Thursday, March 24, 2011

AMIDEAST/Egypt Study Abroad Updates

AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Because of the revolution and deteriorating security situation, AMIDEAST/Egypt evacuated all of its students from the Cairo program on January 31 and successfully transferred virtually all of them to other AMIDEAST program locations in Rabat, Morocco, and Amman, Jordan.  

Now we are planning for the reopening of the program here in the fall.  It should be a truly fascinating and opportune time for students to experience the “new Egypt” first hand.  Of course we continue to monitor the security situation very closely at all of our program sites in the region, and if conditions are not conducive to running the program here in the fall, we won’t.  The students who have been accepted for Cairo will be offered places in either Rabat or Amman (their choice, as was the case with the student evacuated in January). 

FALL 2011 DEADLINE April 1

Check out the different programs offered on their website:

Distinctive Features of AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World

AMIDEAST's Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World share a set of distinctive features:
  • Arabic language instruction in both Modern Standard and Spoken Arabic
  • Program-related excursions
  • Facilitated dialogue discussions with students from local universities
  • Activities to develop students' intercultural and global competence
  • An AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program Manager familiar with the local environment to coordinate housing, orientation, excursions, issues discussions, and other program-related activities

Core Principles of AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World

AMIDEAST's Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World are built on a set of core principles. These are that all programs are
  • student centered
  • structured to maximize students'
    • acquisition of the Arabic language
    • development of knowledge of the host country and region
    • exposure to the host culture
    • development of intercultural sensitivity and global competence
  • overseen by an Academic Consortium consisting of U.S. colleges and universities that jointly provide quality assurance for the programs through ongoing review and periodic site visits to meet with students, faculty and program staff
  • 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 or become unwieldy and unmanageable

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