With AMIDEAST’s more than 60-year presence in the Middle East and North Africa, study abroad students benefit from AMIDEAST’s long experience, strong local connections, and deep understanding of local culture. AMIDEAST programs are designed to provide unique opportunities for students to study the Arabic language and contemporary Middle Eastern and North African issues in some of the most dynamic locations in the region. AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World provide students wide-ranging opportunities to interact with local university students and to reflect on intercultural encounters. In addition to academics, at AMIDEAST we also provide our students with excursions to historically and politically significant local sites, service-learning opportunities, a detailed in-country orientation, language partners, and facilitated critical issues discussions with local students.
AMIDEAST purposely keeps our groups small in order to maximize the faculty/staff to student ratio. In small groups we find that students are able to get to know one another and the community in which they live. On average, our programs have 15-25 students, with a maximum enrollment of 35 students. While most program participants are from the U.S., you may also have classmates from other countries (e.g., Australia, Italy, Japan, Latvia). Like the overall group, AMIDEAST class sizes are kept small to maximize student learning.
Students are responsible for making sure their home institution is willing to grant credit for the program prior to enrolling. Each institution has a different transfer credit process and AMIDEAST staff will provide documentation and other information to help you complete the process at your institution. If your home institution requires a transcript from an institution accredited in the U.S., you may opt to receive a transcript from AMIDEAST’s Institution of Record, Northeastern University. The fee is $350.
In Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco our classes are held at AMIDEAST’s local offices which are located in the heart of each of the capital cities. Each of AMIDEAST’s facilities is equipped with modern and bright classrooms, a student lounge, internet access, a small library, and a printer/copier.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program content courses are taught by a select group of Middle Eastern and North African professors from a variety of institutions in and around the region. These lecturers possess a strong instructional experience in English-speaking environments. All faculty members have received post-graduate degrees from North American or European universities, or have spent considerable time at English-medium institutions as students, faculty members, visiting faculty or visiting researchers. Arabic language classes are taught by leading local instructors. All of our Arabic teachers are native speakers who are trained in teaching Arabic as a foreign language.
AMIDEAST’s full-time program staffs have extensive knowledge of the countries in which they work and provide unparalleled academic and cultural support to students during their time abroad.
Courses are graded on a 4.0 scale using the U.S. letter grade system.
Students in Morocco receive transcripts issued from AMIDEAST’s Academic Partner: Mohammed V University-Agdal in Rabat. Students in Egypt, Jordan, Oman and Tunisia receive an AMIDEAST grade report which indicates letter grades and credit received. One grade report will be sent to your university and one will remain at the AMIDEAST office in Washington, D.C. Alternatively, students in Egypt, Jordan, Oman and Tunisia can request (for an additional fee) a transcript issued by AMIDEAST’s Institution of Record, Northeastern University.
Yes, if you happen to be a U.S. citizen, you will be eligible for a larger number of awards as well as U.S. federal aid. Sometimes aid is also reserved specifically for non-U.S. citizens. You need to make sure the university is clear about your citizenship in advance so that you receive the correct financial aid information and forms.
The program fee covers pre-departure preparation, onsite orientation, tuition, housing (either with a host family or in a shared apartment), most meals (if with a host family), program-organized excursions, supplementary lectures and special events, and medical and evacuation insurance. Although our programs operate in areas of the world where the cost-of-living is significantly less than in the United States or Europe, we do suggest that students appropriately budget for spending money during their time abroad.
Students in Jordan and Egypt who live in shared apartments also pay a $300 housing deposit that is fully refundable at the conclusion of the semester if your apartment is clean and there has been no damage other than normal wear and tear.
AMIDEAST offers scholarship opportunities to students participating in our Education Abroad programs. For more information, including eligibility and application process for AMIDEAST Scholarships as well as links to external scholarship opportunities please visit the scholarships section of our website.
AMIDEAST reserves the right to cancel an AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program due to insufficient enrollment or other factors beyond its control. If a program is cancelled prior to the start of the program (for any reason) accepted students are given the option to transfer to another AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program which has available space, to defer to a later term, or to withdraw. If a student chooses to defer or withdraw, AMIDEAST will refund all payments received including the deposit but will have no further liability to the students admitted to the program or to their home institutions. AMIDEAST will not refund any flight tickets purchased by the student.
Student safety is our number one priority. AMIDEAST has been working in Egypt for nearly 60 years, Jordan for 50 years, and Morocco for 40 years. AMIDEAST maintains a close relationship with U.S. Embassies in the region and you will be required to register with the embassy prior to departure. AMIDEAST staff members constantly monitor the political and security situation in host countries and in other surrounding countries in the region.
In order to further enhance our access to up-to-the-minute information in crisis situations, AMIDEAST contracts with a company called iJET: Intelligent Risk Systems. iJET’s mission is to protect international travelers through the use of technology and intelligence. In addition to providing AMIDEAST with risk assessment reports on a regular basis, iJET also gives us the ability to immediately communicate with students and staff in the event of an emergency situation.
All students on AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are able to access the iJET website for background information on their local community and other places they may be visiting. Detailed information about iJET and the services available will be communicated shortly before your departure for the program country.
Should a situation develop that presents a specific security risk, appropriate action, within well-defined emergency response plans, will be taken in consultation with U.S. Embassy and Department of State officials, with whom AMIDEAST maintains a close relationship. On arrival in your study abroad country all students are provided with a cell phone so that AMIDEAST staff can contact you (and you can contact them) at any time in case of an emergency.
All students are covered by political and security evacuation insurance by HTH Worldwide Insurance, which came into play when the students who were in Cairo in January 2011 were evacuated. During the period from the beginning of demonstrations in Cairo on January 25 until the students were evacuated on January 31, AMIDEAST staff were with the students 24/7 and provided a constant communications link both to AMIDEAST Headquarters in Washington and, through staff there, with the students’ families and home institutions. As a result of the combined efforts of AMIDEAST staff in Cairo and Washington and AMIDEAST’s insurance and evacuation partners, the students were never in danger and were safely evacuated on a charter flight to Athens. From there they were able to continue their semester abroad in either Amman or Rabat on AMIDEAST programs.
AMIDEAST provides medical insurance for all students on its programs through HTH Worldwide, the leading provider of international health plans to the international education community. Our field staff maintains a list of recommended doctors and medical facilities and will assist you in arranging and paying for appointments. In addition to medical insurance, HTH also provides medical, political, and security evacuation coverage for all students on AMIDEAST programs.
Please be sure to register on the HTH website after you receive your medical ID information in your program country (www.hthstudents.com) in order to access online resources such as country reports and translations of over 700 medical terms and phrases. You will be sent additional information about your HTH coverage prior to departure.
Depending on which program you choose, you may live with a host family, in a shared apartment, or in a local private student residence hall. Home stays provide students with a window into local culture; this unique experience will give you a view into the important role family plays in Arab society as well as how local community affects family life. Alternatively, some programs also give the option of students living in shared apartments with other AMIDEAST students in the heart of the capital cities. Once accepted to the program, you will be asked to provide AMIDEAST with information about your hobbies and preferences which will help us pair you with a complimentary roommate for your host family or apartment living situation.
Eligible applicants for AMIDEAST Programs
Applications for AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are accepted and considered on a rolling basis with the following deadlines: April 15th for fall programs, October 15th for spring semesters, and March15th for summer sessions. Despite the open nature of our application process, we urge you to complete your application as soon as possible in order to ensure space for you on your preferred program.
Students begin the application process on AMIDEAST’s online application system. Students must submit a completed application online and the following additional documents to AMIDEAST headquarters in Washington, D.C:
After all documents are received, applications will be considered. The Admissions Committee reviews each application individually and AMIDEAST staff inform students of their application status within two weeks of receipt of all supporting documents.
Students receive communication from AMIDEAST Washington, D.C. staff regarding courses, housing, insurance, packing, flights, visas and what to expect upon arrival. AMIDEAST staff is available to answer questions program and country specific question and ensure students are prepared prior to departure for their host country.
AMIDEAST has pre-determined dates and specific time frames for when students must arrive and depart from their host country. Please do not purchase airline tickets before you receive a pre-departure email including information on flights (which comes after their Participation Confirmation). Students are not allowed to arrive after the designated date and time as orientation is mandatory. Additionally, students are not allowed to depart from the program before the official program end date.
In order to gain a better sense of our programs we encourage you to visit our Facebook page: Study Abroad in the Arab World and our blog; Mosaic. We also encourage you to follow our Twitter account @ AMIDEAST_Abroad, and check out our Flickr page to see wonderful photograph submissions from our students abroad.
If you are interested in hearing first hand from students who have studied abroad with AMIDEAST previously, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can put you in touch with some of those students.