2015 – 2016 Fall :
- September / October – November / December
- December / January – February / March
2016 Spring :
- March – June
2016 Summer :
- June / July – August
U.S. citizens traveling to Morocco must have a valid passport. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens traveling to Morocco for fewer than 90 days (3 months). For more than 90 days, U.S. citizens are required to apply for an extension of stay. For more information, visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/morocco.html
- The nearest airport to Meknes is Fes Sais Airport which is 1 hour away from Meknes. However, you must check whether your flight is accessible to Fes Sais airport.
- Rabat-Salé International Airport is 2 hours away from Meknes.
- Casablanca International Airport is 3 hours away from Meknes.
- Marrakesh International Airport is 5 hours and a half away from Meknes.
- If you choose to land on Fes-Sais airport, it’s better to take a Grand Taxi from the airport to Meknes.
- If you choose to land on Rabat-Salé International Airport, it’s better to take a Grand Taxi or Petit Taxi from the airport to the train station and then get a train ticket to Meknes Amir.
- If you choose to land on Casablanca International Airport, you may take the train right from the airport to Casablanca Voyageurs and then you will have to change the train to go to Meknes Amir.
- If you choose to land on Marrakesh International Airport, it’s better to take a Grand Taxi or Petit Taxi from the airport to the train station and then get a train ticket to Meknes Amir.
- Once you reach Meknes Amir, which is the nearest train station to AAIN, you can take a Petit Taxi and ask the driver to take you to “La salle Hilali” or “Café Lagora.” These are landmarks that taxi drivers will know better. AAIN is located across “La salle Hilali” and down the road from “Café Lagora.”
- Or, you can give the Taxi driver this address: AAIN Arabic Institute / English Highway 24, Rue Sebou, Meknes, Morocco.
- Late arrivals are not allowed. Students must attend the orientation sessions. AAIN is not responsible of repeating the orientation for late comers. Also, students are responsible of their own airport pick-up.
- Early arrivals are allowed. However, students are responsible of their own accommodation and airport pick-up.
Airport transfer is included for all students arriving on the specified arrival date and timeframe. Any late or early arrivals, students are responsible of their own accommodation / airport pick-up. AAIN may arrange an airport pick-up for an extra fee.
- Students are expected to leave AAIN and their host families’ accommodation at the end of the program, that is on the specified date of the end of the program.
- If students decide to stay longer, their accommodation and airport transfer are their own responsibilities.
Airport transfer is included for all students departing on the specified departure date and timeframe. Any late or early departures, students are responsible of their own accommodation / airport transfer. AAIN may arrange an airport transfer for an extra fee.
- The temperatures of Meknes shift from very cold during winter to very hot during the months of June – September.
- Make sure to bring warm clothes during winter. Most buildings and houses are made of concrete and stone which transfers the outside temperature to the inside space.
- If you take any specific medication, it’s better to bring spare ones with you. Even if medication is available in Morocco, there may be some specific US medication that isn’t available.
- You can buy all types of clothes in Meknes. However, if you feel warmer wearing a windproof / rainproof jacket during winter, it will be better to pack it. Also, try to pack comfortable and conservative clothing. Comfortable shoes are also recommended.
- You may pack your own favorite toiletries. Otherwise, you can buy these once you arrive to Meknes.
- Your study materials: notebook, flashcards, computer.
- Your ATM card. Make sure you inform your bank of the needed procedures to use your card in Morocco.
- You may wish to bring a small gift for your host family but it is not obligatory.
- Morocco has public and private hospitals and practitioners.
- AAIN has a partnership with private practitioners that can be trusted.
- A typical doctor’s visit costs 200 DH.
- AAIN Arabic Institute’s staff offers medical assistance to students in need.
- Bring any medicine that are prescribed by your doctor in the U.S.
- Check your health insurance procedures in case you need it.
- There are some gyms for both men and women nearby AAIN which require a monthly membership.
- Swimming pools are also available and would charge a daily fee.
- There are also some public parks where you could do your daily jogging.
- The cafeteria of AAIN Arabic Institute provides snacks, coffee / tea, and quick sandwiches.
- There is no kitchen available for students’ use.
Depending on the program’s requirements and on the student’s preferences, AAIN offers two types of accommodations:
- Homestays : AAIN carefully chooses the host families based on many criteria. Students will have the opportunity to immerse in the Moroccan culture by directly living with a Moroccan family. Meals are provided depending on the student’s / program’s preferences. Students may be provided with either 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner) or 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The homestays are maximum 30 minutes walk to AAIN Arabic Institute. For more information on homestays, please check our Homestay Manual.
- AAIN apartments : The apartments are fully furnished and located in the city center which is nearby AAIN and all city life. Meals are provided depending on the student’s / program’s preferences. Students may be provided with either 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner) or 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Students will be provided with a housekeeper for cleaning / laundry.
Moroccan families are very welcoming and generous. You will feel quickly at home. They also like discussing many subjects especially with foreigners. They like talking about their culture and debating issues such as politics, religion, and social concerns.
- In Meknes, you may take Petit Taxi for small distances and Grand Taxi for long distances.
- If you wish to travel to another city, the safest transportation is the train. Meknes has two train stations; the nearest one to AAIN is Meknes Amir.