Al Akhawayn University is located in the resort community of Ifrane nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains. The region is known for its beautiful forests, mountains, lakes, and waterfalls. Located just 60 kilometers from the historically rich imperial cities of Fez and Meknes, Ifrane is easily accessible by car, bus, and taxi. The architecture of the campus complements the distinctive building style of Ifrane with high-pitched tile roofs designed to move the large quantities of heavy, wet snow each winter.
The formal mission of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is to educate the future citizen-leaders of Morocco and the world through a globally orientated, English-language, liberal arts curriculum. Similar to HPU, AUI’s mission is also to nurture students into becoming a global force for change with the ability to lead a meaningful and successful life at home or abroad. AUI is a 185-acre modern campus located in the wooded area of Ifrane.
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Location: Ifrane, Morocco (population: 13,000)
University: Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (students: 2,000)
Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa information: There are no visa requirements prior to arrival for citizens of the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea or countries of Western Europe who all may initially enter Morocco as tourists. Students from outside the above mentioned areas must acquire a student visa in order to enter Morocco. All international students are required to apply for residency upon arriving to AUI even if they only enroll for one semester because the status is that of a student and not a tourist. See the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Morocco in New York’s page for more information on the student visa.
Academic life is rigorous but highly personalized: the student to faculty ratio is 13 students for each full time faculty member. All faculty members have offices and maintain a minimum of 9 office hours per week for easy access by students. Because the average class size is 17, students have ample opportunity to question, respond, and interact with the professor and classmates.
AUI offers undergraduate degrees in Communications, Human Resources Development, International Studies, Business Administration, and Computer Science. The university also offers coursework in the humanities and studies of Arabic culture and language. Students can enroll in any of the courses offered with a few exceptions:
The list of courses offered for each semester is shared by Al Akhawayn University during pre-registration period. Download the courses available for Spring 2017.
View the Undergraduate Bulletin for course descriptions.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
Housing Services provide the Al Akhawayn Community with quality housing. It manages a residential area of 21 dormitories, 17 of which are for students. All students are housed in a single or double room and provided with the following: a wardrobe, a desk, a chair, and a twin size bed. All exchange students are issued a mattress pad and a set of sheets, a pillow, and blanket (ask housing if you need more blankets). The en-suite bathroom is equipped with a shower.
As one of the few campuses in Morocco with student housing, AUI has cultivated a cozy, family-like environment for you to grow and develop both personally and academically. The student dormitories feature modern amenities and stunning views of the surrounding cedar forest.
Students have the choice of three different self-service restaurants. These restaurants are open to students 7 days a week. The first is the Moroccan and International Restaurant. This features Moroccan Tajines every day and Couscous on Fridays as well as a wide choice of cuisine from around the world. The second restaurant is a grill where you can order the meat or sausages of your choice to be grilled in front of you! There is also a pizzeria where it takes just six to eight minutes for the pizza of your choice to be ready. This restaurant will also feature a daily special of Italian cuisine. Additionally, a café is situated in the ground floor of building 2 serving hot and cold drinks, pastries, and cold sandwiches.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$24,624.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, fees, room & board.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||$3,500.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Board‡||$3,565.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
AUI’s Student Activities Office is there to encourage extra-curricular and recreational opportunities for students. It develops entertainment programs for the benefit of the AUI community and empowers students become involved in the AUI and local community. For details of this semesters activities contact the Student Activities Office.
There are currently over 40 active student organizations at AUI. These clubs range from humanitarian, leadership, and cultural organizations to dance, language, business, computer science, theater, and other groups. Students initiate and organize the activities within their respective clubs while faculty and staff act as club advisors.
AUI has some of the best athletic facilities in the country. The sporting complex includes a soccer field and a track that are used for official and intramural team sports. There is also a fitness center (including a weight room, a cardio room, and a multi-purpose room), an indoor gymnasium, an Olympic size swimming pool, and three outdoor tennis courts. The Athletics Office provides a wide range of sports equipment and games such as basketballs, ping-pong paddles, and tennis rackets. You are welcome to check out this equipment.
All students can sign up for intramural competitions that are organized every semester by the Athletics Office. They are fun and informal opportunities for exercise and relaxation and are designed to accommodate various skill levels, experiences, and interests. The fitness room and pool schedules are shared with the student community at the beginning of each semester.
AUI offers many campus events, including music nights, film screenings, lectures and conferences, talent shows, and art shows on campus.
As part of a study abroad or exchange program, students can be met at the Fez airport or train station. You must complete the on-line arrival information form once you have been provided with links so that the OIP can arrange your pick-up. Pickups are only from Fez airport or train station and costs 200 Dhs per student.
For more information about life at AUI, please refer to the International Student Handbook.