Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - SHSS Graduate Handbook

International Incoming students

International students wishing to study at Al Akhawayn University (AUI) have three primary options, listed below.  Overall, we in the Office of International Programs (OIP) are eager to welcome all students to advance their educations here.  Please note that these options pertain to credit-bearing programs only and that AUI often has non-credit-bearing programs that may be of additional interest.

1. Degree-Seeking:  Obtain a bachelor’s or master's degree from AUI.

Al Akhawayn is an attractive institution for global scholars to attend.  It has Moroccan and American institutional accreditations as well as relevant program accreditations.  To apply and enroll in a full-time study program at Al Akhawayn University for the completion of either a bachelor’s degree or master degree, use this link http://www.aui.ma/en/admissions/internationals/how-to-apply.html 

AUI does regularly have sponsored scholarship programs for certain international groups.  These are announced in various ways depending on the nature of the scholarship.

2. Non-Degree Seeking:  Study abroad programs (including exchange)

Students already enrolled in degree programs but wishing to study at AUI for one or two semesters only should see whether their home institution has an existing exchange or study abroad arrangement with AUI, then contact their study abroad advisor/coordinator to find out how to apply and whether a place is available for the upcoming semester.  AUI has both bilateral and multilateral exchange options with many institutions throughout the world. 

3. Non-Degree Seeking:  Independent visiting students

Students from institutions that have no exchange or study abroad arrangement with AUI but wish to study at AUI for a semester or summer should go to their International Office and check with the Study Abroad Coordinator/Advisor to check if there is an agreement or an approved study abroad provider for AUI.

If there is no formal arrangement or connection between AUI and your institution then a conversation between the international offices regarding your study plan followed by a letter of nomination by your international officer is, in most cases, sufficient to proceed.

Once you have been officially nominated by your university/college, you and/or your institution’s study abroad office will inform us of your intention to study at AUI for one or more semesters.  We will then begin the procedures to welcome you as an incoming visiting student.  Once you have proven to meet all set requirements, the OIP will send you an acceptance email.

Once admitted to AUI, the OIP will serve as your primary contact regarding your upcoming studies at the university. The OIP will inform you of the required procedures pertaining to your arrival, housing, and course registration at AUI.

 

Outgoing students

Outbound students

Programs & Opportunities for Outbound Students

Study abroad is a key part of the vast majority of AUI students’ experience. Traveling and learning in a new context brings out many new opportunities for growth and development.

These Intended Learning Outcomes of Study Abroad are not exhaustive but represent some of the learning that we hope the study abroad experience will evoke.

Following their study abroad experience, AUI students will:

  • Understand their own cultural values and be able to recognize some of their own biases;
  • Be able to consider the perspectives of other people and imagine possible reactions or misunderstandings;
  • Indicate new levels of confidence and self-reliance; and,
  • Enhance the classroom and the campus with new cultural perspectives that inform their class contributions, increase their participation and leadership in student activities, and bolster their involvement in residential life.

There are several ways for AUI students to study abroad.  All these programs are managed by the OIP and have specific policies and procedures that students should attend to carefully. AUI students can also access the OIP tab in their Jenzabar portal at my.aui.ma for more details about these opportunities and required forms.

Bilateral Exchange Program

The bilateral exchange program is a study abroad opportunity for students wherein students have the option of attending overseas institutions with whom AUI has agreed to exchange a specified number of students each year. For example, if three students from Hannam University in South Korea come to study for a semester at AUI, then three AUI students will be able to study at Hannam University in South Korea for a semester. Typically these programs last for one semester (unless specified as year-long) and students are limited to a single program.  Some programs are full exchange (meaning AUI students pay tuition, room, and board and receive the same at the host institution), some are tuition-only, and some have more specific arrangements.

A precise list of institutions and the approximate number of places offered through each program is communicated to students each semester in a variety of ways according to a schedule that will allow the entire process to be completed in a timely manner. 

Multilateral Exchange Program

Multilateral Exchange study abroad programs are facilitated through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP-Exchange). Students of member institutions may apply to study at other member institutions for a semester or an academic year. Students may choose up to ten overseas institutions of interest and ISEP places each participant according to preferences, language abilities, academic requirements, and space availability.

The Multilateral Exchange Program is similar to the Bilateral Exchange Program but provides a greater range of study abroad options with over 300 participating institutions in nearly 50 countries.  There is an application fee for ISEP programs, but students will pay their regular tuition, room, and meal plan to AUI. There are also direct enrollment opportunities at a number of institutions where multilateral exchange is not available.

Students applying for the bilateral and multilateral student exchange programs should generally be in strong academic standing, have completed 45 credits, and prepared to be an informal ambassador of AUI during the exchange period.

Summer Study Abroad Opportunities

Summer Study Abroad gives the student a chance to combine international experience with academic achievement during the summer months.   

AUI students can participate in the different summer study abroad opportunities as announced by the OIP or can work closely with the Study Abroad Advisors to attend an institution of their choice. 

There is a broad range of summer programs available globally with various academic, social, or personal benefits possible. 

Planned Educational Leave

Planned Educational Leave (PEL) is a study abroad option granted to students who are in good standing at AUI with a GPA of above 2.0 and no disciplinary issues. This experience is available during the summer or for up to a maximum of two consecutive semesters. 

Students going on Planned Educational Leave must contact the OIP to obtain the necessary forms to be completed. Completing these forms is a necessary component of the study abroad process, as it allows the OIP to monitor and assist students attending different programs. 

If you are interested or have questions about any of these programs, please contact the Outbound Advisor at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call ext. 2065, or feel free to stop by the Office of International Programs in Building 10.

Institutional Memberships & Networks

 

AUI and its various units participate in many organizations related supportive of specific program areas and overall quality assurance and improvement.  The following list includes many of these organizations. 

  • Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD)
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
  • American Institute of Maghrebian Studies (AIMS)
  • American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL)
  • American Marketing Association (AMA)
  • American Society for Training & Development  (ASTD)
  • Arab Water Council (AWC)
  • Association of American International Colleges and Universities (AAICU)
  • Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
  • Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • College Board
  • Consortium of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • EuroMed Permanent University Forum (EPUF)
  • Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI)
  • European Association for International Education (EAIE)
  • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
  • Global Engineering Dean's Council (GEDC)
  • Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA)
  • Institute for International Education (IIE)
  • International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)
  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Middle East and North Africa-Innovative Users' Group (MENA/IUG)
  • Middle East North Africa Association for Institutional Research (MENA-AIR)
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
  • Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC)
  • The Academy of Business in Society (EABIS)
  • The Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow (ABEST21)
  • United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNACO)

Global Affiliations: Database and Maps

Global Affiliations: Database and Maps

Over its history, AUI has worked to develop a range of affiliations around the world in order to support its mission. Some of the most productive of these affiliations originated from memberships to higher education institution networks that value global orientation. Traditional affiliations, or partnerships, are formalized through jointly signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) or agreements for collaboration and cooperation between institutions based on intent. The various avenues through which AUI interacts with other institutions provide a network of solid, working affiliations for students, faculty, and staff at the University.

The following database represents all institutions that have a connection to AUI, either through a shared membership, such as the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, through a signed MoUs, or through specific agreements detailing the exchange of students. 

Four maps have been developed from the database of affiliated institutions to illustrate AUI’s worldwide connections.

 These maps are useful mediums through which students, faculty, and staff can view the collective possibilities for global experiences around the globe.

In terms of student programs, not every institution indicated is available and many of the exchange programs are negotiated each year based on an equal exchange of students coming and going from each institution.  Other study abroad programs are open to all qualified students.  For more information, contact a study abroad advisor in the Office of International Programs:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Faculty members are encouraged to maintain and reestablish their existing connections with colleagues around the world. They are also encouraged to develop new working and information-sharing relationships with other faculty members around the world either directly or through networks or memberships in academic or professional associations. Any real plan to cooperate and collaborate on a project requiring university resources should be discussed with your Dean. An MoU should only be considered to support and facilitate activities and not just the intent.

For more information about this database, MoUs, or how institutions of higher education communicate to formalize relations, please contact the Director of the Office of International Programs. Dr: Brian Seilstad,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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In nearly 20 years , the University has developed and benefitted from a range of affiliations around the world to support its mission.  Some of the most productive of these affiliations are through memberships in networks of institutions of higher education with a shared mission.  Other traditional affiliations popularly called partnerships are formalized through jointly signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) or agreements for collaboration and cooperation between institutions based on intent.  In recent years, many institutions around the world have stepped back to consider whether intent is sufficient for the formality of a MoU or agreement preferring to sign when a project or collaboration is well underway.   Supporting the University mission is best done through a number of solid, working affiliations and not the number of signed MoUs of intent to collaborate.

The following database represents all institutions that have a connection to AUI either through a shared membership such as the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, signed MoUs or specific agreements detailing cooperation and responsibilities such as the exchange of students.

This database is a work in progress and meant to be useful to the AUI community to understand both the scope and potential of existing relationships and is being constantly updated.

For students, it is useful to see all the possibilities for your study abroad experience that we encourage every student to plan for at least once in their degree program.  Not every institution indicated is available and many of the exchange programs are available on a negotiated basis each year based on an equal exchange of students coming and going.  Other study abroad programs are open to all qualified students.  For more information, contact a study abroad advisor in the Office of International Programs.

Faculty members are encouraged to maintain and reestablish their existing connections with colleagues around the world. They are also encouraged to develop new working and information sharing relationships with other faculty members around the world either directly or through networks or memberships in academic or professional associations.  Any real plan to cooperate and collaborate on a project requiring university resources should be discussed with your Dean.   A MoU should only be considered to support and facilitate activities and not just the intent unless required to support a grant/funding application

For more information about this database, MoUs, or how institutions of higher education communicate to formalize relations, please contact the Director of the Office of International Programs.

Please click here for the Global Affiliations Database