Before studying abroad, students often have questions. Below you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Qalam programs.
Are the clubs/volunteer activities/excursions required?
No, you are not required to participate in any extracurriculars. However, they are very beneficial in facilitating your language learning. Clubs and volunteer activities are included in the tuition, while excursions are an additional fee.
What is the typical homework load for a student?
Students are expected to study 2-3 hours a night, though this varies depending on your level and the intensity of the course.
Is there any pre-work I should do before arrival?
There is no official prework required before arrival. It would be beneficial to review any previous work from Arabic courses
and practice speaking in order to prepare for the placement and oral exams.
What should I pack if I am living with a host family or in the residence halls?
The residence halls provide most essentials, including bed linens and pillows. Towels and toilet paper are not provided. These are easily available for purchase at most supermarkets. Host families are not required to give you a towel but will provide toilet paper. It is a good idea to bring a small gift for your host family. Please see the student guide for a complete packing list.
If I am learning Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), will I be able
to efficiently communicate withlocals?
While Darija (Colloquial Moroccan Arabic) is the language of daily life in Morocco,
MSA is used for official business and government communications and is widely understood by locals.
Will I be able to join a gym?
Yes! There are no gym facilities at the residence hall, but there are many gyms within walking distance of the two centers. If interested in a gymmembership, please inform the staff upon arrival and they will be happy to assist you.
Do I need a visa to enter the country?
Depending on what country you are from, you may need to apply for a student visa. Please check before your time of arrival.
What are some good restaurants near the residence hall and Qalam?
Below you will find a map of convenient restaurants and shopping centers. Please refer to the handout
you received at orientation for more details.
Semester Program FAQ
How many courses can I take?
Full-time students need to take a minimum of 12 credits per semester. You can take one required Modern Standard Arabic Course (Standard or Intensive) along with any combination of elective and area study courses. Most students should have an average of 20 to 30 in-class hours per week.
Are there any other costs?
Airfare costs are not included in the price shown, as well as personal spending costs for gifts and daily transportation.
Can I receive credits from my home institution?
In order to ensure receiving credits from your home academic institution, you must seek pre-approval from your home academic advisor or study abroad office. Upon request, we will provide your institution with course information as well as academic transcripts.
What is the maximum number of students allowed in a course?
Language and elective courses are capped at 10 students, and content courses are capped at 15 students.
Can I choose my own accommodation?
You may also arrange your own accommodations.
Why are the costs affordable?
Qalam wa Lawh is dedicated to making this experience both valuable and affordable. The low prices have been prevalent since the founding of the institution in 2007. Qalam wa Lawh is an academic institution that manages its own facilities and offers programs directly to students and universities with no third party agents. This translates into a lower cost of operation and important savings that we pass to students.
Am I eligible for any scholarships?
Yes. You may be eligible for our Ibn Battuta scholarship as well as other outside funding. For more information please visit
our financial aid page here: http://www.qalamcenter.com/financial-aid