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Al Akhawayn University

Al Akhawayn University
Al Akhawayn University is Morocco's premiere liberal arts university, offering a wide range of courses in English and nestled in the mountain resort town of Ifrane in the Middle Atlas Mountains
Location: 
Ifrane, Morocco
Language of Instruction: 
English
Arabic
Term: 
Academic Year
Spring
Fall
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Highlights: 
  • 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
Program Summary: 

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.

Location: 

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.

Academic Information: 

Courses available: http://www.aui.ma/en/registrar/courses.html 

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.

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 the fall and spring semesters. There are three contact hours per course. Moroccan Arabic is available for students who have had a semester of Arabic or who are familiar with Arabic script. Beginning French and Spanish as foreign languages are offered each semester. Intermediate French is offered as well, but intermediate Spanish is dependent on demand.

Housing: 

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.

Life Abroad: 

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.

ARRIVAL DETAILS 
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.

Eligibility: 

To apply, students will meet with the ISEP Coordinator and begin an application through the ISEP system. Call 785-864-3742 to schedule an appointment.

Further Reading: 

Contact Melody Stratton at melodystratton@ku.edu for more information.

ISEP website

Add Course: 
International Communication
COM 3303
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Persuasion
COM 3327
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Organizational Communication
COM 3330
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Political Communication
COM 4301
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Communication through Speaking
COM 1301
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Introduction to Mass Communication
COM 2301
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Professional Communication
COM 1302
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Introduction to Video and Film Production
COM 2304
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Communication Theories
COM 2320
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Visual Communication
COM 2326
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Print and Online Productino Skills
COM 2425
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Public Relations Communication
COM 3301
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Promotional Communication
COM 3310
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Media and Society
COM 3321
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Writing for the Media in English
COM 3322
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Writing for the Media in French
COM 3323
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Writing for the Media in Arabic
COM 3324
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Media Text Analysis
COM 3328
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Screen Studies
COM 3329
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Special Topics in Media Production
COM 3398
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Special Topics in Communication
COM 3399
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Electronic Media Production
COM 4302
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Media Economics
COM 4303
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Communications and Development
COM 4304
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
International Communication
COM 5301
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Communication and Media
COM 5310
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3

Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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