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Al-Akhawayn University (Semester/Academic Year)

The AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Ifrane offers a diverse curriculum through direct enrollment at Al Akhawayn University (AUI), a private Moroccan university patterned on the American model of higher education.  Students on the program will live in residence halls on the 98-acre AUI campus, which includes modern classroom buildings and dormitories, as well as a library and IT facilities, sports facilities, and a student center including dining halls.

Nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains, the Province of Ifrane is home to the largest cedar forest in North Africa and is the most biologically diverse area in Morocco.  Because of the year-round beauty of Ifrane’s natural surroundings, the town’s population of 12,000 swells to nearly 100,000 on weekends, holidays and in the summer. Both Fez, the intellectual capital of Morocco, and the imperial city of Meknes are approximately an hour away.  The capital city of Rabat is two hours from Ifrane; the Sahara desert is just six.


Academic Information

This AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program offers a diverse curriculum through direct enrollment at Al Akhawayn University (AUI), an English-medium Moroccan university patterned on the American model of higher education. Students usually carry a 15 credit hour load per semester and may choose from any of the course offerings listed in the AUI catalog. More information about AUI, including course offerings, can be found on its website at

The AMIDEAST program at AUI begins with a 3-week program, known as the Moroccan Arabic and Culture program, which takes place in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat.  All students studying at AUI through AMIDEAST are required to participate in the Moroccan Arabic and Culture program prior to the start of the AUI semester. For more information on the Moroccan Arabic and Culture program, please click HERE.

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to earlier start dates for the al-Akhawayn semester, the Moroccan Arabic Culture program can no longer run without overlapping with the Christmas holiday in the US, so it is being suspended.  In its place, AMIDEAST in Rabat will be offering an extended orientation to prepare students for the experience of being directly enrolled in a Moroccan university.  This extended Orientation will carry 1 credit, and include (in addition to housing, a Rabat city tour, and sessions about important issues such as cultural adjustment, and health, safety, and security) 15 hours of darija training and 3 lecture/discussion sessions with academic experts in contemporary Moroccan social issues, politics, and culture.