Spend the summer in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Jordan exploring the roots of conflict and the process of peace in this unique program offered through the partnership of AMIDEAST and FIE: Foundation for International Education. The Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: Explorations in Ireland and the Middle East program begins in Dublin. During the first portion of the program, students take a single course titled Life Cycle of Peace and Conflict: Lessons Learned in Northern Ireland, using the country as a case study to focus on peace and conflict theory. Co-curricular activities such as visits to historic city sites and political walking tours will enhance student understanding of the sensitive cultural and societal roots of conflict. In addition, a study tour of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will contextualize the coursework. The new understanding of peace and conflict will inform the student experience in Amman, where participants will examine how the Arab/Israeli conflict, regional conflicts such as those in Lebanon, Yemen or Iraq, and tribal conflicts are being addressed. Students enroll in one course, Conflict Resolution and Management: Beyond the Arab-Israeli Conflict, which is complemented by study tours to Mount Nebo, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, and the ancient city of Petra. Following the conclusion of the Conflict and the Struggle for Peace program, a student may opt to extend his/her stay in Amman and participate in the AMIDEAST Intensive Arabic Program which is a four-week program that includes Modern Standard and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic courses. Arabic courses are available at all levels of study. (Please note that beginning Arabic will run subject to minimum enrollment). Additional information, including upcoming program dates, can be found on FIE's website at http://www.fie.org.uk/programs/by-location/dublin/peace-conflict-program. All interested applicants must apply through FIE’s application portal. Once accepted to the Peace & Conflict program by FIE, students return here to the AMIDEAST Student Portal to prepare for the program. In other words, access to the AMIDEAST Student Portal is only available to participants already accepted to the Peace & Conflict Resolution Program by FIE. After acceptance, students must create a separate account through AMIDEAST's Student Portal to review and complete Pre-Departure information for their time in Amman, Jordan.
This program takes place in the Sultanate of Oman, one of the most intriguing destinations in the Arab world. A country with a long history and distinctive identity, Oman is AMIDEAST’s newest locale for an Area & Arabic Language Studies Program. Well-known for its long-standing trade routes stretching from East Asia to East Africa, notably along the southern half of the Strait of Hormuz, Oman has been recognized since ancient times as one of the greatest seafaring nations of the world. Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Muscat carry a 14 to 17 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in two to three Arabic courses and two or three other Area studies courses (depending on the student’s preference) from a variety of disciplines taught in English. Topics range from economics, Media Arabic, Middle East and North African studies, political science, religious studies, and women's studies. Additionally, students participate in exciting program-organized excursions around Oman. Visits to major attractions and historical sites may include Jabal Shams & Nizwa, Wahiba Sands, and a Dhow Cruise along Bandar Khairan. Students who study in Oman with AMIDEAST spend the semester living in its capital city, Muscat. Situated along a natural harbor on the northern coast of Oman, Muscat has been an important trading post for much of its history. Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Oman live apartment-hotels in an Omani student neighborhood, in the Al Khoudh area of Muscat. AMIDEAST students will be paired with other AMIDEAST students as roommates in the accommodations. The apartment-hotel will house 4 students per apartment, with 2 students sharing a room. They include a shared living room, kitchen, and 2 full baths.
The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program offers a diverse curriculum through direct enrollment at Al Akhawayn University (AUI), a private Moroccan university in Ifrane patterned on the American model of higher education. Students on the program will live in residence halls on the 98-acre AUI campus, which includes modern classroom buildings and dormitories, as well as a library and IT facilities, sports facilities, and a student center including dining halls. Upon arrival in Morocco, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students participate in an in-depth, three week-long academic Moroccan Arabic and Culture pre-session program designed to introduce them to Moroccan Arabic, Moroccan culture, and daily life and familiarize them with the logistics of the program. Students stay with Moroccan host families during the Moroccan Arabic and Culture program that takes place at the AMIDEAST Center in the Moroccan capital of Rabat. Following the pre-semester program students move to Ifrane, where they participate in AUI's international student orientation on the AUI campus. Once the semester starts, visiting students are fully integrated into the social, academic, and cultural life of AUI, and they are able to make strong and lasting connections with their Moroccan peers. Students will find a variety of cross-cultural learning opportunities on campus. AUI has a full range of student clubs, all of which are open to AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students; they include sports, artistic, cultural, and academic groups. The university also sponsors numerous activities each week. Community service is required of all matriculated undergraduates at AUI; therefore, such opportunities are widely available to AMIDEAST students as well.