Arizona Arabic Flagship - Capstone Overseas

Morocco
Meknes
Arizona Arabic Flagship - Capstone Overseas
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Academic YearJan 10mid Junelate MayBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • Arabic
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Yes
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Other
Program Overview

The Arizona Arabic Flagship Program guides undergraduate students from diverse majors to professional Arabic fluency (ACTFL Superior, ILR 3).  The program’s individualized learning pathways and study plans allow students to rapidly progress in their years of Arabic study at the University of Arizona. All Flagship students are required to complete a Flagship Capstone year of overseas intensive study administered by the American Councils for International Education.

Academics

Arizona Arabic Flagship scholars who attain Intermediate-High Arabic proficiency in speaking and at least one other language skill (reading, writing, or listening), according to the ACTFL Scale may choose to participate in a summer of intensive Arabic study at the Flagship program in Meknes, Morocco.It is highly encouraged that Flagship students take advantage of this intensive summer opportunity. The summer program in Meknes, Morocco helps Flagship students prepare for their mandatory Flagship Capstone year overseas. It also addresses the needs of Flagship students who may need to “catch-up” due to an interruption or extension of their Arabic learning because of other demands on their time.

During the summer, Flagship scholars attend intensive courses in Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic Media, and Moroccan Colloquial, Darija. The Moroccan dialect course develops the participant's colloquial language skills so he or she can use it in daily life, with the help of a language partner who will interact with the participant exclusively in Moroccan Colloquial. The Print Media course develops reading strategies as well as raising cultural awareness of the region. The Non-Print Media course helps students develop listening strategies so that they are able to follow any televised discussion or a dialogue. The Language and its Conjunctions course develops writing at the text level with emphasis on clarity and cohesion. Weekly Roundtables are part of the summer program and provide great insight of the Moroccan culture and the region.

During the summer session of the Capstone year, students attend intensive courses in Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic Media, and Moroccon Colloquial Arabic (Darija). The Moroccon Colloquial course develops the participant's colloquial language skills so he or she can use it in daily life, with the help of a language partner who will interact with the participant exclusively in Darija. The Print Media course develops reading strategies as well as raising cultural awareness of the region. The Non-Print Media course helps students develop listening strategies so that they are able to follow any televised discussion or a dialogue. The Language and its Conjunctions course develop writing at the text level with emphasis on clarity and cohesion. During the fall and spring semesters, participants will attend translation classes in addition to the summer courses.

During the fall and spring semesters, all participants undertake professional internships and/or directed research projects reflecting their chosen field of interest at cooperating Moroccon organizations. The Flagship Resident Director and Internship Coordinator make site visits to internship locations/directed research sites to evaluate the appropriateness of the internship, provide support for the participant, and to help build relationships for future participants, where appropriate.

Housing

During the summer, all participants stay in the dorms and share rooms with Egyptian roommates. The girls' dorms are at a walking distance from the Faculty of Arts, while the boys' dorms are 20 minutes away by car. All rooms are air conditioned, washers are available on each floor, a reading and studying area is available in both dorms, and free Wi-Fi internet is accessible to all participants. Three meals are offered during the week and two on the weekend. During the fall and spring semesters, participants in the capstone year program may choose to stay in the dorms, live with a family, or in a rented apartment with an Egyptian roommate. The Resident Director along with the Logistics Coordinators, help participants with housing before the beginning of the fall semester.

 

Program Timeline

Application process:

  • Application Deadline: January 10, 2018

Dates for the following are to be determined:

  • Online Pre-Program Exam
  • Oral proficiency Interview
  • Selection Process
  • Awards

Program Dates: June 14, 2018 until May 10, 2018

Dates for the following are to be determined:

  • Pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC
  • Group flight 
  •  In-country orientation
  • Summer semester begins
  • End of summer classes
  • Summer Break
  • Internship begins 
  • Fall semester flagship and direct enroll classes begin
  • Winter break
  • Spring semester begins
  • Spring break
  • Last day of classes
  • Group flight to the US

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How to Apply

For instructions on how to become an Arizona Arabic Flagship Scholar, click here

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