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WHO WE ARE


Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST is a leading American nonprofit organization engaged in international education, training, and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. We believe that self-forged, fulfilled lives lead to understanding, mutual respect, and a more peaceful, productive world.

OUR VISION 


is a world where all people have access to opportunities that enable them go as far as their dreams, talents, and dedication can take them.

OUR MISSION


is to create hope, opportunity, and mutual understanding among people in the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States through life-changing opportunities for education and cultural exchanges.

OUR GOALS 


  • Expand educational and training opportunities
  • Build cross-cultural understanding
  • Empower women and youth
  • Prepare individuals for jobs in the global economy
  • Strengthen institutions and communities

MAKING A DIFFERENCE


With an annual portfolio of $66 million, staff of 1,200, and more than 20 offices in 11 MENA countries, AMIDEAST is making a difference. In 2018, our programs and services benefited:
  • 2,350 exchange and scholarship students
  • 15,500 youth and women empowered through special programs
  • 57,000 students and professional trainees
  • 100,000 recipients of academic guidance
  • 210,000 test-takers

The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat offers a diverse set of courses, and semi-intensive instruction in Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic. Students in the program live with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families and attend classes at AMIDEAST’s facilities in the lively Agdal area of the city. Courses are taught by English-speaking Moroccan faculty members from AMIDEAST’s partner, the College of Letters and Humanities of Mohammed V University – Agdal, and other universities in Rabat and neighboring cities. 
In addition to academics, students benefit from the following program components:
  • in-country orientation
  • an opportunity to live with a Moroccan family
  • structured ways to meet local students
  • volunteer and service-learning opportunities
  • organized excursions to exciting locations around Morocco

Area Studies Courses

Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat carry a 14-17 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in Arabic (8 credits: Modern Standard and Moroccan Colloquial Arabic) 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 including political science, religion, sociology, women's studies, history, and Amazigh studies. Students must have the equivalent of four college semesters of French or more in order to take a French course. All courses are taught exclusively for the AMIDEAST program, and students take classes only with other program participants. To review Area Studies course descriptions, please visit this page: AMIDEAST Course Catalog. Note that the courses included in the catalog are a number of possible course options. Only some of the courses will be offered each semester. AMIDEAST cannot guarantee that any specific course(s) will be offered as the course list changes each semester based on previous student interest and professor availability. As AMIDEAST programs continue to grow, new courses may be added each semester in addition to those listed below. The course descriptions listed in the catalog do not represent final offerings for any given term, but rather they are intended to give students a general sense of the scope and focus of the program. Approximately 6-8 weeks before the start of the semester, students are sent information regarding the courses that will be offered during the upcoming term through the Student Portal. A typical set of course offerings might include:
  • Modern Standard Arabic (required)
  • Colloquial Arabic (required)
  • Media Arabic (elective)
  • Community-Based Learning in the MENA Region (elective)
  • A Political Science course (elective)
  • A History course (elective)
  • A Religion course (elective)
  • A Women’s Studies course (elective)
  • A French Literature course (elective for students with French language proficiency)
Students can contact AMIDEAST staff prior to the program start to learn about potential course offerings in an upcoming semester.

Language Courses

Semester Arabic in Morocco Students on the AMIDEAST Area & Arabic Language Studies program earn a total of 8 credits in the Arabic Language. Each student will receive 80 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) and 45 hours of instruction in colloquial Arabic (3 credits). Students are placed into appropriate Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic levels based on an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and written Arabic exam conducted before their departure. Modern Standard Arabic All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) at a level appropriate to their proficiency. The following levels are offered:
  • Modern Standard Arabic I (Arabic 101; 5 credits)
  • Modern Standard Arabic II (Arabic 102; 5 credits)
  • Modern Standard Arabic III (Arabic 201; 5 credits)
  • Modern Standard Arabic IV (Arabic 202; 5 credits)
  • Modern Standard Arabic V (Arabic 301; 5 credits)
  • Modern Standard Arabic VI (Arabic 302; 5 credits)
  • Directed Studies in Arabic (Arabic 401; 5 credits)
Colloquial Moroccan Arabic Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (3 credits) instruction begins during on-site orientation and continues throughout the semester. Colloquial Arabic is offered at a variety of levels. Students are placed in classes appropriate to their previous knowledge of Arabic. Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (3 credits) instruction begins during on-site orientation and continues throughout the semester. Students are placed in classes appropriate to their previous knowledge of Arabic.
  • Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IA (Arabic 117; 3 credits; co-requisite: ARAB 101)
  • Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IB (Arabic 118; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 102, 201, 202)
  • Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IC (Arabic 119; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 301, 302, 401)
  • Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IIA (Arabic 218; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 102, 201, 202, 301)
  • Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IIB (Arabic 219; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 302, 401)
  • Colloquial Moroccan Arabic III (Arabic 319; 3 credits; co-requisites: ARAB 201, 202, 301, 302, 401)
Media Arabic Media Arabic is also typically available as an elective course (3 credits). This course introduces students to the Arabic used in the media and is designed to assist students to read, listen, and understand news around the Arab world.

Program Components

AMIDEAST host countries each have their own unique history and regional characteristics that influence our programs. AMIDEAST seeks to embrace these aspects and ensure an enriching experience abroad by promoting language acquisition, intercultural learning, cultural immersion, and focusing on the safety and security of our students. AMIDEAST Programs Components include:
  • Content Courses: On semester programs, students choose 2-4 Area Studies courses taught in either English or French (depending on the program) from a wide range of disciplines.
  • Excursions: Included in the program fee, program-organized excursions provide students a way to experience the Arab World first-hand, taking them places they might not otherwise be able to go.
  • Housing and Meals: Housing and most meals are included as part of the program fee. Homestay options are available in all locations, with some alternative choices available as well.
  • Intercultural Learning: AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are structured to include opportunities for students to develop their intercultural competence. Cultural dialogue sessions, language partners, and reflection periods are some of the offerings AMIDEAST provides to help students deepen intercultural understanding.
  • Language Acquisition: Modern Standard Arabic, Colloquial Arabic, and Media Arabic are offered at multiple levels. Students are paired with local students as part of the Language partner Program in order to improve their conversation Arabic.
  • Student Support: Students receive extensive support by means of pre-departure planning, in-country orientation, program-provided health insurance, assistance with the visa process, and staff support.
  • Study Environment: Courses are taught in a U.S. format by local faculty. They are held in AMIDEAST’s local facilities with other students on the program.

Scholarships

At AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World, we are committed to providing financial assistance to students participating in our programs in the Middle East and North Africa.

Cost & Fees

-- Special Academic Year Discount --
$1,200 discount offered to academic year students in the spring term Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Semester Tuition and Fees1: 

Estimated Personal Expenses: 1Tuition and fees are subject to change. 2International airfare will vary depending on departure city; academic year students who choose to go home for the semester break will incur the cost of an additional flight. 3A small stipend intended to off-set transportation costs will be provided to students. Please note that this is not intended to cover all transportation costs and students should budget for the suggested amount for local transportation. 4This includes funds for meals not covered by the room and board charge. 5For books purchased locally. All students should bring Arabic Language textbooks to the host country. Tuition and fees include:
  • Pre-departure preparation
  • Courses up to 17 credit
  • All-inclusive one-week orientation
  • Housing (with a host family)
  • A stipend intended to off-set transportation costs
  • Most meals (with a host family)
  • Program-organized excursions
  • Supplementary lectures and special events
  • Medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation, and political and security evacuation coverage
  • Program supplied mobile phone for use while in Morocco (usage charges not included)
  • Pre and post-program Oral Proficiency Interview
Tuition and Fees do NOT cover:
  • International airfare
  • Local personal transportation
  • Communication and other personal expenses
  • Books
  • Some meals
  • Insurance for student travel prior to or following the official dates of the program
  • Medical expenses (including visits to doctors, medical tests, and medications). AMIDEAST recommends students have direct access (e.g. via a debit card or cash) to at least $300 to pay for any necessary medical expenses while abroad. Should a student expect to see medical professional(s) for on-going physical or mental health issues while abroad, he/she may want to consider bringing more than $300 for this purpose. Information outlining insurance coverage and the reimbursement process is provided on the AMIDEAST Student Portal after acceptance.
FallSpringAcademic Year (AY)
Tuition & fees $15,350 $15,350 $29,500 
(after $1,200 discount) Room & board $2,850 $2,850 $5,700 TOTAL $18,200 $18,200 $35,200 Fall Spring Academic Year International airfare2 $1,800 $1,800 $1,800 Local transportation3 $900 $900 $1,800 Personal expenses4 $1,200 $1,200 $2,400 Books5 $100 $100 $200 TOTAL $4,000 $4,000 $6,200

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