Arabic Immersion Program in Rabat, Morocco

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David Marcus
dmarcus7@gatech.edu

Laura Bier
laura.bier@hsoc.gatech.edu

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Description

The Morocco Summer Immersion Program provides the opportunity to study Arabic and immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Morocco. Morocco is a beautiful, historically and culturally diverse country in North Africa, a melting pot of Arabic, Islamic, French, and Berber cultures. As a result, it provides an experience like no other to any students who travel there.

For the program, you will spend 8 weeks studying Arabic at the Qalam wa Lawh Language Institute in the vibrant capital, Rabat. The program is for 9 credits hours, 6 of which are Arabic, which is offered at any level from complete beginner to highly advanced (1001 – 4823). Your level will be determined by a placement test at the start of the program to ensure students get the most out of the program. The classes will be taught Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm by the Qalam Institute’s incredible faculty and will be supervised by Georgia Tech Arabic instructor and Morocco program director, Dr. David Marcus.

In addition to studying Arabic, students will take HTS3051, a 3-credit hour course in English on Gender in the Middle East, taught by Georgia Tech's Middle East Historian, Dr. Laura Bier. This course will also count towards completing Tech's Middle Eastern and North African Studies Minor.

Outside the classroom, students will have an extensive list of opportunities to further their immersion into the culture. Students will stay with Moroccan host families (2 students per family), where they will eat Moroccan food and experience Moroccan home life. In addition, students will also go on four overnight weekend excursions to various cities such as Fez, Marrakesh, and Tangier, as well as a 2-night trip to the Sahara Desert. Throughout the week, students will also get the opportunity to explore Rabat both on their own and through program trips to historic sites and museums.

Location

Classes are held at the Agdal Campus of Qalam Institute, in the city of Rabat, Morocco. Homestays are in the surrounding neighborhood.

Dates

June 6 - August 1, 2020

Host Institutions

Accommodations

Students will live with a Moroccan family, with opportunities to practice Arabic, English, and French, to make friends, and to absorb a new culture. The cost of the program includes breakfast and dinner with your host family, while hot lunches are provided at the Qalam Institute. The Homestay families are organized and vetted by the Qalam Institute.

Courses

  • Two courses of Modern Standard Arabic. Course options include ARBC 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, 3001, 3002, 4813, & 4823. Language courses are taught by Moroccan Instructors at Qalam under the supervision of Dr. Marcus.
    The 4xxx sequence consists of advanced courses on contemporary issues in Arabic society and is appropriate for native speakers of Arabic.
    Note: Qalam Institute will administer a placement test upon your arrival. 
  • HIST 3501: Women and Gender in the Middle East (Dr. Bier)

Total credits: 9

Prerequisites

None - absolute beginners accepted, including those with no previous exposure to Arabic and its script. However, the more you know before the trip, the more you will get out of it. Most of the students are already in the GT Arabic sequence, and if you have not done so previously, you are encouraged to take ARBC1001 at Georgia Tech in Spring 2020. Contact Dr. Marcus for more information.

Cost

  • The application fee (non-refundable) is $250.
  • The program fee is $4,750.​  Fee includes housing with moroccan family, all meals, overnight field trips to Tangiers, Fez, Marrakesh, and the Sahara, cultural and business site visits, Moroccan cell phone, transport to and from airport, and opening and closing banquets.
  • 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://atlas.gatech.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=10189


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

Two pre-departure meetings will be held in February and March 2020 (dates TBD). They will include pizza, Moroccan guests, and handouts on Darija, or Moroccan Spoken Arabic!