Arabic Language & North African Studies Summer Program
Binghamton University is pleased to sponsor the summer Arabic Language and North African Studies program, which takes place at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), Morocco. Morocco is a country of dramatic contrasts in landscape and culture. There are extraordinary places to explore, from Roman ruins, ancient cities and elegant Islamic monuments to white sand beaches, the High Atlas mountains and the Sahara. The cultural diversity of contemporary Morocco is represented by the ancestry of its inhabitants: Arabs from across North Africa, Spaniards, French and the indigenous inhabitants whose languages and cultures reach back several thousand years.The Arabic and North African Studies program is designed to immerse students in Moroccan culture. Students choose either to concentrate on intensive study of the Arabic Language or to focus on the study of North African cultures.
AUI is modern university, opened in 1996, with programs in business, computer science and engineering and the liberal arts. Regular summer session courses coincide with the Arabic and North African Studies program so Moroccan students are in residence, sharing in the facilities and campus activities with participants on this program.
Al Akhawayn University is located in the Middle Atlas mountains in the charming resort town of Ifrane. At an altitude of 1,600 meters or about 5,000 feet above sea level, the area enjoys a mild, dry summer. Oak and cedar forests, springs, streams and lakes near Ifrane make the area enjoyable for students to explore. The town is just 60 kms. away from Meknes, 80 kms. from the Moulay Idriss Zerhoun and the Roman ruins of Volubilis, 63 kms. from Fez and 200 kms. from Rabat. Ifrane is ideally situated for travel to the larger cities. The ancient Imperial City of Fez, the spiritual capital of Morocco, with two great mosques and one of the oldest universities in the world (al-Qarawayin, founded in 859 AD), is only 20 minutes away by grand taxi. The walled Imperial City of Meknes is about 40 minutes away. From either Fez or Meknes one can reach lively Casablanca or Rabat in 5 or 6 hours by means of Morocco's state run bus or train lines. Magnificent Marrakesh and the High Atlas Mountains are likewise approximately 6 hours away.
The four-week intensive Arabic Language program typically has two options: the month of June or the month of July. The eight-week program runs from early June to the end of July. The North African Studies Program follows the regular summer session calendar and takes place from early June to mid-Juily. Participants should plan to arrive three days prior to the start dates of the program.
The program offers eight tracks which are described below:
Modern Standard Arabic Language Class, beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels for 4 weeks - for 3-4 credits, first or second summer session.
Modern Standard Arabic language class, beginning, intermediate or advanced level for 6-8 credits, 8 week session.
One Arabic and one North African Studies course worth 7-8 credits, 7 week session.
Two North African Studies courses worth 3 credits each, 7 week session.
One Modern Standard Arabic language at beginning, intermediate, or advanced level and two North African Studies courses worth 10-11 credits, 7 week session.
Modern Standard Arabic language at beginning, intermediate, or advanced level for 6--8 credits and one North African Studies Course for 3 credits, 8 week session.
Special three week session for ARA 4611: Journalistic and Literary Arabic for students who have studied Arabic for 6 to 8 semesters.
For more information on the exact dates of the tracks and courses available, click here.
The intensive Arabic Language program, with language instruction at three levels - beginning, intermediate, advanced - allows students to concentrate on their Arabic language skills and spend some additional time working with Colloquial Moroccan or a segment of the North African Studies curriculum.
The North African Studies program consists of five courses from which two may be chosen:
HIS 1301 History of the Arab World
HUM 3301 Islamic Art and Architecture
HUM 3302 Islamic Civilization
LIT 2304: Introduction to Arabic Literature (Pre-requisite: Advanced Arabic I)
SSC 2306 Issues in Contemporary North Africa
Students electing to take standard Arabic will be given a proficiency test for placement purposes at the beginning of the program. The proficiency test follows the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages Guidelines (ACTFL) and is also given post-program so that students can assess their gains. All participants take colloquial Moroccan in order to communicate in the local environment.
To see a list of courses students have previously taken at Al Akhawayn University and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Study Abroad Course Equivalencies
Students live on campus in the residence halls in double occupancy rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with showers. Sheets, pillow, and blankets are provided but towels are not. Telephones in rooms have automatic access on MCI, AT&T, Bell Canada, and British Telecom for long distance telephone calls.AUI is home to the largest fiber optic network in Africa. In addition to several computer labs, rooms in residence halls have internet connections. A student id card and e-mail account will be issued on arrival. There is a student health center on campus as well as sport facilities. During the summer local popular groups perform on campus and there are organized activities for the Moroccan and summer program students.
AUI Summer 2017 - A1.pdf
AUI Summer 2017 - B1.pdf
AUI Summer 2017 - D2.pdf
Graduate students should contact the program advisor for costing.
Binghamton students are encouraged to apply for a Rosefsky scholarship for tracks of 4 weeks or more. For information on this and other scholarships, please visit our scholarships page
Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs of 6 credits or more. The Binghamton Office of Financial Aid Services is able to consider only the applications of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study. Other SUNY and non-SUNY students should contact the financial aid office on the home campus for information about eligibility for all aid programs.
The Arabic Language and North African Studies program is open to all SUNY students in all majors, undergraduate or graduate.
This information is subject to change without notice. The State University of New York at Binghamton is strongly committed to affirmative action. We offer access to services and recruit students and employees without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or national origin.