Morocco: Ifrane Summer


Program Overview

Al Akhawayn University (AUI) is located in the beautiful resort community of Ifrane in the wooded Middle Atlas Mountains about 37 miles from Fez, a formerly rich imperial city and now a protected World Heritage site. Ifrane, located in an area known for its beautiful forests, mountains, lakes, and streams, provides an excellent backdrop for both intellectual and physical pursuits.

Studying in Morocco is a fascinating way to have a non-traditional study abroad adventure and explore the wonders of this mixture of cultures. Moroccan cultural diversity is reflected through both the large number of spoken languages and the eclectic ancestry of Moroccan people that includes French, Spaniards, Arabs, Jews, and Berbers. The opportunities to experience this diversity by exploring ancient cities, beautiful beaches, and exquisite religious monuments are endless. Within easy reach are the great historic cities of Fez, Rabat, and Marrakech.  



Academic Profile
Academic Profile

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane

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. 

Course Offerings

There are eight academic tracks to choose from during the summer session at Al Akhawayn University. 

Track A1, 1st 4-week session, 4-5 Credits (June 3 - July 2, 2016)
One Modern Standard Arabic Language class - Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced 

Track A2 , 2nd 4-week session, 4-5 Credits (July 2 - July 30, 2016)                                 

One Modern Standard Arabic Language class- Intermediate or Advanced


Track B1, 8 weeks of Arabic, 8-10 Credits (June 3 - July 30, 2016)                                           

Two Modern Standard Arabic Language classes - Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Track MT, 3 weeks, 3 Credits (May 14 - June 4, 2016) 
Special 3 week session for Arabic students who have studied Arabic for 6-8 semesters.

Track C1, 7 weeks, 7-8 Credits (May 28 - July 24, 2016) 
One Modern Standard Arabic Language class during the first 4-week session plus one North African Studies course.

Track C2, 7 weeks, 6 Credits (May 28 - July 24, 2016) 

Two (2) North African Studies courses - Designed for students who have already studied Arabic and want practice using the language while taking content courses in English. Not recommended for beginning Arabic students. 

Track D1, 7 weeks, 10-11 Credits (May 28 - July 24, 2016)   
One Modern Standard Arabic Class and two North African Studies courses

Track D2, 8 weeks, 11-13 Credits (May 28 - July 30, 2016)   
Two Modern Standard Arabic Classes and one North African Studies course

Summer 2016 - North African Studies courses

HIS 1301 - History of the Arab World
HUM 3301 - Islamic Art and Architecture
HUM 3302 - Islamic Civilization
LIT 2304 - Introduction to Arabic Literature (Pre-Requisite: Advanced Arabic 1)
SSC 2306 - Issues in Contemporary North Africa

For more information, please visit


Activities and Opportunities
Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

AUI offers a full array of student organizations from sports to music. There is a medical clinic on campus as well as a running track, Olympic size pool, and student union and bookstore. Learn more about campus life at

Please Note: If you require disability accomodation please contact us right away. 


Students live in spacious, on-campus, gender-segregated residence halls. To learn more about the accommodations at AUI, visit

Alumni Feedback

"My time in Morocco helped to make Arabic a part of me and it was exciting to put my language skills to practice. Travel a lot, take advantage of nearby cities like Fez, a place full of exciting and challenging experiences." -Jeremy Fowler

"My favorite memories of Morocco were the wonderful people and friends I met, learning the ancient and beautiful language of Arabic, the cities of Chefchaouen and Fes and all their delights, and of course climbing Jebel Toubkal, a 4,000 meter peak in the Sahara Desert."-Jason Walker

"Expect hospitality, ancient tradition and architecture, and adventures from the Mediterranean to the Sahara."-Anna Lindstedt

"Morocco's overwhelming landcapes, the vivid marketplaces, the generosity and hospitality of the people make it a place one's always longing to return to."-Catherine Dratz

"I enjoyed the program that I was in so much that after graduation I got a job and moved back here to Morocco." -Kasey Adamek


Program Details
Ifrane, Morocco Summer Program Details



Track A1: June 4 - July 2, 2016 / Cost $4,000 CCIS Member or $4,400 Non-CCIS Member

Track A2: July 2 - July 30, 2016 / Cost $4,000 CCIS Member or $4,400 Non-CCIS Member

Track B1: June 4 - July 30, 2016 / Cost $5,600 CCIS Member or $6,000 Non-CCIS Member                                   

Track MT: May 14 - June 4, 2016 / Cost $3,700 CCIS Member or $4,100 Non-CCIS Member

Track C1: May 28 - July 24, 2016 / Cost $5,300 CCIS Member or $5,700 Non-CCIS Member

Track C2: May 28 - July 24, 2016 / Cost $4,600 CCIS Member or $5,000 Non-CCIS Member

Track D1: May 28 - July 24, 2016 /  Cost $6,200 CCIS Member or $6,600 Non-CCIS Member

Track D2: May 28 - July 30, 2016 /  Cost $6,700 CCIS Member or $7,100 Non-CCIS Member


Application Deadline(s)

April 1, 2016

All application materials must be completed through the online application and/or received at Montana State University by this date.

Eligibility Requirements

Students with at least sophomore standing and a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply.


English and Arabic

Costs Included

Tuition, room, textbooks, all meals, all travel expenses associated with scheduled class travel, campus facilities, health insurance.

Costs Not Included

Airfare and personal expenses, some additional fees paid to AUI

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links

Wikipedia Ifrane, Morocco


Apply Now!
Your Adventure in Morocco Begins Here

Apply Online Now:

Al Akhawayn University (AUI) Summer - Online Application

Please feel free to contact us with questions.

Alyson Roberts, Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Phone: 994-7044
Fax (406) 994-1619
E-mail: CCIS Study Abroad Advisor

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by clicking the link above to proceed to the online application through Montana State University.

In addition to the online application, you will need to submit the following items:

Official Transcript
Copy of Passport (Biographical Page)
Electronic Passport-Size Photos
Disciplinary Clearance Form
AUI Supplemental Application 
2 Academic Recommendations

More information can be found on the online application regarding the required material.

*All MSU students must make an appointment with the MSU Office of International Programs before completing the application.

*Please note: If you require any disability accomodations please contact us right away. 

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.