National Council on U.S.-Arab Relatoins

Summer Intensive Language Program at The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco

The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco

The National Council, in collaboration with The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) for the summer of 2017, is pleased to announce its Summer Language Program in the Kingdom of Morocco. Students will spend six to eight weeks in historic Meknes, Morocco taking part in intensive Arabic language instruction. Students at all levels of Arabic proficiency, including complete beginners, are encouraged to apply.

Students will spend four (4) hours each weekday in formal Modern Standard Arabic classes, as well as complete out-of-the-classroom assignments. The AALIM center is host to a community of Arabic learners throughout the summer, providing for a fully immersive program. Students may elect to take an additional three (3) hours per week of Moroccan Darija dialect classes for an additional fee.

Those selected will also gain direct personal experience in Moroccan culture, history, and society through a variety of day excursions, local outings, workshops and lectures. Meknes is an ideal setting for students to focus on learning Arabic while exploring ancient and modern Morocco. The main AALIM center is located inside the traditional walled Old City, called the Medina, an area which features heavily in the popular Western imagination of Morocco. Meknes is also a thriving modern metropolis of over one million residents. The AALIM center is just a short walk from the bustling town center in the New City.

 

 

 

Program Dates

June 5 – July 14, 2017

Students should plan to arrive in Morocco on Sunday, June 4, and depart from Morocco on Saturday, July 15.

 

Cost

The program fee is $3,572.00 for the six week program and $4,572.00 for the eight week program. This cost includes a subsidy from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. The fee includes the following:

  1. Facilities and Student Support: Classrooms equipped with plasma televisions and internet; a teaching assistant available outside of class for tutoring; an onsite coordinator capable of communicating in both Arabic and English who is completely familiar with the city and its resources, such as doctors, dentists, transportation, internet cafes, etc.; educational materials, such as copies of exams and supplementary materials, excluding textbooks; student support from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; orientation upon arrival, and final party including food and non-alcoholic beverages with music; full use of the AALIM Center public spaces during opening hours and free wifi (with your own devices) during open hours. 
  1. Academic Activities: Four (4) hours per weekday classroom instruction, plus two (2) hours of scheduled office hours per weekday; first-day orientation and historical-cultural tour of Meknes; three (3) lectures or local outings/activities in Arabic or English; and three (3) workshops or demonstrations/activities in Arabic; a group day study visit to Volubilis and Moulay Idriss, to include accompanied transportation, a guide at Volubilis, and bag lunches; and a group day visit to Chefchaouen or similar destination (such as Asila or Rabat), to include accompanied transportation, tour, and local lunch. 
  1. Room/Board: Housing and two meals per day with a Moroccan family; family home-stays are generally double-occupancy at AALIM’s discretion in order to provide the best possible educational setting and to comply with US State Department and American Embassy security guidelines. Requests for single-occupancy rooms will be considered based on availability; there is an extra fee for single rooms if they are available. 
  1. Optional Upgrades: Classes in Moroccan dialect Arabic (Darija) for three (3) hours per week during the six week program for an additional $180.00 (minimum class size and previous Arabic experience of 1 year required). There is no additional cost for Darija for the eight week program if the student paid the fee for the first six weeks.

 

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States, and must be in good academic standing. Eligible students will be required to complete the application process described below. Acceptance is completely at AALIM’s discretion. Applications are due April 10, 2017.

 

How to Apply

A student application is available through the link below or can be obtained by emailing Mr. Zachary Hrynowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Summer 2017 AALIM Application (.pdf)

Students should submit completed applications by mail to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (contact coordinates below and in the application). Applications are due April 10, 2017. Applications must be RECEIVED by this date, not just postmarked.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
ATTN: AALIM Program
1730 M St. NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 202-293-6466

 

For More Information

Contact:

Zachary Hrynowski
National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
1730 M St. NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 202-293-6466