Love love loved this program... want to go back! Past Review

By (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania) - abroad from 09/01/2012 to 12/21/2012 with

AMIDEAST Rabat - Area & Arabic Language Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This was my first long-term experience abroad and I loved it. I learned so much about myself on this program; it changed how I see the world and how I live in it.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I loved the variety of courses offered, and I especially liked my Arabic course. My teacher, Khadija, was so sweet and caring and an excellent instructor.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Doha (the program manager) is THE BEST. She was like a mom to all of the students.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living with a host family was the best part of the whole experience. My host family welcomed me, fed me, and through them I learned so much more about Moroccan and Arab culture than I ever could from a classroom.

* Food:

Moroccan food is absolutely delicious and having home-cooked meals every day was amazing.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living with a host family does all the work for you!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

My program manager helped me go to a pharmacy and get medicine when I needed it.

* Safety:

Rabat is a perfectly safe place to live, if you are prepared and sensible. AMIDEAST did a great job of preparing me for what to expect and what clothes to bring.

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


* 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)

Very easily. Rabat is cheap and plus your host family cooks delicious meals for you!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Money for cabs to school and sometimes going out for lunch.


* 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 would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Arabic 202
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Definitely make use of living with a host family, they are your best resource.

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
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Living with a host family!
  • Program-organized excursions
  • Moroccan food
* What could be improved?
  • More excursions
  • More Darija classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring a Kindle, it's much easier than trying to bring or buy English books.

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.