In 2019, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs deepened the understanding of the Middle East and North Africa region of 450 American students and educators through college-accredited programs as well as customized programs for high school and college students from 61 institutions.
Nearly 100 college students earned credit for coursework in Modern Standard and colloquial Arabic as well as area studies through summer, semester, or academic-year study options offered in Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia. By incorporating features such as community-based learning, homestays, lectures, language partners, cross-cultural discussions, cultural excursions, and visits to community organizations, participants expanded their understanding of the region and fostered newfound connections with its people.
A robust offering of programs customized and implemented by AMIDEAST in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia enabled an additional 350 high school and college students and faculty from 14 U.S. institutions to realize goals as varied as intensive language study and the exploration of special topics, including literature, engineering leadership, community service, and the Middle East dimension of peace and conflict resolution. Participants included 56 high school students in the U.S. Department of State-funded National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program in Jordan and Morocco, and nine high school students who spent an academic year in Jordan or Morocco through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program.