AMIDEAST Moroccan Arabic & Culture (Short Term)

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AMIDEAST Moroccan Arabic & Culture (Short Term)

Rabat, Morocco’s political capital, embodies the country’s unique blend of Arab, indigenous Amazigh (Berber), and European cultural influences. Students in the Moroccan Arabic and Culture program live with Arabic-speaking Moroccan host families and attend classes at the AMIDEAST Center in the lively Agdal area of Rabat. The three-week program introduces students to Moroccan Colloquial Arabic and explores the essential elements of Moroccan cultural life. The program provides a rich portrait of this complex and dynamic country. In addition to academic course work, AMIDEAST offers in-country orientation, the opportunity to live with a Moroccan family, visits to historic sites in and around Rabat, one day excursion to a nearby city, and transportation to Al Akhawayn University (for students enrolled in that specific program for the following semester). Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Moroccan Arabic and Culture Program in Rabat take one 3-credit course combining 35 hours of Moroccan Arabic with ten hours of lecture/discussion in English on different aspects of traditional and contemporary Moroccan culture. Topics covered include the Moroccan political system, women and Islam, Amazigh culture, linguistic diversity, and Moroccan history. The Colloquial Arabic portion of the course is structured to introduce students to the local spoken language, opening doors to communication with Moroccans.

Subjects

  • Arabic
  • Middle Eastern Studies

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