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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

Countries with an AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs

Egypt

Morocco

Semester and Academic Year • Area & Arabic Language Studies • Egyptology • Civil Engineering at Cairo University

Semester and Academic Year • Area & Arabic Language Studies • Honors Program in North African Studies • Direct Enrollment at Al Akhawayn University • Regional Studies in French

Summer • History of Engineering • Learn & Serve • Contemporary Egyptian Politics  

Jordan

Semester and Academic Year • Area & Arabic Language Studies Summer • Intensive Arabic • Peace and Conflict Resolution • Traditional Islamic Art

Summer • Intensive Arabic

Oman Summer • Learn & Serve

  Tunisia

Summer • Learn & Serve

Who we are Program Components Academics Health & Safety Finances Program Timeline

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Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

– Miriam Beard

AMIDEAST’s Roots Established in 1951, America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST) is a private American nonprofit organization engaged in international education, training, and development assistance work. Based in Washington, DC, it has approximately 25 field and project offices in 12 countries in the Middle East and North Africa and more than 600 dedicated professional staff working with international, regional, and local partners on the ground. AMIDEAST provides programs and services to improve educational opportunities and quality, strengthen local institutions, and develop language and professional skills for success in the local and global economy.

The AMIDEAST Advantage AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World provide students with opportunities to study in Arab countries for a semester, academic year, or summer. AMIDEAST also works with colleges and universities to create short-term customized education abroad opportunities in the region. With AMIDEAST’s more than 60-year involvement with and presence in the Middle East and North Africa, students benefit from the organization’s long-term experience, strong local connections, and deep understanding of local culture. AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs provide students wide-ranging opportunities to interact with local university students and to gain the most from intercultural encounters.

Committed to strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa, AMIDEAST offers education abroad programs for Americans interested in learning more about this important region.

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AMIDEAST’s Mission Strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa

Where does Education Abroad fit? Building on AMIDEAST’s mission, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World help develop mutual understanding by enabling Americans to study in the Middle East and North Africa. Students have the opportunity to interact with the peoples and cultures of the region, especially local university faculty members, students, and—in some locations—host families.

Core Principles AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World are built on a set of core principles. All programs are: • Student centered • Structured to maximize students’ acquisition of the Arabic language • Focused on development of knowledge of the host country and region • Designed to maximize exposure to the host culture • Dedicated to promoting intercultural sensitivity and global competence • Overseen by an Academic Consortium consisting of U.S. colleges and universities that provide quality assurance through ongoing review and periodic site visits • Large enough, in terms of student enrollment, to assure valuable discussion and diversity but not so large as to isolate students from the host society

At the same time, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs strive to develop students’ intercultural and global competence, providing them with living and learning environments that are: • academically rigorous and challenging • intellectually stimulating • interculturally open and accepting • physically safe

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Program components

While each program has its own unique style, heavily influenced by the national and local characteristics of the country and city where it is located, all AMIDEAST programs include the following distinctive features.

Pre-Departure Planning

In-Country Orientation

Language

Students receive extensive pre-departure information from AMIDEAST’s Washington DC office.

In-country orientation covers cultural adjustment, program components, academic advising, goals, expectations, safety, survival language instruction, and host city exploration.

Study Environment Courses are taught in a U.S. format by local faculty. They generally are held in AMIDEAST’s local facilities with other students on the program.

On semester programs, students choose 2–4 content courses from a wide range of disciplines.

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• G  enerally, the language of instruction is English for content courses. • S  tudents are paired with local university students as language and culture exchange partners.

Egypt: AMIDEAST student apartments Jordan: Host family or AMIDEAST student apartments

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AMIDEAST’s knowledgeable field office staff works with partners to help design programs and to identify speakers and site visits appropriate for the program theme. Field office staff also can make logistical arrangements for programs, including local transportation, housing and meals, and excursions/field trips. Please visit the AMIDEAST Abroad website for more information.

Our daughter feels she has already learned more Arabic in a week than she ever did in each semester at school. She loves the text they are using and feels that the teachers are simply superior.

Dialogue Sessions AMIDEAST coordinates dialogue sessions between its students and peers from local universities.

Oman: Student residence hall Tunisia: Varies

AMIDEAST has worked with colleges, universities, secondary schools and nonprofit organizations to facilitate their educational programs in the Arab world for nearly three decades.

– Parent of Jordan Summer 2011 student

Housing

Morocco: Host family or Moroccan residence hall

Content Courses

• A  rabic is offered at all levels from beginning to advanced (seven different levels).

Customized Programs

Staff AMIDEAST programs are supported by a well-trained and diverse staff of Americans and host-country nationals.

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Academic Consortium AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Programs benefit from the advice and quality assurance of an Academic Consortium, a group of 19 institutions that represent a cross-section of U.S. higher education. Academic Consortium Members American University Clemson University Colorado College Creighton University Dickinson College Georgetown University Grinnell College Howard (Maryland) Community College Michigan State University Middle Tennessee State University Northeastern University Queens College The Great Lakes Colleges Association The Norfolk State University The University of Texas at Austin University of Cincinnati University of Kentucky University of Pennsylvania University of Richmond

Transcripts and Institution of Record

After completing the program, students receive an official AMIDEAST grade report that documents letter grades and credit awarded. Another copy of the grade report is sent to the student’s university. Alternatively, students can request (for an additional fee of $350) a transcript issued by AMIDEAST’s Institution of Record (IoR), Northeastern University. Should a home institution advisor indicate that a transcript from the IoR is required, the student or home institution will be billed for this fee.

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Program Comparison

I completely grew as a person through the AMIDEAST program. It exposed me to different situations, view points, and environments outside of my comfort zone. AMIDEAST plays a big role in who I am today and my relationship with the MENA region. – Egypt and Jordan 2010–11 Academic Year student

Area & Arabic Language Studies in Egypt

Area & Arabic Language Studies in Jordan

Area & Arabic Language Studies in Morocco

Honors Program in North African Studies in Morocco

AUI Direct Enrollment —Morocco

Regional Studies in French— Morocco

Egyptology Civil History of in Cairo Engineering Engineering in Cairo in Cairo

Length of Program

Semester / Academic Year

Semester / Academic Year

Semester / Academic Year

Semester / Academic Year

Semester / Academic Year

Semester / Academic Year

Semester / Academic Year

Semester / Academic Year

3 weeks in summer + optional 4-week Arabic Extension

Academic Focus

Arabic Language and Regional Studies

Arabic Language and Regional Studies

Arabic Language and Regional Studies

Arabic Language and Regional Studies

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Regional Studies

Egyptology

Civil Engineering

Housing

Shared apartments

Host family or shared apartments

Host family or student residences

Host family or student residences

Student residences

Host family or student residences

Shared apartments

Language of Instruction

English

English

English

English

English

French

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

MSA, Colloquial, Media Arabic

MSA, Colloquial, Media Arabic

MSA, Colloquial, Media Arabic

Internship Yes Availability

Arabic Options

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Intensive Arabic in Cairo

Intensive Arabic in Amman

Intensive Arabic in Rabat

Contemporary Peace and Egyptian Conflict Politics Resolution (London & Amman)

Traditional Learn and Islamic Art Serve in in Jordan Egypt

Learn & Serve in Tunisia

Learn & Serve in Oman

4 weeks in summer + optional 4-week Arabic Extension

3 weeks in summer + optional 4-week Arabic Extension

6 or 8 weeks in summer

6 weeks in summer

6 weeks in summer

Length of Program

Two 4-week summer sessions

Two 4-week summer sessions

Two 4-week summer sessions

3 weeks in summer + optional 4-week Arabic Extension

Engineering

Academic Focus

Arabic Language

Arabic Language

Arabic Language

Political Science

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Studio Art

Service Learning

Service Learning

Service Learning

Shared apartments

Shared apartments

Housing

Shared apartments

Host family

Host family

Shared apartments

Host family or hotel

Host family

Shared apartments

Varies

Student residences

English

English

English

Language of Instruction

Arabic

Arabic

Arabic

English

English

French

English

English

English

Yes

Yes

No

No

Internship No Availability

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

MSA, Colloquial

MSA, Colloquial, Media Arabic

Colloquial

N/A (except with Arabic Extension option)

MSA, Colloquial

N/A (except with Arabic Extension option)

N/A (except with Arabic Extension option)

N/A (except with Arabic Extension option)

Colloquial

Colloquial

Colloquial

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Health & safety

Health & safety

Health & Safety Student Health and Insurance All students are required to submit a completed medical profile prior to departure. AMIDEAST staff review this information and work with students to make necessary accommodations for any health or dietary needs.

Pre-departure information Part of ensuring that students remain safe while abroad includes providing them with in-depth information in preparation for their time in country. AMIDEAST staff sends students a series of pre-departure emails addressing topics such as FAQs, flight information, academic matters, insurance, safety and security. In addition, students are provided with an extensive handbook that outlines cultural and logistical issues they will face during their time abroad.

As part of the program fee, AMIDEAST provides medical and accident insurance for all students through HTH Worldwide Insurance. Once in country, AMIDEAST program staff help students deal with medical issues as they arise and have a list of recommended providers and hospitals both in the host city and in areas visited on excursions. In addition to medical insurance, HTH provides high-quality medical, political, and natural disaster evacuation coverage.

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These are challenging times, particularly for those involved in programs for American students in the Middle East and North Africa. At AMIDEAST, student health, safety, and security are the number-one priorities. While no one can guarantee that unexpected risks or situations will not arise, AMIDEAST continually strives to provide the support necessary for students to have a safe and healthy education abroad experience.

Presence in the Region

AMIDEAST was established in 1951 to build bridges of understanding between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. Today it is more important than ever that Americans learn more about this critical area as we work to build a more peaceful future. AMIDEAST has field offices in 12 countries through the region; the oldest have existed for more than 50 years. This longstanding physical presence in the region has enabled AMIDEAST to develop an extensive network of contacts with local educational and other institutions, organizations, government offices, and civil society.

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AMIDEAST provides more support than I expected, which is great, because I didn’t realize that I would need as much help as I did. – Morocco Fall 2011 student

In-County Orientation Upon arrival in country, AMIDEAST students participate in an in-depth orientation designed to introduce them to local culture and daily life and familiarize them with the logistics of the program. Orientation combines structured information sessions with organized activities and free time to familiarize participants with the urban environment. Topics such as safety and health, cultural adjustment, program regulations, participant responsibilities and other essential information are discussed in detail. During the in-country orientation students also meet their professors, take language placement tests, become familiar with the program’s IT environment, and learn how to navigate their new city.

Risk Management Although it is not possible to eliminate risk, AMIDEAST is committed to ensuring that its programs operate in safe and secure environments. AMIDEAST’s longstanding physical presence in the Middle East and North Africa and long history of service to local communities have enabled the development of strong local networks and relationships with local institutions and individuals. AMIDEAST’s Country Directors maintain close ties to the Regional Security Officers at the U.S. Embassies, and local program staff members are included in the U.S. Embassy warden network. AMIDEAST is also a member of the Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council. AMIDEAST facilities are accessible only through controlled entrances. Local staff is able to send out text messages (SMS) simultaneously to all students’ program-provided mobile phones to update them instantly as issues related to health, safety, and security develop. Local staff maintains a vital local network and contributes to the understanding of ongoing and developing situations on the ground. In addition, to further enhance access to up-to-the-minute information in crisis situations, AMIDEAST contracts with iJET: Intelligent Risk Systems, to offer certain services directly to AMIDEAST students. Lastly, an internal communication system links AMIDEAST Headquarters in Washington, DC, with field offices in the Middle East and North Africa, and key staff members are available at all times to respond to emergency situations.

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Egypt

Health egypt & Safety

“I becametimes, a moreparticularly independent,for These are challenging critically thinking, human those involved in programs formature American being through my study abroad students in theexperience. Middle East and North AfOn returning to the rica. At AMIDEAST, student health, United States I realized howsafety, and security isdrastically the number one priority. my world view had While no one changed can guarantee and howthat I feltunexpectlike a much more informed citizen not only ed risks or situations will not arise,ofAMthe United States, but the world.” IDEAST continually strives to provide the support necessary for students to have a safe – Egypt and Jordan Academic Year and healthy education abroad experience. 2010–11 student

In Egypt the AMIDEAST Education Abroad

EMPOWERING: Flexibility is de rigeur for those living in Egypt—where traffic is unpredictable, bargaining in shops is fierce, and a simple invitation to tea can turn into a daylong interaction with a new friend. Students cast aside expectations while using their newly acquired language and cultural skills to navigate new situations in a style that is truly unique to Egypt.

AN ADVENTURE: Despite the large number of foreigners who descend on Egypt annually, AMIDEAST exposes students to aspects of the country most visitors never see. Students live in the heart of Cairo in the neighborhood of Dokki, just a short walk from the banks of the Nile. There, students engage in experiential learning every day by shopping in local markets, haggling with taxis, and frequenting local cafes with Egyptian friends.

EXCEPTIONAL: In the center of the Arab world, students have the opportunity to learn first-hand from leading Egyptian faculty about the critically important Middle East region. AMIDEAST takes advantage of the unique environment in which its programs are held by combining classroom instruction with experiential field visits and activities in the vibrant city of Cairo as well as elsewhere in the country.

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UNUSUAL: Very few students live and study in cities as politically important and historically significant as Cairo. As the Arab Spring events in 2011 illustrated, Egypt is at the forefront of reform and change in the Arab world. In a city as large and bustling as Cairo, students benefit from the unique support offered by dedicated program staff so that they are able to access Egypt on a level that would not otherwise be possible.

EYE-OPENING: In this unique environment, students explore a range of international and domestic issues with their professors, their fellow AMIDEAST students, and their local friends. In a world where understanding Islam is increasingly important, students have the unique opportunity to explore religious practice in a predominantly Muslim country while gaining insights into the challenges faced by minority groups such as the Coptic Christians.

List of programs Semester/Academic Year • Area & Arabic Language Studies • Egyptology • Civil Engineering at Cairo University Summer • History of Engineering • Learn & Serve • Contemporary Egyptian Politics • Intensive Arabic in Cairo

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Area & Arabic Language Studies in Egypt

(Semester/Academic Year): Egyptians refer to Cairo as um al-dunya, or “mother of the world.” Culturally and politically, it is at the heart of the Arab world. Very few students live and study in cities as politically important and historically significant as Cairo. Students in the Area & Arabic Language Studies Program study political science, economics, religion, sociology, and Arabic, while simultaneously exploring the changing Middle East outside of the classroom. Unique Program Components In addition to academics, students benefit from the following program components.

Courses Students enrolled in the Area & Arabic Studies Program in Cairo carry a semester load of 14-17 credit hours.

• in-country orientation • the opportunity to live in the center of bustling Cairo • structured ways to meet local Egyptian students • service-learning opportunities • organized excursions to breathtaking locations such as upper Egypt (including the Valley of the Kings) and the Siwa Oasis

All students are required to enroll in Arabic (8 credits of Modern Standard and Egyptian Arabic) and two or three elective courses that are offered in a variety of disciplines including art, economics, Egyptology, history, media Arabic, Middle East and North African studies, political science, and religious studies. See program website for course descriptions or email EdAbroad@amideast.org for course syllabi.

Civil Engineering at Cairo University (Semester/Academic Year): Although many engineers follow career paths that take them to a variety of countries, there are limited opportunities for undergraduates in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines to study abroad. In an effort to give U.S. undergraduate engineering students the opportunity to study in one of the most dynamic regions of the world, AMIDEAST is proud to offer a Civil Engineering Semester at the Cairo University Faculty of Engineering (CUFE).

Unique Program Components In addition to AMIDEAST facilities, Civil Engineering students also have access to the laboratories available to CUFE civil engineering students including: the concrete and materials labs, the geotechnical engineering lab, the hydraulics lab, and the virtual education computer lab (which also contains educational videos and demonstrations for students). Civil engineering students also participate in an extensive on-site orientation, in organized excursions in Cairo and around Egypt, and they are given ample opportunities to meet Egyptian university students both in and outside their classes.

Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December Spring Semester: Mid January to Early May

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Courses Students study together with Egyptian students in CUFE’s Credit Hour Program (CHP) within the Faculty of Engineering. Out of a total semester load of 15-18 credits, students may select students may select three or four Civil entering courses Civil Engineering courses (9-12 credits) from a list of possible options. In addition to the academic offerings at CUFE, students also take two courses offered at AMIDEAST’s nearby facilities:

Fall Semester: Late August to Early January Spring Semester: Mid January to Late June

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1) C  ontemporary Egypt and the Arab World (3 credits) 2) Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (3 credits)

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Egyptology

(Semester/Academic Year): This unique program offers students the opportunity to focus on the fascinating world of ancient Egypt while living in and experiencing contemporary Cairo. This dynamic city gives Egyptology students a unique look into the heart of both ancient Egypt and the modern Arab world.

Courses Egyptology students enroll in 15 credits per semester. Classes consist of three Egyptologyspecific courses, one course from the Area & Arabic Language Studies Program options, and one Egyptian Arabic course.

Unique Program Components

Egyptology courses are taught by some of Egypt’s leading faculty and include:

Egyptology students have access to extensive on-site support including orientation, the opportunity to live in the center of bustling Cairo, structured ways to meet local Egyptian students, service-learning opportunities, and organized excursions to some of Egypt’s most historic and significant sites.

The Egyptology Program benefits from a close association with the Egyptian Supreme Council on Antiquities. As part of the Egyptology in Practice course, students work on special projects with staff at the Egyptian Museum. In addition, the Supreme Council arranges special access to sites and events for students in the program.

• Introduction to Ancient Egypt • Ancient Egyptian Art & Hieroglyphs • Pharaonic, Coptic & Modern Egypt: Culture & Religion from Ancient to Modern Times • Archeology in Egypt Today • Egyptology in Practice

Students live with, and participate in extracurricular activities with, colleagues in the Area & Arabic Language Studies Program.

See program website for course descriptions or email EdAbroad@amideast.org for course syllabi.

Contemporary Egyptian Politics (Summer): This program offers students a comprehensive understanding of the political and social scene in Egypt today. This 3-credit program focuses on the historical, cultural, economic, social, and political forces in Egypt today as it evolves from an authoritarian regime into a new democracy. Politics (only): Early June to Late June Politics and Arabic: Early June to Early August

Arabic Language Extension

History of Engineering

Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December Spring Semester: Mid January to Early May

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In addition to the formal lectures and meetings, students are introduced to the colloquial Egyptian Arabic, engage in dialogue with their Egyptian peers, participate in numerous cultural activities, visit historical sites in and out of Cairo, and meet with representatives from Egyptian governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Students enrolled in the Contemporary Egyptian Politics or the History of Engineering Programs can choose to extend their experience in Egypt by participating in the 4-week Intensive Arabic Program.

(Summer): From ancient times to the present, many of the world’s most impressive engineering feats have occurred in Egypt. The History of Engineering is a 3-credit program offered jointly by AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World and the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University.

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Topics addressed during the course range from ancient engineering feats such as the temples and monuments of ancient Egypt to ancient and modern water resource management and irrigation. Preservation and restoration of historic sites, including ancient monuments, mosques, churches and synagogues also are covered. These topics are addressed through lectures, discussions and numerous site visits and excursions.

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Learn & Serve in Egypt Courses Students earn a total of 6 academic credits (Community Based Learning, 3 credits and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, 3 credits).

(Summer): Students on this program engage in an intense service learning experience with local nongovernmental organizations, while also studying in one of the most dynamic parts of the Middle East and North Africa.

Intensive Arabic in Cairo

Unique Program Components With the addition of cultural activities, dialogue programs with local university students, and excursions, students gain an intimate understanding of the role of nongovernmental organizations in Egyptian society.

(Summer): The bustling city of Cairo serves as an excellent environment in which to learn Modern Standard and colloquial Egyptian Arabic. Students looking to improve their Arabic quickly can enroll in a rigorous 4-week or 8-week intensive summer session in the heart of the Arab world.

Students on this program study colloquial Egyptian Arabic, allowing them to practice speaking the most widely understood Arabic dialect, while undertaking an international internship in Cairo, the Arab world’s most populous city.

Courses The summer Intensive Arabic Program in Cairo offers Modern Standard Arabic in two 4-week sessions (6 credits each session). Classes meet 5 hours per day, 5 days per week.

Students can choose to participate in either a 6-week or 8-week Learn & Serve program in Egypt. The two programs are identical in structure, with the 8-week program providing a two-week extension of the internship. The 8-week program may be suitable for students who prefer to stay in Egypt longer or whose home institution may require a longer internship in order to fulfill a service learning requirement. Students on both programs earn a total of 6 credits.

Each session features 100 hours of Arabic language instruction, including both Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Egyptian Arabic. One summer session covers the material usually presented in one semester on a U.S. campus. Students are given placement tests on arrival and placed in the level appropriate for their Arabic language proficiency. See program website for course descriptions or email EdAbroad@amideast.org for course syllabi.

Unique Program Components Classes are held in AMIDEAST’s central facilities in Dokki on the west bank of the Nile and students are housed in shared apartments in Dokki.

See program website for course descriptions or email EdAbroad@amideast.org for course syllabi.

Summer Session I: Late May to Late June Summer Session II: Early July to Early August

6-Week Program: Early June to Late July 8-Week Program: Early June to Early August

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In addition to high-quality Arabic instruction, AMIDEAST’s Intensive Arabic Program provides opportunities to take advantage of Cairo’s unique environment, with experiential field visits and activities in Egypt’s vibrant capital city.

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Students also participate in an overnight excursion outside Cairo.

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Health jordan & Safety

These are challenging times, particularly for those involved in programs for American students in the Middle East and North Africa. At AMIDEAST, student health, safety, and security is the number one priority. “AMIDEAST was a constant support and While no one can guarantee that unexpectguide throughout my ed risks or situations will not arise, AMMiddle Eastern living IDEAST continually strives to provide the and learning adventure. support necessary for students to have a safe The flexibility, yet rigor, and healthy education of abroad experience. the three programs

In Jordan the AMIDEAST Education Abroad

EXPERIENTIAL: AMIDEAST exposes students to a Jordan most visitors never have the privilege to experience. Students live with local Arabic-speaking families or in apartments with their fellow AMIDEAST students in Amman, an ancient city facing many modern challenges.

EXPERIENCE IS:

INTIMATE: In their daily life, students have abundant opportunities to learn directly from Jordanians. They are welcomed by host families and new friends to enjoy the culinary delights of traditional Middle Eastern dishes such as mansaf, maklouba, kanafe, shwarma, and falafel. For all students, Jordan’s famous hospitality provides opportunities for unparalleled engagement with the local culture.

I experienced allowed educational, cultural, and personal fulfillment. ” – Jordan Spring 2011 student

COMPLEX: From the salty shores of the Dead Sea to the lush Jordan Valley to the stark desert landscape of Wadi Rum, Jordan’s natural beauty is staggering. As students explore this unique landscape, they meet the diverse group of people who make up Jordan: Muslims, Christians, Bedouins, and Palestinians, as well as refugees from other areas of the region.

List of programs Semester/Academic Year • Area & Arabic Language Studies Summer • Intensive Arabic • Peace & Conflict Resolution • Traditional Islamic Art

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Area & Arabic Language Studies in Jordan Courses Students enrolled in the Area & Arabic Studies Program in Amman carry a 14–17 credit hour load per semester. All students are required to enroll in Arabic (8 credits: Modern Standard and colloquial Jordanian Arabic) and two to three elective courses in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, art history, economics, environmental studies, media Arabic, Middle East and North Africa studies, political science, religion, sociology, studio art, and women’s studies. See program website for course descriptions or email EdAbroad@amideast.org for course syllabi.

(Semester/Academic Year): Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an ancient city facing distinct modern challenges. Built on seven hills, Amman has expanded in size and population from a quaint sleepy town to the bustling, multicultural metropolis it is today. Jordan is deeply enmeshed in the international relations of the region, sharing land borders with Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. Students may find no better place to study pressing Middle Eastern issues and Levantine Arabic than in the modern and culturally diverse city of Amman. Unique Program Components • in-country orientation • opportunity to live with a Jordanian family or in a shared apartment • structured opportunities to meet and interact with local students • organized excursions to strikingly beautiful historic locations around Jordan such as Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea

Intensive Arabic in Amman

Unique Program Components During each of the two summer sessions, AMIDEAST organizes a one-day trip to different parts of the Kingdom. Past excursions have included Jerash and Ajloun as well as Madaba and the Dead Sea. In addition to benefiting from high-quality Arabic instruction, AMIDEAST students stay with families that welcome them to live and learn in their homes during their foray in Jordan.

(summer): Students enrolled in AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Program study Arabic with some of the most respected language teachers in the region: those from the Qasid Institute for Classical & Modern Standard Arabic. Intensive coursework, combined with daily interactions with host families, helps students at all levels increase their Arabic proficiency within a short period of time. The Intensive Arabic Program is offered in two 4-week sessions, so students can choose to spend one or two months living and studying in this dynamic city.

Courses The summer Intensive Arabic Program in Amman, Jordan offers Modern Standard Arabic in two 4-week sessions (6 credits each session). Classes meet 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. Each session features 100 hours of Arabic language instruction, including both Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Jordanian Arabic. One summer session covers the material usually presented in one semester on a U.S. campus. Students are given placement tests on arrival and placed in the level appropriate for their Arabic language proficiency. See program website for course descriptions or email EdAbroad@amideast.org for course syllabi.

Summer Session I: Mid June to Mid July Summer Session II: Mid July to Mid August

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Traditional Islamic Art

(summer): This program, offered in cooperation with the Institute of Traditional Islamic Art and Architecture in Amman, introduces the study of traditional Islamic art. The course focuses on production of traditional Islamic art forms in calligraphy, illumination, wood, gypsum plaster carving, zillij (mosaic tile work), and miniature painting. Unique Program Components In addition to this unique studio art course, students live with a Jordanian host family and explore the diverse city of Amman.

Courses The 3-week course consists of two modules. 1) Introduction to the basic concepts of the sacred geometry that is the foundation of traditional Islamic art 2) A project in one of six media—calligraphy, illumination, Persian miniature painting, gypsum carving, zillij (mosaic tile work), or wood working

During the program AMIDEAST organizes a one-day trip outside of Amman to visit Madaba, Mount Nebo, the Baptism site and the Dead Sea.

See program website for course description or email EdAbroad@amideast.org for course syllabi.

Arabic Language Extension In addition to the Traditional Islamic Art Program, students can choose to extend their experience in Jordan by participating in a 4-week Intensive Arabic Program.

Peace and Conflict Resolution in London and Amman (summer): Spend the summer in London and Amman exploring the process of peace and conflict resolution and the sensitive cultural and societal roots of conflict. This program is organized by the Foundation for International Education (FIE) in cooperation with AMIDEAST. Students spend two weeks in London and three weeks in Amman taking courses designed to expose them to the theory and practice of peace keeping, peace making, peace building, and conflict resolution in Europe and the Middle East, drawing on the rich history and experience of the United Kingdom and the Middle East region. Courses This unique program begins in London with the study of peace and conflict theory, using Northern Ireland as a case study to begin to understand how those theories translate to reality. A study tour to Derry, Northern Ireland contextualizes the case study. Once in Amman, students use their new understanding of peace and conflict theory to examine how the theories can be applied to Arab/Israeli conflict, regional conflicts such as those in Lebanon, Yemen or Iraq, and intra- and inter-tribal conflicts, all of which are addressed in a Middle East cultural context. See FIE program website for course description and application information: www.fie.org.uk/londonamman

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Arabic Language Extension In addition to the Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, students can choose to extend their experience in Jordan by participating in a 4-week Intensive Arabic Program.

Peace and Conflict Resolution (only): Mid June to Mid July Peace and Conflict & Arabic: Mid June to Mid August

Art (only): Late June to Mid July Art and Arabic: Late June to Mid August

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morocco

morocco

morocco

In Morocco the AMIDEAST Education Abroad

JOYFUL: Whether sitting

around one large dish of couscous with their host family or practicing the art of bargaining, AMIDEAST students find that Moroccans’ insistent hospitality allows the beauty of this country to emerge in thousands of small moments.

EXPERIENCE IS: “I spent an incredible year in the Middle East. I gained language proficiency, lifelong friends, and insights into international career opportunities. Someday I hope to return to the region in a professional capacity.” – Morocco Fall 2009 student, Egypt Spring 2010 intern List of programs

A DISCOVERY: Students engage in experiential learning every day by haggling for goods in local shops, cooking meals with host families, and frequenting local cafes with Moroccan friends. AMIDEAST students get to know the diversity of people who make up a society that stands at the crossroads of Arab, indigenous (Amazigh), African, and European cultures. DEEP: In their daily life, students learn directly from Moroccans through the hospitality of the people of this welcoming country. In addition to the rigorous academic program, AMIDEAST students have the flexibility to have that third cup of mint tea, spend hours perfecting a traditional dish with their host mothers, watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean, and wander through ancient markets. DIVERSE: From the bone sands of the Sahara to the lush Atlas and Rif Mountains, Morocco is one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the Mediterranean basin. Rabat, home to palaces, wide boulevards, and bustling markets, offers students the opportunity to move from the shops and cafés of the “European” city to the winding alleys and exciting markets of the old medina in a few minutes’ walk.

Semester/Academic Year • Area & Arabic Language Studies • Honors Program in North African Studies • Direct Enrollment at Al Akhawayn University (AUI) • Regional Studies in French Summer • Intensive Arabic

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Area & Arabic Language Studies in Morocco

(Semester/Academic Year): In the westernmost outpost of the Arab world, students learn first-hand from leading faculty about Morocco’s efforts to address issues such as gender rights, ethnic diversity, and democratization. Students’ unique access to Moroccan culture provides them with insights into the country’s varied and complex approach to the pressing social, religious, and cultural issues of the Middle East and North Africa.

Courses Students enrolled in the Area & Arabic Language Studies Program in Rabat carry a 14–17 credit hour load per semester. All students are required to enroll in Arabic (8 credits: Modern Standard and colloquial Moroccan Arabic) and two or three elective courses that are offered in a variety of disciplines including Middle East and North Africa studies, political science, religion, sociology, women’s studies, history, and Amazigh studies.

Regional Studies in French

Unique Program Components • on-site orientation • tutorials available with Moroccan graduate student teaching assistants • structured ways to meet Moroccan students • community service opportunities • internship options • organized excursions to incredible locations around Morocco such as Marrakesh, Fez, and quiet villages tucked in the mountains

(Semester/Academic Year): The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Regional Studies in French Program in Rabat offers a diverse set of courses taught in French about the Muslim, Arab, African and Mediterranean identities of Morocco. In addition, students learn Moroccan Arabic and have the opportunity to study Modern Standard Arabic if they elect to do so. Students live either with French-speaking Moroccan families or with a French-speaking roommate in a private Moroccan student residence hall.

Courses Students enrolled in the Regional Studies in French Program in Rabat typically carry a 15 credit hour load per semester. The language of instruction is French and students are required to have a high level of French language proficiency to participate (intermediate-high).

Unique Program Components • in-country orientation • an opportunity to live with a Moroccan family or with a Moroccan roommate in a private residence hall • structured ways to meet local students • English teaching opportunities • internship options • organized excursions to mystical locations around Morocco such as Marrakesh, Fez, and quiet villages tucked in the mountains

EDUCATION ABROAD

See program website for course descriptions or email EdAbroad@amideast.org for course syllabi.

Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December Spring Semester: Mid January to Early May

Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December Spring Semester: Mid January to Early May

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All students enroll in colloquial Moroccan Arabic and four elective courses that are offered in a variety of disciplines, including Francophone literature, history, Middle East and North Africa studies, Modern Standard Arabic, political science, religion, sociology, and women’s studies.

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morocco

Direct Enrollment at Al Akhawayn University (AUI) Unique Program Components • three-week orientation and language training in Rabat before the AUI semester begins (3 credits) • organized excursions to locations around Morocco such as Marrakesh, Fez, and quiet villages tucked in the northern mountains • living and learning side-by-side with Moroccan students • availability of courses in the full range of disciplines offered at AUI

(Semester/Academic Year): This AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program offers a diverse curriculum through direct enrollment at Al Akhawayn University (AUI), an English-medium Moroccan university patterned on the American model of higher education. Students usually carry a 15 credit hour load per semester and may choose from any of the course offerings listed in the AUI catalog. Students at AUI live in residence halls on the 98-acre campus in Ifrane, which includes modern classroom buildings and student residences as well as a library and IT facilities, sports facilities, and a student center including dining halls.

(summer): Rabat is one of Morocco’s Imperial Cities and its modern capital. In this unique setting, students participate in formal and experiential lessons that help them make rapid improvement in their Arabic language skills. The summer Intensive Arabic Program is offered in two 4-week sessions and focuses on Modern Standard Arabic at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Students live with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families and attend classes at AMIDEAST’s facilities in the bustling Agdal area of the city.

Each session features 100 hours of Arabic language instruction, including both Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Moroccan Arabic. One summer session covers the material usually presented in one semester on a U.S. campus. Students are given placement tests on arrival and placed in the level appropriate for their Arabic language proficiency.

Unique Program Components • The academic program consists of: a Seminar in North African Studies, a Research Seminar, Arabic Language (8 credits: Modern Standard and colloquial Moroccan Arabic), and one elective from the Area Arabic Language Studies Program course offerings. • Students participate in extra-curricular activities with colleagues on the Area & Arabic Language Studies Program.

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See program website for course descriptions or email EdAbroad@amideast.org for course syllabi.

During each of the two summer sessions, AMIDEAST organizes a one-day trip to a different part of the country. The excursions are usually to a beachside town either north or south of Rabat; in the past students have gone to Asilah to the north and El Jadida to the south.

Honors Program in North African Studies

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Courses The summer Intensive Arabic Program in Rabat, Morocco offers Modern Standard Arabic in two 4-week sessions (6 credits each session). Classes meet 5 hours per day, 5 days per week.

Unique Program Components In addition to high-quality Arabic instruction, AMIDEAST places students with families that welcome students to live and learn in their home during their foray in Rabat.

Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December Spring Semester: Mid January to Early May

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Intensive Arabic in Rabat

(Semester/Academic Year): The AMIDEAST Honors Program in North African Studies is designed to provide exceptional students the opportunity to delve deeply into serious study of the Maghrib, under the mentorship of prominent scholars in the field. Students who are looking for a challenging and rewarding study abroad experience will benefit from the research, extensive reading, and language-intensive nature of the program. Students take 17 credit hours and courses are held at AMIDEAST facilities.

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Summer Session I: Late May to Late June Summer Session II: Late June to Late July

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TUNISA

Oman

Tunisia

Learn & Serve in Oman

(Summer): This is a unique summer education abroad opportunity for undergraduate students to study in North Africa and engage in an intense service learning experience with Tunisian university students. The program, which is operated in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and receives support from the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy in Tunis, includes a study component on Tunisian culture and society, a service learning component as native speaker resource persons in an English immersion program for Tunisian university students, and intense and sustained interaction with Tunisian university students.

Learn & Serve in Tunisia

(Summer): This program

takes place in the Sultanate of Oman, one of the most intriguing destinations in the Arab world. Students have the exceptional opportunity to live and work as community service volunteers at a local Omani university, learning first-hand about this fascinating corner of the Arabian Peninsula.

Unique Program Components During this six-week program, students earn a total of 6 academic credits in two formal 3-credit courses. The first course examines the social history and contemporary culture of Oman, including topics such as Omani society, culture, contemporary history, government, and economy. The second introduces students to colloquial Omani Arabic, with a strong communicative approach to allow them to effectively work with their Omani peers at the university.

Unique Program Components Students enrolled in the Learn & Serve program take two academic courses (3 credits each): Tunisian Society and Culture and Tunisian Arabic. Both courses are intensive during the first two weeks and continuing on a less intensive basis throughout the six weeks.

In addition to the formal course work, students learn experientially through organized service projects at the university, dormitory life with local students, weekly lectures from members of Omani civil society, and program organized excursions.

This program includes lectures, seminars, site visits based in Tunis and a four-day excursion outside the capital city.

Mid June to Early August

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Participants then move to the English Language Village located near the Mediterranean seaside town of Nabeul to serve as Language & Cultural Fellows while continuing their studies on a less intensive basis.

Mid June to Early August

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Academics

Study Abroad in the Arab World Timeline

– Bill Bryson

Education Abroad in the Arab World Timeline

AMIDEAST currently awards two types of scholarships.

For study abroad in:

Scholarship and program applications are due:

Summer

March 15

Fall or Academic Year

April 15

Spring

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1) AMIDEAST Education Abroad Scholarships 2) Cairo University Engineering Travel Grants

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AMIDEAST Education Abroad Scholarships are made in the form of a program fee reduction and normally range between $500 and $2,000.

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AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World is committed to providing financial assistance to students with demonstrated financial need.

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Tuition and fees can be reduced by applying for AMIDEAST scholarships and using federal, state, and other institutional aid.

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

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Tuition and fees vary from program to program. Visit www.amideast.org/abroad for the most up-to date information on program fees.

Tuition and fees include: • All courses and course packs • In-country orientation • Housing in either host families, shared apartments, or student residences depending on the program • Program-organized excursions • Supplementary lectures and special events • Medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation, and political and natural disaster evacuation coverage • Pre-departure preparation • Mobile phone for use while abroad • AMIDEAST grade report

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Cairo University Engineering Travel Grants for Pell Grant and Stafford Loan recipients participating in the Summer History of Engineering or the Cairo University Civil Engineering semester are funded by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

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AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program Catalog for 2013