Located in the most north-westerly region of Algeria, the Abou Bakr Belkaïd University of Tlemcen is a coeducational public university that received university status in 1989. It had been founded as the Centre Universitaire de Tlemcen in 1974.
Most of the university's campuses are based in the vibrant city of Tlemcen, the capital of the province of the same name, 50km from the Mediterranean sea, which is renowned for its Moorish architecture. A historic trade city built on the site of the old roman town of Pomaria, Tlemcen is vibrant, welcoming, home to good food, noteworthy caves, temples and mosques, and blessed with spectacular views of the Tlemcen Mountains. The university also has a campus in the smaller town of Maghnia, 30km to the west.
A modern university with up-to-date facilities, a sizeable library and several quality labs and computer centres, the University of Tlemcen has featured among the top 75 universities in the Arab world.
Tlemcen has its own international airport but is also easily accessible from Algiers, which has a wider range of transport links, including ferries. It is 65km from Morocco, but the Algerian-Moroccan border has remained closed since 1994.
It has generally had a large student body. The vast majority of its international students tend to be undergraduates.
Although Algeria’s official language has been Arabic since it gained independence in 1962, the institution’s language of teaching is French.
In line with other Algerian institutions, the university is open from Sunday to Thursday. Weekends in the country are from Friday to Saturday.