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|Language of Instruction:||Arabic, English||Housing Options:||Student Residence Hall|
|Program Type:||Study Abroad||Class Status:||2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior|
|Areas of Study:||Arabic, Middle East Studies||Minimum GPA:||3.0|
Nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains, the Province of Ifrane is home to the largest cedar forest in North Africa and is the most biologically diverse area in Morocco. Because of the year-round beauty of Ifrane's natural surroundings, the town's population of 12,000 swells to nearly 100,000 on weekends, holidays and in the summer. Both Fez, the intellectual capital of Morocco, and the imperial city of Meknes are approximately an hour away. The capital city of Rabat is two hours from Ifrane; the Sahara desert is just six.
The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Ifrane offers a diverse curriculum through direct enrollment at Al Akhawayn University (AUI), a private Moroccan university patterned on the American model of higher education. Students on the program will live in residence halls on the 98-acre AUI campus, which includes modern classroom buildings and dormitories, as well as a library and IT facilities, sports facilities, and a student center including dining halls. Students usually carry a 15 credit hour load per semester and may choose from any of the course offerings listed in the AUI catalog.
Pre-Session in Rabat
Upon arrival in Morocco, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students participate in an in-depth, three week-long orientation and academic pre-session designed to introduce them to Moroccan Arabic, Moroccan culture, and daily life and familiarize them with the logistics of the program. Students stay with Moroccan host families during this three-week pre-session that takes place in the Moroccan capital of Rabat. Following the pre-session they move to Ifrane, where they participate in AUI's international student orientation on the AUI campus. The orientation combines structured informational sessions with organized activities and free time to familiarize participants with Morocco. Topics such as safety and health, family life in Morocco, cultural adjustment, program regulations, participant responsibilities and other essential information are all discussed during orientation. The pre-session consists of the following elements:
+ Accommodation and meals with a Moroccan host family
+ Cultural orientation
+ Visits to key sites of historical and cultural significance in the Rabat area
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