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Featuring CCIS Programs

Al Akhawayn University, Morocco Summer

Ifrane, Morocco (Africa / North Africa and Middle East)

Quick Facts

Summer 2023
Dates: June 5, 2023 – July 25, 2023
Application Deadline: March 15, 2023
Costs: 71,790 MAD ($6,807.27)

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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 allows students the unique opportunity to interact with a mix of cultures in a non-traditional study abroad setting. 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, Meknes, and Volubillis.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Montana State University
Rachael Peters
Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me

This program is sponsored and administered by Montana State University. Questions? Contact Toby Blake,

Academics & Program

Course Offerings

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

Credits: Vary per program
Instructor's language: English and Arabic

*Summer 2020 North African Studies Courses (Taught in English)
HIS 1301: History of the Arab World
HUM 2301: Islamic Art and Architecture
SSC 2306/SSC 5306: Issues in Contemporary North Africa
SSC 3398: Issues in Contemporary Islam: Gender
HUM 1310: History and Culture of the Amazigh
(Course Selection depends on tracks students are attending)

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Student Life & Housing

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

If you require disability accommodation please contact us right away.


Students live in spacious, on-campus, gender-segregated residence halls and will be assigned a Moroccan roommate. To learn more about the accommodations at AUI, visit

Duration & Costs


Varies by program; see Quick Facts above


Varies by program; see Quick Facts above

Costs included: CISI Insurance, Health Services, Athletics & Activity Fee, Internet/Communications, Restaurant Access Fee, ID Card, Housing (double room), meals on campus/cash wallet, Travel expenses, estimated books, Fez pick-up & drop-off, Chronopost for transcript, Service learning/clubs, program fee. 

Costs not included: Airfare and personal expenses. 

*Note: A non-refundable program deposit of $400 is due upon acceptance and is applied toward the total cost of the program.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Minimum GPA: Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA
Minimum class standing: Students must have sophomore standing

Application deadline: April 15 (Tentative)

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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

Jason Walker

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.

Jeremy Fowler

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.