Program details published here are from Summer 2018. Updates for Summer 2019 including dates, costs, courses, and other specific details will be updated here by early November.
Please be advised that the application process for Summer 2019 will open on December 15th, 2018. At that time, an Apply Now button will appear on this page.
Please plan to attend the Summer Study Abroad Fair in Cox Hall Ballroom on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, to learn more information about program details, Global Internships, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities.
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.
There are two tracks available through this program. Students choose either track B1 for Arabic language study, or C2 for North African Studies. Students on the B1 track will take two Arabic language courses (4 credits each), and students on C2 will take 2 North African Studies courses (both taught in English, 3 credits each).
- Al Akhawayn (The Two Brothers) University in the mountain resort town of Ifrane in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco
- Much milder than the majority of the larger cities in Morocco, Ifrane’s summers are cool and winter brings enough snow to give this city a reputation as a skiing hotspot
- Visit nearby Fez, the second largest city in Morocco, and wander the famous medina lined with stalls that is also the world’s largest car-free urban area
Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 15. The application deadline is February 15. Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible, as some programs reach capacity by the end of January. Program Director, Professor Rkia Cornell, will interview all applicants.
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 accepts applications on a rolling basis.
- Students must meet the regular Emory College Study Abroad eligibility requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:
- Visiting students from other institutions are welcome to apply
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- One prior MESAS course is highly recommended for students taking North African Studies courses.
Courses: There are two tracks available. Students choose either track B1 for Arabic language study, or C2 for North African Studies. Students on the B1 track will take two Arabic language courses (4 credits each), and students on C2 will take 2 North African Studies courses (both taught in English, 3 credits each). All classes are taught by local faculty.
Track B1 (Students may fulfill the Emory College language requirement on this track)
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
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
This course is an introduction to Islamic art and architecture with an emphasis on the Maghreb and al-Andalus. The first section of the course deals with the period of formation of Islamic art from the advent of Islam to the end of the Umayyad period. The second section consists of a survey of the art and architecture of the major dynasties of the Islamic West from A.D. 750 to A.D. 1800. The last section of the course will link Islamic art, architecture, and urbanism to their social and economic contexts.
MESAS 390R: Islamic Civilization
This course introduces the student to the general features of various aspects of Islamic civilization using an approach that takes into account the basis of this civilization, its sources and its permanent components. Causes of past development of this civilization will be related to factors that explain its present- day vitality.
Accommodations are provided in residence halls with Moroccan roommates.
Cost and Funding
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheet
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.
Each summer study abroad program will have at least one 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 mandatory general pre-departure orientation in mid-April.
Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy
Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students
Allal El Hajjam
Summer Study Abroad Advisor
Emory College Study Abroad