The AMIDEAST Education 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. AUI is less than an hour from the city of Fez, nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains.

The AMIDEAST program at AUI begins with a one-week Moroccan Arabic and Culture orientation in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2019
  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: Please email a copy to your GEO coordinator
  • Study Abroad Advisor form: Must be completed by your GEO study abroad advisor before sending to AMIDEAST.
  • Host Application: In addition to the GEO application, all applicants must complete the host institution or program’s application.
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their academic advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
Submit to Host University
  • Online AMIDEAST Application Host Application: As you work on completing your online application, you may save your information and return to it later. You will need to print certain forms that are required as supporting documents, so please be sure you have access to a printer and also have your passport available. Please read the detailed application instructions located on the Student Portal home page.
  • Official Transcript: Request on myNortheastern
  • Study Abroad Advisor form: Must be completed by your GEO study abroad advisor before sending to AMIDEAST.
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

The AMIDEAST program offers a diverse curriculum through direct enrollment at Al Akhawayn University (AUI), an English-language Moroccan university patterned on the American model of higher education. Students choose from any of the course offerings listed in the AUI catalog.

Northeastern students follow the credit conversion scale outlined below:

  • Students should aim for 16 credits per semester at Amideast Morocco to be full time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1 : 1  (Amideast Credit= 1 NU credit)
  • Credits per course vary
  • A 3 credit Amideast course will come in as 3 NU credits
  • If a student takes 16 Amideast credits, they will receive 16 NU credits

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

1 Credit Semester Hour Course on Moroccan Arabic and Culture
  • ARAB 112 - Moroccan Arabic and Culture : The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to Moroccan Arabic and Culture through classroom instruction in Moroccan Arabic (15 hours) and extended lectures/discussions (three lectures for a total of six hours) on various aspects of Moroccan culture. Students are introduced to common words, expressions, and structures used frequently in everyday speech by Moroccans. They practice them in class before they are given assignments to carry out with native speakers in real situations. Students also attend lectures focused around many facets of Moroccan culture and have time to discuss these aspects both with each other and with faculty.
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition:
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 16 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than four courses (or 16 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

    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.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

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.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2018
  • Deadline: October 15, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: Please email a copy to your GEO coordinator
  • Study Abroad Advisor form: Must be completed by your GEO study abroad advisor before sending to AMIDEAST.
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their Academic Advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: As you work on completing your online application, you may save your information and return to it later. You will need to print certain forms that are required as supporting documents, so please be sure you have access to a printer and also have your passport available. Please read the detailed application instructions located on the Student Portal home page.
  • Official Transcript: Request on myNortheastern
  • Study Abroad Advisor form: Must be completed by your GEO study abroad advisor before sending to AMIDEAST.
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

The AMIDEAST program offers a diverse curriculum through direct enrollment at Al Akhawayn University (AUI), an English-language Moroccan university patterned on the American model of higher education. Students choose from any of the course offerings listed in the AUI catalog.

Northeastern students follow the credit conversion scale outlined below:

  • Students should aim for 16 credits per semester at Amideast Morocco to be full time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1 : 1  (Amideast Credit= 1 NU credit)
  • Credits per course vary
  • A 3 credit Amideast course will come in as 3 NU credits
  • If a student takes 16 Amideast credits, they will receive 16 NU credits

Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

1 Credit Semester Hour Course on Moroccan Arabic and Culture
  • ARAB 112 - Moroccan Arabic and Culture : The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to Moroccan Arabic and Culture through classroom instruction in Moroccan Arabic (15 hours) and extended lectures/discussions (three lectures for a total of six hours) on various aspects of Moroccan culture. Students are introduced to common words, expressions, and structures used frequently in everyday speech by Moroccans. They practice them in class before they are given assignments to carry out with native speakers in real situations. Students also attend lectures focused around many facets of Moroccan culture and have time to discuss these aspects both with each other and with faculty.
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition:
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this, the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

     

     

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

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.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources

Destination

Nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains, the Province of Ifrane is the most biologically diverse area in Morocco, home to the largest cedar forest in North Africa. Due to 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 only about an hour away. The capital city of Rabat is two hours from Ifrane; the Sahara desert is just six.

Morocco’s physical landscape ranges from sun-scorched deserts to temperate coastal plains, mountain peaks to sandy beaches. In winter, visitors can even ski on the snowy slopes of the Atlas Mountains. Most of the country experiences a mild, Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny summers and cool, damp winters.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Morocco here. Please review this information before applying.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • On-Campus: 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 communal kitchens, student rooms are equipped with telephone, television, and internet connections. AMIDEAST program participants will be put on a full meal plan for their semester at AUI, giving them full access to all three dining facilities maintained by the university. This meal plan is not included in the program fee.
  • Homestay: During the pre-semester Moroccan Arabic and Culture Program, students will stay with host families in Rabat.

Host University or Organization

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 primarily undergraduate but has rapidly-growing graduate programs. Its 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, and in the intensive Arabic and North African Studies summer program. The student-faculty ratio is 11 students to 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.

Coordinators