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. The campus is located on several acres of rolling terrain, and consists of large chalets grouped around pleasant squares. This new, state-of-the-art campus offers excellent housing and all the conveniences to CCIS students. 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. Spain and all of Europe wait eight miles away, across the Strait of Gibraltar.
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.
There are seven academic tracks to choose from during the summer session at Al Akhawayn University. The program costs include: tuition, room and board, orientation, airport pickup, all course-related field trips, student ID card and medical insurance.
Track A1, 1st 4-week session, 4-5 Credits (June 3 - June 28, 2013)
One Modern Standard Arabic Language class - Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced
Track A2 , 2nd 4-week session, 4-5 Credits (July 1 - July 27, 2013)
One Modern Standard Arabic Language class- Intermediate or Advanced
Track A3, 2nd 4-week session, 4 credits (July 1 - July 27, 2013
One Moroccan colloquial Arabic Language class
Track B1, 8 weeks of Arabic, 8-10 Credits (June 3 - July 27, 2013)
Two Modern Standard Arabic Language classes- Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
Track B2, 6 weeks, 6 Credits (June 3 - July 19, 2013)
One special Modern Standard Arabic Language class for 6 credits designed for very advanced students
Track C1, 7 weeks, 7-8 Credits (June 3 - July 19, 2013)
One Modern Standard Arabic Language class during the first 4-week session plus one North African Studies course. Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
Track C2, 6 weeks, 6 Credits (June 3 - July 19, 2013)
Two (2) North African Studies courses
Track D, 8 weeks, 11-13 Credits (June 3 - July 27, 2013)
Two Modern Standard Arabic Classes- Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
One North African Studies course
For current North African Studies course offerings and descriptions, please visit http://www.aui.ma/en/shss/intensive-arabic-summer-program.html
There are seven academic tracks to choose from during the summer session at Al Akhawayn University. The tracks are either 4 weeks, 6 weeks or 8 weeks and are taught by AUI professors.
Track A1: June 3 - June 28 / Cost $3,900
Track A2: July 1 - July 27 / Cost $3,900
Track A3: July 1 - July 27 / Cost $3,900
Track B1: June 3 - July 27 / Cost $5,100
Track B2: June 3 - July 19 / Cost $4,400
Track C1: June 3 - July 19 / Cost $4,700
Track C2: June 3 - July 19 / Cost $4,400
Track D: June 3 - July 27 / Cost $5,500
April 1, 2013
All application materials must be completed through the online application and/or received at Montana State University by this date.
Students with at least sophomore standing and a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply.
Tuition, room, textbooks, all meals, all travel expenses associated with scheduled class travel, campus facilities, health insurance.
Airfare ($1,200), personal expenses
Wikipedia Ifrane, Morocco
Students live in spacious, on-campus residence halls. All rooms are Internet compatible. 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.
Please Note: If you require disability accomodation please contact us right away.
"At AUI you are able to get a real understanding of the Middle East. When you are taught from an Arab perspective rather than a western one, you see and understand a broader perspective. I was immediately welcomed at AUI by their friendly staff and faculty. The students will make you feel at home, especially when they prepare their famous mint tea for you."
"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."
"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."
"Expect hospitality, ancient tradition and architecture, and adventures from the Mediterranean to the Sahara."
"It would be difficult to choose one memory. I have many fond memories. An aspect of the program is sharing one's room with another Moroccan student. My roommate Mouna became a very close friend and we are still in touch. We'd drink Shai together in the afternoon and I went to visit her family several times in a town nearby. She taught me to make some Moroccan dishes and we had several feasts with friends in the dorm. The generosity and kindness of the Moroccan people left an indelible mark on me."
"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."
"I enjoyed the program that I was in so much that after graduation I got a job and moved back here to Morocco."
Al Akhawayn University (AUI) Summer - Online Application
Please feel free to contact us with questions.
Alyson Roberts, CCIS Study Abroad Advisor
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
Fax (406) 994-1619
E-mail: CCIS Study Abroad Advisor
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:
Course listings for Al Akhawayn University can be found at the following website:
*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.
Summer Program Sponsor:
Montana State University
Study Abroad Coordinator
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