Students registered for the PEASS long programs (Sept. to May) and the mid-length programs (Sept. to Dec.) present a specific academic and language profile.
– Students from social science study programs
Students registering for the long and mid-length programs are mostly from social science higher education study programs (sociology, political science, anthropology, history, economics). They sometimes come from more general study programs in international relations, political science, public affairs, or from specialised Arabic language and Arab culture and civilization programs.
-3rd year, Master’s and doctoral students
3rd year undergraduate students can register for the long and mid-length programs (this will count as their year abroad), Master’s students can also register by taking a gap year between their 1st and 2nd year, while doctoral students in their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year are equally eligible.*
Students not registered in full-time education in their country of origin when they apply for a place on the PEASS program or when they actually take the program, will still be considered.
It is notably the case with students who have already obtained a Master’s or Doctorate degree and wish to take an intensive course in Arabic in Morocco, without any formal higher education registration.
* Long and short programs are not open to high school graduates or 1st year university students. When they join the PEASS program, all students must have validated at least two years of university study.
-Specific interest in social science
Students registered for the long and mid-length PEASS programs are aware of the importance given to social science training in the PEASS, regardless of which academic discipline they are registered in at their home university.
PEASS is not simply a language study program, but an academic and language program specifically designed to:
- initiate students to a specific Arabic language register, used to address political, economic, and social issues (rather than the poetic or literary register);
- familiarise students to ways of thinking, themes and issues, and data collection methodology which are the hallmark of the main social science disciplines.
All applicants to the long and mid-length PEASS programs have to write, as part of their application file, a short research project of 1 or 2 pages in English or French, in which they present the social science topic or issue they wish to research once in Morocco. This short project must revolve around an issue related to Morocco in the contemporary era.
Please note: for this short research project, applicants are not evaluated for their precision or academic rigour (according to the criteria generally used in social science), but rather for their ability to anticipate and come up with a fieldwork research project they find pertinent in the Moroccan context.
-Intermediate level in standard Arabic as minimum requirement
Students in long and mid-length PEASS programs must demonstrate an Intermediate level in standard Arabic, before joining the program.
This level is equivalent to level B1 or B1+ in the Common European framework of Reference for Languages (CLEFL), or to Beginner 3/ Intermediate 1 on the ACTFL evaluation grid. The Intermediate level is usually reached after 150 to 200 hours of formal standard Arabic tuition:
either in two years spent in higher education, with 4 to 6 class hours per week
or in a standard Arabic language program (intensive summer sessions, language classes in independent language centres, etc…)
-Mastery of grammar fundamentals
In all cases, students in the long and mid-length PEASS programs must master the fundamentals of Arabic grammar: construction of nominal and verb sentences, independent pronouns and affixes, construction of nominal groups –attributes and epithets-, regular and irregular plurals, inanimate subject and verb agreement, theoretical mastery of the 10 verb forms in the past/ present/ masdar/ ism al fâ’il/ ism al maf’ûl, subjunctive, etc..
-No specific requirement regarding expression skills and vocabulary
While the theoretical mastery of grammar fundamentals is a must for all PEASS applicants, they are not required to demonstrate advanced expression skills, whether in writing or orally, as part of their application. Furthermore, applicants for the long and mid-length programs are not required to demonstrate very extensive lexical knowledge in standard Arabic as part of their application.
PEASS is indeed designed to help students significantly improve their expression skills and lexical knowledge, through intensive exposure to written, audio, and video material, and through daily vocabulary acquisition exercises.
-Placement in groups by level
Once they demonstrate Intermediate level in standard Arabic, successful applicants for the PEASS long and mid-length programs sit for a written and oral placement test, after which they are placed in the appropriate group, ranging from B1 to C1+ in the CEFRL (equivalent to Intermediate 1 to Advanced 3 on the ACTFL evaluation grid).