Study Abroad

Al Akhawayn University

  • Location: Ifrane, Morocco
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.

AUI is located in the Middle Atlas Mountain resort city of Ifrane. Ifrane is the site of the King’s summer residence and attracts tens of thousands of summer tourists both from Moroccan cities and from Europe. The isolated site and closed campus assures physical safety, but students will have to rely on weekend and holiday trips to the cities and the coast to get a real sense of the culture.

  • Visa:

    Not required for European Union or North American citizens. During orientation, all international students apply for residency card, with assistance from the University. 12 passport photos are required for the residency application.

    Non-US citizens should consult with Al Akhawayn University and the Office of International Student Support before applying to the program.

    Study Abroad & Applying for OPT Policy 

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and board to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Arabic language course.

Direct Enrollment

There are no American representatives onsite. Students work with university personnel at the International Office.

Exchange Details

Academic Credit

Haverford students are required to take at least 15 credits per semester (the equivalent to four Haverford courses). The number of SCH in which a student may enroll is regulated by the Academic Dean. In determining this load, the Dean takes into account the quality of the scholastic work performed by the student, the types of courses involved, the student’s health, and extracurricular interests. The University assigns letter grades on the 4.0 GPA system. Grade reports will be mailed approximately two weeks after the close of the fall and spring semesters and the summer term. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


Independent study opportunities. Full university curriculum.

Course Highlights

Accounting, Arabic, Biology, Biotechnology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, English, Engineering, Finance, Geography, History, Humanities, International Studies, Islamic Art and Architecture, Islamic Cultural Studies, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


Students receive a weeklong orientation session where they are introduced to campus facilities and services, assigned an adviser and provided instructions about course registration procedures.

Number of Students

Approximately 2,100 students of whom 20% are international students.

Housing/Meal Plans

A double room on-campus with Moroccan roommate is provided; each room has telephone/computer and TV ports; Three cafeterias available for dining. Strict single sex housing. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


Additional Resources

Apply to Study Abroad!

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  • Program List


  • Semester/Exchange
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Direct Enrollment


  • Semester I: Late August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-January to late May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1

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