Al Akhawayn University is a young, modern institution, inaugurated by His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco in 1995. Currently, the university has over 2,000 students. Morocco’s first English language university, Al Akhawayn takes an innovative approach to education, combining the humanistic tradition of Arab and Mediterranean cultures with American liberal arts.
The University also offers intense faculty–student interaction, with small classes and a curriculum characterized by an interdisciplinary spirit. Situated in the heart of a region known for its beautiful forests, mountains, lakes, and waterfalls, Ifrane is a small town located in the Atlas Mountains just 40 miles from the historically rich imperial city of Fez, one of the most prestigious cities of the Muslim world and the capital of the first Arab dynasty of Morocco.
The English language curriculum at Al Akhawayn offers students a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in a North African university setting while still having a wide array of courses available to them.
Al Akhawayn offers course work in history and social science, management, communications, engineering, mathematics and computer science, natural and physical sciences, and Islamic civilization. The program offers courses in modern standard Arabic, as well as colloquial Arabic.
Students can participate in the the community involvement program, which includes science and fieldwork components.
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane Fact Sheet Fall 2019
Ms. Khadija Benmansour
Inbound Study Abroad Advisor
Ms. Amy Fishburn
Senior Director for Internationalization & Partnerships
Office of International Programs
Avenue Hassan II
Academics & Support
Academic facilities at Al Akhawayn include The Mohammed IV library, several research centers, and a state-of-the-art language laboratory. Student services facilities are well appointed, with student housing in 16 residence halls, a student center, health services center, counseling and career services, and an excellent sports center. Student life is dynamic, with international students comprising nearly 10% of the student body and increasing each year.
The student handbook
provides dates and information. Information on academics and course offerings can be found in the academic catalog
. Specific resources for international students can be found in the international student handbook
Language courses of various proficiencies are offered in Arabic, French, Spanish, and occasionally Berber. A placement test is required for those students wishing to enter above the beginner level.
- Fall Term: Starts in late August and ends in late December.
- Spring Term: Starts in late-January and ends in late-May.
International exchange and study abroad students are required to live on campus in university housing. Normally, housing is based on double occupancy and every effort is made to pair international students with a Moroccan counterpart. The dormitories at AUI are strictly segregated by sex and there is no visitation of the opposite sex in these residences at any time. Sheets and blankets are provided. AUI observes a strict campus curfew at midnight Sunday through Thursday.
Students have the option of purchasing a partial or full meal plan for the campus restaurants. Most students choose the full plan since a refund is issued at the end of the semester. Limited dining options off-campus are also available.
BC students participate in a variety of cultural and social events that integrate them into Moroccan culture and life. Students make day trips to the imperial cities of Fez and Meknes, and the Souks (weekly markets) of neighboring towns. They can also profit from the yearly activities organized all over Morocco that attract visitors from around the world: The Marrakesh National Festival for Popular Arts; The Erfound Festival of Palm-Dates, with celebrations in the nearby enchanting Merzouga Dunes; and The Fez Festival of Sacred Music, when Fez harbors a gathering for dialogue and knowledge of world cultures.
Volunteer opportunities through the Azrou Center for Community Development are available to BC students. Students have the option to choose among a large variety of student clubs and activities to join on campus.
Al Akhawayn provides BC students with a comprehensive orientation program and an assigned academic advisor from the faculty.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to fly into the city of Fez before the scheduled orientation. BC students are expected to use transfer services from Fez airport (or Fez Train Station) arranged by the University (with applicable fee) and must complete an arrival information form at least one month prior to their arrival.