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Rabat, Morocco Project Center (IQP)
Rabat, Morocco (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: A term
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Budget Sheets: A term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
A term 2015-2016 10/06/2014 01/12/2015 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Term:
A Term
Project Opportunities:
IQP
Director:
Bland Addison, Tahar El-Korchi
Center Highlights:
International, Language Learning
Housing:
Shared rooms in a student residence/dormitory
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding departure
Program Eligibility:
All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Program Description:

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With a population of about 15,000, Ifrane is a peaceful resort and recreational village in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. It’s known for French colonial architecture, fresh springs and waterfalls, and a royal palace. Couscous is a favorite meal in local restaurants, and traditional pastries and fresh mint tea are common snacks at sidewalk cafés.

Ifrane is located 120 miles east of Morocco’s capital, Rabat, and 35 miles from the historic imperial cities of Fes and Meknes. These cities are famous for their sacred mosques and colorful Berber inhabitants.

Students study at Al Akhawayn University (AUI), a semi-private, English-speaking school in Ifrane founded by King Hassan II of Morocco and King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. The university resembles an American school in many ways, and about half its faculty members hold American graduate degrees. Yet students also gain a greater understanding of Arab and Muslim culture by studying with Moroccan classmates and traveling to legendary Moroccan locales.

Projects

Projects address issues of water conservation and alternative agriculture in the Middle Atlas countryside, promoting eco-tourism, developing the artisanal industry in textile weaving and mosaic tiles, restoration of historic Kasbah in Fes and Rabat and Roman ruins at Volubilis, financial support for orphans.

All students take an intensive course on the Arabic language.

Resources

Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State

Country-specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control