Arabic and Islamic Studies – Fez, Morocco


    Intensive Study in Fez, Morocco
    Modern Standard Arabic: 20 hrs / wk
    Summer, Fall, Winter, & Spring Terms
    3 wks: $1295 / 6 wks: $2295 USD
    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.

    Arabic Market

    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 – 4 hrs per day, M-F, 20 hrs per week.

    Cultural lectures are given in English.

    Courses are intensive 20 hrs per week, for 3 weeks or 6 weeks.

    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.

    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 20 hrs per week (4 hrs per day), and does collaborate with the University of Fez, Al Akhawayn University, Meknes University, as well as the American University Center.

    Golden Doors of the Royal Palace


    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 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.

    Dates and Fees

    * Minimum age 18 yrs
    * Includes airport pick-up
    * Intensive courses: 20 hrs per week
    * Cultural lectures are given in English
    * Host Family housing cost $150 USD 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.


    3 Weeks May (late) – June (mid)
    2019 Dates: May 20th – June 8th
    2020 Dates: May 18th – June 6th
    $1295 USD
    6 weeks May (late) – July (early)
    2019 Dates: May 20th – June 29th
    2020 Dates: May 18th – June 27th
    $2295 USD
    3 weeks July (early) – July (late)
    2019 Dates: July 1st – 20th, 2019
    2020 Dates: June 29th – July 18th
    $1295 USD
    6 weeks July (early) – August (mid)
    2019 Dates: July 1st – August 10th
    2020 Dates: June 29th – August 8th
    $2295 USD


    FALL – Request Dates

    3 Weeks Sept (mid) – Oct (early) $1295 USD
    6 weeks Sept (mid) – Oct (late) $2295 USD
    3 weeks Nov (early) – Nov (late) $1295 USD
    6 weeks Nov (early) – Dec (mid) $2295 USD


    WINTER – Request Dates

    3 Weeks Jan (early) – Jan (late) $1295 USD
    6 weeks Jan (early) – Feb (mid) $2295 USD


    SPRING – Request Dates

    3 Weeks Mar (early) – Mar (late) $1295 USD
    6 weeks Mar (early) – April (mid) $2295 USD
    3 weeks April (mid) – May (early) $1295 USD
    6 weeks April (mid) – May (late) $2295 USD
    * Exact dates are given in your admission docs.
    * Housing cost not included in above prices.


    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.


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


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