Since 2011, Illinois Wesleyan University has had a student exchange program with Al
Akhawayn University (AUI) in Ifrane, Morocco. The program affords IWU students a
special opportunity to live and study in Morocco at an American-style university while
earning general education and discipline-specific credit.
Why Morocco? Morocco stands as a cultural, geographic, linguistic, and religious
crossroad. Here, Berber, African, Middle Eastern, and European influences combine
to create a culturally rich tapestry. In its cities, you will find the melding of
French, Spanish, Arabic, Jewish, and Berber architecture and art; will hear a mix
of Moroccan Arabic, French, English, and Berber languages; will savor the blending
of African, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cuisines. In its landscape you can
travel from the Sahara Desert to the High Atlas Mountains, from the beaches of the
Atlantic to the Mediterranean coast.