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Orientation Information

Pre-Departure Orientation

Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a lengthy and detailed pre-departure online orientation which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Morocco. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in Morocco, the online orientation allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival. The online orientation covers academics, culture, gender relations, useful phrases, food, housing, the university, ISA facilities, money matters, visas and numerous other details that students also learn about during their on-site orientation. Of course, students are always welcome to contact their Morocco Site Specialist with any questions.

On-Site Orientation

Students will fly to Casablanca where they will meet their ISA Meknes Resident Directors and other ISA students for an initial orientation.Students will spend one night in Casablanca and visit the giant seaside Hassan II Mosque before traveling to the famous Moroccan city of Marrakech. In Marrakech, students and Resident Directors will take two days to explore the incredible sites of Marrakech, including the lively and bustling Jemaa el-Fna plaza. Making their way towards Meknes, students will spend the night in the Atlas mountains and have the opportunity to visit the captivating waterfalls of Ouzoud high in the Atlas mountains before making their way to Meknes.

After arrival in Meknes, ISA Resident Staff provide students with additional information regarding health and safety, housing accommodations, academics, Moulay Ismail University, and adjustment to life as an international student in Morocco. Additionally, Moulay Ismail University hosts a welcome reception and provide students with city and university orientations before commencement of their coursework.