Program Overview

Al Akhawayn University is located in the picturesque Middle Atlas mountains in Ifrane, Morocco and offers accredited programs in engineering, computer science, history, business administration and social science. The university architecture is dominated by mountain chalets with steeply pitched orange alpine-style roofs hosting 2,135 students yearly. The university has a gym, library, academic buildings, bookstore, cafeteria, dormitories, sports centers, research labs, a restaurant and nearby you will find beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and mountains to explore during your free time.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Studying at Al Akhawayn University as an international student offers a culturally rich and diverse academic environment, fostering global perspectives and cross-cultural interactions. The university’s high-quality education, taught in English, provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in Moroccan culture while receiving a well-rounded education. With a picturesque campus nestled in the Atlas Mountains and a supportive community, Al Akhawayn University creates a fulfilling and memorable international learning experience.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be in strong academic standing
  • Have completed 45 credits
  • Student must be fluent in English
  • Your passport must be valid for the entire duration of your planned study abroad period and must have enough blank pages for visas and stamps

Location

Ifrane is a beautiful Moroccan town located in the Middle Atlas mountain range. As one of the world’s cleanest cities, its natural resources make it a popular destination for people who enjoy hiking, hunting, and fishing. Streets are lined with beautiful fir and maple trees that light up the cityscape with the warm, vibrant colors of autumn every year. In view of the Palais Royal sits the legendary Lion d’Ifrane, the centerpiece of the city, surrounded by chic cafes and restaurants. You won’t want to miss the rich, lively displays of the Marche Central, the central market of Ifrane. Locals and visitors alike flock to this charming local mecca to savor a baked treat or shop for impeccably woven rugs. West of the city lies Ifrane National Park, a breathtaking expanse of rolling hills dusted with magnificent Atlas cedars and home to one of the largest populations of Barbary macaques, an endangered species. Another popular spot for mellow hikes and macaque spotting is Parc Ras Elma, also a stone’s throw away from the city.

Housing

Students live in residence halls on campus split by gender with shared rooms, bathrooms, kitchens and lounge areas. All rooms are heated and furnished with a bed, mattress, desk, chair, closet and dresser. Rooms are typically shared by 2 to 3 people. Coin-operated laundry is available. Rooms are cleaned once per month. The residential complex provides easy access to university facilities including the restaurant, the health center, the gymnasium, the activities center, and the academic and administrative services departments. Accommodations are chosen to ensure students’ safety and convenience.

Life in Ifrane

Life in Ifrane is not the typical experience one would think of when considering Morocco. Due to Ifrane’s high altitude in the picturesque Atlas Mountains, Ifrane is actually a popular winter skiing destination. But with a warm summer climate it is the ultimate best of both worlds and an hour away from the major hub of Fes. This small college town is centered around the university surrounded by teahouses, gardens and delicious restaurants making it an ideal environment to study.

Support whilst in Morocco

World Endeavors study abroad programs offer full support, starting with airport pickup and accommodation transfer upon arrival followed by an on-site orientation covering health, safety, and local tips. Emergency support from your in-country coordinator, 24/7 travel medical insurance, and continuous contact with your advisor for additional assistance throughout the program helps you feel secure and supported. Whatever challenges life throws your way, we’ve got you covered!

Academic

Academic credit and transcripts are issued by Al Akhawayn University after the successful completion of the program. Al Akhawayn University is a fully-accredited, state-recognized Moroccan institution of higher learning.

The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.

Eligibility

Applicants to study abroad with World Endeavors must have completed high school (or equivalent), and, in most cases, must be at least 18 years of age. While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status. Please contact a World Endeavors advisor for more detailed eligibility criteria.

Course Load

Each student in this program takes up to 4 courses for 3 or 4 credits each.

What's Included/ Costs

INCLUDED

  • Dedicated Program Advisor who is accessible and experienced
  • Tuition: a full load comprised of up to 4 courses per semester
  • Academic transcript from Al Akhawayn University
  • Pre and post arrival orientation; re-entry guidance
  • Student services and learning support
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Airport reception and welcome
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Travel visa guidance and support
  • Advice on how to get a local phone number

NOT INCLUDED

  • Round-trip transportation to Ifrane, Morocco
  • Meals
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses
Study in Morocco (Al Akhawayn University)
Cost: $13,390

Dates & Deadlines

SPRING SEMESTER 2024: January 15 - May 17

Application Deadline: October 15, 2023


FALL SEMESTER 2024: September 4 - December 22

Application Deadline: July 15, 2024


Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.

YOUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports

ACADEMIC CREDIT

  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN MOROCCO

In your spare time in Morocco, there are plenty of enjoyable activities and experiences to pursue. Here are some suggestions:

  • Explore the Medina: Wander through the narrow streets of the medinas (old town) and discover bustling souks, historic landmarks, and vibrant local culture.
  • Experience the Sahara Desert: Take a desert excursion, where you can ride camels, watch stunning sunsets over the dunes, and stargaze under the clear night sky.
  • Try Moroccan Cuisine: Indulge in delicious Moroccan dishes like tagine, couscous, pastilla, and Moroccan mint tea at local restaurants and cafes.
  • Trek in the Atlas Mountains: Explore picturesque valleys, traditional Berber villages, and stunning mountain landscapes.

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Kristin MInternship in Morocco

Interning abroad through World Endeavors was a life-changing experience. The staff are amazing, and they truly care about making your time abroad the best it can be.

Lindsey CIntern in Morocco

My personal goals related to cultural immersion were very much fulfilled. I learned so much through weekend excursions and quality time with my host family. Working with World Endeavors was a very smooth process and I enjoyed my conversations with my coordinator - she was hugely helpful in customizing my experience, and I appreciated her check-ins throughout the program.

Lydia MIntern in Morocco

I had a wonderful internship and the most incredible host family experience. My French language ability soared and I learned so much about Moroccan culture

Asseyah WIntern in Morocco

I had a wonderful time. World Endeavors organized everything. I was able to have clear communication to get picked up from the airport. The local coordinators made it easy meeting my host family and helping us get adjusted during the first week. I would definitely recommend going to Morocco. The people are hospitable. I felt safe as a woman. We were able to easily explore other cities. I learned more Arabic and practiced my skills on a daily basis.

Morocco FAQs

Is Morocco a Muslim Country?

Yes, Morocco is predominately Muslim, with 99.9% identifying as Sunni Muslim.

What Should You Wear in Morocco?

In Morocco, opt for modest and respectful clothing, particularly in traditional and rural areas. Choose loose-fitting clothes that cover shoulders, cleavage, and knees for women; men should also avoid revealing attire. Pack layers for varying climates, comfortable shoes, and consider a scarf for head coverings at religious sites. In beach areas, swimwear is acceptable, but remember to cover up outside those areas. Adapting to local customs and wearing traditional clothing is appreciated, and be mindful of cultural sensitivity.

How Far is Morocco from Spain?

Morocco is located on the northwest coast of Africa and is separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar. The distance between the two countries is approximately 8 miles.

When is the Best Time to Visit Morocco?

The best time to visit Morocco is usually between March and May or September to November. These months offer the best combination of pleasant temperatures and lower rainfall. This is also when the country is least crowded, meaning you’ll be able to experience the full beauty of Morocco without the hustle and bustle of the peak tourist season. However, Morrocco has much to offer throughout the year.

Is Morocco Safe?

Morocco is generally safe for tourists. Watch for petty theft in crowded areas, respect local customs, and use reputable transportation. Be cautious of scams and stay informed about travel advisories and health precautions.

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STEP 1
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STEP 2
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STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
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