Intensive Arabic Language

ISA Meknes Study Center
Meknes, Morocco

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Intensive Arabic Language

  • Location


  • Host University

    ISA Meknes Study Center

    Located in the modern and dynamic district of Hamria, the ISA Meknes Study Center offers excellent academics with courses taught by local, U.S., and visiting professors from Carroll College. Local NGOs working to promote human rights and economic and social development operate out of the same facility, which provides a unique and exciting atmosphere for our students as they attend classes.

    You will have the option to choose from a variety of course options in many disciplines such as political science, Middle Eastern studies, gender studies, Arabic language, religious studies, French language, and international relations. Courses are comprised of only ISA students, and the small student-professor ratio allows for an interactive classroom setting.

    ISA has partnered with Carroll College in Montana to serve as the School of Record for this program. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a U.S. transcript from Carroll College.

  • Term

    Summer 3SL 2019

  • Program Dates

    May 17, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 10, 2019

  • Credit

    140 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

Designed to hone your knowledge of Arabic language, this program offers courses to ISA students from the intermediate to advanced level.

You will take a full course load of language classes, including Introduction to Moroccan Arabic (Darija), an Arabic language course, and Arabic for Diplomacy, International Relations, & Politics. In order to participate in the program, you must have taken or tested out of at least two semesters of college-level Arabic language. A placement exam will be given on-site at the start of the program to ensure that you are placed in the language level that will best allow for you to enhance your language skills.

Upon completion of the program, students will receive a U.S. transcript from Carroll College in Montana. Students interested in studying abroad in Meknes have the option to enroll in back-to-back summer programs.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of two semesters (three quarters) of college-level Arabic


What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities


Support & Funding


Iman Essamati

Resident Director, Morocco

Younes Benomar

Service-Learning Coordinator, Morocco

Oussama Ghaiti

Student Services Coordinator, Morocco

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Moroccan lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Meknes. Uncovering the uniqueness of your accommodations and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


Host families are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Homestays are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide three meals a day (except on Sundays and ISA excursion days) and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender.


Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished. The apartments are located in the center of Ville Nouvelle- the "new city" section of Meknes. Apartments typically house 6-7 ISA students of the same gender, with shared room occupancy. You will be provided with three meals a day (except on Sundays and ISA excursion days) and the services of a housekeeper.




You will arrive in Morocco via Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub. Your Bridging Cultures Program starts here, and you will be introduced to the Moroccan culture while also reviewing important health and safety information for your time abroad. Tour the Hassan II Mosque, one of the world's largest mosques and home to the world's tallest minaret (210 meters), and marvel at the city's exquisite masterpieces of Art Deco architecture.


As a former Portuguese enclave, this beautiful beach town is home to a towering citadel and surrounded by ramparts. Walk along the ramparts that overlook the Atlantic shore and explore the artist's medina located within the fortress where white-washed buildings are splashed with colorful murals. You will have plenty of time to soak up the summer sun on the city's pristine beaches.


Discover Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in the world. Explore such features as the Capitoline Temple, Volubilis Basilica, Decumanus Maximus, Arch of Caracalla and Tingis Gate, and marvel at the city's beautiful still-intact mosaics.


Explore Fes el-Bali, otherwise known as Old Fes, one of the largest and best-preserved medieval cities in the world. Make room for donkeys as you walk among the bustling bazaars and sacred mosques. Drop in on the workshops of a range of local artisans and craftspeople, including herbalists, weavers, potters, and the world-renowned tanners who make the leather goods for which the Medina is most famous.


Take a break from city life as you trek through Morocco's forested Atlas Mountains region. Start by sharing a traditional Moroccan breakfast with an Amazigh family in their home, then hike through the lush hillsides and ascend to the top of the mountain. At the summit, your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley and towns below.

Cultural Activities in Meknes

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Meknes. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Meknes special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included Moroccan cooking classes, visiting a Hammam for an authentic bathhouse experience, and touring the lively and vibrant old medina portion of the city.