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Featuring CCIS Programs

Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

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



Quick Facts

Spring 2020
Dates: January 13 - May 16, 2020
Application Deadline: September 15, 2019
Costs: $9,400 CCIS Member | $9,800 CCIS Non-Member

Fall 2020 (tentative)
Dates:  August 26 - December 18, 2020
Application Deadline:  March 20, 2020
Costs: $8,400 CCIS Member | $8,800 CCIS Non-Member

Credits: 15 per semester.

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* Please note there is a $400 non-refundable deposit due two weeks after official acceptance.

Click here for Al Akhawayn University Summer Programs

 

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.

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 U.S. higher education.

Montana State University has had a partnership with AUI since its founding, and this CCIS program offers U.S students one of the few opportunities to study in North Africa.

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. Spain and all of Europe wait eight miles away, across the Strait of Gibraltar.



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Montana State University
Rachael Peters
Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me
ccisabroad@montana.edu

This program is sponsored and administered by Montana State University.

Academics & Program

General
Al Akhawayn University (AUI) is located in the beautiful city of Ifrane in the wooded Middle Atlas Mountains about 37 miles south of Fez, a former 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.

AUI was founded in 1995 as a Moroccan public, not-for-profit 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 U.S. higher education.  AUI is accredited by the Moroccan state as well as in the U.S. through the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).  AUI has three schools—Business Administration (SBA), Science and Engineering (SSE), and Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS). Thus, in addition to language and regional studies, students visiting AUI have the opportunity to engage with a broad range of subjects in accredited programs—EPAS for SBA and ABET for SSE.

Montana State University has had a partnership with AUI since its founding, and this CCIS program offers U.S students one of the few opportunities to study in North Africa.

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. Spain and all of Europe wait eight miles away across the Strait of Gibraltar.  Travel within and outside the country is facilitated by an extensive and reasonably priced network of taxis, buses, trains, and flights.
 
Program Highlights:  Courses, Engaged Learning, and Extra-Curriculars
For all the reasons given above, AUI is an institution where students have broad and deep choices for the courses, can advance in their degree plans, and explore Morocco and the broader region.  Moreover, AUI’s curriculum and extra-curricular activities offer opportunities for service-learning, community engaged learning, leadership development, internships, and engagement with student clubs (including creating new clubs!). 
 
Specifically, AUI has many opportunities for service-learning and community engaged learning, most directly through its Azrou Center for Community Development but also including relationships with many non-profits and community organizations in the area.  Leadership development is infused at AUI but also supported directly through the Leadership Development Institute that provides workshops and trainings for interested students.  Students can develop professionally through internships and work with existing or new on-campus clubs. 


View the semester course offerings here and the academic catalogue here

Credits: 15 per semester
Instructor's Language: English, other than language courses

Student Life & Housing

Student Life

AUI offers a full array of student organizations from sports to concerts and cultural programs. Sporting equipment is available in the Student Activities Office and students also have access to sports facilities including a running track and Olympic size pool. There is a medical clinic on campus, as well as a library, student union, and bookstore.

Learn more about campus life at http://www.aui.ma/en/campus-life.html.

If you require disability accommodation, please contact us right away.   

Housing

Students live in spacious, on-campus, gender segregated residence halls. Visiting students all room with Moroccan degree seeking students, allowing for many opportunities for intercultural dialogue.
 
The cost of room and board is included in the program fee, although there will be some additional fees paid directly to AUI.

To learn more about the accommodations on campus, visit http://www.aui.ma/en/housing.html.
 

Duration & Costs

Duration:

Spring 2020: January 13 - May 16, 2020
Fall 2019: August 27 - December 21, 2019


Cost:

Spring 2020
$9,400 CCIS Member | $9,800 Non-Member 

Fall 2019
$8,400 CCIS Member | $8,800 Non-Member 



 Deposit of $400 due two weeks after official acceptance issued. 


Costs included: housing (double room) and meals, 3,000 MAD toward books, internet access, student activities, health services, printing, access fees, local health insurance, CISI insurance
 
Costs not included: optional airport pick-up, airfare, 
 
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: Spring - October 1, Fall - March 15

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your material is submitted on time!
 



Refund Policy
31 or more days prior to first day of orientation:            100%   (minus $400 deposit)
30 days or less prior to the first day of orientation:       75%    (minus $400 deposit)
After departure but prior to first day of classes:            50%    (minus $400 deposit)
Prior to the start of the second week of classes:           25%    (minus $400 deposit)
No refund thereafter.

 



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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.