The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program offers a diverse curriculum through direct enrollment at Al Akhawayn University (AUI), a private Moroccan university in Ifrane patterned on the American model of higher education. Students on the program will live in residence halls on the 98-acre AUI campus, which includes modern classroom buildings and dormitories, as well as a library and IT facilities, sports facilities, and a student center including dining halls. Upon arrival in Morocco, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students participate in an in-depth, three week-long academic Moroccan Arabic and Culture pre-session program designed to introduce them to Moroccan Arabic, Moroccan culture, and daily life and familiarize them with the logistics of the program. Students stay with Moroccan host families during the Moroccan Arabic and Culture program that takes place at the AMIDEAST Center in the Moroccan capital of Rabat. Following the pre-semester program students move to Ifrane, where they participate in AUI's international student orientation on the AUI campus. Once the semester starts, visiting students are fully integrated into the social, academic, and cultural life of AUI, and they are able to make strong and lasting connections with their Moroccan peers. Students will find a variety of cross-cultural learning opportunities on campus. AUI has a full range of student clubs, all of which are open to AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students; they include sports, artistic, cultural, and academic groups. The university also sponsors numerous activities each week. Community service is required of all matriculated undergraduates at AUI; therefore, such opportunities are widely available to AMIDEAST students as well.
Muscat, the coastal capital of Oman, is an exciting location to study both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Omani Arabic. Students wishing to improve their Arabic proficiency over the summer can enroll in either one or two rigorous 4-week sessions of the Intensive Arabic program in this off-the-beaten path Arabian city. AMIDEAST students in Oman utilize their Arabic as they wander Muscat’s souks, marvel at its beautiful mosques, or watch fishermen pull in their daily haul from along greater Muscat's extended coastline. The Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Muscat offers Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic in two four-week sessions (6 credits each session). Classes meet 5 hours per day, five days per week. Each session features 100 hours of Arabic language instruction, including both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Omani Arabic. One summer session covers the material usually presented in one semester on a U.S. campus. Students are given placement tests prior to departure and are enrolled in the level appropriate for their Arabic language proficiency. See program website for course descriptions or email EdAbroad@amideast.org for course syllabi.
Learn & Serve in Egypt is a unique summer education abroad opportunity for undergraduate students to study in the Middle East/North Africa region and engage in an intense service learning experience with local non-governmental organizations. Students live in the heart of Cairo in the neighborhood of Dokki; just a short walk from the banks of the Nile. There, students engage in experiential learning every day by shopping in local markets, haggling with taxis, and frequenting local cafes with Egyptian friends. Students who study with AMIDEAST in Egypt discover the dynamic and rich side of Cairo, not just the tourist sites. Students simultaneously study Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, allowing them to practice speaking the most widely understood Arabic dialect, while undertaking an international volunteer placement in Cairo, the Arab world's most populous city. Students earn a total of 8 academic credits (Community Based Learning, 5 credits and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, 3 credits). With the addition of cultural activities, dialogue programs with local university students, and excursions, students gain an intimate understanding of the role of organizations in Egyptian society. Applicants are required to have completed at least one previous semester of Arabic study in order to participate in this program.