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Al Akhawayn University

The resort town of Ifrane, nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains at 1600 meters (5000 feet), has a regular population of 12,000 that expands to nearly 100,000 on weekends, holidays and in summer because of its beauty in all four seasons. The Province of Ifrane is home to the largest cedar forest in North Africa and is the most biologically diverse area in Morocco. Two ski slopes are about 25 minutes from campus. The imperial cities of Meknes and Fez are an hour (65 kilometers) from Ifrane. The capital city of Rabat on the Atlantic coast is 2 hours from Ifrane; the Sahara desert is 6 hours away.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is Excellent. ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is Excellent. For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: late August to mid-May; Semester 1: late August to December; Semester 2: mid-January to mid-May.

Fast Facts
Ifrane, Morocco (pop. 20,000)
Student Enrollment: 2,040
Language of instruction: English
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School of Business Administration(finance and banking, management information systems, international business, marketing, business management) School of Science and Engineering(mathematics, computer science, software engineering, science) School of Humanities and Social Sciences (communication, international studies, history, humanities, political science, social science, women’s studies, international communication, writing and visual production, and mass media research, human resource development, North African and Middle Eastern studies, European studies, American studies)

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Graduate course are available to graduate level students provided they meet the program prerequisites. Seniors in undergraduate programs can register for graduate-level coursework but may be required to pass an interview with a professor upon arrival.

Graduate programs are offered in the following fields:
Master of Business Administration
Master of Science in Corporate Finance
Master of Science in Computer Science
Master of Science in Software Engineering
Master of Science in Computer Networks
Master of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy
Master of Science in Engineering and Management Science
Master of Science in Biotechnology
Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Management
Master of Science in Information Systems Security
Master of Arts in North African and Middle Eastern Studies
Executive Master of Business Administration
Master of Science in Human Resource Development (HRD)
Master of Science in International Trade
Master of Arts in Islamic Studies

For more information on the Graduate Programs please click here.

Academic Notes
Al Akhawayn University offers seven undergraduate degrees from among three schools: Science and Engineering, Business Administration, and Humanities and Social Sciences. Fourteen graduate degrees are offered in addition to executive education and special programs for continuing education. All courses are delivered in English. Language classes are offered in French, Arabic, Spanish and Berber.

Of special interest are courses in history and political science that focus on North Africa and the Middle East. Arabic language courses are also offered in Modern Standard Arabic. Arabic is not offered at all levels each semester and students should refer to the course catalog for level selection.

Transcripts are automatic processed typically 6 weeks following the end of the term.
Semester 1: January
Semester 2: July
Full Year: July
Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: All regular university courses are taught in English

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
Required TOEFL: 71 iBT/550 PBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
IELTS: 6.0
Other tests accepted: Not available
English as a Foreign Language courses available? No
Students cannot take English as a foreign language course at AUI

Language Courses
• Modern Standard Arabic is offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and semester for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Beginner I is offered in both fall and spring semester. Contact hours per course: 3.
• Moroccan Arabic is available for students who have had a semester of Arabic or who are familiar with Arabic script.

French and Spanish:
• Beginning French (FRE) and Spanish as foreign languages are offered each semester. Intermediate French is offered as well but intermediate Spanish depends upon demand.
• French majors should be aware that all French classes with the code FRN are for students who use French as a second language with professional needs. There are no courses in literature or culture taught in French. Very advanced French speakers could be placed in to a class of Moroccan students.

For all foreign language classes: Student beyond a beginning level must take a placement test and may not register until after results are posted during the orientation. The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Hints for Researching Courses
1. From the main website choose click on Academics, then on Undergraduate Programs, then the Program name.

2. To find which courses are running each semester, click here.

Please keep in mind that not all courses are available each semester and that students should have some course flexibility. If course offerings for future terms are not available, students can use the previous year's information as a guideline for courses that will be offered in the following year (i.e. use Fall 2013 course offerings as a guide for Fall 2014 course offersings).

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in double rooms in one of the residence halls located on campus. Single rooms are NOT available. Married student housing is NOT available. Students receive a fixed amount in their cashwallets/ meal cards (full meal plan at AUI) to cover 21 meals per week at the university’s dining hall. Students may add funds to the cash wallet account to cover incidental expenses on campus. Students are not able to make purchases on campus with cash or debit cards. Purchases are made with the cash wallet.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amounts below are provided as a guide; the actual amounts needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: US$ 1,000 per semester or US$ 250 per month. Upon arrival students are required to pay a textbook advance of 3,000.00 MAD. If the cost of the textbooks is less than 3,000 MAD the student will be reimbursed the balance of the books. In addition to the textbook fee, students are required to pay mandatory fees per semester and these are as follows: the mandatory local health insurance, residency permit application fee, housing deposit (refundable) and printing fee (refundable).

Orientation program focuses on cultural aspects of life in Morocco and will provide exchange students with practical information as well as assisting with enrollment, course registration and life on campus.

Airport pick up will be provided from Fez to Ifrane for a fee. Students must provide final arrival information to host coordinator at least one week in advance.

Student Activities
A fully residential campus, there are over 40 students clubs and associations.

All students are eligible to play in the intramural teams of basketball, volleyball, soccer (football), rugby and others depending on student interest. Al Akhawayn University plays in the university leagues and there are official men’s and women’s teams in football (soccer), basketball, volleyball, handball, tennis, cross country, and chess.

There are small grants for students of considerable athletic talent to play in certain university teams. These grants are open to visiting international students to apply to. Students can be directed to contact the Athletics Director after they are placed at AUI.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
The Community Service Office has a wide range of activities suitable for international students with limited language abilities in Arabic. They maintain a database of organizations all over Morocco. All Al Akhawayn students are required to do a 60-hour community service project before graduation. Service Learning is being introduced in some classes.

Founded in 1993 by Royal Dahir (charter), Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is a Moroccan public university accredited by the government of the Kingdom of Morocco following the vision of His Late Majesty Hassan II.

Al Akhawayn opened its doors to students in January 1995 on 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 belonging to many nationalities that live and work together.

Most of the nearly 2040 students are enrolled full time and live on campus. About 1845 students are undergraduates and 194 are graduates. The student population is approximately 50% female and 50% male.

Academic life is rigorous but highly personalized: the student to full time faculty ratio is 14 to 1. All faculty members have offices and maintain a minimum of 9 office hours per week for easy access by students. Because the average class size is 17, students have ample opportunity to question, respond, and interact with the professor and classmates. The English academic resources of Al Akhawayn University library are among the best in Morocco and the region.

Al Akhawayn University is an ideal location for students who want an introduction to the region. Morocco is an open and reasonably tolerant country in which a diverse set of faiths are welcome. The Interfaith Office supports a wide range of activities and events for members of the AUI community to learn more about each other's faiths. Many conservative values are evident; however, due to the history of Morocco, visitors are welcome and their respect for local customs is appreciated.