Deeply committed to strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa, AMIDEAST also offers study abroad programs for Americans interested in learning more about this important region.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World provide students with opportunities to study in Arab countries for a semester, an academic year, or during the summer. AMIDEAST also works with colleges and universities to create short-term education abroad opportunities in the region.
For more than two decades, AMIDEAST field offices have assisted U.S. colleges and universities and other study abroad organizations with their programs in the region. In 2007, AMIDEAST launched its Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World, beginning with a semester program in Rabat, Morocco. In 2009, AMIDEAST will add a Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Rabat, a summer Learn & Serve Program in Tunisia, and semester/academic year programs in:
- Cairo, Egypt
- Amman, Jordan
- Salmiya, Kuwait
Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Amman carry a 16 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Arabic and select three other courses from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines.
Arabic (Modern Standard, 4 credits; Jordanian, 3 credits)
All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic (4 credits) at a level appropriate to their proficiency. The following levels are offered:
- Beginning (Arabic 101, 102)
- Intermediate (Arabic 201, 202)
- Advanced (Arabic 301,302)
Special tutorial arrangements are made for students whose proficiency is beyond the advanced level (Arabic 401); depending on student interests, various emphases can be offered in Arabic 401.
Jordanian Arabic instruction begins during on-site orientation and continues throughout the semester. Students are placed in classes appropriate to their previous knowledge of Arabic (Arabic 131, Arabic 231, or Arabic 331).
Media Arabic is also available as an elective (3 credits) at both the 200- and 300- levels.