AMIDEAST: Rabat - Regional Studies in French

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  • Location(s): Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Intensive Language

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Bienvenue au Maroc! Study in the imperial city of Rabat, Morocco’s bustling capital in which Arab, European, indigenous Amazigh, and sub-Saharan African influences intersect to create a cultural dynamic unlike any other.The Amideast Education Abro... read more

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I learned a lot about the importance of foreign language and was forced to confront my race in new ways. It was incredibly meaningful. - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
I gained a much wider worldview. For each time I was frustrated with the environment around me, I had at least five moments that made up for it with beautiful views, friendly people, and new skills to take with me. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself. My program was definitely more challenging than a lot of my friends who studied in Europe, but I also feel that I got a lot more out of my experience. - American University View Entire Review
Incredibly worthwhile - great introduction to Arabic and an even better exposure to the diversity of the North African region - American University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about a culture I had never really experienced before and am extremely glad that I did it. - Amherst College View Entire Review
Past Review Wonderful
I learned learned valuable language skills, and made a great deal of personal discoveries. - Oberlin College View Entire Review
My experience abroad was most certainly worthwhile. I became very close with my host family, and felt that I was really able to immerse myself in the culture through my host family living arrangement, Moroccan language partners, weekly intercultural dialogues, and weekend travel/exploration. I became much more comfortable using ... - Kenyon College View Entire Review
Past Review Wow
I gained independence and language skill and cultural awareness. Yes it was worhtwhile - Macalester College View Entire Review
It was absolutely fantastic. - Georgetown University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with AMIDEAST: Rabat - Regional Studies in French
I learned that people are people wherever you go, but US citizens could really learn a LOT from Moroccans. I've learned that contrary to popular belief, most people are indifferent about Americans. We aren't hated nor loved. - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee View Entire Review

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Bienvenue au Maroc! Study in the imperial city of Rabat, Morocco’s bustling capital in which Arab, European, indigenous Amazigh, and sub-Saharan African influences intersect to create a cultural dynamic unlike any other.
The Amideast Education Abroad Regional Studies in French program offers a unique study abroad opportunity for intermediate-advanced students of the French language. The diverse array of courses are taught in the French language (with the exception of Arabic courses). Colloquial Moroccan Arabic is a required course, and Modern Standard Arabic is available as an optional course as well. In addition to that, recent courses have been drawn from topics like: Francophone literature, Middle East & North Africa studies, history, religion, sociology, and more! Homestays with local French-speaking Moroccan families grant students an intimate look at the local culture as they hone their language skills in a distinctly non-European Francophone environment.
Finally, organized excursions span exciting locations from the ancient medina of Fez to the quiet village of Zawyat Ahansal in the Atlas Mountains. Allons-y!

ACADEMIC OVERVIEW


  • Arabic: Blended Modern Standard & Colloquial Moroccan (8 credits) is optional

  • Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (3 credits) is required if not in the 8-credit course

  • Elective Area Studies Courses (3 credits each) taught in French in a variety of disciplines including a Community-Based Learning course. Recent courses have been drawn from Francophone literature, Middle East & North Africa studies, history, political science, religion, sociology, and women's studies

COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING

Every semester we offer our Community-Based Learning course. This interdisciplinary course aims at strengthening and deepening students' knowledge of the Middle East through direct experience in local organizations and a series of lectures aimed at providing the theoretical framework for studying and interacting with Moroccan society, culture, and politics.

Students will have a volunteer placement in a local organization where they are expected to spend at least five hours a week. There are also lectures/seminars to contextualize the placement, providing the opportunity to directly observe and analyze different aspects of Moroccan culture, social relations, and politics under the framework provided by the class readings and discussions.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Arabic
  • French
Language Requirement(s):
  • French
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • French Language, Literature
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
2007
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AMIDEAST Scholarships

Up to four AMIDEAST education abroad students are selected to act as a "correspondents" for our semester-long programs. These correspondents submit a blog entry based on a choice of topics every two weeks. While developing travel and creative writing skills, students also critically reflect in writing on their education abroad experience with AMIDEAST.

$1,000

Deadlines:
Summer Programs - March 15 Short Term Summer Programs - April 15 Fall Semester or Academic Year Programs - April 15 Short Term Winter Programs - October 15 Spring Semester Programs - October 15

Guidelines/Requirements:
Complete all required items in the Student Portal by the term application deadline.

AMIDEAST Education Abroad Need-Based Scholarships are awarded in the form of a program fee reduction and range between $250 and $750 for short term programs, $500 and $1500 for summer programs, and between $500 and $3000 for semester programs. In exceptional circumstances, awards of up to $2000 may be made for summer programs, and up to $5000 for semester and programs.

$500 - $3,000

Deadlines:
Summer Programs - March 15 Short Term Summer Programs - April 15 Fall Semester or Academic Year Programs - April 15 Short Term Winter Programs - October 15 Spring Semester Programs - October 15

Guidelines/Requirements:
Completed all required items on the AMIDEAST Student Portal by the term deadline.

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