Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco (Exchange)

Program Dates

Spring 2022 (tentative): January 12 – May 12

Spring 2023: TBD

Fall 2023: TBD

Where: Ifrane, Morocco

Al Akhawayn University (AUI) is located in the city of Ifrane in Morocco. Ifrane, which is nestled in the beautiful Middle Atlas Mountains, has a growing population of about 15,000 people. Because of its remarkable European architecture style, Ifrane is nicknamed “Little Switzerland.” The landscape in the area offers mountains, parks, waterfalls, cedar and oak forests, and rich wildlife, making it a big attraction for people who enjoy outdoor activities year round. In addition to outdoor pursuits, restaurants, cafes, hotels, nightlife, a weekly market, bazaars, hammams, campgrounds, and other diverse amenities make Ifrane a pleasant place to live and study. Ifrane is one hour from the imperial cities of Fez and Meknes, two and a half hours from the Moroccan capital Rabat, and three and a half hours from Casablanca.


Al Akhawayn University is an independent, public, not-for-profit, coeducational university for the education of students through an English-language, American liberal-arts curriculum.  Al Akhawayn University’s student body is of a little over 2000 students, who are pursuing Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. AUI offers undergraduate programs in: The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The School of Business Administration, and The School of Science and Engineering.


2.75 cumulative GPA and junior class standing is required.

Housing & Student Life

The University offers 21 residence halls and housing includes cable and television service, internet, kitchens, laundry and study lounges. There are 4 dining hall options ranging from fresh fruits & salads, Mediterranean cuisine, American & international cuisine and vegetarian options. The campus has many amenities including: Health Center, post office, computer labs, Counseling Services and 24 hour Security services.

Fees & Costs

Students are charged Allegheny tuition, a $300.00 off campus study fee, Allegheny double room rate and the mini meal plan. Allegheny aid is applied to the program costs excluding work study/campus employment. Additional costs include international airfare & local transportation, international travel insurance as well as national insurance of Morocco, personal expenses (books, printing services, textbook expenses and a housing deposit), and passport/visa fees.

Visa information

All students are required to have a residency permit for study in Morocco. Please consult with AUI regarding the permit.


Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit: Apply