoples and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. Each staff member has spent significant time living in and loving this unique part of the world and is eager to help students be part of AMIDEAST’s larger mission to develop mutual understanding between Americans and the people of the Middle East and North Africa.
Rabat is one of Morocco’s “imperial cities,” and its modern 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.
Homestays and Meals
Students in the AMIDEAST Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Rabat live with Moroccan families
that have been carefully screened by AMIDEAST/Morocco from a database of qualified applicants. Students usually are placed with families who have previous experience hosting American students through AMIDEAST. Most host family members speak Arabic as a first language and also speak at least some French; a minority speak Spanish or Amazigh (Berber) as well.
AMIDEAST matches students with host families using a variety of criteria. 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 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.
Summer and short-term students participate on one excursion during each 4-week session
. These excursions are part of the program and all expenses are included in the general program fees.
American citizens must present a valid passport, but they are not required to obtain a visa to travel to Morocco. 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.