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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Rabat, Morocco offers Arabic language courses in two 4-week sessions. Classes meet 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. Each student will receive 100 hours of Arabic language instruction in each session, including both Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic. One summer session covers the material usually presented in one semester on a U.S. campus. Students are given placement tests prior to arrival and are placed in the level appropriate for their Arabic language proficiency. The curriculum is based on AMIDEAST's Arabic Language and Culture Curriculum, which is functional and communicative in its approach. The teachers are carefully selected native speakers with excellent language teaching experience and skills.
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.