In this program, you will focus on Arabic language acquisition and intensive interaction with Moroccan culture while living in a vibrant, bustling city of cultural and historical significance. You will be immersed in Arabic while living with a Moroccan family and studying Modern Standard Arabic with local Moroccan professors. You will study at the Arabic Language Institute in Fes (ALIF) with US and other international students.
You will complete one full year of Arabic coursework (12 quarter credits) at the first-, second-, third-, or fourth-year level. Language courses are taught by local instructors at ALIF—native speakers with years of experience who have trained at Morocco's most prestigious state and religious universities. ALIF instructors have developed a highly interactive teaching approach designed to get students conversing almost immediately with native speakers in a variety of increasingly challenging topics of discussion. You will be in classes with US and other international students. Language courses meet four hours per day for a total of 120 contact hours over six weeks. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
The language of instruction is Arabic in all but the most elementary courses, where the use of English is kept to a minimum. All courses are kept small to facilitate language learning. Students may also choose to sign up for a Moroccan language partner, or take extra-curricular classes offered by ALIF for a small fee such as Arabic calligraphy, traditional music and dance and Moroccan cooking.
You will be placed with a Moroccan host family for the duration of the program. Host placements may vary from extended families living in the medieval medina, to nuclear families living in the nineteenth/twentieth century Ville Nouvelle. All offer the opportunity to be truly immersed in Moroccan daily life and an Arabic-speaking environment. Students will either be in single bedrooms or share a double room with another student. All meals are provided. Host families are carefully screened and matched with student preferences and needs, but students should be prepared for many differences in diet and lifestyle. Living with a Moroccan family provides a unique opportunity to participate in family, community, cultural and recreational activities during your stay in Morocco. Many cherish their homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of the Fes program experience and remain lifelong friends with their host family.
Dates and Deadlines
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If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.
Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.