AMIDEAST: Rabat - Regional Studies in French
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
I learned a lot about the importance of foreign language and was forced to confront my race in new ways. It was incredibly meaningful. Kate Meacham - 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. A student - 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. Elizabeth R - American University View Entire Review
Incredibly worthwhile - great introduction to Arabic and an even better exposure to the diversity of the North African region A student - 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. Joanna M - Amherst College View Entire Review
I learned learned valuable language skills, and made a great deal of personal discoveries. Katie H. - 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 ... A student - Kenyon College View Entire Review
I gained independence and language skill and cultural awareness. Yes it was worhtwhile Madeline Cook - Macalester College View Entire Review
It was absolutely fantastic. Rachel R - Georgetown University View Entire Review
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. Kelly C - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee View Entire Review
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!
- 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
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
- Academic Year
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
- Sociology and Anthropology
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Amideast Education Abroad students are selected to act as a "correspondents" for our semester and summer programs. These correspondents submit multiple blog entries while developing travel and creative writing skills. Students also critically reflect in writing on their education abroad experience with Amideast.
$1,000 (semester) or $500 (summer)
Amideast Education Abroad Need Based Scholarships are awarded based on the student's financial need, and can be given up to $3,000 for summer programs and $5,000 for semester programs. Awards may be disbursed as a tuition reduction, one-time bank transfer, or equal monthly on-site cash payments.
$500 - $5,000
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