Arabic Flagship Program
Arabic Flagship Program

Overseas Study

Study Abroad_Morocco Market_ResizedThe immersive experience studying Arabic abroad is a fundamental component of the Flagship program. The AFP study abroad programs build on the foundation laid by domestic study at UT and provide students with the resources and training they need to reach Superior proficiency. We offer both summer and yearlong programs in Morocco, with courses offered at the Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM), located in the historic city of Meknes.

Summer Abroad in Meknes, Morocco

The summer abroad program combines a curriculum of Modern Standard Arabic, Moroccan Daarija Colloquial, and Media Arabic with a range of cultural activities. Students also take excursions to learn about other parts of Morocco such as Fez, Casablanca, Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains. Similar to the domestic AFP program, students will be paired with a language partner to improve their language skills in a conversational setting.

Students live with host families during the summer program to strengthen the immersive experience.

When can I go? After you've completed the first six semesters of UT Arabic courses.

How long is it? Approximately 10 weeks              

Is it required? No, but it is strongly recommended for building language proficiency.

How do I qualify? Submit an application and achieve ILR 1+ proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Capstone Year Abroad in Meknes, Morocco

During the Capstone year, students build their skills in Modern Standard Arabic, Moroccan Daarija Colloquial, and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Students also enroll in courses at Moulay Ismail University in Meknes where they have the opportunity to interact with Moroccan students and experience a Moroccan style classroom.

Students also participate in a range of other activities that complement the classroom experience. They complete at least one internship while in Meknes to utilize their Arabic skills while developing their professional skills. Past student internship locations have included:

  • The Agency for Social Development
  • The Stables for the Royal Guard of Morocco
  • The Association for Women's Development of Tulal
  • The Mohammed V Hospital

Students live in homestays for the summer and then have the option to remain in a homestay or find their own housing for the fall and spring semesters.

When can I go? After you've completed all required Arabic classes and all UT courses required for your degree.

How long is it? Approximately one calendar year

Is it required? Yes

How do I qualify? Submit an application and achieve ILR 2 proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Safety During Overseas Study

AFP staff at UT work in close coordination with UT Education Abroad, The Language Flagship and the American Councils for International Education to ensure the safety of Flagship students overseas. We also work with these partners to prepare our students for their experience in Morocco. Students engage in a series of coordinated orientation sessions before departure. These sessions take place throughout the students' senior year at UT, and continue in Washington, DC at a two-day "Pre-Departure Orientation" just prior to the flight to Morocco. These sessions present information on a wide range of subjects relevant to the study abroad experience, from health and wellness, to gender issues, to safety and security.

A full-time, on-site Resident Director is present in Meknes to provide assistance, guidance and advice to students while abroad. Students also have access to resources from UT Education Abroad, including a 24-hour hotline that students can call for guidance on a wide range of travel-related issues.

Application Process

The application process for both programs begins in the fall semester and includes a general application, online exams in reading, listening and writing and an oral proficiency interview conducted by telephone. For the general application, students must submit an application form, transcripts from any college attended, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and an Arabic essay.

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    Department of Middle Eastern Studies
    204 W 21st Street
    F9400, CAL 528
    Austin, Texas 78712
    (512) 471-1724

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