The town of Ifrane is a small French-style ski resort nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains. The province of Ifrane is home to the largest cedar forest in North Africa, and is the most biologically diverse area in Morocco. The ski slopes of Michlifin and Hebri are about 25 minutes from campus, and the medieval city of Fez is about 45 minutes away.
A semester or year in Ifrane will allow students to gain accurate knowledge of the Arab and Islam world, both areas that are critical to global dynamics. Saint Mary’s students take courses for the general education requirements at Al Akhawayn University and all classes are taught in English. Students also have the opportunity to develop language skills in Arabic or French. The average class size at Al Akhawayn University, a small American style university, is 17, ensuring that students have the opportunity to interact with faculty and classmates. Additionally, the university houses the Hillary Rodham Clinton Women’s Empowerment Centre.
The fall semester is from late August to mid December and the spring semester is from mid January to mid May. Students wishing to study in the Morocco program must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
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