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  • Locations: Ifrane, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
05/29/2017 07/27/2017

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Language of Instruction:
Arabic, English
Program Type:
Emory approved
Home-stay, Research
Program Advisor:
Kate Dawson
Program Description:
To learn more and ask questions about Summer Study abroad opportunities please attend the Summer Study Abroad Fair, in Cox Hall Ballroom, on November 14, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please be advised that the application process for Summer 2018 will open on December 15, 2017.

Hosted by: Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies

Academic Focus: Arabic Studies, North African Studies, Islamic Studies, Imazighen Studies, Religion, History, Political Science. This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests listed above.

Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing; at least 18 years of age; completion of a full year of college; and currently enrolled in a college/university. One prior MESAS course is highly recommended for students taking North African Studies courses.

Program Dates:
Track B1 (Arabic Language Track): May 29 - July 27, 2017 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)
Track C2 (North African Studies Track): May 29 - July 15, 2017 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)

Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 15. The application deadline is March 1.  Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible because some programs fill up by the end of January.

Please note:  In addition to completing the Emory College Study Abroad online application, you must complete a secondary application  for this program.  Emory students choose option B1 for the Arabic Language track or C2 for the North African Studies track. Emory students may not apply to the other tracks listed on the application form.  Accepted Emory student participants will not pay the host institution directly; Emory will pay on their behalf.

Acceptance Process: This program is accepting applications on a rolling basis. Students will be notified with results within two weeks after submitting their completed application. Program Director, Professor Rkia Cornell, will interview all applicants. 

Program Information: Students hone Arabic language skills or study Islamic civilization, the political and economic history of Moroccan society, or North African literature at Al Akhawayn (The Two Brothers) University in the mountain resort town of Ifrane. Students can enroll in either an intensive Arabic language program or a cultural program in English. Guided weekend trips include the Tafilalt Oasis in southern Morocco and the imperial city of Marrakech. Students can join clubs for music and Arabic calligraphy or do an optional, short homestay with a Moroccan family.

Courses: All program participants take two courses for a total of eight Emory credit hours. Arabic language participants select two ARAB courses. North African Studies participants select two courses in English. All classes are taught by local faculty. Students may fulfill the Emory College language requirement on this program.

ARAB 101: Beginning Arabic I
Description: This level is for students with little or no prior experience with Arabic. By the end of the program, students should be able to: Participate in simple conversations; read and write simple, correct, short texts of Modern Standard Arabic; acquire vocabulary of about 1000 words; and acquire word processing skills in Arabic.

ARAB 102: Beginning Arabic II

ARAB 201: Intermediate Arabic I
Description: Students at this level will have studied Arabic for approximately 2 to 3 standard semesters. By the end of the program students should be able to: Understand main ideas in texts dealing with basic personal and social needs; write Arabic for various basic purposes; narrate and describe basic situations; handle a number of interactive and social situations; and demonstrate familiarity with Moroccan colloquial variety of Arabic.

ARAB 202: Intermediate Arabic II

ARAB 301: Advanced Arabic I
Description: This level is designed for students who have accumulated approximately 4 to 5 standard semesters of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic. By the end of the program students should be able to: Strengthen their reading skills and vocabulary; refine and expand their knowledge of sentence construction; gain additional cultural knowledge; attain advanced proficiency in the skills of speaking, and listening comprehension of contemporary materials in various fields; and demonstrate familiarity with Moroccan colloquial variety of Arabic.

ARAB 302: Advanced Arabic II

ARAB 401: Advanced Arabic Plus (Introduction to Arabic literature in Arabic)

ARAB 410R: Journalistic and Literary Arabic
Description:  This course is designed for students who have studied at an advanced level for at least two semesters. It emphasizes development of skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking through the use of authentic journalistic literary materials and guest lectures.

ARAB 410R: Moroccan Colloquial Arabic

MESAS 390R: History of the Arab World
Description:  This course covers the history of the Arab world from the rise of Islam to the present by taking into consideration the perspectives of history and related fields of inquiry. It takes a social and cultural approach to understanding the different histories of Arab society. This course attempts to balance political history and its focus on regimes and main events with long term social and cultural transformations that are relevant to the ordinary peoples of the Arab world.

MESAS 390R: Issues in Contemporary North Africa
Description: This course provides a survey of the major cultural, social, and political issues in contemporary North Africa with a special focus on Morocco. The purpose of the course is to give students an overall understanding of these issues in order for them to pursue points of their own interest. The course has a seminar format with presentations by both AUI faculty and outside experts. Field trips are organized to complement the lectures and are counted as part of the course requirement.

MESAS 390R: Islamic Art and Architecture

MESAS 390R: Islamic Civilization

Living Arrangements: Accommodations are provided in residence halls with Moroccan roommates.

Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet.

Financial Aid/Scholarships: Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost. For more information, please see Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.

Application Process: This program is open to both Emory students and to visiting students from other institutions. For questions or assistance please contact Kate Dawson, Summer Study Abroad Advisor, to schedule a meeting or to inquire about the application process. Student must apply online to the program via the on-line application system. Click on the Apply Now link on this page. Emory students will need their Emory login ID and password. Visiting students from other institutions will create a username (current email address) and password through the online system.

Program Resources: Each summer study abroad program will have a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details.  Emory College Study Abroad will also offer a general pre-departure orientation in mid-April.

Emory College Study Abroad Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy

Emory College Study Abroad Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students


Allal El Hajjam, Program Director, MESAS,

Rkia Cornell, Program Director, MESAS,

Emory College Study Abroad, Summer Study Abroad Advisor, Kate Dawson, 404-727-2240,

This program is currently not accepting applications.