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Dublin/Amman: Conflict and the Struggle for Peace (Summer)

Spend the summer in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Jordan exploring the roots of conflict and the process of peace in this unique program offered through the partnership

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Egypt

Area & Arabic Language Studies in Egypt (Semester/AY)

Students enrolled in the Area & Arabic Studies Program in Cairo carry a semester load of 14 to 17 credit hours. All students are required to enroll in Arabic (eight credits...

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Egypt

Egyptology in Cairo, Egypt (Semester/AY)

This Semester & Academic Year program offers students the opportunity to focus on the fascinating world of Ancient Egypt while living in and breathing-in contemporary Cairo....

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Egypt

Intensive Arabic in Cairo (Summer)

If you are spending the summer in Cairo, sign up for an intensive Arabic program to learn Egyptian colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic. If you wish to improve quickly yet...

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Tunisia

Learn & Serve in Tunisia (Summer)

Learn and Serve in Tunisia is a unique summer education abroad opportunity for undergraduate students to study in the Middle East/North Africa region and engage in intense...

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Morocco

Area & Arabic Language Studies in Morocco (Semester/AY)

The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat offers a diverse set of courses and rigorous instruction in Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic. Students in the program...

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Morocco

Direct Enrollment at Al-Akhawayn University (Semester/AY)

The AMIDEAST Education Abroad program in Ifrane offers a diverse curriculum through direct enrollment at Al-Akhawayn University, a private Moroccan university patterned after...

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Morocco

Regional Studies in French in Morocco (Semester/AY)

Rabat is one of Morocco's "imperial cities," as well as its political capital. It is home to the leading educational institutions in the country, and it offers students opportunities...

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Morocco

Intensive Arabic in Rabat (Summer)

The AMIDEAST Education Abroad in Rabat offers a summer intensive Arabic program that focuses on Modern Standard Arabic at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels....

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Jordan

Area & Arabic Language Studies in Jordan (Semester/AY)

Students on AMIDEAST Education Abroad's Area and Arabic Language Studies Program in Amman, Jordan, have the opportunity to study both Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian...

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Jordan

Intensive Arabic in Amman, Jordan (Summer)

Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad summer intensive Arabic program study the language with some of the most respected language teachers in the region at the...

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Morocco

Moroccan Arabic and Culture (Short-Term)

AMIDEAST invites you to participate in the Moroccan Arabic and Culture program, a short-term academic program based in Rabat, Morocco. Spanning three weeks, this program

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AMIDEAST Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    8

Summer peace and conflict resolution

The classes were well organized and comprehensive. I left the program feeling like I had a good understanding of the conflict situations that we had studied and how they had been or might be solved. The professors were very knowledgeable in the topics they were teaching, not only from doing research but also real life experiences that they drew upon. They mixed personal stories into their lectures to give us a more realistic picture of what they were describing.

The organized outings were well planned and interesting, as well as relevant to our studies. I felt that I got the opportunity to see several very important locations in each country that we visited.

I definitely came back to the US with a broader understanding of the Northern Ireland conflict and the situation in the Middle East, and as a result I have more nuanced views on current events.

Program: Dublin/Amman: Conflict and the Struggle for Peace (Summer)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

Good food, great trips, beautiful city, and LOTS of Arabic studying

I didn't know what to expect from Amman, Jordan, but I had a great time there. It's a beautiful city with great food (the hummus and the falafel! I miss it). Shopping in the markets downtown, seeing art and culture, eating good food and smoking hookah just about everywhere. The only thing was that I was there during Ramadan, and a lot of shops and restaurants were closed during daylight hours... but that inconvenience was far outweighed by how cool it was to observe & experience Ramadan and the holiday at the end of it! (And the kunafa... delicious Ramadan dessert.) Plus, the tourist destinations in the rest of Jordan were amazing! Petra was incredible, Wadi Rum (the desert) was unreal, the Dead Sea was SO cool, and Aqaba (on the Red Sea) was gorgeous. Unforgettable experiences.

This was my second AMIDEAST program, because I had such a great time on my first one (Area & Arabic Language Studies in Rabat, Morocco). This program was very different but equally amazing! The academics were seriously challenging; we spoke Arabic for five hours in class each day and then did Arabic homework for another 1-2 hours at night. My roommates and I occasionally declared "Arabic-only days" in our shared apartment, which were a lot of fun. Needless to say, my Arabic skills improved a LOT. I loved my Arabic professors, and made close friends from my classes that I'm still in close contact with. I had an amazing time on this program.

Program: Intensive Arabic in Amman, Jordan (Summer)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    8

Amazing experience in a fascinating new culture

I loved this program, first and foremost because I absolutely loved my host family--they were so kind and welcoming, and they made this program for me. My host mother cooked delicious meals for us (my American roommate and me) and treated us like her own children. I loved hanging out with my little host brothers and meeting their friends. My host family brought us on outings to the beach and the medina (the old city) and the market, and we had movie nights together and ate dinner together every night. They included us in their holiday celebrations during Eid al-Fitr, which was an amazing experience.

Living in Rabat turned out to be a wonderful experience, even if it's not the first typical destination you'd think of in Morocco--maybe that was why it was so great, it's not overrun by tourists. It's a fascinating mix of cultures--beautiful French architecture and restaurants leftover from the colonial era, and the medina and markets and Moroccan food--on the picturesque Atlantic coast. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

AMIDEAST is the reason I was able to have this amazing experience, and they do a fantastic job at running this program. Doha, the program manager, has been doing this forever, and she is like a kindly aunt that everyone just loves. AMIDEAST staff are very flexible and available to listen & help with the slightest problem you might have--like planning a trip or finding cold medicine. They bring the students on several excursions to different Moroccan cities like Fes, Meknes, Tangier, Chefchaouen, and Marrakech; those trips are a lot of fun. AMIDEAST also offers great courses--a good variety of political science, Middle Eastern culture, history, women's studies, etc.--and their Arabic classes are fantastic. I loved my Arabic professor and my language skills improved an incredible amount during my semester in Morocco. All in all, a fantastic experience!

Program: Area & Arabic Language Studies in Morocco (Semester/AY)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

1001 Jordanian Nights

While I didn't actually spend 1001 nights in Jordan, if given the option, I would have stayed in an instant. Jordan is a truly amazing place to study, and an amazing place to live. Jordanians value hospitality greatly, and it shows. The AMIDEAST program did an amazing job holding up these standards, with a week long orientation and as much help as we needed along the way. While AMIDEAST did a great job of preparing us for life in Amman, it seemed like the city has its own way of welcoming you. I had days where shopkeepers would offer us tea, our host families would stay up until they knew we were safe, and taxi drivers would offer to buy a coffee for the ride. The people are some of the nicest I've met, and they have no problems helping you out if you're lost. The program managers were especially helpful, whether we were having issue with our host families or just looking for a new cafe to try. Not to mention, AMIDEAST has been in the region for a long time, so they know how to deal with almost everything. So even if you do end up having some kind of issue, they've probably seen it before.
When you study abroad, you bring something from the host culture back home with you. While I brought scarves and tiny camels home, I also brought the experience of 120 Jordanian nights. Although experience is untranslatable into an answer for the age old question, "How was Jordan?", I have tried to bring my little piece of Jordan to America through how I act. After all, I can't really return the favor to AMIDEAST, but I can do what I can to make the world a little more hospitable.

Program: Area & Arabic Language Studies in Jordan (Semester/AY)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Highly recommend!

I spent the year with Amideast and couldn't be happier with my experience. The staff is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable with anything from helping you plan an awesome trip to the Sahara with your friends to finding you a doctor. I've studied abroad a few times and no one compares to Amideast when it comes to promoting cultural immersion and awareness. In addition to leading awesome cultural excursions and dialogues with Moroccan students, they also really encourage you to get out and explore Morocco on your own, something I didn't find to be true for many of Rabat's other programs. The courses were interesting, the professors were the top of their field in the region, and the class sizes were small. I improved a ton linguistically in both French and Arabic while there. Couldn't have had a better experience with Amideast and would highly recommend them!

Program: Regional Studies in French in Morocco (Semester/AY)

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