Al Akhawayn University
Through this program, students may choose to spend a semester or year in Ifrane, Morocco at Al Akhawayan University, a private institution in the Atlas Mountains. This program is ideal for students interested in the Arabic language and Middle-Eastern Humanities. All courses are taught in English, making this program a great opportunity for students with little to no prior Arabic experience. Housing and meals are taken care of by the university, providing dormitories and a variety of on-campus restaurants. AAU also offers a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and sports activities, which can prove quite valuable for international students looking for opportunities to establish community and friendships with local students. The athletic facilities at AUU are considered to be among the best in the country. Weekly movies and frequent on-campus parties are also organized by the activities committee, maintaining an energized, vibrant campus-feeling. There is no language requirement for this program, but students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to qualify.
Further info can be found at: http://www.aui.ma/en/
Come for interest in Morocco rather than an interest in studying. The university is much less intellectually stimulating than Reed. Morocco is a developing country, so be prepared to go without some of the comforts of America. I have always been interested in North African politics, but my time in Morocco will give the news an especially individual character. I learned about real world issues and independence, which made for a nice complement to the intellectual basis of Reed's courses.
When going to school in Morocco, take the time to actually see Morocco. That's what made my trip what it was. I would say that the school is secondary, to be honest. I had a lot of issues with the way classes were run, so do not expect too much from them. Where all your learning will come in is just from the abroad experience itself - Morocco is fascinating, and its people are fascinating . . . expect that, not the school, to be where you learn from. Also, join things! Some of the clubs never really happen and it's frustrating, but if you're into music I HIGHLY recommend the Rhythm Unity club...the people who are in it are brilliant! -Anonymous '14