Language for Business and Technology: Morocco

Program Contact

David Marcus
dmarcus7 [at] gatech.edu

Description

The 2018 LBAT Morocco program for intensive Arabic study will be held on the two beautiful campuses of the Qalam Institute in the city of Rabat, the capital city of Morocco, North Africa. LBAT Morocco students will earn 9 credit hours during the seven-week program, including one year of Modern Standard Arabic (6 hours) with Qalam’s excellent Arabic instructors, and the new 3-hour course, The Arab Twentieth Century, taught by the program director Dr. Marcus. Students will also have the opportunity to travel throughout the country of Morocco, with its beautiful natural bounty, its thriving industry, and its rich multicultural history. For students in third- or fourth-year Arabic, this program also completes the MENAS Minor in one summer.

In addition to great language instruction, the Qalam Institute provides the following:

  • Housing and meals in the Qalam Institute’s modern, secure dormitory, or if preferred, in the home of a Moroccan family.   The Dormitory and the vetted Homestay options are both under the supervision of the Qalam Institute.
  • Extra cultural activities - calligraphy, field trips, guest speakers, and music
  • Three overnight trips around Morocco, from the Sahara desert to the storied cities of Fez and Casablanca
  • A terrific cohort of fellow students from great universities in the US and Europe
  • Numerous field trips around the city of Rabat, with its Madina (old city), modern industry, universities, and cultural institutions

Location

Agdal District, the city of Rabat, Morocco

Dates

June 9 - July 27, 2018

Host Institution

Qalam wa Lawh Center, Rabat, Morocco (http://www.qalamcenter.com/)

Accommodations

Students have the option of a “Homestay” - living with a Moroccan family, with its opportunities to speak Arabic, make friends, and absorb a new culture. If they prefer, they may choose to live in Qalam Institute’s dormitory

Courses

  • One year of Modern Standard Arabic. Qalam will place students into 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year Arabic, equivalent at Georgia Tech to Arabic 2001-2002, 3001-3002, or 4813 (6 hours each)
  • ARBC3813: The Arab Twentieth Century (3 hours)

Total credits: 9

Prerequisites

ARBC1002 (with a grade of C or better), or equivalent, by the end of Spring Semester 2018, and good academic standing. Heritage speakers of Arabic may test out of this prerequisite course. Contact Dr. Marcus for more information

Cost

  • The application fee (non-refundable) is $250.
  • The program fee is $3,900.​  Fee includes housing, all meals,  three overnight field trips, cultural and business site visits, group transportation, Moroccan cell phone, and cultural .
  • Program Fee does not include: round trip airfare, 9 hours tuition at Georgia Tech, nonrefundable application fee, visa (if applicable) and other Tech fees.
  • A complete list of estimated costs can be found here: https://oie.gatech.edu/content/arabic-lbat-morocco

Cancellation Policy

Program descriptions and fees are subject to final approval by educational units and the Office of International Education.  Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances.  Once Georgia Tech has made payments to service providers, or if Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants' safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants.  If a student withdraws from the program, the student will be responsible for the payment of all fees.

Informational Meetings

TBD, one in February and one in March 2018. Meetings include a presentation on the fundamentals of Moroccan Arabic.