Global Education

Al Akhawayn University

An HPU Exchange Program
Ifrane, Morocco

poster_alakhawaynAl 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.

 Top 3 Reasons to Study Here:

  1. Study at HPU’s only exchange program on the African continent.
  2. Live on campus is a close-knit community, with plenty of activities to challenge you physically and encourage you socially.
  3. Study off the beaten path at the cosmopolitan crossroads of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East where modernity and tradition live side by side in a stunning and diverse biodome.


Quick Facts

Location: Ifrane, Morocco (population: 13,000)

University: Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (students: 2,000)

Terms available: 

  • Fall: late August-mid December
  • Spring: early January to mid-May

Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status

Application deadlines:

  • Fall Term Abroad: March 15
  • Spring Term Abroad: May 15, the year prior

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 Program

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:

  1. Graduate Classes. Classes that start with 5 (as in ACC 5302)  are graduate level courses and students must have an interview with the professor during orientation period which means the graduate courses will not be approved prior to talking to the instructor (unless the student is a graduate student in a master’s program).
  2. Language (Arabic, French, Spanish ) Classes.
    1. Students may list a language courses. However, anything beyond the beginning level will not be added until the student takes a placement text.  We will note, however, the level the students indicated to help the Arabic department make some predictions about class size.
    2. There is colloquial Arabic.  ARA 1300 for those who have had one to two semesters of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and ARA 1301 for those who have had three or more semesters of MSA.
    3. Students can take only one language class of a specific language except if they choose to take ARA 1300/1301 and another ARA XXXX which will be determined after the placement test. There are no intensive courses in a regular semester.
    4. Students may take 2 different languages classes such as French and Arabic.
      • ARA classes are for learners of Arabic as a foreign language.
      • ARB classes are for native speakers of Arabic and foreign students rarely place high enough to take these classes.
      • FRE classes are for learners of French as a foreign language.
      • FRN classes are for learners of French as a second language and students have to be very, very advanced in order to hope  to be placed in these classes.
    5. Be aware that there are a few content courses that are now being taught in Arabic and the title should indicate this with the note (in Arabic).  There are no content courses taught in French except one in the Business School for senior business students.

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.


Credit Transfer

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.

For More Information…

For more information, visit the Al Akhawayn University website or email a study abroad representative. To schedule an advising appointment, contact the Office of Study Abroad at (336) 841-9280.

Office of Global Education

Location: Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280
Mailing Address:
High Point University
Office of Global Education
One University Parkway, Drawer 24
High Point, NC 27268  USA

Global Ed in the News

Class of 2019: Emily Casper Nurtures an Interest in Nursing
read more
Global Insights: How Studying Abroad Develops Crucial Skills
read more
HPU Announces Academic and Professional Achievements
read more
View All

HPU Students Study Abroad