Most cities have an old, cozy Islamic quarter and a Ville Nouvelle (new city), that has a more European flavor. While most international travellers find there way to the medinas for the taste of 'real' Morocco, in Ifrane, you will actually more likely find yourself around Moroccan tourists. Known as the Moroccan Switzerland, Ifrane is nestled in Atlas mountains, covered in beautiful chalet architecture.

The Summer Program at Al Akhawayn University provides students with an immersive experience that allows you to truly Live like a Local. The program offers experiential learning and cultural immersion with Moroccan students on campus. 

AUI's campus is a tight-knit, global community where students are able to mix with other Moroccan students maximizing their cultural exchange and enriching their cultural experience even further.

Length: 7 weeks
Credits: 6-7 credits, 2 courses at 3 credits each. Labs are 4 credits.

Course Description

The summer program offers flexible courses throughout AUI's faculties. Of special interest are courses in history and political science that focus on North Africa and the Middle East. Arabic language courses are also offered in Modern Standard Arabic. Arabic is not offered at all levels each semester and students should refer to the course catalog for level selection.

To learn more about the courses offered please read the course guides.

Students can also use the course catalog to find appropriate classes. Students should note that the latest course catalog may not be published. Students should also have some flexibility when choosing courses. 

Language Courses 

Students beyond the beginning level must take a placement test and may not register until after results are posted during the orientation for all foreign language classes. The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.


• Modern Standard Arabic is offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and semester for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Beginner I is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. There are three contact hours per course.

• Moroccan Arabic is available for students who have had a semester of Arabic or who are familiar with Arabic script. 

French and Spanish

• Beginning French and Spanish as foreign languages are offered each semester. Intermediate French is offered as well, but intermediate Spanish is dependent on demand.

• French majors should be aware that all French classes with the code FRN are for students who use French as a second language with professional needs. There are no courses in literature or culture taught in French. Very advanced French speakers could be placed into a class of Moroccan students. 

Website for Course Availability


(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies: Recommended!

    African Studies Near and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Arabic Language and Literature

  • History

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Art Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher

Special Application Instructions

Students must complete the supplemental AUI application. 

Other Academic Conditions

Please note that this is a Regular University Courses Summer Program and is not AUI's ARANAS program. 

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