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 “European” city to the winding alleys and exciting markets of the old medina in a few minutes’ walk.
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. In addition, students learn Moroccan Arabic and have the opportunity to study Modern Standard Arabic if they so desire. Students in the program live either with French-speaking Moroccan families or in a private Moroccan student residence hall.
Classes take place at AMIDEAST’s facilities in the bustling Agdal area of the city . Courses are taught by French-speaking Moroccan faculty members from AMIDEAST's partner, Mohammed V University, and other universities in Rabat and neighboring cities.
Regional Studies Courses
Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Regional Studies in French Program in Rabat carry a 15 credit hour load each semester. All students enroll in Moroccan Arabic and select four 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 European, Mediterranean and African neighbors.
Alternatively, if students would like to enroll in Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) they could then choose to take two or three Regional Studies courses (depending on their preference). If students choose to take two Regional Studies courses they will enroll in a total of 14 credits, whereas if they take three Regional Studies courses you will enroll in a total of 17 credits. All lectures, readings and written work in this program are in French.
Students must have at least intermediate-high proficiency in French to enroll in the program. Students who wish may also enroll in Modern Standard Arabic, which is offered at seven different levels. All courses, other than Moroccan and Modern Standard Arabic, are taught in French exclusively for the AMIDEAST program, and students take classes only with other program participants.
To review Regional 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:
- Colloquial Arabic (required)
- A French Literature course (elective)
- Community-Based Learning in the MENA Region (elective)
- A Political Science course (elective)
- An Economics course (elective)
- A Women’s Studies course (elective)
- Modern Standard Arabic (elective)
- Media Arabic (elective)
Students can contact AMIDEAST staff prior to the program start to learn about potential course offerings in an upcoming semester.
Semester Arabic in Morocco – Regional Studies in French
All students in the Regional Studies in French program enroll in Moroccan Arabic and select four other courses from offerings taught in French. Students may also choose Modern Standard Arabic or Media Arabic as electives. For more information on elective Arabic courses please click here.
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)
- Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IB (Arabic 118; 3 credits)
- Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IC (Arabic 119; 3 credits)
- Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IIA (Arabic 218; 3 credits)
- Colloquial Moroccan Arabic IIB (Arabic 219; 3 credits)
- Colloquial Moroccan Arabic III (Arabic 319; 3 credits)
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.
At AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World, we are committed to providing financial assistance to students participating on 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:
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(after $1,200 discount)
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Estimated Personal Expenses:
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 coverag
- 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
- 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.