Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco

Location: Morocco: Fes

Term: Academic Year, Summer, Spring, Fall

Dates: Year Round

The University of Minnesota

Learning Abroad Center, 230 Heller Hall 271 19th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States

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Phone: 888.700.UOFM

Fax: 612.626.8009


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.

Fez's medina, declared a 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.


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.

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.

Degree Level


  • Arabic

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English
  • Arabic

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Tuition, housing, some meals, insurance, and excursions.

Credit Available


This Program is open to

American Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Morocco

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application