Morocco: An Educational Adventure Past Review

By (International Relations and Affairs., The College of William and Mary) for

Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM): Intensive Arabic Direct Enrollment

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, it was totally worthwhile. The things I remember the most are the little things that Moroccans do similarly to or differently from Americans. This ranged from how they dressed to how they interected between families in public--pretty much everyday things. I was bitten by the study abroad bug. I can't wait to study in another country, and I also hope to return to Morocco some day.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes were taught all in Arabic, which I thought was very good since we were there for an intensive language program.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Things were less organized and less on a schedule than I'm used to here at William and Mary, but that seemed to be the Moroccan way rather than a weekness of the host institution's administration.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The hotel we stayed in was very nice and I enjoyed it there. It was perfectly situated near everything important in Meknes, and had a friendly staff that looked out for us. I lived with fellow W&M students, and we rarely practiced Arabic together, so that didn't help my language.

* Food:

All the food we had (what was provided and what we found on our own) was EXCELLENT.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I had a wonderful experience that I won't ever forget, and my Arabic greatly improved.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Sickness were noticed and dealt with by the program director, and doctors and medicine gotten promptly if needed. I felt as safe there as I would in any American city.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Transportation between the Institute and the airport was not provided free and was rather costly both ways--many thought our initial fee covered the return trip but it didn't.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Arabic 202 (four semesters)
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Classes were entirely in Arabic--the teachers didn't speak English. Interactions with the hotel staff and and local businesses also had to be in Arabic, which was excellent practice.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Try everything, no matter how odd it seems (like the public baths--these experiences make great stories!).