Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Ifrane, Morocco A 2012

Humanities & Arts requirements, or credit

toward HUA or IN minors or majors


Term A 2012

Project opportunities Islamic history, culture, and society

Housing Residence halls at Al Akhawayn University

Program Directors Profs. Bland Addison & Tahar El-Korchi

Preparation A minimum of one unit (three courses) in the

Humanities and Arts and 1/6th PQP in D’12









Application deadline October 6, 2011 (before 1:00 pm)

** Morocco IQP deadlines:  January 27, 2012; Notification letters mailed: February 10; Deposits Due: February 22


There is no application required for those students who completed a 2012-2013 application, we will just use that application, and attach a new transcript. Students who have not submitted an application must submit the full application.





Students will study at Al Akhawayn University (AUI), located in Ifrane, Morocco.  Ifrane is 120 miles east of Morocco’s capital, Rabat, and 35 miles from the historic imperial cities of Fes and Meknes -- cities famous for their sacred mosques and colorful Berber inhabitants.   With a population of about 15,000, Ifrane is a peaceful resort and recreational village in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, known for its French colonial architecture as well as a royal palace.  Al Akhawayn University (AUI) is a semi-private, English-speaking university founded by King Hassan II of Morocco and King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.  Since about half the faculty hold American graduate degrees, AUI resembles in some respects an American university. 


Throughout Morocco, couscous is the favorite meal in local restaurants and traditional pastries and fresh mint tea are typical snacks at sidewalk cafés.



Students take two mini-courses at AUI for one-third unit on the Arabic language, the history of the Arab World and Islamic Civilization, and/or contemporary issues in North Africa.  For another third unit, students write an informed memoir about People and Places they visit on educational excursions to historical cultural sites such as Marrakesh, Casablanca, the Sahara….  The final one-third unit Humanities and Arts project can be written in a variety of areas including history, religion, art and architecture, foreign languages, as well as contemporary socio-political issues.  Studying with Moroccan classmates and traveling to legendary Moroccan locales provides students with a greater understanding of Arab and Muslim peoples.  This unit of work can either conclude the Humanities & Arts Requirement or can be credited toward a Humanities and Arts or International Studies minor or major.





Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses*


NOTE:  In calculating the extra expense to participate in an off-campus project experience compare this figure to expenses incurred while living on campus: groceries or meal plan, entertainment expenses, transportation, etc.

Travel to site (RT airfare)

$ 1,400

Local transportation

$   150

Weekend tourist activities & incidentals

$   500

Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses


Expenses included on your WPI bill*


Program fees

$   600

Housing, meals and services



Total reflected on your WPI bill



Estimated total expenses


Tuition and on-campus housing not included.

* Subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rate

Orientation Schedule:
Orientation Part I On-line:  Must be completed no later than April 17th.
Orientation Part II Mandatory Site Specific Orientation: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12:00-1:30 p.m., IGSD Conference Room
Orientation Part III Sexual Assault:  Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 5:00-6:300, FL PH UPR

Travel Dates:
Arrive on site:  Wednesday, August 22nd 2012
Depart site:      Sunday, October 15, 2012

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