Arabic Language & Culture Courses with MCAS in Morocco

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About

The Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies engages in education year-round. With four terms relative to the Seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter, each can last up to three months and curriculum includes Modern Standard Arabic, Colloquial Moroccan Arabic as well as calligraphy. There are various classes available based on the student’s experience with the language, from entry level, to beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students also have the possibility of enrolling for academic courses that are taught by faculty members such as Gender Studies, Arab Spring, Migration and more while getting credits at the same time.

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That’s really helpful. Thank you, Julia! She has booked a two week stay and will be doing 8 hours of Arabic per day, and then some volunteering. She’s a bit apprehensive, but is looking forward to it. I really appreciate your input. Fay

Reviews

97%
based on 75 reviews
  • Instruction 9.7
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 9.5
  • Value 9.7
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Andrea
10/10

Our time in Rabat

As a mother/daughter team, we had a wonderful experience in Rabat. We volunteered at the Laila Meryem Orphanage and worked in the infant rooms. Our volunteer work was rewarding and our time spent discovering Morocco was excellent. MCAS did everything to help us make our housing and travel as pleasant as possible. My Arabic teacher was patient and very attentive to helping me learn the language and culture. He provided a thoughtful but practical structure to the lessons. I recommend them very highly and would be happy to spend more time there with MCAS as our guide!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Michael
10/10

Week crash course

One day AbdaSallam took me out of the classroom and into the.souk. I was obliged to ask directions from local people and ask shopkeepers about the products they were selling. In the fish market I was blown away by the variety of different fish, they even had shark on display. It was a brilliant tactic it put theory into practice in double quick time. The local people were really friendly and very eager to help. I was embarrassed at one point as a lovely old lady wanted to personally take me to the train station my "imaginary" destination. The lesson left a big smile on my face.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps vidio and more modern teaching aids.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Stoyan
10/10

Experience

I had a nice experience in Morocco, met new guys opened to foreigners.
The methods of teaching are interesting and useful for the learners.
The teacher helped me raise my level of comprehension of the arabic language. I will definitely use the services of MCAS again when next time visit Morocco. Also I will recommend the language center to my friends.
Nice location, warm attitude, a lot of fun. Regards.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Brice
10/10

MCAS offers a wonderful program

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with MCAS in Rabat. I studied Arabic privately while there and, as such, was able to tailor the class to my particular needs. The support during my stay was exceptional as was the family stay. I would not hesitate to recommend this program to anyone looking to improve their Arabic language skills while living in a fascinating city in Morocco.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jennifer
10/10

Arabic Calligraphy with MCAS

I really think that it was a very friendly experience and convenietly located next to our stay in the Riad.
I would highly recommand to take more hours through out the week. The school opens up itself to a wonderful vibrant market inside the medina having little alleys which are just amazing to walk through.

How can this program be improved?
Very friendly staff and incredibly willing to help;
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rob
8/10

Solid Course

This was a very good course that fulfilled our academic needs. My girlfriend and I found Ali to be very helpful, his staff welcoming and our teacher more than professional. The centre is located in a great spot next to the old city, and they sorted out timings that worked around our work schedules. We didn't stay in accommodation through the center - instead we found an AirBnB - so can not comment about the MCAS housing. All in all, a quality course with friendly staff in a relaxed environment.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Samantha
10/10

A Million Thanks to Y'all

Coming home from Morocco, I was bombarded with questions about my experience and everything that I did while in the beautiful country. The most popular question was: "What was your favorite thing about Morocco?" and my list is endless, but my favorite of favorite things was the people -- especially Ali, Jihane, Fatima, and Abdu! (The food is my second favorite) Ali and Jihane did an amazing job with the logistics of the whole trip and Abdu was the best foreign language teacher I've had. I was very nervous about learning a new language, especially one as complex as Arabic, but Abdu made the class interesting! Ali and Jihane were constantly by our side, making sure we were practicing our Arabic, but obviously helped when we couldn't communicate with others. I was sad to leave in the end, especially since it was such a short trip, but I have lovely memories of the country and the culture and I wish to one day be back to share more laughs with everyone from MCAS. All the thank you's would not suffice to express my gratitude and maybe one day, I can return the favor and host y'all in Texas!

How can this program be improved?
The Arabic classes were a little long. I understand that because it was such a short program the classes needed to be more intensive, but maybe having a break in between or shortening the classes a little would help with concentration and retention.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jack
10/10

2 Weeks with MCAS

My entire experience could not have been amazing if it was not for this program. I really liked Rabat becuase it is a cool mix of old and new things. The people were very friendly and accommodating.
I really liked the classes and tailored to meet my needs and I asked for what I wanted and I was pleased with the program and the teacher :)
The teacher was very patient attentive and very enthused about teaching me. My overal impressions was really great and I loved the entire program from day 1 to the last.

I was placed with a wonderful host family; who welcomed me to their huge house. They were very lovely and very concerned and they were to me more of a family than a host; they were good to us with the other students and kept us entertained. They enhanced my experience in Morocco to a great level, and the house was majestic.

The Staff in MCAS were really great ; the program director, the program coordinator the teacher made my stay unforgetable. They were always willing and ready to help and very supportive and welcoming.
I would highly recommand this program to anyone seeking to learn Arabic.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Laura
10/10

MCAS Loyola Marymount University trip

We had a great experience in Morocco combining social justice work with language classes and sightseeing/cultural immersion. The food is delicious, MCAS staff were welcoming and very helpful and the places we visited were beautiful and often educational.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sammy
10/10

Media Arabic with MCAS

I had an excellent experience with MCAS. I had 20 hours a week of private Arabic classes (MSA), which focused on media Arabic. Everyone at the center was extremely helpful from the moment of arrival up to when I left the school. Ali was very welcoming and kind and was always available to help with anything via text, phone, or email. The classes are top quality and my teacher (Abdessalam) is one of the best language instructors I have had. He was very patient, professional, and made learning Arabic enjoyable. Furthermore, the classes were tailored specifically for my interests, so we had a great balance between grammar review and media Arabic. I can say that my Arabic has improved a lot in my short time at MSAS. Also, the location of the school was very convent; it is right downtown and in front of a tram stop, so my commute via the tram was 10-15 minutes at most. I have studied languages abroad before, but I have to say that my experience at MCAS was the best. I would definitely recommend it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jasmine
10/10

Alternative Break Trip: Morocco

The hosts at MCAS were the best ! They went above and beyond to make us feel right at home. It was one of the best experiences that i will cherish forever. The food was the best part ! Most importantly, we were given the chance to really integrate into the Moroccan culture by learning the language of the people and gain insight in Moroccan politics.

How can this program be improved?
Because we booked our trip during Ramadan, it was sometimes hard to keep up with the strict schedule, but overtime we got used to it.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jess
10/10

Amazing experience at MCAS

I loved my time at MCAS! I arrived in March 2015 for two weeks with a friend from University, we stayed with a host family and had 30 hours of Arabic tuition. We organised it with Ali, who runs the school, and he was very helpful from the beginning and made sure all of our questions were answered. He was also available throughout the duration of our trip, and if we ever needed anything we only needed to send him a message and he helped out immediately.

The host couple were so friendly and welcoming, and they made it clear straightaway that we could ask them for anything that we wanted. The house was beautiful and very traditionally Moroccan, and the food was traditional too.

Our teacher, Abdesalam, was a brilliant teacher, and both my friend and I finished the course feeling like our level of Arabic had improved a lot. He made sure that the lesson were interesting and relevant, and he explained complicated grammatical points in a way that was very easy to understand. If we could have brought him back to England to teach us there, we definitely would have done!

Going to MCAS was a brilliant decision, I enjoyed all of my time there and am going into my University exams feeling much more confident.

Jess

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jck
10/10

Highest Quality Staff, Very Accommodating

I had the best time working with MCAS and partnering with Morocco World News. I felt that the organisation was large enough to allow for individualism with whatever I wanted to do but small enough to receive personalised support from the site staff. Overall an excellent experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tasneem
10/10

Arabic Studies With MCAS

Studying Arabic with MCAS has been excellent as it allowed me to expand my learning capacity. The program was all set up and has allowed me to spread my learning hours which has tremendously enabled me to meet my learning objectives.

The teachers were very supportive and provided materials and the means to expand my language skills in Arabic. The teaching was also fun as it adopted different teachings methods to meet my needs.

My host family also helped me learn my Arabic which was fantastic because it continuously helped me develop my communicability skills. They offered a nice room with 3 meals a day. Living in the medina also helped me use my Arabic skills as I had to use it on a daily basis. My host family was conveniently located and next to the school.

As a girl I felt safe and comfortable on my own and around the medina.

How can this program be improved?
NONE
Yes, I recommend this program
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J
10/10

Great

MCAS provided me with a 2 week Arab course and host family stay. The Arabic course was really good. I was using it as revision before university and we went over many of the things I have previously learnt and discussed in detail events around the globe. The teacher was patient and helpful and the programme was well directed. The family lived close to the school meaning my walk in the morning was easy and Rabat is a nice pleasant town to live in.

Yes, I recommend this program

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About Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies

MCAS is an Arabic language center committed to teaching Arabic as a foreign language so as to serve as a window into the culture of any Arabic speaking country.

Our mission is to make sure that the Arabic courses taught at MCAS will enable our...