Long-term program

The long-term academic program spans nine months, from early September to the end of May. The section below lays out the targeted goals, the student profile, course planning (pace and frequency) as well as the registration fees.

Targeted goals of the long-term program

The long-term program has three main goals:

Improving at an accelerated rate the students’ proficiency level of standard Arabic in terms of written or oral production and thus enabling them to address contemporary political, economic and social issues.

Initiating students to research methodologies, modes of reasoning and academic study, fieldwork and design and writing of research projects relating to Social Sciences using Arabic as the language of instruction, research and composition.

Exposing the students to learning the Moroccan dialect, Darija, through theoretical classes that keep alive the connection between Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic, Darija, as well as through practice-based classes centered on oral communication.

Targeted Student Audience

The long-term program is specifically designed for non-native speakers of Arabic registered in programs of Social Sciences (Sociology, Political science, Anthropology, History, and Economics) and who wish to improve their standard Arabic in order to gain direct access to oral or written sources related to the field of study and research.

The long-term program should also interest students on study programs in Diplomacy, International relations, Public Policy, Political Sciences as well as students from departments of Arabic Language, culture and civilizations but who must demonstrate specific interest in Social Sciences.

In most cases, while in residence, students attending the long-term PEASS program are at the same time enrolled in their 3rd year of undergraduate program, 1st or 2nd year of the Master scheme of study, or any year of Doctoral program.

 IMPORTANT: Students currently enrolled in their 2nd or 3rd year of BA, 1st or 2nd year of Master, or who are pursuing doctoral programs are eligible candidates for the long-term and medium-term PEASS program.

Students currently enrolled in the 1st year of the undergraduate program are not eligible for the Long-term or the medium-term Program.

Planning and Breakdown of Contact Hours

The program is made of 500 contact hours broken down into two semesters.

  • Semester 1: Semester 1 takes up 300 contact hours, starting early semester and ending late December, with an average weekly load of 25 contact hours.

During the first week of the semester, students take a 25-hour introductory course to Moroccan Arabic, Darija.

As of the second week and up to the end of the semester, students carry an average weekly load of 25 contact hours of Standard Arabic (language classes, supervised activities, tutorials, workshops…)

A ten-day recess period is scheduled around the middle of the semester.

  • Semester 2 takes up 200 contact hours, starting mid-January through end of May and scheduled as follows:

From mid-January to the end of January: 40 contact hours of Moroccan Arabic over two weeks, with an average of 20 contact hours for each week.


From mid-February to the end of April: 160 contact hours of Standard and Moroccan Arabic with up to an average load of 16 contact hours a week.

->110 contact hours of standard Arabic (60 contact of social sciences in Arabic, 40 contact hours of preparatory and assisted learning sessions to classes in social sciences, and 10 contact hours allotted for initiation to research in social sciences.

50 contact hours of Moroccan Arabic, Darija.

Throughout May, students write up their prospectus or statement of purpose in Standard Arabic (the length varies from a minimum of about 6 pages (2500 words) to a maximum of 20 pages). The monograph (or research proposal) must be submitted in typed format, using the Arabic keyboard.

Eligibility Criteria

The PEASS is open to non-native speakers of Arabic who

  • have already completed a formal course of standard Arabic of at least 150 contact hours;
  • have successfully satisfied an intermediate level of Standard Arabic equivalent to B1 or B1+ in accordance with the Common European Framework of References for Languages, or Beginner 3 and Intermediate 1 on the ACTFL scale
  • Have a particular interest in research in social sciences on issues related to the contemporary Arab-speaking world (i.e. students registered in programs of social sciences -Sociology, Public Policy, Anthropology, History, Economics- but also students enrolled in study programs in Diplomacy, International Relations, Public Policy, Political Sciences and students pursuing programs in Language, Culture and Arab civilization, who wish to be initiated to the field of Social Sciences)
  • Are enrolled at least in their second year of undergraduate study at the time of their application to the PEASS program.

“Pre-requisite of 150 contact hours on a formal course and full satisfaction of requirements  for the B1 Arabic level ensure that  the student demonstrates a command of the rudiments of Arabic grammar (verb phrase and noun phrase, masdar, relative and independent pronouns, adjectival clauses, regular and irregular plurals, subject-verb agreement, the ten forms of verb tenses, past and present, masdar/ism’alfâ’il/ism’ al maf’ûl, subjunctive, etc.).

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the academic program must provide the following documentation:

  • A Completed online application form
  • Evidence that the applicant has successfully completed a formal 150-hour course of standard Arabic at their institution (transcripts featuring the completion of the course of Arabic).
  • A reference letter from an instructor of Arabic (written in Arabic, English or French) attesting that the applicant has reached a minimum of B1 on the CEFRL (Common European Framework of References for Languages), or Beginner 3 and Intermediate 1 on the ACTFL scale
  • A one-page personal statement in English or French indicating the motives for choosing the program of Arabic for the study of social sciences as language program geared towards the study of Social Sciences.
  • A short project proposal in Social Sciences (1 to 2 pages) outlining the theme the applicant intends to research or study in Morocco, the working thesis, the theoretical framework as well as the approach to adopt for such a project.

Semester 1

Semester 1 starts Monday 4 September 2017 and ends Friday 15 December. A ten-day recess period is scheduled for the middle of the semester (end of October-beginning of November).

Semester 2

Semester 2 starts January 15, 2018 for the two-week intensive Moroccan Arabic course. The regular program of classical Arabic starts Monday February 5, 2018 and ends Thursday May 31, 2018. A two-week recess period is scheduled for the mid-semester (Mid-March)

Registration Fees

Fees for the -long-term program (500-contact hours) are set at 3600 Euros.

While in residence on the PEASS at EGE for the academic year 2017-18, students registered at partner universities are entitled to a discount on registration fees.

For more information, please consult the section “Partner Universities”.

The tuition fees are hereby indicated in Euros for information purposes only.