Al Akhawayn University
- Study humanities and social sciences in Ifrane, Morocco, close to the imperial cities of Fez and Meknes
- Ideal for students of Arabic and Middle Eastern studies, with a wide range of language and cultural opportunities offered every semester
- Complement your coursework by volunteering with local NGOs in the fields of human rights, development, and health
Morocco, known in Arabic as al-Mumlakah al-Maghreb or “the Western Kingdom,” is a country in northwest Africa with a long coastline along the Atlantic Ocean that reaches past the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco, the fourth most populous country in the region, has a predominantly Muslim population that is mostly Arab and Berber. The official language is modern standard Arabic but many speak Moroccan Arabic, French or Berber.
The resort community of Ifrane is nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains. The region is known for its beautiful forests, mountains, lakes and waterfalls. Located just 60 kilometers from the historically rich imperial cities of Fez and Meknes, Ifrane is easily accessible by automobile, bus and taxi.
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.
Al Akhawayn University offers eight undergraduate degrees from among three schools: Science and Engineering, Business Administration, and Humanities and Social Sciences. Nine 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.
• 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.
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 cash stipend that will 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.
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.
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 Achaean 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.
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.