Summer Study Abroad

Summer study abroad in Morocco

We provide many opportunities for overseas study in the Arabic Flagship to improve your lingual and cultural fluency. The summer study abroad program takes you to Meknes, Morocco, to study at the Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM Center). During your time there you will be immersed in Arabic language and culture in an ancient city, one of four imperial cities of Morocco, and take classes at the AALIM Center.

This program is not required for students in the Flagship, but it is highly encouraged so you’re prepared for the Capstone year in Morocco.

Your summer in Meknes

Your journey begins when you meet your host family. You’ll stay with them for the duration of your summer studies in Meknes, along with one other student. At the AALIM Center, you will take fourth-year Standard Arabic, Media Arabic, and Moroccan Arabic with fellow language learners, as well as participate in extracurricular clubs, language partner sessions, and program trips.


To participate in the summer study abroad program, you will need to complete an application and a proficiency exam in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The minimum scores needed to join are a 1+ in speaking, 1+ in another skill, and no lower than a 1 in the two remaining skills on the Interagency Language Roundtable Scale. Evaluations are also based on preparedness and cultural competency.


Students in the Arabic Flagship are eligible to receive up to $7,000 to cover programmatic costs.

4 students take a picture together next to tiled roof
Store with woven baskets
four men dressed in historic arabic dress on horses
line of people at end of program buffet