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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year (A/W/Sp) 2019-2020 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 TBA TBA
Autumn Semester 2019 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 TBA TBA
SpringSemester(W/Sp) 2020 01/15/2019 01/16/2019 TBA TBA
Program Information:

QUICK FACTS
Location Ifrane, Morocco
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Academic Year
Spring Semester
Credits 20 - 24 UW credits per semester
Eligibility Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
Language Instruction in English
Program Manager Shannon Quinn | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
Spring Semester priority deadline
May 15 (Spring Semester)
HIGHLIGHTS
General At Al-Akhawayn, you will study alongside Moroccan and international students and choose courses taught in English from a wide array of academic areas. To further your experience, you may also take Arabic language courses during the semester.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Founded in 1993, Al Akhawayn University (AUI) is the Kingdom of Morocco's premier higher education institution. With a student population of 1000 (of which 160 are international students from 28 countries) the University provides a small, intimate and culturally diverse environment in which to study. The student to faculty ratio is 11:1 with an average class size of 17 students. The University offers state of the art facilities include the Mohamed VI Library (among the best in Morocco and the region) and an indoor Olympic-size swimming pool.
 
LOCATION

Site

Located in the resort community of Ifrane, Al Akhawayn University is set in the heart of a region known for its beautiful forests, mountains, lakes and waterfalls offering unlimited opportunities for recreation enthusiasts. With a regular population of 12,000, Ifrane's human activity often swells to over 100,000 on weekends and holidays as visitors flow in to enjoy the area's beauty. Situated 65 kilometers from the historically rich imperial cities of Fez and Meknes (both founded in the 8th Century) the campus offers easy access to major centers of Moroccan tradition and culture.





 

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Credits

20 - 24 UW credits per semester

Courses

AUI is by design and mission an international university. Its international student population and faculty represent 30 percent of the entire University's population. The university's academic programs foster an international perspective and understanding through an emphasis on faculty-student interaction, small classes, active involvement of students in formal research activities, careful academic advising, personal counseling, organized student activities, and a full array of student support services. As part of the exchange program, students will be met at the airport in Rabat or Fes and brought to Ifrane. Students who wish to take Modern Standard and Moroccan colloquial Arabic are encouraged to enroll in the University's program for non-native speakers, the Arabic Language Program

You can begin your search for courses right here:

Al Akhawayn University course catalog


If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

UW students are provided with on-campus accommodations and a meal plan as participants of this exchange. There are seventeen well-equipped, furnished, dormitory-style residences; each with a common kitchen. A meal plan is included in the housing fee.






 

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.