Check out Ryan Ghods '13 video "A Week in Morocco" for one student's viewpoint on this fascinating country: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzHS3FJP1Bo
Morocco was the first country to seek diplomatic relations with the Government of the United States in 1777, and remains one of our oldest and closest allies in the region. Formal U.S. relations with Morocco date from 1787, when the two nations negotiated a Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Renegotiated in 1836, the treaty is still in force, constituting the longest unbroken treaty relationship in U.S. history.
Students will find plenty to do in this culturally rich country outside of class. Nearby cities of Fes, Meknes, and Moulay Idriss offer fabulous shopping opportunities combined with deep historical traditions and sightseeing.
Al Akhawayn University
Founded in 1993, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) is coeducational, residential and primarily undergraduate but has rapidly growing graduate programs. English is the primary teaching language. The outlook is international and tolerance is promoted and expected of students, staff, and faculty belonging to over 25 nationalities who live and work together.
The campus is located in the oak forest on the north side of the resort town of Ifrane. The town of Ifrane has a regular population of 12,000 that expands to nearly 100,000 on weekends, holidays and summers because it is a popular destination for its beauty in all 4 seasons. The ski slopes of Michlifin and Hebri are about 25 minutes from campus. The imperial cities of Meknes and Fez are an hour (65 kilometers) from Ifrane. The capital city of Rabat on the Atlantic coast is 2.5 hours from Ifrane; the Sahara desert is just 6.
Students must take four (4) or five (5) classes while at Al Akhawayn. All students are required to take at least one Arabic language class during their semester abroad. Students will take classes in English alongside local Moroccan and other international students. Typically classes have 20 - 50 students. Students will not be permitted to register for a class unless they have fulfilled all Bentley and AUI prerequisites.
Accommodations and Meals
While attending AUI, Bentley students reside in on-campus dormitory accommodations. In the student residence halls, rooms are spacious and very well furnished. On-campus housing highly encourages the development of friendships among students and a sense of community within the university. The most obvious advantage of on-campus living is the convenience it offers. Just outside, you can easily access classes, faculty, AUI's library, campus recreational facilities, study buddies and friends. Another benefit of on-campus living is the sense of interconnectedness among people at AUI as part of a learning community. Students can purchase meals in one of three on-campus dining facilities.