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Greetings from Morocco and thank you for your interest in the Arabic and North
African Studies (ARANAS) Program at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
Arabic and North African Studies Program -ARANAS-
Learn Arabic in Morocco - Ifrane
Perfect place for language and cultural immersion
Scholarship Deadline: March 15, 2017
Application Deadline: April 30, 2017
A SEMESTER OF MODERN STANDARD ARABIC IN FOUR WEEKS
May 31 - June 27, 2017 (Session 1)
Or June 28 – July 26, 2017 (Session 2)
A YEAR IN EIGHT WEEKS
May 31- July 26, 2017
ILO’s established in accordance with ACTFL standards
ARANAS is an intensive summer program that provides a wide range of
opportunities to students from all over the world, at the undergraduate, graduate
and post-graduate levels. Over the last 17 years, more than 900 participants from
38 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, the dazzling city of
Marrakesh, and the city of Tangier. This number is in addition to the dozens of
exchange students who take Arabic during their time at AUI.
ARANAS program grants academic credits which can be applied to an individual’s
degree program in his/her home institution. The Arabic language component is an
intensive program involving up to 190 contact hours. In fact, a diligent student,
willing to devote himself or herself to preparing and attending the full morning of
classes, and then completing homework assignments, can realistically hope to
achieve one full academic year of Arabic language by successfully completing the
summer program. 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 through the family homestay, the trips and other different activities.
Immersion activities include information-gathering assignments and reports in
Arabic on projects involving the local community.
The North African Studies courses, 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
The ARANAS program offers 4-week and 8-week sessions in the Arabic language at
all levels -from beginning to advanced- and a choice from among eight tracks as
Prices listed below are for tuition, application fee ($150), housing on campus in a
double room (en-suite bathroom) with a Moroccan roommate, all meals, all travel
expenses associated with scheduled class travel, library, recreational facilities, and
basic health insurance, textbooks, pick-ups and drop-offs. Airfare is not included.
Tracks, Dates and costs of the Program:
Credits Class Dates
4 weeks: Arabic
4 weeks: Arabic
8 weeks: Arabic
7 weeks: 1 ARA + 1
7 Weeks: 2 NAS
Costs in Arrival
4_5 May 31 - June 3,400
4_5 June 28 - July 3,600
8_10 May 31 - July 5,350
7_8 May 31 - July 4,700
May 31 - July 4,000
10 – 11 May 31 – July 5,700
11_13 May 31 – July 6,300
7 weeks: 1 ARA + 2
8 weeks: 2 ARA + 1
June 28 or
ARANAS Tracks’ Breakdown:
IN US Dollars
Athletics & Activities
Housing (in double
Meals on campus
Program Fee *
The ARANAS Faculty
The Arabic instructors and professors:
Have extensive experience and are well versed in current methodologies
and use of technologies,
Are highly qualified, have excellent pedagogical skills and rich practical
international experience in the United States of America,
Are trained and oral proficiency certified testers.
The professors teaching the North African Studies classes are:
Experts in their fields of specialization
Regular faculty in the undergraduate and graduate North African Studies
Accommodates students from all university level backgrounds from
Beginning to Advanced levels,
Responds to their specific needs by:
- Placing them in appropriate levels and classes
- Providing evening tutorial sessions for homework
- Providing experiential learning and cultural immersion through weekend
home stays with families in urban or rural settings
The program is designed to enable students to:
Acquire linguistic proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing
Develop cultural competency
Grasp complexity of issues in the politics, economics, history, culture, and
development of North Africa and the Middle East
Acquire knowledge and understanding of the cultural and ethnic diversity
across the Arab World (North Africa and within Morocco).
ARA 1511 / ARA 1512: Beginning Arabic: For students with no prior
experience with Arabic
ARA 2411 / ARA 2412: Intermediate Arabic: For students who have studied
Arabic for 2 or 3 semesters
ARA 3411 / ARA 3412: Advanced Arabic: For students who have studied
Arabic for 4 to 5 semesters
ARA 4611: Arabic for special topics: For students who have studied Arabic
for 6 to 8 semesters.
There must be a minimum of 5 students in ARA 1511 and ARA 4611 for the
course to be offered.
North African Studies Courses:
HIS 1301: History of the Arab World
SSC 2306/SSC 5306: Issues in Contemporary North Africa
HUM 2301: "Islamic Art and Architecture"
PSC 3310: "North African Government and Politics"
SSC 3398: "Issues in Contemporary Islam: Gender"
HIS 3310: Contemporary Moroccan History
HUM 1310: History and Culture of the Amazigh
Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic
Students develop linguistic proficiency and cultural competency through
classroom activities, experiential learning, and interaction with native
speakers through a variety of situations such as: campus life, roommates,
residence hall activities, family home stays, trips, visits to historical sites,
guest speakers, films with discussion, satellite TV with access to Arabic
music, news channels and workshops.
Moroccan Arabic prepares students to function in contexts relevant to
everyday life in Morocco and enables them to use it for everyday
communication (shopping, transportation, postal services, medical needs,
banking...). It also enables students to participate in basic conversational
exchanges, understand spoken Moroccan Arabic used in public, and use it
in their interactions to perform tasks associated with experiential learning.
Integration into the AUI community
Maintain a language pledge to use Arabic only throughout the program,
Share the room with a Moroccan Student,
Interact with other students through public events, classes and lectures,
Attend open air concerts,
Take Ramadan Ftour and selected meals with teachers and TA’s using
Experiential Language Learning (Part of the program classes)
Students learn Arabic through:
Exposure to different Moroccan lifestyles and traditions in daily encounters,
Exposure to local culture in Moroccan towns and cities,
Immersion activities that include information gathering assignments in
Arabic on projects involving the local community.
Trips and cultural activities:
Trips in Morocco
Weekend Trip to the Sahara Desert, Marrakech and Fes.
Independent travel in groups throughout Morocco on free weekends is also
an easy and fairly cheap option that many students choose to partake in
during their stay.
Immersion activities involve:
o Visit of local centers for learning and development to discover Ifrane
o 7th week of cultural immersion in a major urban center in Morocco.
Students’ cultural immersion is also enhanced through numerous clubs (Music,
Cooking, Debate and Calligraphy).
Online Arabic placement test
The written test is taken before coming to the program
Oral proficiency testing is done after arrival
How to apply
The link to the application form is: https://my.aui.ma/ics/Apply_Online.jnz
Listed below is the application process. Once it is complete, we send the
admission decision within 1-2 week(s). Applicants are required to:
1. Fill out the online application form.
2. Send an international postal money order for $150. This deposit will be
credited to your program fee; it is not an additional fee. We recommend
Western Union. Go to www.westernunion.com and use your credit card.
Please send the money order in the name of: Samira Rhioui at Al Akhawayn
University, Ifrane, Morocco. Western Union will give you a Money Transfer
Confirmation Number (MTCN) once the on-line transaction is complete.
You must send an email with the MTCN to firstname.lastname@example.org and cc
email@example.com. Ms. Rhioui will collect the money from the post office and
we will be able to confirm receipt of the money within one or two working
3. Order transcript (s) of your college/university level work to be mailed to:
Office of International Programs
Al Akhawayn University
PO Box 104, Ifrane, 53000,
In the meantime, applicants can send a scanned copy of their transcripts for
faster processing of their applications. Please make sure they send us a scanned
Al Akhawayn University provides scholarships for the Arabic and North African
Studies summer program. These Scholarships cover up to 75% of tuition and
housing costs. If interested, please fill out the scholarship form at
You can watch the ARANAS Program videos at:
For detailed information about the program, please visit www.aui.ma/arabic.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at