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.
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.
Learn & Serve in Tunisia is a unique summer education abroad opportunity for undergraduate students to study in the Middle East/North Africa region and engage in intense service learning experiences with Tunisian students. The program includes a study component on Tunisian culture and society, a service learning component as native speaker resource persons in an English language immersion program for Tunisian high school students and a volunteer component with disabled Tunisian students. Since its creation, the Tunisia Learn & Serve program has offered AMIDEAST students a wide variety of service opportunities. Learn & Serve students will spend the summer learning about this unique country as well as working with local students in association with AMIDEAST local staff. In addition, students will have the opportunity to improve their Arabic and experience life in a Tunisian home while staying with a host family for a portion of the program. Students enrolled in the Learn & Serve program take two academic courses (3 credits each): Tunisian Society and Culture and Tunisian Arabic. Both courses are intensive during the first two weeks and continuing on a less intensive basis throughout the remaining three weeks. This program includes lectures, seminars, and site visits based in Tunis. During the first portion of the program, classes take place at the AMIDEAST Tunis office in the Les Jardins district of the city, a short commute from the host family students will stay with while in Tunis. During the service portion, classes will take place in Tunis and Rimmel/Bizerte, less than an hour north of Tunis.