Students enrolled in AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Program in Amman will have opportunities to study fascinating Middle East topics in a program based at the AMIDEAST Center in Amman’s Abdoun district. Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an ancient city facing distinct modern challenges, thus making it an exciting place to live and study. Built on seven hills, Amman has expanded in size and population from a quaint sleepy town at the close of World War II, to the bustling, multicultural metropolis it is today. Students live either with Jordanian host families or in shared apartments with other AMIDEAST students. Students in the Area & Arabic Language Studies Program in Amman carry a 14 to 17 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic, Colloquial Arabic, and two to three other courses from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines taught in English. AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program courses in Amman are taught by a select group of Jordanian professors from a variety of institutions in and around Amman. These lecturers possess a strong instructional experience in English-speaking environments. All faculty members have received post-graduate degrees from North American or European universities, or have spent considerable time at English-medium institutions as students, faculty members, visiting faculty or visiting researchers. In addition to academic coursework, our students benefit from an on-site orientation, the opportunity to live with a Jordanian family, structured ways to meet local students, and organized excursions to exciting locations around Jordan.
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.
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 "modern" city to the winding alleys and exciting markets of the old medina in a few minutes' walk. Students attend their classes at the AMIDEAST Center in the bustling Agdal area of Rabat close to the buildings of AMIDEAST's partner, the College of Letters and Humanities of Mohammed V University, near the Royal Palace. Courses are taught by English-speaking Moroccan faculty members from the University and other universities in Rabat and neighboring cities. Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat carry a 14 to 17 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic; 5 credits and Moroccan Colloquial Arabic; 3 credits) and two or three other elective courses (depending on the student’s preference) from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines taught in English. Course topics may include political science, religion, sociology, women's studies, history, and Amazigh studies. Students must have intermediate-high French proficiency or higher in order to take a French course. AMIDEAST prioritizes high quality instruction of both Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan colloquial Arabic to beginning through advanced students of the language. All courses are taught exclusively for the AMIDEAST program, and students take classes only with other program participants. In addition to academic coursework, students in the program live with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families. Students travel on program-organized excursions to significant sites throughout Morocco, engage in service learning activities, and participate in facilitated cultural dialogues with Moroccan students.