Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Programs & Opportunities

Outgoing students

Programs & Opportunities for Outbound Students

Intended Learning Outcomes of Study Abroad

Following their study abroad experience, AUI students will:

1. Understand their own cultural values and be able to recognize some of their own biases;

2. Be able to consider the perspectives of other people and imagine possible reactions or misunderstanding;

3. Indicate new levels of confidence and self-reliance; and,

4. 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.

Bilateral Exchange Programs (Offered during Fall and Spring semesters, as well as Summer Sessions)

What is the 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. 

Students applying to the Bilateral Exchange Programs will have to complete an online application in order to be eligible for the study abroad experience. The availability of openings at partner institutions will be limited by the number of students from those universities and colleges that are coming to study at Al Akhawayn. Not every institution will have available places as there is a need to maintain a balance of students in each direction. Study abroad options for AUI students are provided through various mediums. A precise list of institutions and the approximate number of places offered through each program is typically announced by email accompanied by the application link. Additional information is also posted on the student portal.

Typically these programs last for one semester (unless specified as year-long) and students are limited to a single program.

Required Documents for the Application

Each student is required to upload a photo, an essay, and a PDF copy of his or her unofficial transcript. For professors’ recommendations, students should first contact their professors for approval before completing the online recommendation section of the application. In the recommendation section, students should be sure to enter the correct email address for the corresponding professor and the full name of said professor.

Applications for Spring 2017 are now closed. More information concerning Fall 2017 will be available in January.

International Student Exchange Program - ISEP (Multilateral Exchange Programs offered during Fall and Spring semesters, as well as Summer Sessions)

What is the 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 it 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 can expect to pay their regular tuition, room, and meal plan to AUI. There are also direct enrollment opportunities at a number of institutions where the multilateral exchange is not available.

If you find any of these instructions to be unclear, please contact the Study Abroad Advisor at 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. or call Ext. 2065/2056, or feel free to stop by the Office of International Programs in Building 10, Office 10.

Applications for Spring 2017 are now closed.  More information concerning Fall 2017 will be available in January.

Summer Study Abroad Opportunities

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

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

Requirements to Apply for Exchange and Study Abroad Programs:

1- Have completed at least 4 academic semesters or 45 credit hours (including the current semester) and no more than 95 credit hours.

2- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. If your GPA is between 2.75 and 3.00 and you wish to study abroad, please make an appointment with the Office of International Programs to discuss options. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for consideration of a student’s application.

3- Maintain good academic and disciplinary standing.

4- Exhibit maturity and confidence.

5- Display a commitment to positively representing both AUI and Morocco.

6- Prepare to return to Al Akhawayn with the gained knowledge and leadership from the study abroad experience, ready to assist in the development of student and academic life.

Planned Educational Leave

Planned Educational Leave (PEL) is a study abroad option granted to students who are in good standing at AUI. This experience is available during the summer or for up to a maximum of two consecutive semesters. The University will anticipate the return of students based on the semester indicated on the PEL application. No additional notification or application is required if the student returns as planned.

Students going on Planned Educational Leave must contact the Office of International Programs to obtain the necessary forms to be completed (PEL and  Pre-approval of classes forms).

Completing these forms is a necessary component of the study abroad process, as it allows the Office of International Programs to monitor and assist students attending different programs.