Al Akhawayn University Launches Morocco Encounter Summer 2011

04.01.2011

Ifrane, April 1, 2011 - Al Ahkawayn University in Ifrane has launched a new summer program, Morocco Encounter, designed to provide American and Morocco high-school students with a unique summer study and travel experience. The innovative 5-week program includes a timely 3-credit college-level course on contemporary North Africa, seminars on college applications and essays, volunteer work, and travel around Morocco. More information and application information can be found atwww.moroccoencounter.org.



Al Akhawayn’s Morocco Encounter program addresses several key priorities of the University’s strategic plan, among them accelerating the University’s internationalization, developing and growing, and leading in educational innovation. By targeting high-school students between their junior and senior years, the program is also designed to increase Al Akhawayn’s international visibility and appeal among prospective full-time undergraduate students, thereby contributing to the key strategic priority of increasing the student body to 2,000 by 2015 and attracting more international students to the University.

Al Akhawayn University President Driss Ouaouicha hailed the launch of the program as a milestone in the University’s commitment to innovative educational programs and internationalization.

“Our new summer program will be an exciting, unparalleled experience for qualified high-school students,” Ouaouicha said, “It will play an important role in catalyzing a new dimension of the University’s global role, expose Al Akhawayn to new audiences, and make the campus and Ifrane an ever-more stimulating place to live, to learn, and to explore throughout the year.”

The Morocco Encounter program is specifically designed so that each activity allows students to learn valuable college, social, and life lessons. There will be sessions on aspects of Moroccan culture, a course in “survival Arabic,” and much more. Students from the United States will be participating in the program alongside Moroccan students for a diverse international program experience.

Participating students will also be involved in volunteer activities, including designing fun games for and playing with children, painting and repairing a local school, and repairing hiking trails on the Al Akhawayn University campus. Each volunteer experience is designed to provide students with unique perspectives on social and environmental issues in North Africa and in the University’s region of the Atlas Mountains.
Another unique aspect of the Al Akhawayn program is its college application preparation component, through which experienced University admissions professionals from the United States will work with the students in seminar settings to share their insights into the selective college and university admission process, including the writing of essays.

Applications for admission to Morocco Encounter Summer 2011 are now being accepted online. For more information about program components, admissions, tuition, and more, please visit www.moroccocounter.org.