Student Support

Pre-Departure Information

As part of our effort to ensure students grow both intellectually and inter-culturally during their time abroad, AMIDEAST provides in-depth information in preparation for the program. AMIDEAST staff distributes pre-departure information through the AMIDEAST Student Portal. This pre-departure information addresses topics such as:

  • flight information;
  • academic matters;
  • visas;
  • insurance, safety, and security;
  • country-specific student handbooks outlining the logistics of the program; and
  • webinars accessed via the student partal, providing background on a host-country’s history, society, gender norms, and culture.

In addition to material provided on the AMIDEAST Student Portal, students also participate in an online pre-departure orientation with AMIDEAST staff. This orientation allows students to ask any pre-departure questions directly to AMIDEAST/HQ program staff.  Program staff are also available by phone and email throughout the pre-departure process in order to assist students with their program preparations. 

In-Country Orientation

Once in the host country, student participate in an orientation that  includes instruction and discussion about cultural adjustment, program components, academic advising, goals, expectations, safety, survival language instruction, and host city exploration.

Semester Programs: Upon arrival in host city, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students participate in an in-depth, week-long orientation designed to introduce them to the culture and daily life of their host country and to familiarize them with program logistics. Students stay in a hotel during orientation, and move to their accommodation for the semester at the end of the first week. The orientation combines structured informational sessions with organized activities and free time for participants to familiarize themselves with the host city. Topics such as safety and health, family life, cultural adaptation, program regulations, participant responsibilities and other essential information are all discussed during orientation. During the on-site orientation students also meet their professors, receive final language placements, and become familiar with the program’s IT environment.

Summer/Short Term: Upon arrival in host city, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students participate in a one-and-a-half day orientation designed to introduce them to the culture and daily life of the host country, and to familiarize them with logistics of the program. The orientation combines structured informational sessions with organized activities. Topics such as safety and health, family life, cultural adjustment, program regulations, participant responsibilities and other essential information are all discussed during orientation.

Ongoing Program Support

During the AMIDEAST Program, in-country staff are always available to support students. From cultural adjustment concerns to ensuring students are staying safe and healthy on the program, in-country staff members go above and beyond to provide a safe and enriching environment for students.

Some examples of ongoing program support from in-country AMIDEAST staff include:

  • Accompanying students to the doctor when ill and assisting with the health insurance reimbursement process,
  • Getting to know students though one-on-one and group meetings throughout the program.
  • Arranging various cultural activities throughout the program to deepen student understanding of local society.
  • Organizing and accompanying students on program-arranged excursions outside of the host city.
  • Being a highly accessible resource: students are always welcome to stop by staff offices in the AMIDEAST Center to discuss questions or concerns.
  • Working with local authorities and AMIDEAST staff in Washington, D.C. to promote student safety and security in the host country.
Post-Program Support

After finishing the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program, students receive continued support from staff in Washington, D.C. AMIDEAST supports alumni in the following ways:

  • Answering grade report and transcript questions, including sending copies of official grade reports to parties at the student’s request.
  • Providing syllabi from classes taken while on the program to assist in the credit transfer process.
  • Offering enrollment verification for any scholarship-granting or background-check organizations.
  • Planning alumni activities and publishing alumni newsletters throughout the year to keep students engaged with the Arab world.
Visa Information

U.S. citizens do not require a pre‐obtained visa to enter Morocco or Jordan. Once in country, AMIDEAST staff will assist students with the visa renewal process if necessary. Students receive detailed information about the visa process during pre-departure planning.

If you have any questions regarding visas prior to acceptance, please email EdAbroad@amideast.org.