Study Abroad

U.S. Arabic Distance Learning Networkstudents have two study abroad options, one in Morocco, the other in Egypt.

  • Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane,Morocco
  • Alexandrai Cenre for Languages, Alexandria, Egypt

I. Al Akhawayn University in Iflane, Morocco.

Arabic language students in Meknes, Morocco

Arabic language students in Meknes, Morocco

King Hassan II of Morocco founded Al Akhawayn University (AUI) in 1995 as a private university with contributing financial support from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. It is the first and only English language university in Morocco developed on the model of US higher education. Montana State University has had a partnership with AUI since its founding, and this unique and wonderful program offers one of the few opportunities U.S. students have to study in North Africa.

AUI is grounded in African, Arab, and Islamic culture and models its organizational structure, curriculum, language, and teaching methods on the American system of higher education. All classes are taught in English, allowing students interested in learning the Arabic language to simultaneously take courses in their field of study.

Academic Program

Al Akhawayn offers unique Arabic Language and Culture programs for students interested in building Arabic language skills and expertise on the Arab world. All courses, except language study courses, are taught in English. Additionally, students can choose from courses in the following fields: Accounting, Arabic, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Culture Studies, Economics, Engineering, English, European Studies, French, Geography, History, Human Resource Development, Humanities, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, and Women's Studies. For additional course information, visit the university homepage, http://www.alakhawayn.ma/.

II. Alexandria Centre for Languages(ACL) in Alexandria, Egypt

Network students at Alexandria Centre for   Languages (ACL), Egypt.

Network students at Alexandria Centre for
Languages (ACL), Egypt.

The Alexandria Centre for Languages offers specialized courses in Arabic as a foreign language. ACL’s mission is to deliver high quality student-oriented instruction in Modern Standard Arabic as well as Colloquial Egyptian Arabic. Instructors are highly qualified with extensive experience in foreign language instruction. The Centre provides different modes of instruction: tutorials for individual students, language and culture courses for groups of university students, and language services for government officials and researchers.

Summer 2012:   Modern Standard Arabic in Alexandria - May 14-July 2

The US Arabic Distance Network sponsors an 8-week, 8-credit program in Alexandria, Egypt through the Alexandria Centre for Languages (ACL). The Centre has just built a new facility with fully equipped classrooms, housing, gym and a cafeteria. Complete services offered at the Centre are listed below. The director and professors have several decades experience teaching Modern Standard Arabic and the Egyptian dialect to non-native speakers. The program also includes a guided trip to Cairo to see the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids, Tahrir Square and other landmarks.  More information

Academic Program

Students receive a minimum of 20 hours per week of formal classroom instruction. Students participate in organized semi-formal and informal learning activities that promote interaction with the host community and culture. These activities support the formal classroom instruction. Students may request individual or group tutorials as needed.  A 3-day guided trip to Cairo is included in program tuition.  Students visit famous landmarks and partake in cultural actitivities.

ACL provides students housing in apartments close to the language center.  They also offer day-to-day support such as enrolling in local athletic clubs, finding appropriate medical care if needed, and facilitating banking and communication arrangements.