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  • Locations: Merzouga, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: Arabic, English
Housing: Homestay Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Prerequisite: Yes
Type of Program: Faculty-led Language Courses Offered: Arabic
Area of Study: Arabic Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Arabic Language Rabat

Arabic Language in Rabat

During this intensive language program, classes meet for several hours a day, a total of 70 contact hours of Modern Standard Arabic and are taught by local faculty at the Qalam Language Center in Rabat. Students in the program live with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families and attend classes at Rabat Qalam Center in the modern "Souissi" area of the city, housed in a spacious villa and enclosed within its own tranquil garden, the school is an ideal place to learn and also offers students plenty of space for quiet study or reflection. Students will gain the advantage of an authentic cultural and linguistic immersion in an Arabic speaking country alongside formal languages classes. Cultural Excursions to visit various points of interest in Morocco supplement the Arabic training and further enhance the immersion experience provided at Qalam.

Program Details


  • Arabic (ARAB) 210: Intermediate Arabic
  • Arabic (ARAB) 250: Gateway to Advanced Arabic
  • Arabic (ARAB) 375: Study Abroad in the Arab World


This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Non-students are also welcome to participate.  Students must have completed ARAB 110: Elementary Arabic before the start of the program.

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Homestays with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families (one student per family)

Program Cost (Winter 2018): $3547

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • Homestay - breakfast and dinner included each day
  • Lunches (Monday-Friday)
  • Language Instruction
  • Weekend trip to Sahara/Merzouga (transportation, entry fees and meals included)
  • Day trip to Casablanca (transportation, entry fees and meals included)
  • Rabat city tour
  • Cultural immersion activities
  • Airport transfers in Morocco
  • Cell phone and sim card rental in Morocco
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Daily transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary*

Day 1 Students arrive in Rabat & check-in with host families
Day 2 Morning: Orientation; Afternoon: Placement Test and Oral Interviews
Day 3 Morning: Class; Afternoon: Rabat City Tour and Language Partner Meetings
Day 4 Full Day of Class
Day 5 Day Trip to Casablanca
Day 6 Free Day
Day 7 Morning: Class; Afternoon: Cultural Excursion and Language Partner Meetings
Day 8 Full Day of Class; Arabic Calligraphy Workshop
Day 9 Morning: Class; Afternoon: Moroccan Cooking Workshop
Day 10 Full Day of Class; Language Partner Meetings
Day 11 Morning: Class; Afternoon: Departure to Sahara
Day 12-13 Weekend Trip to Sahara
Day 14 Morning: Class; Afternoon: Pottery Workshop and Language Partner Meetings
Day 15 Full Day of Class; Arabic Calligraphy Workshop
Day 16 Full Day of Class
Day 17 Morning: Class and Final Exam; Afternoon: Class and Exam Correction and Language Partner Meetings
Day 18 Morning: Class and Oral Presentations; Afternoon: Farewell Ceremony
Day 19 Students depart for the U.S.
 *Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Contact Information

Program Officer

Laura Scobey

Academic Director

Naglaa Hussein

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.