Morocco is a country where African, Arab and European cultures are entwined. Located at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco is the closest point of contact to Europe for Africa as a continent. Morocco is a land of tolerance, a blend of cultures and religions, a country known for its amazing hospitality. The fascinating mixture of history, art, food, music and architecture makes Morocco an unforgettable destination.
Rabat is one of Morocco’s “imperial cities,” and its modern capital. It is home to the leading educational institutions in the country and offers students opportunities to move from the shops and cafes of the “European” city to the winding alleys and exciting markets of the old “medina” in a few minutes’ walk.
The Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Rabat, Morocco, offers Modern Standard Arabic instruction in two 4-week sessions. Classes meet five hours per day; five days per week. Each session therefore includes 100 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic. Students are given placement tests on arrival and placed in the level appropriate for their Arabic language proficiency. The following levels are offered:
For students whose proficiency is beyond the advanced level, a tutorial program will be arranged to address their specific interests (Media Arabic; Arabic literature; Classical Arabic texts, etc.) Students may enroll in one or two sessions.
AMIDEAST organizes one day trip each session to a different part of the country – usually to a beachside town either north or south of Rabat (in the past such trips have gone to Asilah to the north and El Jadida to the south). AMIDEAST staff are also happy to provide information and even assistance with arrangements for independent travel to places like Fez, Marrakesh, Tangier and even the desert in the south. There will be plenty of time and opportunity to explore your options once you arrive and Morocco and your session begins. For those staying for both sessions, AMIDEAST staff will provide information about independent travel options during the week-long break. *text taken from AMIDEAST's website
Sophomore Standing; 3.0 GPA
Course taught in Arabic
Orientation held at Marquette prior to departure. Upon arrival in Rabat, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students participate in a 1 1/2-day orientation designed to introduce them to Moroccan culture and daily life and familiarize them with the logistics of the program. The orientation combines structured informational sessions with organized activities. Topics include safety and health, family life in Morocco, cultural adjustment, program regulations, participant responsibilities, and other essential information. Language placement is an essential part of the orientation.
The Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Rabat, Morocco, offers Modern Standard Arabic instruction in two 4-week sessions. Classes meet 5 hours per day; 5 days per week. Each session therefore includes 100 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic. Students are given placement tests on arrival and placed in the level appropriate for their Arabic language proficiency. See the AMIDEAST course listings page for more information.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.
Students in the AMIDEAST Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Rabat live with Moroccan families that have been carefully screened by AMIDEAST/Morocco from a database of qualified applicants. Students usually are placed with families who have previous experience hosting American students through AMIDEAST. Few, if any, families speak English. Most host family members speak Arabic as a first language and also speak at least some French; a minority speak Spanish or Amazigh (Berber) as well.
AMIDEAST matches students with host families using a variety of criteria. While all placement preferences may not be met in every case, AMIDEAST will strive to make the best match to ensure a rewarding and pleasant living experience. In the event of a problem, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program staff members will be available either to mediate or to arrange a new host family placement. Students will be provided with all meals by their host families but may find that some days it is not possible to return to the family for lunch because of class schedules.
Students are able to study at AMIDEAST for the summer. Please note: These dates are tentative and should be confirmed before making any formalized plans or purchases.
|Summer I 2012||Summer II 2012|
|Program begins||May 27||June 24|
|Program ends||June 22||July 20|
A student visa is not required for this program, although all students must have a valid passport that extends 3 months past the ending date of the program.
Students participating in this program are expected to make their own flight arrangements. You must wait until you have been officially accepted to AMIDEAST before purchasing airline tickets. Student Universe (www.studentuniverse.com) and STA Travel (www.statravel.com) are two travel agencies that can often help students find flexible, discounted tickets.
*Other costs include estimated personal expenses.
Billing: All costs except the CISI Insurance will be billed directly to students by AMIDEAST or will be out of pocket costs. CISI Insurance will be billed by Marquette through checkmarq. Federal financial aid, private loans and grants may apply. Please contact Financial Aid for more information.
Please note: all cost and financial information are provided to the best of our knowledge and should be considered as approximate estimates only.
This is an external approved program, so only federal and state financial aid applies. To learn more about how the program will affect your specific aid package, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.