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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.
Students complete three one-third units to earn one unit of academic credit. This unit of work can conclude the Humanities & Arts Requirement or be credited toward a Humanities & Arts or International Studies minor or major.
• Students earn a first one-third unit by completing two mini-courses at AUI in Arabic language, the history of the Arab World and Islamic Civilization, and/or contemporary issues in North Africa.
• For another one-third unit, students write an informed memoir about people and places they visit on educational excursions to historical and cultural sites such as Marrakesh, Casablanca, and the Sahara.
• The final one-third unit consists of a written report focusing on a variety of potential topics, including history, religion, art and architecture, foreign languages, and contemporary socio-political issues.