Arabic Studies, International Relations & Language

ISA Meknes Study Center
Meknes, Morocco

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Arabic Studies, International Relations & 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 and visiting professors. 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, and international relations. Courses are comprised of only ISA students, and the small student-professor ratio allows for an interactive classroom setting.

    Upon completion of the program, students receive an official transcript from ISA's School of Record, the University of South Florida (USF). Located in Tampa, Florida, USF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctorate degrees.

  • Term

    Fall 1 2024

  • Program Dates

    Sep 11, 2024 - Dec 07, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Jun 01, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Jun 15, 2024

  • Credit

    12 - 18 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

Enhance your understanding of our world by selecting from a diverse course list that includes a range of fascinating topics, such as Middle Eastern studies, political science, gender studies, religious studies, and international relations. In addition, you can take Arabic language classes, with levels ranging from beginning through advanced.

A highlight of this program is the ability to enroll in two Arabic courses. If you wish to progress through one full level of language (ie: Beginning Arabic I and II), you may do so and earn up to a years' worth of credit hours. Please note that you cannot progress through two different levels (ie. Beginning Arabic II and Intermediate I). Courses may be instructed by local professors, and classmates will be comprised of other ISA students on your program. With the exception of the language classes, courses will be taught in English.

Service-Learning in Meknes
In addition to your academic courses, Study + Service-Learning programs allow you to serve alongside a local organization and engage in reflective assignments. Service-learning will develop your intercultural competency skills and increase your understanding of social issues in your host community. Visit the ISA Service-Learning website to see placement opportunities in Meknes and for more information about how to receive academic credit.


Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


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 Orientation

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




12 - 18

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 18

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 27

Academic Information

  • Course Availability 
    - Course availability is based on enrollment numbers. You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event that your initial course choices are closed due to low enrollment.
    - Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. 
    - Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites. 
  • Course Selection 
    - Language courses are modular; you have the ability to enroll in two sequential Arabic language courses. If you wish to progress through one full level of language (ie. Beginning Arabic I and II) you may do so and earn up to a year’s worth of credit hours. Please note that you cannot progress through two different levels (ie. Beginning Arabic II and Intermediate I). 
  • Alternate Courses 
    - You are required to select alternate courses in the event of top course choices conflicting on the timetable, course cancellations, or registration issues. 
    - You should get your alternate courses pre-approved by your academic advisor. 
  • Language Placement 
    - Enrollment in Arabic language courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the ISA Meknes Study Center. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you’ve already completed at your home university. 
    - If you are trying to place into any level of language beyond beginning, it is recommended that you prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework. 
  • Arabic Textbooks 
    - Students taking Arabic language classes are required to purchase their textbooks for Arabic prior to departure. To determine which book you should purchase for your Arabic course, please refer either to the course descriptions below or to your pre-registration form. Textbooks for other courses will be aquired on-site.  
  • Transcript Information 
    - Upon completion of the program at the ISA Meknes Study Center, students will receive a transcript from ISA's School of Record, the University of South Florida (USF). The USF transcripts will reflect transfer credit for coursework taken at the ISA Meknes Study Center. The contact hours for language courses will not be reflected on the transcript; however, they are listed below to assist with credit transfer. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
  • Course Level Recommendations 
    - ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. The courses listed below are identified by prefixes and numbers.The course prefix is a two- or three-letter designator for an academic discipline. The course number is a three-digit designator for the course level. The first digit indicates the year for which the course was designed: 1 indicates first year, 2 indicates second year, 3 indicates third year and 4 indicates fourth year. The last two numbers are used for cataloging. These ISA recommendations are intended to help with the determination of course equivalencies at U.S. home institutions. 


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Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Leah West

Program Manager, Morocco


Abdallah Malki, PhD.

Academic Coordinator, Morocco

Iman Essamati

Resident Director, Morocco

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


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.


Make your way to Marrakech, Morocco's legendary "pink city", during your Bridging Cultures Program. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the Jemaa el-Fna plaza, home to storytellers, snake charmers, acrobats, monkey handlers, food stalls and more. Meander off the main square to discover the narrow paths and artisans' shops that make up Morocco's largest traditional market (souk).

Ouzoud Falls

As a part of the Bridging Cultures Program, you will travel through the Atlas Mountains on your way to Meknes and visit the secluded Ouzoud Waterfalls, where you will have the opportunity to relax in the open mountain air and swim at the base of the falls. The beauty of the Atlas region is sure to give you a sense of calm before arriving in Meknes


Explore the beautiful white and blue buildings of the seaside neighborhood surrounding the city's kasbah (fortress). Climb to the top for refreshing views of the Oued Bou Regreg Estuary and the seemingly endless Atlantic Ocean. Stroll through the plaza of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Hassan Tower, Rabat's famous half-finished landmark.


The port city of Tangier has captured the imagination of travelers, writers and artists for centuries. Located at the strategic Strait of Gibraltar, this international city exhibits cultural influences from both Europe and Africa. From Tangier's shores you can easily view Spain's southern coast, just nine miles to the north across the strait. While in Tangier, you will explore the historic Medina, kasbah, artists' quarter, and the breezy seafront promenade.


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.

Merzouga * Optional

Ride camels to your campsite amidst the sweeping desert landscape of the Sahara. Spend a festive evening under the stars dancing to Moroccan music and feasting on a meal of couscous and roasted meats and vegetables. Rise before dawn to witness the most incredible sunrise as the sun transforms the Sahara into a sea of reds and oranges. During the day ride 4x4s through the desert, stopping to dance to Gnawa music, visit a desert-dwelling family, and hike through a fossil bed.

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.


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