Arabic Language & Culture Courses with MCAS in Morocco

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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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Nathan
9/10

Very Flexible Program

I needed to find a program that would set me up with housing and a tutor on very short notice. MCAS came through. I cannot emphasize enough how fantastic of a tutor Abdelsalam is. He is patient, flexible, and professional to the utmost degree. My apartment was also nice. And Rabat is in my opinion one of the most comfortable cities in the Arab world, and it's a lot more interesting than it gets credit for being.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Danielle
10/10

MCAS

Everything with program was great. I was very well taken care of and learned a lot. I felt completely comfortable and safe the entire time. I am absolutely recommending this program to fellow students .

How can this program be improved?
Wish I had stayed for longer.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sameul
10/10

Best ever !!!

Great staff. Great help and a great experience.

Ali was very helpful during this program. We were a group and we're educated throughly. He's very excited about what he does and very enthusiastic. You can tell when someone loves what they do. He loves it and that's what makes this program amazing.

How can this program be improved?
Wish I could be there longer




Yes, I recommend this program
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Kim
10/10

So much fun!

I love Rabat!! Such a great experience getting to meet the students of MCAS ! Such a wonderful opportunity and I cannot wait to visit Morocco again sometime in the near future inshallah. Thanks !!!!

How can this program be improved?
Keep the conversation topics different so people don't get bored .
Yes, I recommend this program
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Korina
10/10

Rabat in April

Coming from central Europe I had expected Africa to be hot, but Rabat was not hot at all. I had a fabulous week with a very typical Moroccan family who had their house right in the centre of the town in the market area with all its pictures little shops and streets full of life.

I was in a very lucky position to not have to worry about any noise while asleep, and thus, I did not even hear the Athan calling in the early mornings; and his calling every day I did not mind.

The family showed great hospitality and looked after me in the best possible way. Their food had been excellent . We talked a lot in Arabic which was precisely my reason for coming to Morocco.

Ali, the program director, showed a great sense of professional as well as the staff. He was always eager to help and answer me if I have any questions regarding culture, the program and safety.

So, on the whole I really enjoyed my visit. I would highly recommend this program to any student who wants to improve his level of speaking in Arabic as well as writing and reading.

How can this program be improved?
to anyone who likes an Arabic lanuage lover
Yes, I recommend this program
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Carlos
10/10

Rabat in 2 weeks

I found MCAS an excellent program. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed 2 weeks learning Arabic in the morning, and exploring the Moroccan capital in the afternoons. Our host families were wonderful, and living within the old quarter, the Medina, a lot of fun. We also had the opportunity to visit other cities, such as Casablanca, Fez, and Meknes, on our own. One day my host took me to the northern Moroccan coast to the city of Castillejos which is the Spanish name of this city. The trip was wonderful as we could see the Mediterranean Sea, and Spain across the Straits of Gibraltar.

I found our teacher excellent, very patient, and a very good instructor. I also felt completely safe in Rabat, including the evening. I would recommend this highly and plan to return soon.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Erin
10/10

Arabic with MCAS

I had an amazing experience in Morocco. Thanks to MCAS’s wonderful teachers and staff! Without doubt, they are the most dedicated, helpful and professional group of people I have ever met. There are no words to describe the incredible last thirty days in Morocco, the teachers were beyond impressive, the accommodations were great and the staff went beyond the call of duty to make sure that the students were comfortable and had no other worries than to apply themselves to studying Arabic and enjoying their experience in Morocco.

During my program I volunteered with Amnesty International while taking Arabic with MCAS, and I learned so much about human rights situation in Morocco. I had the chance to meet with many acitivists and had not been for MCAS's director who made those contacts for me.

How can this program be improved?
I think MCAS has been a great experinece thank yo the director to the program whom we could not thank enough for being helpful all the time.

Yes I would recommand it to anyone looking to spend a time in a county that never seizes to amaze.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ashly
10/10

Semester Program with MCAS

I had a great experience with the Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies. I was able to get a feel for what life is like for Moroccans my own age by meeting many fellow students. I also learned all about the culture and history of Morocco by visiting several historical sites. I am right now enjoying Eid in Morocco with my host family, and I had a great chance of experiencing that for the first time. I feel a bit sad to be leaving in 1 week, and I wish I could make this stay longer.

How can this program be improved?
I want to study again in Morocco next summer 2014 and hope to keep using the Moroccan Center for Arabic Studies to do so. I highly recommend the center to anyone interested in visiting Morocco.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jalal
10/10

I loved Morocco, and my experience with MCAS

I am currently taking a semester abroad from the University of Saints Andrews and volunteering in a school inside medina of Rabat where I teach English to kids with MCAS. This has been a very good program so far. The facility is big, located in a very safe and nice area.

My Moroccan host family is so amazing and welcoming and the staff programs are very helpful.

How can this program be improved?
I wish I could stay more
Yes, I recommend this program
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wakawaka
5/10

Morocco is great. But I wouldnt go with MCAS

MCAS still has alot to learn Im afraid. They are new and I got the feeling when I was there that the programme director was very unprofessional. He had a lot going on and did not act in an appropriate manner. I volunteered and studied arabic. I learnt more arabic from speaking to locals than in class. But I did not let it get to me! So I made the most out of my summer there, met friends and enjoyed the nice cultural exchange. Morocco is after all an amazing country to visit!

No, I don't recommend this program
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rwa
3/10

5 weeks in Rabat

Morocco was an amazing country, however if I could go again I would do it through a different program. I lived with a host family, volunteered with a women’s rights organization and took Arabic classes. My main complaint is that my expectations about what I was paying for were not met. I was told I would volunteer with an organization where I would take trips to Berber villages and actively participate in the group's work on women's rights. In reality, the owner of the organization was on vacation nearly the whole time I was there, and there was barely anything for me to do. Then the MCAS program director canceled the only trip I was scheduled to take without asking me, saying he thought it was too far for me to travel.

My Arabic lessons were also not impressive. I had to pay for individual lessons because there were no other students to have the group classes offered on the website. The teacher seemed to want to practice her English more than teach me Arabic, and she basically just read to me from my textbook, so I stopped taking classes after about a week and a half and tried to study Arabic on my own for my remaining four weeks.

When there was a misunderstanding with my host family, the program director immediately went to the family and told them that I (along with another volunteer living in the same family) had complained about them, without speaking to us first to clarify what was actually happening. This naturally made it very awkward with my family, and instead of addressing the problem maturely, the program director repeatedly insisted that it wasn't his fault. I had to ask him to please speak with the family again to clarify what had really happened, which thankfully he did, but things were never quite the same after that.

My departure was also somewhat upsetting. My host family accused me of not paying for all the days I was there, even though I had, and I had to show them my plane ticket to prove it. The program director contacted me the night before I left to retrieve the Moroccan phone I was borrowing, and with such little notice I was unable to coordinate a time to return the phone, so I said I would mail it to him. It wasn't until I had left the country that he told me he forgot to give me my certificate and plaque for the program. When I asked him if he could mail those to me, he told me no because it’s too expensive. Having gotten a better idea of the cost of living in Morocco while I was there, I knew I was being charged quite a bit for the program, which had turned out to be disappointing. I couldn't believe after all that had happened I wouldn't even receive my certificate and plaque because the program director was unwilling to pay the cost of postage. My experiences outside of this program were wonderful, but I think it could have been much more enriching if I had gone through a more legitimate organization.

No, I don't recommend this program
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rms
10/10

wonderful experience

I had an amazing time on my trip to morocco. I was able to visit many interesting places in such a short (10 days) stay. I also had a few opportunities to interact with other students and to engage in interesting discussions about our daily lives as well as discuss political issues. This was a wonderful experience that I would reccomend to anyone.

How can this program be improved?
A longer stay!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Thaddius
10/10

MCAS Experience

This program was wonderful! As a matter of fact I am already saving up to go back next year. Ali was very personable and was able to connect with everyone quickly. We were able to see so much of the Medina and never felt like we were left alone or lost. It was also nice to get to know Moroccan students our own age through the program. Also, for me, one of the highlights was the home stay family. Although I didn't speak Arabic and they didnt speak English they were very accommodating and the food was to die for. I actually took pictures of every meal we ate! I wish I had more time to soak everything in but I dont feel like anything was missed. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who wishes to study in the Middle East in a fun, safe, and well organized environment.

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing I would love to have spent more time in Rabat!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Joe
9/10

Great program, Great time

Overall, I thought MCAS offered a great program for learning the Moroccan culture and the Arabic Language. I was very pleased with the mixture of education and hands on work within the cities we visited. the program would consist of a learning about a particular city's history, learning about the city's cultural relevance to Moroccan culture at large, and then entering the city to immerse oneself in the day to day activities of the locals. These day to day activities also included doing humanitarian work like donating goods to local orphanages, schools, and extracurricular activities like martial arts and pick-up soccer matches. The program gave us a great insight into Moroccan culture while giving us an incredible education on the Arabic Language through personal interactions and cultural immersion. I definitely plan on returning to Morocco the next opportunity I can.

How can this program be improved?
While we met with numerous Moroccan students in semi-formal settings, I would have liked to socialize with the students in a much more casual setting like their places of leisure, their local 'hang-out' spots, and popular places of night life to see how people my age live in the country when they have the time to relax and be themselves.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Mira
10/10

MCAS is Awesome!

While studying with MCAS this summer, I learned more about Moroccan culture, Middle East issues, and the religion of Islam than I thought was possible. I realized how small my scope of view was coming from the U.S. A lot of the media here in the States can put a skew on issues abroad. Going to Morocco and seeing from a new perspective has given me so much more of an understanding of a culture that has paralleled and even surpassed our known Western history in many ways. Islamic scholars were developing mathematic and scientific ideas right along side our known Western scholars but they are not often mentioned in our texts. Studying with MCAS gave me a breadth of knowledge that would have been hard to find elsewhere. I highly recommend this program. The instructors are accommodating to large and diverse groups of people with a wide range of needs-and supportive while leading students on this amazing adventure of exploration. Morocco is awesome!!

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...