Intensive Arabic

Summer language studies in marvelous Morocco

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The coastal city of Rabat, Morocco provides the backdrop for this intensive, six-week summer study of the Arabic language. Intermediate and Advanced Arabic learners are led by knowledgeable professors through daily lessons designed to refine oral and written comprehension and expression. Combined with individual, dedicated language support sessions, improvements are made in no time!

To complement the language course, students choose one elective, also taught in Arabic. Each course offering provides an enriching and informative discussion on the unique aspects of Maghrebi civilization. Are there unfamiliar words spoken in the medina? Darija, the Moroccan dialect of Arabic, is widely spoken around town. Benefit from a weekly, 60-minute class to learn key words and phrases that differ from the standard.

Not ready to head home? With the program's two-week extension, students can prolong their stay in Rabat and volunteer at a NGO.

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Summer 2022

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Take Your Pick

All students follow two courses: one Arabic language course and one elective of their choice.

Courses are taught in Arabic and are four credits each. Academic and language support are included.

Arabic Language

Prior to arrival, students will take a language evaluation and be placed in a course according to their level:

  • Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic
  • Advanced Modern Standard Arabic

Arabic Media & Journalism

Explore issues and challenges that impose themselves on media and journalism in the Arab world. Discuss how traditional media and social media addresses topics in the Middle East and MENA regions including politics, economy, religion and society.

Arabic Literature

From novels and poetry to myths and legends, both classic and modern Arab literature are analyzed during this interactive course. Learn different literary linguistic styles and how literature has contributed to the cultures of Morocco and the greater MENA region.

Advanced Moroccan Dialect

This course introduces more complex aspects of Moroccan culture while enhancing students’ oral proficiency in Darija. The diverse components help participants grasp more cultural practices and skillfully apply what they learn in a variety of daily life contexts.

At the end of the term, APA will send the following to the student’s home institution:

  • Transcript (includes credit hours, Moroccan grades and their American equivalents)
  • Professor’s evaluation (includes detailed report of the grades earned)
  • Course descriptions and bibliographies
  • Student’s academic schedule

Volunteer at a NGO

At the conclusion of studies, students may choose to volunteer at a NGO for two weeks. An excellent way to connect with Rabat in a different setting, it is an excellent opportunity not to be missed!

Some examples of volunteer placements:

  • Teach English to the refugee and migrant community
  • Spread awareness of human rights in marginalized communities
  • Help anti-corruption movements with their social media campaigns

Students will be placed into projects depending on their language abilities, the NGOs’ needs, and when possible in accordance with their interest.

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