Ibn Battuta Scholarship for Peace & Diplomacy 2018

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Morocco students are invited to apply for Ibn Battuta Scholarship for Peace & Diplomacy 2018. This is a  merit scholarship aimed at  rewarding students for excellence and dedication to the study of the Arabic language as well as promote the study of Arabic as a foreign language. This opportunity to add to your personal development is also open to international students to study in morocco.

Prospective students may apply to either one of the semester programs (fall, spring) or else to the winter and summer programs.

Arabic  is a Central Semitic language that was first used  in the Iron Age in northwestern Arabia and is now the lingual franca of the Arab world.

Arabic is the largest member of the Semitic language family, which also includes languages like Hebrew and Aramaic. Like most other Semitic languages, Arabic is written from right to left. Calligraphy with text from the Quran, at a mosque entrance.

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Arabic has too many exotic sounds, impossible to learn for foreigners. There are only two or three sounds which are not found in English and these can be learned easily through imitation.  But the vocabulary of Modern Standard Arabic is no more complex than the vocabulary of any other modern language.

hence,  Ibn Battuta Scholarship is giving that opportunity to both moroccans and international students  to learn one the worlds popular languages. therefore if you have the passion to study arabic this scholarship is for you.

we know how difficult  it is if you find yourself in one of the Arabic countries where language is a barrier to communication.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT Ibn Battuta Scholarship for Peace & Diplomacy

According to Babbel.com in one of their published article on the 10 most popular languages in the world, Arabic language was ranked 4th which means a knowledge of this language is an added advantage . see the graph below.

most popular language chart

Modern Standard Arabic is a primarily written form, closely related to the Classical Arabic of the Quran.

However, the spoken forms of Arabic in, say, Oman and Morocco are so different that a couple of philosophy professors from these countries might be able to discuss the finer points of the ancient texts while struggling to order lunch.

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Where is Arabic spoken today?

Cairo is the largest city in the Arab world.
  • Arabic is today spoken by more than 200 million people in the Arab World, and it is an official language in 22 countries.
  • Arabic is also an important language in many countries bordering on the Arab World, like Mali, Niger, Chad, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia. There are also Arabic-speaking populations in parts of southern Turkey and southwestern Iran.
  • With the migration of Arab nationals to countries outside of the Arab World, the Arabic language has spread to practically all corners of the Earth.
  • Arabic has held the status of official language at the United Nations since 1974.
  • Being the language of the Quran, Arabic is highly respected across the Muslim world. Many non-Arab Muslim children begin learning Arabic at early age, to enable them to read and understand the Quran.

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LEVEL/ FIELD OF STUDY:

Ibn Battuta Scholarship for Peace & Diplomacy 2018  is open Masters study in the Arabic language.

HOST NATIONALITY:

The scholarship is to be taken in Morocco . if you are an international student that wants to apply for this scholarship you will need a study visa to study morocco.

How To Get A Morocco Study Visa 

Go to the Nearest Moroccan Embassy in resident country and apply for a Student visa this should be after you have received a letter of admission to any Moroccan recognized institution in Morocco.     To qualify for entry to the Moroccan under a student visa, one needs to get a minimum score of 40 points for your application.

What is the best currency to use in Morocco?

As an international student going to a foreign  country to study you will need to know the prominent currency used in the country to help you make proper planning and budgeting.

The currency used in morocco is the Moroccan Dirham. The Moroccan Dirham exchange rate is set by the central Bank of Morocco.
Euros and Pounds sterling and are accepted by some larger traders. Traveller’s cheques are useful for emergencies but can be very time consuming to cash. A currency exchange slip is required to change back surplus Dirham.

ELIGIBLE NATIONALITY :

The scholarship is available to both Moroccans and international students  willing to study in the country.

SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS

  •   Full Scholarships cover all tuition and housing costs for the duration of the program (an approximate value of $3715.00 for semester programs,  and $1250.00 for the winter and summer sessions).

  •   Partial Scholarships cover tuition-only costs for the duration of the program (an estimated $2100 for semester programs, and $700 for the winter and summer sessions.

Note: Transportation to/from Morocco is the responsibility of awardees.

Ibn Battuta Scholarship for Peace & Diplomacy Eligibility

Applicants must write a 600-1,000 word essay answering “What do you hope to achieve through your study of the Arabic language?”  Applicants must have completed a minimum of four University semesters in Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent study (at least 240 documented contact hours at a private institution).

Applicants must have three written recommendations, including at least one from an Arabic Language Instructor/Professor.  Applicants must provide graded transcripts documenting previous Arabic study.

HOW TO APPLY For Ibn Battuta Scholarship

To Apply, send the completed application form and all required attachments (photocopy of passport, recommendation letters, essay, and transcripts) via email or post to Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies attn: Ibn Battuta Scholarship

APPLICATION FORM

PROGRAM DURATIONS:

Application Deadlines

All applications must be postmarked by the specified deadline for each session.   Applications sent after the deadline will not be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my chances of winning?

We review each application carefully and grant full scholarships to candidates who demonstrate a dedication to studying the Arabic language and a potential to play a positive role in their communities and around the world.  We typically receive 50 -200 applications for each scholarship sessions.

  • Five (5) full scholarships (tuition & housing) are awarded for each session

  • Ten (10) partial scholarships (tuition only) are awarded for each session.

When and how will the results be announced?

The results are announced one calendar month after the submission deadline.  The winners’ names are posted on our facebook page
.  The winners are also informed of their successful candidacy via email.

Do I have to be enrolled in University to apply?

No, you do not have to be enrolled in University to apply. You must have acquired 240 hours of documented study of the Arabic language, but it does not have to have been through university enrollment in order to apply.

How should I submit my documents?

We prefer you to submit your documents via email (Arabic@qalamcenter.com). Though it is possible to submit them by mail, we are not responsible for lost or stolen documents mailed to Morocco.

What languages are acceptable for my essay and recommendations?

We accept documents in English, French or Arabic. Translated documents should include a copy of the original.

What types of candidates are the judges looking for?

We are primarily looking for students who have demonstrated excellence and dedication to study of the Arabic language.  We are also looking for students with clear goals and plans for their Arabic skills. Students from countries where it is very difficult to find Arabic courses or who have never had the opportunity to participate in Arabic immersion are also given preference.

Can my professors email my recommendations directly?

Yes, your professors or Arabic instructors can email your recommendations directly to the school. Please ask them to include your full name in the subject line, as well as in the body of the email.

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