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Welcome to Morocco – home to some of the best universities out there! Most courses are taught in French, but there are also some courses in English

Discover Types of universities in Morocco

When choosing Morocco as your study abroad destination, don’t forget to pay attention to the type of university you’re willing to apply to.

Morocco offers lots of public universities options, where you will not even need to pay any tuition fee. Otherwise, there are also many vocational and technical schools, which often ask a small fee. Private universities of Morocco are a thing among international students. They are easier to enroll to, yet the tuition fees might break the bank, as they are comparable to the British and American ones.

Good to know:

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane offers an American-style university program run entirely in English.

Requirements for enrolment

If you are into the idea of studying in Morocco, you will need to provide your baccalaureate or equivalent. Master’s programmes require students to have the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree, and, similarly, to apply for PhD your must hold a Master’s degree. You might have already heard that French is widely spoken in Morocco, thus most university programs are conducted in French, though the number of programs offered in English is growing. Very few are offered in Standard Arabic.

General pre-requisites:

Unless you’re studying letters, most courses in humanities offered by public universities are taught in Arabic. French and English as media of teaching are popular among sciences, business, engineering and other courses. Therefore, always check the language requirements on the website, and if the information is not updated, consider making a phone call or paying a visit if you get to be in the area.

Programs offered by Moroccan universities

If you decide to go for public universities, you can pretty much study any subject offered. Choose among hundreds of study programmes offered by law, science, letter, medicine and other faculties. When choosing your university, keep in mind that faculties available differ from city to city, so make sure to visit the faculty’s website, where you can also find other extra courses.

If you are seeking something more specific, there are also specialised public schools like film institutes, art schools, and architecture schools, as well as private universities that offer courses only in narrow fields like engineering, business, management, logistics, and other.


Let’s see what steps you will have to go through when applying to a Moroccan university. To enroll in most public universities in Morocco, you will need to go through the diplomatic channel of your home country, which will help you in your application. When you are done with all paperwork, your application will then be sent to the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation. If you chose a private university, you can send your application directly to the university you wish to attend.

Keep in mind that these steps differ from one institute to another. When it comes to entrance examinations, there are usually none for undergraduate programs, in contrast to private universities and specialized schools where written and oral exams are a common practice. Be ready that in some cases your high school grade average will need to be over the minimum required one.

On arrival in Morocco

As soon as you arrive to Morocco, the paperwork starts again. Don’t forget to report to the Department of Professional Training within the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation that you have arrived, and complete their registration form. After that you can join the university and thus validate your final registration – send a certified copy of the registration certificate issued by the training institution to the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation./p>

Residence permit in Morocco

If you are getting enrolled at a Moroccan university, you might need a visa. Please consult the Moroccan embassy or consulate in your area for more information on that. Most likely, you will either need to apply for a student visa before arriving, or within 90 days of arrival. Anyways, make sure you know all visa requirements for your country before you arrive to Morocco to start your studies!

Living costs and student life in Morocco

We do know that living on the campus is a dream of many students. However, not all Moroccan universities offer dorms for students. Moroccan students found a great solution to that: they share flats by renting one together near the university.

That will save you a good sum of money every month, and let you reach your campus in just a couple of minutes! Rent in such neighborhoods will come around 2,000 DH and 3,000 DH, but if you are enrolled in a high-end private university, it might be located far from the downtown. The accommodation in such remote areas might be costly, nevertheless, most private universities offer accommodation on campus for their students.

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