Summer Arabic & North African Studies

Arabic and North African Studies Program (ARANAS)



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Language is the principal medium whereby people communicate. It is a major vehicle in the development of thoughts, culture, and aesthetic notions. Studying an additional language makes one aware of new concepts and enables one to cross more effectively those cultural bridges. Being fluent in more than one language could be valuable in the contemporary globalized economy. In this respect, the Arabic and North African Studies program offered at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane follows the latter approach.

Ever since the program has opened its doors, more than 950 participants from 38 nationalities, have come to the Middle Atlas Mountains in Ifrane, in Morocco, to meet positively their expectations. The ARANAS core curriculum provides the foundation to increase proficiency at every level in Arabic speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. More than a program that helps students develop and sharpen their language skills, it is an open window on the Middle Eastern and North African arena. The classes introduce cultural material that highlights a great immersive experience in the Moroccan culture. Students will meet opportunities where they could get acquainted with their new environment through club activities and excursion to places such as the sand dunes of southern Morocco, the historical medina of Fez, the city of Marrakech, and the city of Tangier. The North African Studies courses address a wide range of topics, from the Islamic Civilization and Issues in Contemporary North Africa, to North African Literature and Moroccan Cinema.

ARANAS is a tight-knit, global community that continues to evolve with every opportunity. We are proud of an educational environment where you shall be able to realize your potential as 21st-century global citizen. Please feel free to contact the Admission Team, we are here to answer your questions, share our knowledge, and guide you through the application process. An exciting educational adventure awaits! We are eager to hear from you.