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Learn Arabic at Ibn Ghazi Arabic Institute

Ibn Ghazi Arabic Institute has developed an excellent reputation as one of the leading institutions in the Middle East and North Africa for teaching Arabic as a foreign language, offering advanced Arabic-related courses tailored to students’ needs and .organizing cultural immersion programs. Students and professionals from all over the world come to Ibn Ghazi Arabic Institute not only to learn Arabic, but also to take part in various cultural activities which introduce them to the Arab and Moroccan culture.

Our ideal location in the heart of Fez allows students to explore this timeless city which remains the historical and cultural capital of Morocco and one of few remaining medieval cities in the world. Our State of the art facility is a large shady villa located in a calm residential area just ten minutes on foot from downtown Fez and ten minutes drive to the historic medina.  Our large air-conditioned classrooms, the computer lab and wireless connection offer an ideal setting for studying.

Our instructors are highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic native speakers with advanced degrees in applied linguistics, education and Arabic literature and years of experience teaching both independent students and study abroad groups in Morocco and abroad. Their main aim is to ensure that their students build a solid foundation in communication skills, which allow learners to use Arabic language with confidence and self-assurance. At IGAI, we believe that language is a unifying force and an indispensable means to realize peace and coexistence. Therefore, we are so keen on cultural exchange and intercultural dialogue.

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I have countless good memories of the six-weeks I spent with the Ibn Ghazi Arabic Institute this summer. I soon felt at home there, all of the staff were incredibly welcoming and good fun, and the building itself has all the facilities you need. The Arabic programme was balanced in a way that made classes challenging yet enjoyable, and with every week that passed our improvement was clear to see. We had 3 hours of intensive lessons a day, with homework given, which meant there was enough time in the afternoons to explore Fes and the surrounding areas. The opportunity to talk in Arabic every day, and to study every day, was extremely beneficial, and my Arabic has drastically improved. I would recommend IGAI to anyone, and would definitely love to go back!.

Thomas Howes-Ward, University of Exeter, England

I am an Assistant Professor of Arabic language at Northwestern University. I took intensive Moroccan Darija courses at IGAI. I had a memorable experienceI Fuad, the director, rocks! I enjoyed every single class I took and I did learn a lot! Not only I learned the dialect, but the culture as well! Do not hesitate to enroll and I am definitely going back there to learn more and practice! 🙂

Asma Ben Romdhane, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, USA

I had the most amazing experience here! Fouad is a great director and everything went even better than I could have imagined. The teachers are wonderful and so knowledgeable and very encouraging. I can’t wait to come back!

Sabrina Page, St. Edwards University, USA

Excellent! The excursions were fun, delightful and informative.

Michael Henderson, Professor, French & Chair, World Languages & Culture Department. Juniata College. PA, USA.

Je ne peux que vous recommander l’Institut Ibn Ghazi si vous souhaitez à la fois étudier l’arabe selon votre niveau avec des professeurs expérimentés, compétents et à l’écoute (spéciale dédicace à ma professeure préférée Fatima Lhouari !) ; (re)découvrir la culture marocaine à travers des activités diverses (visites, ateliers calligraphie…) organisées avec soin par le directeur Fouad Touzani ; ou encore vivre une expérience unique entouré d’étudiants étrangers tout aussi motivés que vous dans cette ville magnifique et ancestrale qu’est Fès !! Donc foncez !

Meryem Bourhimi, France

Excellent program, well done!  Ibn Ghazi Institute has excellent facilities, a serious and helpful staff, and a nice location. I recommend them highly to anyone interested in studying Arabic. I completed a 6 week intensive course there, and they gave me a solid foundation in Arabic.

Emil Nagengast, Professor at Juniata College, Pennsylvania. USA

“IGAI was a great experience in terms of cultural and linguistic learning. The teacher was excellent and the pace was perfect. IGAI’s residence was very confortable and the food was delicious.”

Areesh Haq, Syracuse University, USA

My experience at Ibn Ghazi was Great, Amazing Director Good staff with good manners, good teaching, I moved up quickly in my Arabic level in just 3 weeks!

Zohaib Akhtar, England

I would recommend the courses in term of teaching and even for excursions, the stuff was enjoyable.

Federica Messina, University of Venice; Italy

IGAI’s summer programme was quite positive and largely met my expectations. The atmosphere was friendly; the teacher was enthusiastic, highly skilled and had a good sense of humor. I liked the idea of using two different manuals which were complementary for teaching Arabic. The use of computer and internet resources were also very useful. After my experience at IGAI, I feel more confident about expressing myself in Arabic

Nathalie Atger , from France. Working as a translator with the United Nations in Geneva

“I truly believe that I learnt a lot in this course. the instructor was very keen to help the students. The food was very delicious and the room was very confortable.”

Martina Rizzo, Syracuse University, USA

The teacher provided excellent language instructions as well as an enjoyable personality and genuine interest in cultural exchange. We especially appreciated the opportunity to ask our guests about their culture, and I think we all feel that we progressed very well in Arabic. The mentors were unbelievable! They made the entire experience wonderful.

Kati Csoman, Dean, Office of International Education. Juniata College, USA

Thanks so much for a wonderful experience!

Eric Yoder, Tuscarora Intermediate Unit, McVeytown, PA. USA.

My experience at IGAI has been of a great help in the beginning of my Arabic studies. I managed, thanks to IGAI and its staff, to truly get in touch with the Moroccan way of life and mentality, which is fascinating. After IGAI’s experience, I can proudly say that I have a strong motivation to continue my Arabic studies. I highly recommend IGAI to anybody who wishes to dive into a full comprehensive experience in an Arab country, to learn not just its language but also its way of experiencing and dealing with life. The teachers and other staff are caring and kind hearted people who will always occupy a place in my heart with happy and friendly memories.

Clara Politena, Ca’ Foscari Venezia University, Italy

I had a wonderful experience in Morocco. The language courses in addition to the weekend excursions provided a basic foundation about the history and culture of Morocco.The instructors, administrators, and cooking staff were very friendly.

mICHELLE sTEWARD, Juniata Valley School District, Alexandria, PA, USA.

I had the most amazing teacher, Fatima, and made such wonderful friends at Ibn Ghazi! Thank you so much Fouad for giving me this opportunity and showing me Fez and so much more! A great experience.

Imogen Copps, St. Andrews Unjversity, UK

Although I started with virtually no knowledge of Arabic, I was able to meet my language objectives because our Arabic instructor was excellent. He pushed us to achieve more than we thought we could. Some days we wished we had had less homework and more time to explore Fes, but I am glad that he pushed us and that I did that homework. In addition, the outside lecturers who were invited to speak with us contributed so much to my understanding of Moroccan culture and society; they were thought provoking. Finally, the Institute arranged for some excellent trips in Fes and beyond, and the entire IGAI staff was friendly and helpful. Thank you for an enriching experience!

Deb Roney, Director, Language in Motion & Assistant Professor of English. Juniata College. PA, USA.

Before making it to the course, I had no belief I could make a significant improvement in Arabic as an absolute beginner, but the help of the amazing director and staff, I can now read and write and express myself in Arabic. Apart from the learning experience, there is a great teacher/student relationship, which makes the atmosphere in Ibn Ghazi Arabic Institute one of the best in studying Arabic

Ernest Kwasi-Owusu Osei , From Ghana

I really enjoyed the moments, especially with the mentors, when we got to see what ordinary Arabic life is like in Morocco

David Mann, Teacher at Waldo Middle School, Salem, Oregon, USA.

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Viola Gulliani, Ca’ Foscari Venezia University, Italy

I had a positive experience with IGAI. I very much appreciate how much Fouad and Hicham accommodated me with private instruction that was tailored at the last minute since I had failed to communicate well where I was in al-Kitaab. They and the other staff at IGAI made me feel comfortable and helped extend my learning experience outside of my hours of instruction in the morning.

Mathhew Brauer, Northwestern University, USA

Overall; I really enjoyed my course at IGAI. The teacher was highly competent and the administrative staff friendly and helpful. The accommodation was clean, calm and confortable.

Kaspar Gertsch, from Switzerland, studying at Sciences Po, Paris

“I am extremely happy with my time here, the mentors were a great addition to our time, kudos to our teacher! He handled a mixed group with energy and goodwill. I learned more from his pronunciation exercises than from the ones in the book. I really enjoyed the lectures. “

Jim Roney, Professor of Russian. Juniata College. PA, USA.

My experience at IGAI has been very good, the lessons were interesting and well organized and the teachers have proved very useful and really friendly. I think that thanks to this course, my Arabic improved, so thank you so much for this month I spent here in Morocco.

Alice De Narde, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy

I really liked the courses and I think it is a very useful experience. In general, I liked to experience the Moroccan and Arab culture because I learned not only the language – which I adore- but also the Moroccan way of life and mentality.

Martina Gelati, Ca’ Foscari Venezia University. Italy

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Gaineyou Salamy, Teacher at Tyrone School District, Tyrone, PA, USA.

My experience at IGAI was good and I enjoyed it.

Chiara Lana, Ca’ Foscari Venezia University. Italy