Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane
Fall/Spring Semester Program
Ifrane is a popular destination because of its beauty in all four seasons. Ifrane has a regular population of 12,000 that expands to nearly 100,000 on weekends, holidays and summers. The elevation is 1600 meters (5000 feet). Ifrane is nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains which is home the largest cedar forest in North Africa and is the most biologically diverse area in Morocco. The ski slopes of Michlifin and Hebri are about 25 minutes from campus. The imperial cities of Meknes and Fez are an hour from Ifrane. The capital city of Rabat on the Atlantic coast is 2 hours from Ifrane; the Sahara desert is just 6 hours away.
Founded in 1993 by Royal Dahir (charter), Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) opened it doors to students in January 1995 and a completely modern and networked campus. The University is coeducational, residential and primarily undergraduate but has rapidly growing graduate programs. The outlook is international and tolerance is promoted and expected of students, staff, and faculty members belonging to over 25 nationalities who live and work together.
AUI not only offers an academically invigorating and challenging framework. It also serves as the perfect platform from which to learn about Moroccan culture and customs, as well as about the Middle East and the Muslim world in general. As a safe environment, students have a secure and stable framework from whence they are able to travel and explore Morocco on their own during the weekends or over short vacations. Many students also enjoy the short distance to Europe. Another special feature of AUI is that students are immersed in both the Arabic and French language in everyday life and beyond the classroom. We aim to guarantee our incoming exchange students a wide variety of unique offers in academics, student life, and cultural surroundings.
The almost 100 acre campus is located in the oak forest on the north side of the resort town of Ifrane. Facilities include 16 residence buildings for students whose rooms all have their own bathrooms. There is a gymnasium and an indoor Olympic, regulation size swimming pool next to the soccer field and track across from the 3 regulation tennis courts. All classroom buildings are located next to each other and have faculty offices distributed throughout. The main auditorium seats 600 and is the site for concerts and special events.
Learn more about AUI
Visit the AUI Exchange Student website
To download the Exchange Student Handbook, click HERE.
To access AUI's online application, please click here
Morocco, Ifrane Pre-Approved Course Listing
NOTE: Core Curriculum designations on this list pertain to the OLD Core only
Students who enroll in this program will take English-taught classes at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI). The university, founded in 1995, offers students a truly international experience in the sense that over 28 countries are represented each semester in the student population. This program is well-suited for students looking to take courses in Arabic, history, sociology, business, engineering, and the sciences.
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If you are wanting to take a course that has not yet been pre-approved, please contact Study Abroad Advisor, Alicia Peña
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad.
A passport is required for all international travel and entry to Morocco. All students studying at AUI will be required to obtain a Moroccan Student Visa.
Exchange students will live in on-campus residence halls with Moroccan students.