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University of Minnesota: Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco
Fez, Morocco (Outgoing )
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Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
Restrictions: Davidson College applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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Arabic, English
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Class Eligibility: 02 - Sophomore, 03 - Junior
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Learn Modern Standard Arabic in the classroom and Darija on the enchanting streets of Fez, considered Morocco's cultural capital city. On weekends, explore the imperial city of Meknes and the historic Fez medina, considered the oldest crafts and food market in the Arabic-speaking world.


  • Program type:
    Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco is a study abroad center program. Take area studies classes at a study center with instruction in English and Arabic language courses by Moroccan faculty.
  • Level:
    1,000–3,000 level courses.
  • Term:
    • Fall semester
    • Spring semester
    • Academic year
    • Summer session
  • Prerequisites:
    • 2.5 GPA
  • Courseload:
    • 13–16 credits

Coursescover a range of topics, including Arabic language, Literature, and Women's Studies


All courses are taught by Moroccan faculty members from local universities. ALIF's instructors hail from prestigious modern state universities in Morocco, like Mohammed V in Rabat, and traditional institutions such as the Qarawiyyin University, an Islamic institution of higher learning in Fez.

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About This Program

Learn Modern Standard Arabic in the classroom and Darija on the labyrinthine streets of Fez. Enroll in courses that provide insights into Moroccan life and culture. Live in the bustling Medieval medina or the modern Ville Nouvelle, behold the historic kasbah of imperial Meknes, and spend a weekend with the Berber people in the Sahara Desert.

Fez's medina, declared an UNESCO world heritage site in 1981, is one of the largest and most enduring Medieval Islamic settlements in the world. Experience the complexity of modern and ancient Morocco in the cultural and spiritual city of Fez. All classes are held in a large villa, surrounded by a lush garden and patio, in the 'modern' Ville Nouvelle neighborhood.

The University of Minnesota partners with the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, a language institute which has an excellent reputation as the preeminent institution in the Maghreb for the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language.

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Homestays are an integral component of the Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco program learning experience. All students live and share most meals with Moroccan families. Students can choose to either live in old medina or to live in the modern part of Fez.

Excursions may include vineyards, a walking tour of Fez including the medina, Mid-Atlas Mountains, a Desert tour, Volubilis, Chefchaouen, as well as an excursion to neighboring Meknes.

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Office of International Programs is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 80 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.

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