Arabic and Islamic Studies – Fez, Morocco


    Intensive Study in Fez, Morocco
    Modern Standard Arabic: 10 – 20 hrs / wk
    Summer, Fall, Winter, & Spring Terms
    3 wks: $995 / 6 wks: $1795 / Semester: $2895 USD
    Open to all Worldwide
    Minimum age 18 yrs

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    The Program

    Modern Arabic language courses held year-around in Fez, Morocco. 3 week and 6 week sessions held in the Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. In collaboration with the University of Fez, Al Akhawayn, Meknes University, as well as the American University center of Provence. Courses are available at all levels, and taught by highly qualified university professors. Housing is with a local host family in Fez, and activities focus on Arabic, Islam, gender, the histories, and cultures of the area from North Africa to the Middle East. Overall, the program seeks to teach Arabic language and Islamic culture to have students better understand the Moroccan Muslim cultures. Excursions are also included (educational guided) to allow students to discover the Moroccan landscapes, desert, and monuments. In addition. a “Cultural Club” is organized for Moroccan and foreign students to get together in an informal way to share cultures and celebrate the Moroccan heritage and practice Arabic. Cultural workshops are also presented in Moroccan Music & Dance, Arabic Calligraphy, and Guest Speaker seminars.

    Language courses are taught in Arabic. Cultural lectures are given in English.

    Facility is located in the prestigious residential area of old Medina, and fully equipped including air conditioning, a library, cafeteria, and internet computer room. 24 hr security.

    Airport pick-up also included. Minimum age is 18 yrs.

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    Location: Fez, Morocco

    The city of Fez is a combination of modern and medieval features, attracting thousands of visitors worldwide. Fez seems to linger in the Middle Ages, with it’s ancient monuments, bazaars, cafes, fountains, restaurants and festivals. It is the perfect place to have an immersion program for Arabic and Muslim cultural studies. Said to be safer than any major Western city, Fez offers a quality of life unmatched in the Arab world.

    Program is located in Old Medina, about 10 minutes walk to the Batha Square, and 30 minutes drive from Fez Saiss airport.
    Located in a safe and pleasant area, there is plenty of space for quiet study – away from the hustle of the city center.
    24 hour security in facility.


    Minimum age is 18 yrs. Open to all worldwide.

    Intensive classes: 2 – 4 hrs per day, M-F (3 / 6 wks).
    Semester courses: 20 hrs per week.

    Program is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education.

    Cultural lectures are given in English.

    Semester Courses are 14 weeks each (Fall & Spring) approx.

    Small class size – 15 students maximum per class.
    Classes usually start at 9:00 am.

    Teachers are highly qualified, native speakers, as well as University professors.

    Core textbooks for Weekly Arabic courses: : Alif Baa & Al-Kitaab, Volumes 1, 2, 3 (Georgetown University Press), Moroccan Arabic Textbook: A basic Course in Moroccan Arabic, by Richard Harrell and Mohammed Abu Taleb (Georgetown University Press)

    In addition to Arabic language courses, the program also offers Islamic Cultural Courses and educational tours.

    Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (Darija) is the spoken Arabic dialect of Morocco, and can be taken in conjunction with the Modern Standard Arabic courses.

    • Arabic Language & Culture 1 (A 310)
    • Arabic Language & Culture 2 (A 311)
    • Arabic Language & Culture 3 (A 312)
    • Arabic Language & Culture 4 (A 313)


    Sample Cultural Lecture Topics:

    • Gender Relations in the Arab-Muslim World
    • Contemporary Issues in Moroccan Society
    • Islam Religion, Politics, and Culture
    • Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature
    • Arab-Islamic Architecture

    Note: In collaboration with University of Fez, Al Akhawayn University, Meknes University, and the American University Center.


    This course looks at the various ways in which Islam is conceived and lived. Three main ways are concentrated on: Islam as faith, Islam as culture, and Islam as politics. Political Islam, Sufism, and Religious reforms will be discussed.

    This course serves as an introduction to the literary tradition through an examination of literary works representing different genres of Arabic literature of the 20th century: i.e., novels, short stories and poetry. The selected texts belong to the authors from Egypt, Irak and Morocco… The historical landmarks (Internal sociocultural changes, struggle for independence) and their influence on the writers of the literature are discussed in this course. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the diversity of Arab society through the analysis and the interpretation of literary texts in translation.

    Gender role conception and assignment can be understood only within specific cultures. The major foundations of Arab-Islamic cultures are: history, geography, Islam, orality, multilingualism, social organisation, economic status, and political structure. These are explained with case studies.

    The course aims at presenting the key aspects of the history, authority, sociology, religion, education, economy, media and culture of Morocco. The purpose is to give students an overall understanding of these different facets of Moroccan society and to discuss some of the major contemporary issues in Morocco and North Africa. The course encourages students to pursue points of their own interest.

    This course looks at the various ways in which Islam is conceived and lived. Three main ways are concentrated on: Islam as faith, Islam as culture, and Islam as politics. Political Islam, Sufism, and Religious reforms will be discussed.

    This course introduces students to the Duran and the Hadith (Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad). Related topics such as the various types of the Duran compilation (tadwiin) the history of the revelation (asbaab at-tanziil), the exegesis (tafsiir), etc. are discussed in class. Students are introduced to the various types of Hadith (Prophet Muhammad’s Sayings). The history of selected Hadith-compilation, its contexts of explanation, a survey of the four major schools of Sunni fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) (fiqh). Students are exposed to Islamic texts, characterized by specific vocabulary and style. Prior knowledge of Arabic is a prerequisite.


    This course serves as an introduction to modern Arabic literature (poetry, short story, novel). The selected texts belong to modern authors from the East and West of the Arab world ,dealing with political, social and cultural concepts.The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the modem Arabic literary works through reading and analysis of the texts in translation.

    Architecture is related to Muslim people and their various ways of life. The evolution of architecture is linked to the evolution of society, itself a product of the evolution of the men and women that constitute this society. The architecture of Islamic cities is rich with historical, social, political, and psychological facts.

    This course is an introduction to comparative feminism with a special focus on the MENA and American/European feminisms. The course is organized along three main ideas: (i) the major theoretical frameworks that shaped feminisms and their developments, (ii) the specific case studies and their socio-political and cultural contexts, and (iii) insights into new developments at the global and local levels.

    This course examines the major contemporary issues in the Arab-Islamic world such as Islamization, democratization, Judiciary reforms, the increasing importance of public opinion, and international relations.

    This course introduces socio-economic and political aspects of different social movements as well as concepts, behaviours and techniques of control. The course focuses on social movements in North Africa, namely the rise of the movement for democracy and human rights, the role of feminine NGOs in development and social change, the Berber movement for the promotion of Berber language and culture, and the growing importance of the Islamist movement in the region. These movements are triggered off by internal as well as external factors like globalization. The social, political, cultural and economic implications of these movements are discussed at length in class.

    This course discusses the issues of migration in North Africa with a focus on Moroccan
    migration to Europe; it also explores Sub-saharan migration, while offering a general profile of migrants in North Africa; further it discusses the evolution of international migration to the European Union countries. The course also discusses the migration intentions of Moroccans, the causes, impetus, and the consequences of migration on Moroccan society.

    This three hour semester course trains students, who have finished with success the advanced level of Arabic, to translate religious and philosophical texts from English into Arabic, and vice versa. Focus is put on style, writing, and advanced diction.


    Academic Credit

    Transcript – certificate issued upon completing the course. Students usually earn 1 – 3 credit for the 3 week session, and 4 – 6 credits for 6 weeks. Courses are 10 – 20 hrs per week (2 – 4 hrs per day) for 3 or 6 week sessions, and 20 hrs per week per Semester, and does collaborate with the University of Fez, Al Akhawayn University, Meknes University, as well as the American University Center.

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    Tours of Fez and nearby sites such as the Taza Caves, the Carpet Souks of Azrou, and Khenifra are usually organized. Excursions to other cities are also organized, and may include the following locations: Meknes, Errachidia, Erfoud, Marrakech, Tetouan, and Chefchaouen. Overall, tours and excursions are to help students discover aspects of Moroccan life in the Southern and Northern parts of the country.

    Cultural activities are also organized, and usually include: Arabic Calligraphy, Traditional Music and Dancing, and Moroccan Cooking. There is also a Culture Club”, whereby Moroccan students interact with foreign students, to share cultures and learn more about each other.

    Internet computer room available for students to use.


    Housing is provided by carefully selected host families in Fez. Single room, plus 2 meals daily (breakfast and dinner). Host family information provided with your confirmation documents. All host families are screened by the staff there in Fez, and tend to be higher income households whom have hosted foreign students several times. Cost is $150 USD approx per week. Add to program cost.

    Overall, host family housing is highly recommended in order to practice your Arabic, experience Moroccan culture, and gain new intercultural friendships.

    If you prefer to arrange own housing, such with a relative, or stay in a nearby hotel, please let us know. See “Other Housing Options” web-Links, bottom of Morocco Homepage.

    Dates and Fees

    * Minimum age 18 yrs
    * Includes airport pick-up
    * Intensive Courses: 10-20 hrs per week(3 & 6 wks) / 20 hrs per wk for Semester.
    * Cultural lectures are given in English
    * Host Family housing cost $150 USD approx per week. Includes meals. Highly recommended. Add to program cost.
    * Can arrange own housing if you prefer. Just let us know where you will be staying.



    Specific (exact) dates given upon inquiry, and in your confirmation.
    10 – 20 hrs per week available. Summer prices are for 10 hrs.
    20 hrs per week, cost double for 3 – 6 weeks and Quarter Terms

    3 Weeks May (late) – June (mid)
    2020 Dates: May 18th – June 6th
    2021 Dates: May 17th – June 5th
    $995 USD
    6 weeks May (late) – July (early)
    2020 Dates: May 18th – June 27th
    2021 Dates: May 17th – June 26th
    $1795 USD
    3 weeks July (early) – July (late)
    2020 Dates: June 29th – July 18th
    2021 Dates: June 28th – July 17th
    $995 USD
    6 weeks July (early) – August (mid)
    2020 Dates: June 29th – August 8th
    2021 Dates: June 28th – August 7th
    $1795 USD
    3 weeks August (early – August (late)
    2019 Dates: August 12th – 31st
    2020 Dates: August 10th – 29th
    2021 Dates: August 9th – 28th
    $995 USD
    6 weeks August (early) – September (late)
    2019 Dates: August 12th -September 21st
    2020 Dates: August 10th – September 19th
    2021 Dates: August 9th – September 18th
    $1795 USD


    FALL – Request Dates – Start on Monday, end on Friday. 10 – 20 hrs / wk. Price is for 10 hrs.

    3 Weeks Sept (mid) – Oct (early) $995 USD
    6 weeks Sept (mid) – Oct (late) $1795 USD
    3 weeks Nov (early) – Nov (late) $995 USD
    6 weeks Nov (early) – Dec (mid) $1795 USD


    WINTER – Request Dates – Start on Monday, end on Friday. 10 – 20 hrs / wk. Price is for 10 hrs.

    3 Weeks Jan (early) – Jan (late) $995 USD
    6 weeks Jan (early) – Feb (mid) $1795 USD


    SPRING – Request Dates – Start on Monday, end on Friday. 10 – 20 hrs / wk. Price is for 10 hrs.

    3 Weeks Mar (early) – Mar (late) $995 USD
    6 weeks Mar (early) – April (mid) $1795 USD
    3 weeks April (mid) – May (early) $995 USD
    6 weeks April (mid) – May (late) $1795 USD
    * Exact dates are given in your admission docs.
    * Housing cost not included in above prices.

    FALL SEMESTER – 14 Weeks (approx) 20 hrs / wk

    2019 Dates: September 9th – December 13th, 2019
    2020 Dates: September 7th – December 11th, 2020
    2021 Dates: September 6th – December 10th, 2021
    $2895 USD

    SPRING SEMESTER – 14 Weeks (approx) 20 hrs / wk

    2020 Dates: January 6th – March 30th, 2020
    2021 Dates: January 4th – March 29th, 2021
    2022 Dates: January 3rd – March 28th, 2022
    $2895 USD


    Check-in by start date. 1 day prior start date is preferred. Earlier arrivals may require you to arrange stay at hotel until check-in. Airport pick-up is included – Fez Saiss Airport. Email us your flight arrival details. Included if staying with a host family. Highly recommended – staff from school meet you at the airport and escort you. Pick-up fee: $20 USD.


    Open to all students and adults worldwide. Minimum age is 18 yrs.


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