A great experience in an incredible place February 03, 2014

By (American University) - abroad from 08/23/2013 to 12/22/2013 with

AMIDEAST Rabat - Area & Arabic Language Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had previously spent time in the Middle East while studying in Jordan, so I was already somewhat familiar with the region. That being said, I gained a TON being in Morocco with AMIDEAST. The culture is incredible and Morocco is a gorgeous place. More than worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The Arabic language instruction in particular is very good, especially at the higher levels.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The on-site staff in incredibly helpful, kind, and caring. Any problem that any of us had was taken care of promptly by the staff there. They made the transition to Morocco as easy as possible.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It's hard not to integrate once you put some effort in. Speak the language and go see what you can find.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had issues, but those who did were very well taken care of.

* Safety:

I never once felt unsafe while in Morocco.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Morocco is very cheap. Everything from food to transportation to entertainment is insanely inexpensive.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Arabic Instruction
  • Travel
* What could be improved?
  • Content Courses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Traveling is just so easy in Morocco

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.