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Other Program Information

Moroccan Arabic and Culture Program (Pre-Semester) and Orientation

*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.

Upon arrival in Morocco, all students studying at Al Akhawayn University (AUI) through AMIDEAST participate in an in-depth program designed to introduce them to Moroccan Arabic, Moroccan culture, and daily life and familiarize them with the logistics of the program. For three weeks prior to the start of the AUI semester, students stay with Moroccan host families and participate in the Moroccan Arabic and Culture Program that takes place in Rabat.  Following the pre-semester program, AUI students 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.


Accommodation and Meals

Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program at Al-Akhawayn University (AUI) in Ifrane will live in dormitories, in double rooms with Moroccan roommates.  There are seventeen dormitory-style residences on the AUI campus, ranging from small buildings with as few as 56 beds, to large buildings with as many as 234 beds.  All AUI residence halls include a common kitchen, and student rooms are well-equipped with telephone, television, and Internet connections.

AMIDEAST program participants will be enrolled in a full meal plan for their semester at AUI, which will give them full access to the three distinct dining facilities maintained by the university.

During the pre-semester Moroccan Arabic and Culture Program students will stay with host families in Rabat.


In addition to the academic program, the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program at AUI offers a variety of additional learning opportunities to enhance participants' study abroad experience.

  • Weekend field trips will be arranged during the semester to ensure that students have the opportunity to visit key Moroccan sites (e.g., Fez, Meknes, the north, and Marrakesh) that are not necessarily visited during AUI’s course-related field trips.
  • Visiting students are fully integrated into the social, academic, and cultural life of AUI, and they are able to make strong and lasting connections with their Moroccan peers.  Students will find a variety of cross-cultural learning opportunities on campus.  AUI has a full range of student clubs, all of which are open to AMIDEASTstudents; they include sports, artistic, cultural, and academic groups.  The university also sponsors numerous activities each week.  Community service is required of all matriculated undergraduates at AUI; therefore, such opportunities are widely available to AMIDEAST students as well.

Visas and Immigration

U.S. American citizens must present a valid passport, but they are not required to obtain a visa prior to travelling to Morocco.  Citizens of other countries should check with AMIDEAST during the application process to ascertain whether they face different visa requirements.

Once at AUI, all students must obtain residency permits; the necessary documents will be handed out and completed during orientation.

Health & Safety

As part of the program fee, AMIDEAST provides medical and accident insurance for all students through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). In addition to medical insurance, AMIDEAST education abroad students are provided with security and natural disaster evacuation services through CISI. Students at AUI have access to the on-campus health center and are covered by AUI student health insurance in addition to their CISI coverage. AMIDEAST has also contracted with an intelligence provider to assist with monitoring, protecting against, and responding to security issues in the region.

The AMIDEAST Advantage

Guided by an Academic Consortium that represents a cross-section of U.S. higher education, AMIDEAST programs are designed to provide academic excellence. AMIDEAST programs also include ample opportunities to interact with local university students and to reflect on intercultural encounters in structured settings.


Al-Akhawayn University issues an official transcript with credits received and letter grades. Please click HERE to learn more about how students receive grades for academic work completed on an AMIDEAST Education Abroad program.

AUI Address

Al- Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI)
Avenue Hassan II, P.O. Box 104
Ifrance, 53000   Morocco