International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)


Program Title Pitzer Exchange Morocco with Al Akhawayn University
Location Ifrane, Morocco
Host Website  and
Eligibility Students in good standing at Pitzer College. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one area studies course in literature or film, history, political studies, French or Arabic language is required. Suggested additional general preparation course options include: Comparative Politics; Intercultural Communications; Language Culture and Society; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology or The World Since 1492.
Application Pitzer College general application and the forms required by the university.
Program Dates Fall Semester: Early July to late December
Spring Semester: Early January to Late May
Required Courses Participants are expected to take one language course (Arabic or French) and at least one course that includes content on Moroccan history, politics, literature, or culture while at the university, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Fall students typically enroll in a pre-semester intensive Arabic language/homestay program, which usually begins in July and concludes a few weeks before the semester begins at AUI. Standard Arabic, Moroccan conversational Arabic and French are taught as regular university courses.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser
Course Options The University has broad curricular offerings with particular strengths in International Studies, Women and Development, Media Studies, North African and Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science and International Cooperation, Computer Science, Finance, French, Arabic, Engineering, Psychology and Sociology.

For course options at the university, go to the main university page here:, which is where you will find the academic catalog. Refer to the Table of Contents for individual school sections.

Credit Possible A pre-semester language course is offered by the Arabic Language Institute in Fez prior to the fall semester. Students must take 15-16 units at Al Akhawayn in order to earn four course credits at Pitzer. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options During the language program in Fez, students live with and take meals with host families. At the university, students live in residence halls.
Advising Notes Students on fall semester have a three week break between the language and university components.