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Language Immersion

Summer: AMIDEAST: Intensive Arabic (Morocco)

Rabat, Morocco

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2020
Jun 01, 2020
Jun 27, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Summer I & II 2020
Jun 01, 2020
Jul 25, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Summer II 2020
Jun 29, 2020
Jul 25, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Arabic
English
French
Yes
No
No
Class Standing
Junior
Senior
Sophomore
3.0
Credits

6-12

Program Advisor

The Program

Live with a Moroccan family and travel throughout the country, all while developing your Arabic language skills

Students have the opportunity to study both Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic. In addition to academics, students benefit from an opportunity to live with a Moroccan family. During each of the two summer sessions AMIDEAST organizes a one day trip to different parts of the country. Past excursions have included trips to Asilah and El Jadidah.

Colorful boats sit on the blue ocean water with a seaside town in the background

Program Locations

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Rabat, Morocco

Morocco

Rabat

Rabat, the capital of Morocco, is perched on the Atlantic Ocean, in proximity to Gibraltar, Spain, and Portugal. Its white buildings, shimmering against the blue sky and sea, make a dazzling impression. In the 12th and 13th centuries Rabat became the key fortified center of the Almohad Empire, and imposing monuments and ruins of this age remain to this day. The Moroccan royal family still resides there in a splendid palace complex. The oldest quarter of the city (the “medina”) is a maze of shops, with a plethora of items on sale, including pottery, leather goods, fabrics, jewelry, antiques, and the some of the most beautiful vegetables in the world!

Academics

 

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the AMIDEAST Morocco website.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to AMIDEAST and Rutgers University. All students will take Modern Standard Arabic for 5 credits per summer term and Colloquial Arabic for 1 credit per term, for a total of 6 credits per term.  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.) 

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

Students must leave the United States the day before the start of the program.


To view the current academic calendar, please visit the AMIDEAST Academic Calendar web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by AMIDEAST and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Housing and Meals

Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Summer Program in Rabat will live with Moroccan families that have been carefully screened by AMIDEAST from a database of qualified applicants. Students usually are placed with families who have previous experience hosting American students through AMIDEAST. 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 living with host families 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.

For more information about accommodations, please visit the AMIDEAST Accommodations web page.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $6,390 $6,965
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,500
Meals $100
Books and Classroom Materials $75
Local Transportation $300
Personal Expenses $300
Total $2,275.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $11,560 $12,710
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,500
Meals $200
Books and Classroom Materials $150
Local Transportation $600
Personal Expenses $600
Total $3,050.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $6,390 $6,965
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,500
Meals $100
Books and Classroom Materials $75
Local Transportation $300
Personal Expenses $300
Total $2,275.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

 

Available to all students participating in a Rutgers Study Abroad AMIDEAST program.  For more information and application instructions please visit the AMIDEAST Scholarships web page.

Student Spotlight

Summer 2017

"Seventh grade Spanish class. I was sitting in the stuffy classroom expecting another day of activities, group conversations in Spanish, and just spending another class doing the same routine matters. However, that day was special. It was the day my teacher told me about her study abroad experience in Valencia, Spain. The pictures lit up the smart board, filling up every inch of the white surface and all I could do was stare in awe as she spoke. She described the colors, the food, the people, and I knew instantly studying abroad was something I had to do. She seemed so enlightened and in my twelve-year-old mind I wanted to be just like her. So, I kept that memory in the back of my mind as a constant motivation until it was finally time for me to study abroad. I did not end up choosing Spain, but Morocco. I had studied Spanish before and wanted to take a stab at Arabic as it was fascinating to me. Morocco was one of the few countries left that still taught Arabic, and I knew I had to seize the opportunity while I could. Learning the language of a country opens a whole host of learning to be taking place. The mind understands things differently in different languages, and understanding that allows the person to grasp the history and people of a place a lot better."