Frequently Asked Questions
What is the official language of Morocco? Do I need to learn Arabic or French?
The official languages are Arabic and Berber. French is predominant in Morocco and is widely spoken in the country. Furthermore, because it is the primary international language worldwide and due to the government efforts to modernize the country in different fields, English is gaining ground in Morocco to and its usage has significantly grown over the last decade.
How safe is Marrakech?
Generally, Marrakech is very safe. Marrakech is a major touristic destination and so the locals are very much accustomed to foreigners. Because of its touristic nature, the Moroccan authorities set up a Marrakech Tourist Brigade Police Force, whose main objective is the safety and well-being of foreign tourists. Of course, one has to take sensible precautions as you would anywhere else; don’t carry large sums of cash or wear expensive jewellery/watches.
What’s it like to live in Marrakech?
Marrakesh is a city that sums up all of Morocco’s exotic North African charm. For history lovers, the many museums and monuments are some of the country’s not to be missed star attractions. For those who just want to dive into local culture, the Medina offers Moroccan life in all its glory. Marrakech is also the gateway to Morocco’s High Atlas region where you can relish the scenic mountain beauty. The city is a combination of old and new. The modern part of the city is vibrant and offers a wide range of entertainment facilities. The old part of Marrakesh tells the story of a 1000 years-old city. There are several videos online that showcase the city. We recommend the following videos:
What’s the nearest airport to the city?
Marrakesh has an international airport with direct scheduled flights coming in from London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Paris and Madrid and many charter flights arriving from all over Europe. If flying from the US, Canada, Asia or elsewhere, you’ll have to change planes in Casablanca.
What is the visa process and how long does it take to obtain residency cards?
Americans, Canadians, EU nationals and certain others enter Morocco without a visa, as tourists. Other nationalities may need an entry visa. ASM will help you through the process to get your visa status changed to resident.
What kind of housing does the school offer and where is it located?
ASM provides private apartments in a building located in Guéliz, a modern area of the city. The school housing is in the city center and, therefore, is at a walking distance from major stores, restaurant, cafe shops, etc. Our new and specious apartments come with basic furniture, internet, and satellite TV.
Does the school provide international medical coverage?
You and your dependents will be covered by the school’s insurance from the start date of your contract when you are in Morocco. When outside of Morocco, the school’s insurance offers some limited coverage. Make sure you have appropriate coverage until you arrive in Morocco, and when you travel outside of the country. If you get sick outside of Morocco, you will be covered at the contract rate (usually 90%). Hospitalizations for injuries and/or illnesses occurring both in Morocco and abroad are covered. Please note that a capped amount is applied to certain expenses specifically Optical and Dental care.
Can I open a bank account as soon as I arrive?
Once you have your Residency Card, you will be able to open a Bank Account. We will take you through the procedure. At that point, your salary will be transferred directly to your account and you will be able to transfer funds wherever you want (Before you have your own account, we will give you your salary on a debit card). Please be advised that you cannot transfer money without a valid residency card.