Al Akhawayn University (AUI) was founded in 1995 as a private university by King Hassan II of Morocco with contributing financial support from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. It is the first and only English language university in Morocco developed on the model of US higher education. Montana State University has had a partnership with AUI since its founding, and this unique and wonderful CCIS program offers one of the few opportunities U.S. students have to study in North Africa.
AUI is grounded in African, Arab, and Islamic culture and models its organizational structure, curriculum, language, and teaching methods on the American system of higher education. All classes are taught in English, allowing students interested in learning the Arabic language to simultaneously take courses in their field of study.
Al Akhawayn offers unique Arabic Language and Culture programs for CCIS students interested in building expertise on the Arab world. All courses, except language study courses, are taught in English. Students can choose from courses (15 credits) in the following fields: Accounting, Arabic, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Culture Studies, Economics, Engineering, English, European Studies, French, Geography, History, Human Resource Development, Humanities, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, and Women’s Studies. For additional course information, visit the university homepage, http://www.alakhawayn.ma
The highlight of the academic program at Al Akhawayn is the opportunity to take in-depth Arabic language and culture courses at all levels, from beginning through advanced. Focusing on both spoken and written Modern Standard Arabic, the language program also includes a Moroccan Colloquial Arabic component that teaches basic polite words and phrases unique to Morocco. This course component is essential to help students integrate, adapt, and learn about North African culture through language.
For students interested in other subject areas, AUI has established research centers for natural resources, strategic studies, and Islamic culture and arts, and women’s studies. The campus offers a state-of-the art library, laboratory, and classroom facilities that support the university’s undergraduate program. Program offerings include Business Administration, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and languages.