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  • Locations: Ifrane, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Summer Quarter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
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Program Information:

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 Location Ifrane, Morocco
Summer Quarter
 Credits Approximately 12 UW credits
 Eligibility Sophomore standing; minimum 3.0 GPA
 Language No previous Arabic knowledge required
 Advisers Mike Renes |
 Application    Deadline March 15
  General This program provides students with the opportunity to study Arabic intensively alongside other international students. Arabic courses are offered at all levels (beginning to advanced). Students can also take one North African Studies course in the ARANAS program in addition to the Arabic courses.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Note: The start date of the Summer program overlaps the UW Spring quarter. You may not be able to participate in this program if you are enrolled at the UW during Spring quarter.

Where You Will Study

Located in the resort community of Ifrane, Al Akhawayn University is set in the heart of a region known for its beautiful forests, mountains, lakes and waterfalls offering unlimited opportunities for recreation enthusiasts. With a regular population of 12,000, Ifrane's human activity often swells to over 100,000 on weekends and holidays as visitors flow in to enjoy the area's beauty. Situated 65 kilometers from the historically rich imperial cities of Fez and Meknes (both founded in the 8th Century) the campus offers easy access to major centers of Moroccan tradition and culture.

The Arabic and North African Studies program at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco provides opportunities to students from all over the world, at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. Over the last 11 years, more than 550 students from 25 nationalities, most of them affiliated with North American universities, have come to the Middle Atlas Mountains in Ifrane, Morocco, to develop their Arabic language skills, learn about North Africa, and experience various aspects of Moroccan culture through club activities and field trips to such places as the sand dunes of southern Morocco, the historical medina of Fez, and the dazzling city of Marrakech.


The Arabic language component is an intensive program involving up to 190 contact hours. Students will experience learning Arabic not only in class and through homework, but also through interaction with students, instructors and staff at the university as well as others outside the university in the community of Ifrane. Immersion activities include information-gathering assignments and reports in Arabic on projects involving the local community.

The North African Studies courses (ARANAS), in which students study alongside Moroccan university students, enable participants to sample academic courses focusing on North Africa and the Middle East. These classes have ranged in topic from Islamic Civilization and Issues in Contemporary North Africa to North African Literature and History of the Arab World.

As UW students need to maintain full-time status, you are eligible to take the following tracks in the ARANAS program: B2, C1, D.



Students will be housed on the Al Akhawayn University campus. There are seventeen well-equipped, furnished, dormitory-style residences; each with a common kitchen.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

In most cases, if you are attending an affiliated program you will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, the program provider or institution operating the program. The IPE Study Abroad Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage.



Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to the program provider. You will also need to apply to the Al Akhawayn University Summer program on their website.

See Application FAQs for additional information about applications.

See Withdrawals for information about program withdrawal policies.