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AALIM classes are small, with not more than 12 students, often with 5-8 students per class, so each student receives individual attention. From the beginning level, classes are conducted entirely in Arabic. Support in English outside the class is available from your class professor, the Academic Director and other AALIM staff. The intensive programs include 4 hours of class Monday through Friday, and about 3 hours of homework per day, in addition to outside organized activities, such as lectures and cultural activities.

Incoming students are placed in classes after an assessment test once they arrive in Morocco. Since students come from many different American universities, placement cannot be made on school records alone. All successful participants receive a certificate of study at the end of the program. Students are responsible for arranging for credit transfer, and are encouraged to discuss this with the appropriate officials in their home school before they leave for their overseas experience. AALIM provides documentation requested by your study abroad office to support your credit transfer process.

When choosing your program, please note that four weeks are generally equivalent to one semester of study in an American university. We advise you to choose a program length for summer study that will lead seamlessly into your fall classes at your home institution; some universities do not offer 102, 202, or 302 in the fall semester.

AALIM's class levels:

  • Beginning, equivalent to 101-102 in most universities

  • Intermediate, equivalent to 201-202 in most universities

  • High Intermediate, equivalent to 302-302 in most universities

  • Advanced, equivalent to 401-402 in most universitites

  • Very Advanced, equivalent to graduate studies

With few exceptions, the textbooks used for Arabic in the AALIM program are the Al-Kitaab series or AALIM-developed materials. Some organized university programs or faculty-led programs may request that we use other textbook materials. Students are expected to bring their own copy of Al-Kitaab to the program unless other arrangements are made ahead of time; these books are widely available in the United States. Please check with us for the edition of Al-Kitaab your class will be using.

A placement test will be given in Morocco, the first day of your program, and students will be assigned to their levels according to the results of the test. If a student is unsure of his or her level, he or she should consult AALIM before traveling to Morocco and consider bringing more than one textbook. Students who participate as part of a university group may not be required to take the placement test.

During AALIM programs, Arabic language courses are supplemented by cultural activities outside of class. The specific activities may vary from one program to another. Students are encouraged to attend program activities arranged by AALIM, and in some programs, attendance is required.