Level(s): Undergraduate and Graduate
Subjects: Most majors See Academic Program section
Length: Summer, semester, or academic year
Cost: MSU students selected for exchange placement pay MSU tuition plus MSU room and board. All other students, both MSU and non-MSU, have the option to go through CCIS. For MSU students paying out-of-state tuition, the CCIS program fee is currently less than MSU out-of-state tuition.
Deadline: See Below
Program OverviewKing Hassan II of Morocco founded Al Akhawayn University (AUI) in 1995 as a private university with contributing financial support from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. It is the first and only English language university in Morocco developed on the model of US higher education. Montana State University has had a partnership with AUI since its founding, and this unique and wonderful program offers one of the few opportunities U.S. students have to study in North Africa.
AUI is grounded in African, Arab, and Islamic culture and models its organizational structure, curriculum, language, and teaching methods on the American system of higher education. All classes are taught in English, allowing students interested in learning the Arabic language to simultaneously take courses in their field of study.
Academic ProgramAl Akhawayn offers unique Arabic Language and Culture programs for students interested in building Arabic language skills and expertise on the Arab world. All courses, except language study courses, are taught in English. Additionally, students can choose from courses in the following fields: Accounting, Arabic, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Culture Studies, Economics, Engineering, English, European Studies, French, Geography, History, Human Resource Development, Humanities, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, and Women's Studies. For additional course information, visit the university homepage, http://www.aui.ma.
Language of InstructionAll courses, except language study courses, are taught in English.
EligibilityStudents who have completed one full academic year of university level work at MSU with a 3.0 GPA by the time they begin studies at the Al Akhawayn University are eligible for an exchange placement. The CCIS program is open to students who have completed at least one year in a college or university and have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Academic CreditFor MSU students, credit will be awarded at MSU for all courses taken and passed at Al Akhawayn University. The student's academic advisor at MSU and the MSU Registrar, in consultation with the Office of International Programs, will determine how these credits will apply to degree course requirements. Students are urged to work closely with these offices prior to departure to plan a course of studies that will maintain steady progress toward their degree.
Non-MSU students participating in the CCIS program are urged to work closely with the Study Abroad Advisor at their home university for information on transferring credits, financial aid, and application procedures.
LocationAl Akhawayn University (AUI) is located in the beautiful resort community of Ifrane in the wooded Middle Atlas Mountains about 37 miles from Fez, a formerly rich imperial city and now a protected World Heritage site. The campus is located on several acres of rolling terrain, and consists of large chalets grouped around pleasant squares. This new, state-of-the-art campus offers excellent housing and all the conveniences to visiting students. Ifrane, located in an area known for its beautiful forests, mountains, lakes, and streams, provides an excellent backdrop for both intellectual and physical pursuits.
Studying in Morocco is a fascinating way to have a non-traditional study abroad adventure and explore the wonders of this mixture of cultures. Moroccan cultural diversity is reflected through both the large number of spoken languages and the eclectic ancestry of Moroccan people that includes French, Spaniards, Arabs, Jews, and Berbers. The opportunities to experience this diversity by exploring ancient cities, beautiful beaches, and exquisite religious monuments are endless. Within easy reach are the great historic cities of Fez, Rabat, and Marrakech. Spain and all of Europe wait eight miles away, across the Strait of Gibraltar.
Cost and Included BenefitsMSU students selected for exchange placement pay MSU tuition in the same amount as if studying in Bozeman plus MSU room and board. All other students, both MSU and non- MSU, pay the CCIS program fee to attend AUI. For MSU students paying out-of-state tuition, the CCIS program fee is currently less than MSU out-of-state tuition. Information about current CCIS program costs is available in the International Opportunities Resource Center and by contacting Anna Greenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Each student is responsible for travel expenses. Remember to plan for extra expenses such as internal travel and personal spending money as well as for unexpected changes in the exchange rate.
Financial AidFinancial aid may be available for MSU students for study abroad at Al Akhawayn University. Additional costs for study at AUI (e.g. travel to and from the study site) may be used in calculating student's financial aid package. Students are responsible to apply to the Office of Financial Aid.
ApplicationApplications are available in the Office of International Programs at 400 Culbertson Hall.
DeadlineMSU student applications are due in the Office of International Programs on October 1 for the following spring semester and March 1 for the following summer, fall semester and academic year to study at Al Akhawayn University. Non-MSU CCIS applications are due in the Office of International Programs on November 1 for the spring semester and April 1 for the following summer, fall semester and academic year.
For additional information contact:
Study Abroad Advisor
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall
To speak with a MSU professor that has been to Al Akhawayn contact:
Dr. John Paxton
Dr. Jerry G. Gregoire
Al Akhawayn's home page: