Morocco, the westernmost country in the Arab World, is known as al-Maghrib (the west, or the place of sunset) in Arabic. Centuries before the arrival of Arab culture and Islam to Morocco, the Amazigh peoples of North Africa populated the region and continue today to express their distinct cultural identity. In the 6th century BC, the land that is now Morocco came under the control of the expansive Roman Empire. Similarly, since antiquity and especially after the Spanish Inquisition, Mizrahi and Sephardic Jewish culture has co-existed in Morocco. Coupled with this diversity, the infusion of French and Spanish cultures in the early twentieth century makes Morocco a multi-cultural, Mediterranean mosaic.
Morocco’s incredible diversity extends to its unique geography as well. From the majestic mountains of the Atlas and Rif ranges, to the sun-drenched sands of the Sahara, Atlantic, and Mediterranean, Morocco’s natural beauty and cultural richness make it the ideal location to study abroad.
Meknes, known as the Versailles of Morocco, was the country’s capital during the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail, who set out to make it one of the grandest cities the world had ever seen. Today, Meknes embodies the intricate blend of the Arab, Amazigh, and European cultures composing modern Morocco.