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.
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.
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.