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Featuring CCIS Programs

Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

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

Quick Facts

Fall 2018
Dates:  August 27 - December 21
Application Deadline:  March 15, 2018
Costs: $8,900 CCIS Member | $9,300 CCIS Non-Member

Spring 2018
Dates:  January 10  - May 16
Application Deadline: October 15
Costs: $7,200 CCIS Member | $7,600 CCIS Non-Member
Deposit: $400

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

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.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Montana State University
Claire Surma
Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(406) 994-7151

This program is sponsored and administered by Montana State University.

Academics & Program

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 or French 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. 

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 Darija Colloquial Arabic component that teaches basic words and phrases unique to Morocco. This course component is essential to help students integrate, adapt, and learn about North African culture through language.

View the semester course offerings here and the academic catalogue here

Credits: Various semester credits
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

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


Students live in spacious, on-campus, gender segregated residence halls. 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

Duration & Costs

Fall 2018

Program Arrival Date Departure Date Program Fee 
Member | Non-Member
Application Deadline
AUI Aug. 27, 2018 December 21, 2018 $8,900 | $9,300 March 15, 2018

Spring 2018
Program Arrival Date Departure Date Program Fee
Member | Non-Member
Application Deadline
AUI January 10 May 16 $7,200 | $7,600 October 15, 2018

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

Costs included: Tuition and fees, room and board, CISI student insurance
Costs not included: Airfare, housing deposit, book fees, local transportation and personal expenses
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 15, 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!

Supplemental Application Material

Your CCIS application has two parts, 1) you will complete an online application form with general information and 2) each program may have supplemental forms that need to be completed and submitted via email. Please download the supplemental application materials to your computer.

Do not fill forms out in your web browser. Submit the completed supplemental application material directly to your study abroad advisor or to the program sponsor. Make sure to check with your study abroad office to learn how they want applications submitted.

MSU Signature Verification Form
MSU Disciplinary Clearance Form
Passport-sized photo (JPEG format preferred)
AUI application (will be sent to student following CCIS application submitted)


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.