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|Language of Instruction:||Arabic, English||Minimum Cumulative GPA:||3.0|
|Credit Available For:||College, Huntsman||Other Eligibility Requirements:||1 Area Studies Course in Language or Culture, Previous Study of Arabic Recommended|
|Type of Program:||Island||Application Deadline:||Fall/Year: March 1, Spring: October 1|
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|The Academic Program
|The City of Rabat
Language Partners, Excursions, Cultural Dialogue Sessions
|The Application Process|
This program requires an advising session with a Program Manager prior to opening an application. To view the schedule for upcoming group advising sessions, or to schedule an individual appointment, select the ‘Schedule an Advising Appointment’ button on the Penn Abroad homepage.
Information about AMIDEAST RabatPenn students attend the Area and Arabic Language Studies program in Morocco. The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat offers a diverse set of courses, and semi-intensive instruction in Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic. Students in the program live either with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families or in a private Moroccan student residence hall and attend classes at AMIDEAST’s facilities in the lively Agdal area of the city. Courses are taught by English-speaking Moroccan faculty members from AMIDEAST’s partner, the College of Letters and Humanities of Mohammed V University, and other universities in Rabat and neighboring cities.
Orientation: Upon arrival in Rabat, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students participate in an in-depth, week-long orientation designed to introduce them to Moroccan culture and daily life, and familiarize them with the logistics of the program. During orientation students also are introduced to the principles of intercultural communication. Students stay in a hotel in central Rabat during orientation, and move to their accommodation for the semester at the end of the first week. The orientation combines structured informational sessions with organized activities and free time to familiarize participants with the city of Rabat. Topics such as safety and health, family life in Morocco, cultural adjustment, program regulations, participant responsibilities and other essential information are all discussed during orientation. During the on-site orientation students also meet their professors, receive final language placements, and become familiar with the program’s IT environment.
Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat a 14-17 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic: 5 credits and Moroccan Colloquial Arabic: 3 credits) and two or three other elective courses (depending on the student’s preference) from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines taught in English including political science, religion, sociology, women's studies, history, and Amazigh studies. Students must have the equivalent of four college semesters of French or more in order to take a French course. All courses are taught exclusively for the AMIDEAST program, and students take classes only with other program participants.
Grading ScaleAs on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school.
Learn More About AMIDEAST Rabathttp://www.amideast.org/abroad/programs/morocco/semester-academic-year-rabat/other-program-information
In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs. Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package.
- More on scholarships and financial aid for study abroad
- Student Financial Services
- Program Budget Sheet
- Program Resources for Budgeting Your Semester Abroad - Students thinking about studying in Jordan should take a look at the Boren Scholarship.
Students who study abroad are encouraged to take advantage of Penn's many resources for students, even if you haven't used them before going abroad. There is an extensive list of resources on the Penn Abroad website that can help you to explore issues that might pertain to you and to help you prepare for a term abroad.
In addition to these resources, we encourage you to reach out to a past program participant or ambassador to learn more about the program from a student perspective.