Excellent Program for Arabic Language Study Past Review

By (University of Pennsylvania) - abroad from 08/21/2015 to 12/19/2015 with

AMIDEAST Rabat - Area & Arabic Language Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about Moroccan and Arab culture, and gained a greater awareness of global issues and my place in the world. I also improved both Arabic and French language skills.

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.

The Modern Standard Arabic course was fantastic. I also really enjoyed my area studies course taught in French. The Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and English-language area studies courses were just not up to the standard of American universities, but I enjoyed learning from Moroccan professors. If I did it over again, I would fill my schedule entirely with language courses because I think they are the strongest part of the program.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Program support was great, especially compared to what I've heard about other similar programs in the region.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living with a host family was an essential enriching part of the experience.

* Food:

Traditional Moroccan food is great, but you won't get that every day and you have to be okay with the limited options in terms of variety.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The language partner program and engagement with Moroccans could be improved.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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 cheap. Expenses depend on how much you want to spend on travel


* 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? Intermediate Arabic

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?
  • Language courses
  • Travel around Morocco
  • Host family living
* What could be improved?
  • Language partner program
  • English-language area studies courses
  • Darija (Moroccan Arabic) courses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would have taken Media Arabic and another French course instead of the English-language courses.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!