office of international programs
From the Sahara desert oasis of Marrakesh to the teeming metropolis of Casablanca and the elegant royal cities of Rabat and Fez, Morocco has long been a major political, commercial and cultural crossroad in the history of North Africa and the Mediterranean region. A truly diverse society, Morocco is a point of convergence for African, Arab, and Mediterranean cultures.
Boston College students have the opportunity to study in Ifrane or in Rabat, Morocco, through one of the two approved external programs. A diverse country which has long been a major political, commercial, and cultural crossroads for African, Arab, and Mediterranean societies, Morocco’s rich history is evident in the peaceful mingling of different ethnicities, faiths, dialects, and cuisines.
BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year
Boston College students have the opportunity to study abroad in the small town of Ifrane, located in the Middle Atlas Mountains not far from the historically rich imperial city of Fez. Our partner institution in Morocco is Al Akhawayn University, inaugurated by His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco in 1995. Al Akhawayn University offers a good selection of courses across disiplines instructed in English.
Approved External Programs
To accommodate those students who would like to study in a region of Morocco in which BC currently does not offer a program or need tailored programs for certain majors, the Office of International Programs has compiled the following list of approved external programs.
In preparation for your study abroad in Morocco, you will work with an OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Morocco, your advisor is Christina D. Hatzipetros. To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment, please click here.
The main unit of currency in Morocco is the dirham. ATMs are now a common sight across Morocco and many accept Visa, MasterCard, Electron, Cirrus, Maestro and InterBank systems. Major credit cards are widely accepted in the main tourist centres, although their use often attracts a surcharge of around 5% from Moroccan businesses. It is important to remember that dirham and dollars are not equal, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.
In preparation for your time in Morocco, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Moroccan Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.
The official language of Morocco is Literary Arabic, although a local dialect of Arabic, known as Dareja, as well as Berber and French are widely spoken.
Morocco is an Islamic country and adheres to very strict social customs regarding things such as dress and public appearance. To learn a little about the local customs and traditions you may want to visit the following website.
Students only need a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond their estimated return date in order to travel to Morocco. Upon entry, US citizens purchase a student visa at the airport before exiting customs. If you are not a US citizen, you may need to obtain a visa prior to your trip. Please check with the appropriate consulate in advance. Residency documents will be processed during orientation; the AUI Office of International Programs will advise students on this matter after arrival.