About Us

AMIDEAST'S Roots

Established in 1951, America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST) is a private American nonprofit organization engaged in international education, training, and development assistance work.

Based in Washington, DC, AMIDEAST has more than 20 field and project offices in 12 countries in the Middle East and North Africa and more than 700 dedicated professional staff working with international, regional, and local partners on the ground.

AMIDEAST provides programs and services to improve educational opportunities and quality, strengthen local institutions, and develop language and professional skills for success in the local and global economy.

 

AMIDEAST'S Mission

As an organization, AMIDEAST is focused on strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa.
 

Where Does Education Abroad Fit?

Building on AMIDEAST’s mission, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World help develop mutual understanding through programs for young people to study the Middle East and North Africa, improve their Arabic language skills, and interact with the peoples and cultures of the region, especially local families, organizations, and students. At the same time, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs strive to develop students’ intercultural and global competence and provide students with safe, secure, and healthy living and learning environments. The programs are academically rigorous, intellectually free, personally challenging, and focused on intercultural learning.

 

About AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World

For more than two decades, AMIDEAST field offices have assisted U.S. colleges and universities and other study abroad organizations with their programs in the region.

In 2007, AMIDEAST launched its Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World, beginning with a semester program in Rabat, Morocco. Since that time AMIDEAST has offered programs in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, The United Arab Emirates, and Tunisia. AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are of varying lengths, including academic year, summer, and short-term programs. Click here to learn more.

While each program has its own unique style, heavily influenced by the national and local characteristics of the country and city where it is located, all AMIDEAST programs include the following distinctive features. Click here to learn more.

Guided by an Arabic Language Advisory Board and an Academic Consortium that represents a cross-section of U.S. higher education, AMIDEAST's programs are designed to provide excellence in Arabic language study and area studies.  Programs also include ample opportunities to interact with local university students and to reflect on the intercultural encounters in structured settings.

For more than two decades, AMIDEAST field offices in the Middle East and North Africa have supported study abroad programs organized by U.S. colleges and universities and by provider organizations such as the School for International Training and Council for International Educational Exchange. AMIDEAST continues to work with colleges, universities, secondary schools and nonprofit organizations to facilitate their educational programs in the Arab world for nearly three decades. Click here to learn more.

 

The AMIDEAST Advantage

AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World provide students with opportunities to study in Arab countries for a semester, academic year, or summer. AMIDEAST also works with colleges and universities to create short-term customized programs in the region.
 
With AMIDEAST’s more than 60-year involvement with and presence in the Middle East and North Africa, students benefit from the organization’s long-term experience, strong local connections, and deep understanding of local culture. AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs provide students wide-ranging opportunities to interact with local university students and to gain the most from intercultural encounters.
 

Core Principles

AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World are built on a set of core principles. These principles include

  • Instilling in students an understanding of and respect for local cultural norms
  • Giving back to the local community through engagement with community organizations and institutions in a variety of contexts
  • Acting ethically in all dealings with students, faculty, staff, local and U.S.-based academic partners, and the community in which programs take place.

Furthermore, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are

  • student centered
  • designed to serve small cohorts of students in order to assure quality student support, valuable discussion, and opportunities to interact with peers in the host society
  • structured to maximize students’
    • achievement of greater Arabic language proficiency
    • knowledge of the host country and region, and
    • intercultural learning through ethical and informed engagement with the host culture.