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Academic Calendar

MOROCCO: Al-Akhawayn University, Fall 2017

 Sunday, July 30

 Students Depart for the Program

Monday, July 31

 Students Arrive in Morocco and Move-In with Host  Families

Tuesday, August 1

 Orientation for Moroccan Arabic and Culture Program1

Wednesday, August 2

 First Day of Class for Moroccan Arabic and Culture      Program

 Friday, August 4

 Excursion (Day Trip)

Monday, August 14

 National Holiday - Oued Ed-Dahab Day (no class)

 Friday, August 18

 Final Exam and Reflection for Moroccan Arabic and  Culture Program

 Sunday, August 20

National Holiday – King and People’s Revolution Day

 Monday, August 21

National Holiday – Youth Day (no class)

 Saturday-Tuesday, August  19-22

 No Classes2

 Wednesday, August 23 

 Students Move to Al-Akhawayn University

 August  24-27

 AUI International Students' Orientation and Course  Registration

 Monday,  August 28

 Classes Begin at AUI3

 Friday, December 11

 Final Day of Class

 Wednesday-Tuesday,  December  13-19

 Final Exams

 Wednesday, December 20

 Students Depart Morocco4


1 Note the three-week Moroccan Arabic and Culture Program is mandatory for all AMIDEAST Al-Akhawayn University semester education abroad students. In addition to Al-Akhawayn University bound students, the Moroccan Arabic and Culture Program is open to other students as well; whether short-term education abroad students or those planning on participating on other semester abroad programs in Morocco.

2Between this date and the date when students move at AUI, students are free to stay in Rabat or travel around Morocco. AMIDEAST will provide housing in Rabat during this time period.

3For more details regarding the Al-Akhawayn University semester schedule, please visit the Al-Akhawayn University website:

4At the end of the program students are free to travel either back to their home country or to other locations. After the day indicated as the day students depart (typically following the final day of the program), students are responsible for all of their own transportation, housing, insurance, and other logistical arrangements. Students should note that after the departure day noted on the academic calendar, their program-provided insurance coverage will end and they must arrange for accommodations outside of AMIDEAST shared apartments or with AMIDEAST host families.

*Note: Muslim holidays are approximate; precise dates depend on the sighting of the new moon.

All dates are subject to change.

The spring 2018 calendar will be available in mid-2017. 

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to earlier start dates for the al-Akhawayn semester, the Moroccan Arabic Culture program can no longer run without overlapping with the Christmas holiday in the US, so it is being suspended.  In its place, AMIDEAST in Rabat will be offering an extended orientation to prepare students for the experience of being directly enrolled in a Moroccan university.  This extended Orientation will carry 1 credit, and include (in addition to housing, a Rabat city tour, and sessions about important issues such as cultural adjustment, and health, safety, and security) 15 hours of darija training and 3 lecture/discussion sessions with academic experts in contemporary Moroccan social issues, politics, and culture.