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.
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.
The Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Rabat, Morocco offers Arabic language courses in two 4-week sessions. Classes meet 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. Each student will receive 100 hours of Arabic language instruction in each session, including both Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic. One summer session covers the material usually presented in one semester on a U.S. campus. Students are given placement tests prior to arrival and are placed in the level appropriate for their Arabic language proficiency. 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.