Al Akhawayn University Exchange
About the Program
Situated on the northwestern-most corner of Africa, Morocco historically has been the pathway for the migration of ideas and cultural exchange between East and West. Morocco offers a rich diversity of landscapes and cultures: the Mediterranean Andalusian coast, the Islamic imperial cities, the Berber mountains, and the desert Bedouin oases. Renowned for its spirit of hospitality and long-lived friendship with the United States, Morocco is an ideal location to explore the rich cultures of Islam, Africa, and colonial Europe. Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, south of Fez, attracts students from all over the world and is committed to providing a multicultural and inter-religious dialogue for them.
"Moroccans are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. They are always opening their house to others, Moroccan students I barely knew invited me over to meet their family, see their house, or have a meal."
— Wendy, Spring 2015
Established in 1995, Al Akhawayn University (AUI) is located just south of the city of Fez. The University is founded upon the principles of diversity and fostering an international outlook through a Humanities education. AUI is structured similar to U.S. institutions of higher education and is located near one of the most historical cities in the world. With roughly 3,000 students, this relatively small institution is diverse and reflects a mixture of modernity and a traditional Moroccan lifestyle.
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Areas of Study
All UD majors will find coursework that will apply towards their degree at UD. For more information on course offerings, visit here, and choose the school of your major. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester, and registration takes place upon arrival. Be sure to choose an ample amount of courses to allow for flexibility in your schedule.
Language courses in Arabic, French, Spanish and sometimes Berber are offered each semester. All language classes use the immersion method in which only the target language is used. A placement test during the orientation and registration period is required for any student requesting a language course after the beginning level. If there are less than 5 students, a course cannot be offered but every reasonable attempt will be made to accommodate international students. Very advanced students of French will be placed into classes of Moroccan students polishing their languages skills in French as second language learners which are labeled FRN. French as a foreigner language are labeled FRE. International students/non native speakers of Arabic normally only register in Arabic classes labeled ARA. Very advanced learners of Arabic may be placed in to classes labeled ARB with Moroccan and other students of native or near native ability. Intensive Arabic courses are only offered in the summer as part of the Arabic and North African Studies summer program.
All exchange and study abroad students are required to live in university housing (on-campus). Normally, housing is based on double occupancy and every effort is made to pair international students with a Moroccan counterpart. Single rooms are not available.
Students must be in sophomore standing
Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing - both at the time their application is being processed and at time of departure.
Students will be required to participate in a pre-departure orientation in the semester prior to their program participation.
Pre-departure is MANDATORY for all accepted participants and will be held either a Saturday or Sunday afternoon (subject to change).
Dates and times will be announced within your application as they are scheduled.
Additional Information and Things to Consider
- If you do not yet have a passport, or if it is/or is about to expire, it is advised that you process a new one as soon as possible. This is documentation that is needed for the final stages of your application.
Cost and Refund Policy
Students will be responsible for UD Tuition, room, and board (billed by UD), as well as the travel costs and miscellaneous, small AUI fees associated with this program (arranged independently). Most financial aid will apply to the semester budget for each student.
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