|Academic Term||Autumn Semester / Academic Year|
|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 | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 31 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
Spring Semester priority deadline
|May 15 (Spring Semester)|
|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.|
Al Akhawayn is located in the university town of Ifrane. It is set in the heart of a region known for its beautiful forests, mountains, lakes and waterfalls offering unlimited opportunities for recreation enthusiasts. Lying nestled near the Atlas mountains, students have the opportunity to explore the stunning outdoors. With a regular population of 15,000, 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. In addition to the natural landscape students have opportunities to engage in a number of organizations and campus activities to keep busy during their time at Al Akhawayn.
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 and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 20 - 24 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program.
If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here
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.
As an exchange student on this program, you will be provided on-campus housing with a meal plan in one of the university's seventeen residence halls. Housing options ranges from triple rooms to single studios. Regardless of the type of housing, however, they are all well-equipped, furnished, dormitory-style residences, each with a common kitchen. The rooms are heated and equipped with a telephone set, a TV connection and have Internet access. A meal plan is also included in the housing fee.
To learn more about your accommodations, we recommend visiting the Al Akhawayn University Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.