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ISEP Exchange - Al Akhawayn University
Ifrane, Morocco (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Costs Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 08/25/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/15/2018 05/05/2018
NOTE: These dates are estimates. Exact dates will be provided later.
Fall 2018 01/25/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Exchange GPA Requirement: 2.75
Education Abroad Advisor: Mariel Goble
Language Prerequisite:
Language of Instruction: Arabic, English
Fields of Study:
Business, Communication, Comparative Cultural Studies, Engineering, Geography, Planning, & Recreation, History, Mathematics & Statistics, Modern Languages (Arabic), Modern Languages (French), Politics & International Affairs, Sociology & Social Work
Program Description:
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Al Akhawayn University

Fast Facts

Ifrane, Morocco (pop. 20,000)
Student Enrollment: 1,700
Language of instruction: English
Admissions Catalogue


The resort town of Ifrane, nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains at 1600 meters (5000 feet), has a regular population of 12,000 that expands to nearly 100,000 on weekends, holidays and in summer because of its beauty in all four seasons. The Province of Ifrane is home to the largest cedar forest in North Africa and is the most biologically diverse area in Morocco. Two ski slopes are about 25 minutes from campus. The imperial cities of Meknes and Fez are an hour (65 kilometers) from Ifrane. The capital city of Rabat on the Atlantic coast is 2 hours from Ifrane; the Sahara desert is 6 hours away.

Program Type

Academic year and semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Program Dates

Academic year: late August to mid-May; Semester 1: late August to December; Semester 2: mid-January to mid-May.


School of Business Administration(finance and banking, management information systems, international business, marketing, business management)
School of Science and Engineering(mathematics, computer science, software engineering, science)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (communication, international studies, history, humanities, political science, social science, women's studies, international communication, writing and visual production, and mass media research, human resource development, North African and Middle Eastern studies, European studies, American studies)

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level

Graduate course are available to graduate level students provided they meet the program prerequisites. Seniors in undergraduate programs can register for graduate-level coursework but may be required to pass an interview with a professor upon arrival.

Graduate programs are offered in the following fields:
Master of Business Administration
Master of Science in Corporate Finance
Master of Science in Computer Science
Master of Science in Software Engineering
Master of Science in Computer Networks
Master of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy
Master of Science in Engineering and Management Science
Master of Science in Software Engineering and Management Science
Master of Science in Biotechnology

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in double rooms in one of the residence halls located on campus. Single rooms are NOT available. Married student housing is NOT available. Students receive a cash stipend that will cover 21 meals per week at the university's dining hall. Students may add funds to the cash wallet account to cover incidental expenses on campus. Students are not able to make purchases on campus with cash or debit cards. Purchases are made with the cash wallet.

Student Activities

A fully residential campus, there are over 40 students clubs and associations.

All students are eligible to play in the intramural teams of basketball, volleyball, soccer (football), rugby and others depending on student interest. Al Achaean plays in the university leagues and there are official men's and women's teams in football (soccer), basketball, volleyball, handball, tennis, cross country, and chess.


Founded in 1993 by Royal Dahir (charter), Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is a Moroccan public university accredited by the government of the Kingdom of Morocco following the vision of His Late Majesty Hassan II.

Al Akhawayn opened its doors to students in January 1995 on a completely modern and networked campus. The University is coeducational, residential and primarily undergraduate but has rapidly growing graduate programs. The outlook is international and tolerance is promoted and expected of students, staff, and faculty belonging to many nationalities that live and work together.

Most of the nearly 1700 students are enrolled full time and live on campus. About 1500 students are undergraduates. The student population is approximately 50% female and 50% male.

Academic life is rigorous but highly personalized: the student to full time faculty ratio is 12 to 1. 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. The English academic resources of Al Akhawayn University library are among the best in Morocco and the region.

Al Akhawayn University is an ideal location for students who want an introduction to the region. Morocco is an open and reasonably tolerant country in which a diverse set of faiths are welcome. Because of Morocco's history and background students can expect a tolerant but conservative culture.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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