Students of AUI are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities for studying abroad. These experiences can transform the way students perceive the world, enlightening them to new possibilities for the future.
It is never too early to start planning!
Students pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree can expect to spend at least one semester and two summers abroad as well as applying for special programs. Before considering a semester program, the Office of International Programs recommends that you look at the course catalogues of the institutions you are interested in and confirm that they offer classes transferable to your degree at Al Akhawayn. The application process is competitive for several institutions, so it is highly recommended that you list multiple institutions when you apply. Students studying abroad typically enroll in one to two classes towards their major and one class pertaining to their minor or concentration. Students are encouraged to pursue courses similar to Al Akhawayn University’s Core Curriculum for their major and minor. Elective courses at partner institutions provide students with the chance to study a topic of personal interest, or to take a course not offered at AUI.
Students with more flexibility regarding the courses they can take when away from AUI will have greater ease in preparing for their study abroad period.
In this light, a student’s application can be approved months in advance, well before the partner institution provides a list of courses offered during the upcoming semester. Students who have 30 to 60 credits at the time of application have a far better chance of finding many classes that fit their degree program. Students with 75 credits or more face limitations and fewer choices. Students with over 90 credits may not apply until they stop by the Office of International Programs with their degree plan and schedule a meeting with Mrs. Fishburn to discuss feasibility.
Students are encouraged to inform parents about their interest in studying abroad and begin to plan for the travel and study expenses.
Testing for language may be required.
Depending on where a student wants to go, some institutions may require that he/she takes a language proficiency test, or provides a recent score if the student has passed the test prior to applying. The proficiency tests are listed below:
TOEFL, iBT, and PBT taken within the last two years (for English).
TCF, DELF, DALF or TEF (for French).
Other institutions may require 2 to 6 semesters taken of university language level (Spanish, German…).
Study Abroad Opportunities
Most study abroad programs are designated for undergraduate students as an inherent feature of the liberal arts education.
Students in master’s programs have fewer opportunities to study abroad, primarily due to the constraining nature of their schedules. If you are a graduate student desiring a study abroad experience, check with the school coordinator regarding international opportunities. Additionally, you should meet with the study abroad advisor to determine if there are programs open to graduate students in your field of study. There are opportunities for MBA and MAISD students in summer.
Knowing Which Courses will be Accepted for Transfer
Once a student’s study abroad institution has been determined, he/she must complete the “Pre-Approval of Courses” form. It is mandatory that the student completes this form well in advance of his/her departure from AUI. The form is available in the OIP and contains important information about proper course completion and the sequence of authorized faculty signatures required in order to gain approval for credit transfer. If the form is not completed prior to departure, the transfer of credit to the student’s official transcript may be delayed.
The OIP maintains a database of all courses that were approved in the past. Students are welcome to come to consult the database in the office.
GPA and Eligibility
Study abroad is just that: studying with the opportunity to immerse yourself in a country’s culture.
All exchange and study abroad programs are academic. Students will obtain credits transferable to AUI at their study abroad institutions. Your academic ability is viewed as a major component of your application to a study abroad or exchange program. Therefore, your GPA will be considered first when you apply. Students with a CGPA of 3.00 or higher are eligible for every program. Students that have a CGPA between 2.75 and 2.99 will need to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss options.
During the summer, students in good academic standing (as defined by AUI catalog) may be able to study at an institution abroad, but these opportunities are very limited and course restrictions may apply.
The faculty of AUI and administration of OIP are committed to helping all interested students pursue a study abroad experience. Study abroad advisors are ready to help you.
How to Apply for Programs
The Office of International Programs announces all program opportunities in emails to the students. These emails will include a detailed description of the study abroad or exchange program and either a link to the online application or an attached form to be completed. Students may visit or contact the Office of International Programs at any time to seek advice for future planning or other opportunities.