Morocco: Al Akhawayn University

The Rollins Approved Program at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco offers students the opportunity to directly enroll for courses at AUI and explore the varied cultures and landscapes of Morocco.

Experience Morocco

To learn more about Morocco, students study and live with local Moroccan students!

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Overview

While on this program, students will be fully integrated into life at Al Akhawayn University (AUI), taking classes and living with local and other international students. As well as taking full advantage of all the activities and resources available to students at AUI.  AUI is located in Ifrane, a small city in the Atlas Mountains known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities, including skiing! All courses at AUI, except for language courses, are taught in English. Students have access to courses in a wide range of fields, such as; Arabic, Business, Economics, History, and International Relations.  This program is an excellent fit for students looking to fulfill major and minor requirements and who also have an interest in Morocco, North Africa, French or Arabic.  This is an exchange program.

* If you plan to participate in two approved semester programs abroad, you can apply your full Rollins financial aid package to both programs as long as one of them is an exchange program. This qualifies as an exchange program so will allow you to carry your full aid package on this program and any other approved semester program of your choosing – whether that program is an exchange or not. 

Application Information

Requirements for AdmissionSophomores, juniors and seniors

  • Good record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Required advising appointment

Deadlines

Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Incoming Exchange Students

The coordinator for incoming exchange students is Jenifer Ruby, Director of International Student & Scholar Services. For information about application and advising for incoming exchange students, please visit the website for International Student & Scholar Services. You may also contact Ms. Ruby for more details.

Program Calendar

Fall 2017

  • Aug 24-28: Orientation
  • Aug 28: First Day of Classes
  • Dec 12: Last Day of Classes
  • Dec 14-21: Exam Period
  • Dec 22: End of Program

Spring 2018

  • Jan 12-15: Orientaion
  • Jan 16: First Day of Classes
  • Mar 5-9: Spring Break
  • May 3: Last Day of Classes
  • May 5-12: Exam Period
  • May 13: End of Program

Getting There

Orientation & Flight

On-site orientation at AUI includes academic advising, an introduction and tour of the campus, an introduction to Moroccan culture and cross-cultural competencies, social events, an organized shopping trip, an introduction to student services on-campus, and athletic and campus organization fairs. Orientation also includes a session specifically on health and safety.  A session about logistics such as obtaining the residency permit, setting up email, etc. will also be presented. 

Students are responsible for booking their own flights and for making arrangements for travel to the university once they arrive in Morocco. Students can arrange for pick-up at the Fez airport or train station for a small fee.

Visa

US citizens do not need to pre-apply for a visa to Morocco. Students will register for residency once on-site during their on-site orientation.

Academic Information

Faculty & Campus

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is a small, public Moroccan university dedicated to educating future leaders of Morocco and the world. The university offers classes in English that are globally oriented and dedicated to the knowledge and growth of the students. Classes are based on the American liberal arts system. AUI is committed to offering classes that create well-rounded, culturally competent individuals. 

Courses

Students can select from a variety of courses offered in English including options in Anthropology, Arabic, business, communications, economics, French, history, International Relations, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Social Sciences, Women’s Studies.  There are also limited courses offered in Biology, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology. Students have the opportunity to take either 4 or 5 classes and most classes are worth 3 credits. Students are strongly encouraged to take a class in French or Arabic while at AUI. The course list can be found here.

Transfer of Credit

Students participating in this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades given are factored into your Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from AUI. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Housing and Meals

Housing

All students are housed in single or double rooms in the residence halls on campus at AUI. Each room has a wardrobe, desk, chair, and twin-sized bed. Exchange students are issued a mattress pad, a set of sheets, a pillow and blanket. Bathrooms are en-suite. All rooms are equipped with a Wi-Fi connection and are cleaned once every 2 weeks. There are token-operated laundry facilities in two of the dorm buildings. Residence halls are gender segregated and students may not access residences of the opposite gender.

Meals

Students have access to three different on-campus restaurants that are open seven days a week. One is a Moroccan and International cuisine restaurant; one is a grill and one is a pizzeria/Italian restaurant. There is also a café with pastries and sandwiches available for purchase on campus. The grill is open for late night snacks from 9:00pm to 11:00pm. The campus store is also available with a small selection of groceries and office supplies.

Student Life

Students have the opportunity to participate in over 40 student organizations, working side-by-side with local Moroccan students and other international students. Regular movie screenings take place on campus every week as well as other campus parties and an end-of-semester talent show. International students are welcomed to join the intramural sports teams as well as one competitive athletic team. These include; men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Holidays also allow time to travel around the area and experience the culture and celebration found in Morocco during the holiday season. Ifrane is located in a mountain region known for its ski resorts and outdoor recreation, students are welcomed to enjoy their time taking in the nature of the area. Ifrane is also connected to the nearby cities of Fez and Meknes via bus, making travel around Morocco easy.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition and program administration, accommodation, meals, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, and campus/program activities.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,400 (estimate)
  • Refundable Housing Deposit: $100-$200 (estimate) (returned to student after the program ends)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $800 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1,200 - $2,000
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12PM - 2PM during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Becky Johnson (rejohnson@rollins.edu) to schedule an appointment. Walk-in advising is for informational purposes only.