Ifrane, Morocco: Intensive indeed but lots of fun! Past Review

By (Political Science and Government., SUNY - Binghamton) for

SUNY Binghamton: Ifrane - Exchange & Study Abroad Program at Al Akhawayn University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, definitely. I really would like to continue my Arabic studies in the future. I learned more about myself and about my religion.

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SUNY Binghamton: Ifrane - Al Akhawayan University of Ifrane Photo

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

This program is excellent! It lives up the name "intensive program" but it is all worth it. I learned so much and wished my school offered more levels of arabic.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Their administration in the International Program was much more efficient then the actually university administration which worked on their own time and us American students could not understand it.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The dorms were huge and very well kept.

* Food:

The on-campus food is horrible. It made everyone get sick either the first or second week. It was probably safer to eat off campus but we didn't always have the chance because of our busy schedules.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The people in the program definitely made the program much more exciting. If it wasn't for them I don't think I would have been able to last 2 months.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The nurses and doctors did speak English. Health Center was close to living quarters which is also a plus.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? If I was on campus for the week I didn't spend anything at all. The things we actually needed to spend money on was shopping in the different cities, if you ate off campus and if you wanted to go out and experience the nightlife.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you plan on going on trips over the weekend bring more money then you think you need or at least have back up money.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

Majority of the people spoke French and English but the ones who didn't spoke to you in Arabic. This definitely will benefit in my future studies or if I work abroad. The area in which I live has many Arab people especially Moroccans.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? People who are interested in Arab and Muslim Culture.