IFRANE: AMIDEAST

Ifrane, Morocco

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Early August - late December
  • Spring Semester - Late January - Late May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

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.

Courses

The AMIDEAST program at AUI begins with a 3-week academic pre-session in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat.  The pre-session consists of the following elements:

  • A 4-semester credit hour course on Moroccan Arabic and Culture, including 35 hours of instruction in Moroccan Arabic and 10 hours of instruction on Moroccan culture
  • Accommodation and meals with a Moroccan host family
  • Cultural orientation
  • Visits to key sites of historical and cultural significance in the Rabat area

After completing the pre-session, students will then enroll in four courses for the semester at AUI.

Students participating in this program are required to take five courses. Students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.  Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website.  Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.

 

 

 

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Host University

The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in the Arab World partner for this program is Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI).  Founded in 1993 by Royal Dahir (charter), AUI opened it doors to students in January 1995.  The University is coeducational, residential and primarily undergraduate but has rapidly growing graduate programs. The outlook is international, with over 25 nationalities represented among students, staff, and faculty.  Tolerance is promoted and expected from all members of the community as they live and work together.

The majority of AUI’s 1000+ students study full-time and live on campus.  The student population is equally balanced between men and women. There is an increasingly international character to the student body, with over 160 students of 28 nationalities on campus in study abroad and exchange programs during the regular semester, or during the intensive Arabic and North African Studies summer program.  The student-faculty ratio is 11 students for each full-time faculty member.  Because the average class size is 17, students have ample opportunity to question, respond, and interact with their professors and classmates.

The administrative, pedagogical, and academic organization of AUI is modeled on the American university system, and English is the language of instruction.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0 
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed OISP online application
    • Completed Amideast online application: http://www.amideast.org/abroad/apply-now

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Official transcript
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • Study Abroad Advisor Form
    • 2 Academic letters of Recommendation
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Cost

Fall 2014 or Spring 2015: $21,367

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5, 317). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Morocco, Ifrane: AMIDEAST Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

 

Accommodations

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; this meal plan is not included in the program fee.

Destination

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.