IES Abroad Rabat Hosts Customized Arabic Institute for Texas A&M Students

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IES Abroad
August 5, 2021
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Every year, IES Abroad Rabat and Customized & Faculty-Led Programs hosts the Arabic Institute for Texas A&M students, but this year they decided to get creative and bring the international experience to College Station, Texas virtually. This past month, these virtual tours and lectures focused on expanding students' cultural worlds and illuminating the experience of studying abroad. We’re happy to share a sneak peek of the IES Abroad Rabat tour with you here!

The program, curated by IES Abroad Rabat faculty, included a series of presentations with a tour of the IES Abroad Center in Rabat. Among these were a presentation about IES Abroad facilities and programs, homestay host families, student life in Morocco and IES Abroad Rabat academics. Rabat faculty Houda Fakhouri helped bring Moroccan cuisine to households halfway across the world with a fascinating cooking class featuring Moroccan salads, chicken tagine, and tea.

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Rachid Idrissi, IES Abroad Rabat faculty member, gave a presentation about Moroccan traditional houses and families. Then, students and faculty had a tour of a Moroccan house in the old medina and were welcomed by one of our favorite homestay host families.

IES Abroad Rabat faculty Najat Jaouhari and Khadija Ghaphari also gave a presentation about Moroccan and Arab traditional and modern markets, their cultural importance, and their social symbolism. The final presentation was given by artist, professional calligraphist, and painter Sakina Belaoula about the "Art of Arabic Calligraphy" and its different typologies and usages both traditionally and in modern times. 

Oussama El Addouli, IES Abroad Rabat Center Director, was happy to moderate and facilitate these sessions and Texas A&M Program Leader Salah Ayari, Instructional Professor of Arabic, was equally happy to participate. He shared, “Thank you for the wonderful virtual sessions that IES Abroad Rabat offered to my students from Texas A&M. The tour of the IES Abroad Center, the cooking class, the home visit, the presentation about Moroccan traditional souks, and the caligraphy class all went very well, and I have received very positive evaluations from the students, who wrote reflection journals about what they have learned linguistically and culturally. Overall, it was a great experience.”

a student standing in a building with locals

We thank all of the staff and faculty at IES Abroad Rabat for tailoring and hosting this program to bring Morocco to this group of Texas A&M students!

Interest in creating your own Customized & Faculty-Led program in Rabat or one of our other locations around the world? Learn more.

“I have received very positive evaluations from the students, who wrote reflection journals about what they have learned linguistically and culturally.”
Salah Ayari • Instructional Professor of Arabic • Texas A&M
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