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.
The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Regional Studies in French Program in Rabat offers a diverse set of courses taught in French on Morocco in its Muslim, Arab, African and Mediterranean contexts. While enhancing French language skills in this distinctly non-European Francophone environment, students deepen their Moroccan experience by learning colloquial Arabic. Additionally, students have the opportunity to study Modern Standard Arabic if they so desire. Students in the program live with French-speaking Moroccan families. 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 narrow streets and exciting markets of the old medina in a few minutes' walk. Classes take place at the AMIDEAST’s Center in the bustling Agdal area of the city close to the buildings of AMIDEAST’s partner, the College of Letters and Humanities of Mohammed V University. Courses are taught by French-speaking Moroccan faculty members from the University and other universities in Rabat and neighboring cities. Students in the Regional Studies in French Program in Rabat carry a 15 credit hour load each semester. All students enroll in Moroccan Arabic and select other courses from offerings taught in French covering such diverse topics as Islam, Women in the Muslim World, North African cinema, the history and politics of Morocco and Morocco’s relationships with its neighbors. Students must have at least intermediate-high proficiency in French on the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) scale to enroll in the program. All courses, other than colloquial Moroccan and Modern Standard Arabic, are taught in French exclusively for the AMIDEAST program, and students take classes only with other program participants.
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.