What is PEASS?
PEASS, Program of Arabic for the Study of Social Sciences, is an intensive language program designed for students and researchers working on issues relating to the contemporary Arab World. The program is designed for non-native speakers of Arabic who wish to substantially improve their proficiency level and, hence, gain direct access to written and oral (audio-visual) sources pertaining to their field of study. The program combines two complementary approaches: a linguistic approach geared towards the development of communicative and pragmatic competencies of Modern Arabic together with language accuracy in terms of structure and syntactic control, spelling as well as word choice; an academic approach geared towards training and research in social sciences as well as the study of issues that entail fieldwork in countries of the Arab World.
Students’ Role play
Each year, the students of the Program of Arabic for the Study of Social Sciences (PEASS) design and direct a role play in Standard Arabic, on a topic taken from global current events, in the frame of a fictional political TV show. Each student plays a specific role (journalist, civil society activist, political woman, etc.) and present in an argumentation way his/her standpoint on the topic chosen, in front of his/her colleagues who are playing other roles. The role play allows the students to specify a specific argumentative standpoint, and to get acquainted with the linguistic structures and lexical expressions used within interactions. The role play presented here was written and played by students in December 2016, i.e. three months after the beginning of the program. All students started the program with a beginner or an intermediate level in Standard Arabic.
Check the list of our 80 partner universities
Since 2008, EGE, home to the PEASS program, has set up partnership agreements with 80 leading universities from all over the globe. Partnership agreements include third year abroad on undergraduate schemes of study, double Master degree programs and research and academic staff exchange. PEASS draws upon these partnership agreements and attracts the best students with academic interest in both Arabic language and Social Sciences. While in residence on PEASS programs (long, medium or short-term programs), students enrolled at partner universities are entitled to concessionary rates in terms of registration fees.
Check the list of our 80 partner universities here.
Watch the interviews of the students from the 2016-2017 class
Miriam and Fatima-Ezzahra from Sciences Po Paris (France), Dalila from Sussex University (United-Kingdom) and Ryan from Griffith University (Australia) are PEASS students of the 2016-2017 class. They are telling us about their experience in Rabat, présent the reasons why they chose to attend a PEASS program, and talk about their specific interest in social sciences, using French, English, Italian and Arabic. Watch their interviews in the section Testimonials.
8 reasons for choosing PEASS
PEASS Program in figures
The figure ‘3000’ refers to the total number of new words a student registered in the long-term program will acquire on average over a six-month period.
The figure ‘130’ refers to the number of students who have taken one of the PEASS programs since its launch in 2015.
The number ‘25’ refers to the average hourly load a student carries a week on each of the PEASS programs.
The number ‘6’ refers to the average number of students in each language class set based on placement level.