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Language of Instruction: Arabic, English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Local host family Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Third Party Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Arabic, Credit Evaluation Required Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Internship, Research, Service-Learning
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Program Description:
 

ARABIC LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN MOROCCO

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.

Academics

  • 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, sophomores and above
       
  • Courseload:
    • 13–16 credits

The courses on this program are designed for rapid Arabic language acquisition and development in small class size settings. Language courses typically carry 20 classroom hours per week (120 hours per six-week term). Topics courses provide insight into culture and societies in Morocco and the Arabic-speaking world.

Arabic courses are offered in six-week terms. You select one language class for each six-week term. Advanced Arabic students have the option of substituting a topics course taught entirely in Arabic in place of their second Arabic language course. Due to the intensive nature of the language courses, students typically earn the equivalent of a year’s worth of language credit in one semester.

Faculty

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.

How to Apply

Click the button below to visit this program's web page for more information about the application process for this program. Remember to submit your Ohio State application as well!

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.

Three photos from previous trips

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. Choose to live either in the old medina or the modern part of Fez.

Excursions include a visit to Volubilis, the site of early Roman civilization, a tour of the imperial city of Meknes, and a weekend experience in the Sahara desert. Additional program activities include a cooking demonstration, drumming, dancing, and a variety of concerts and performances.

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance 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.





Program

Through the University of Minnesota (UMN) and the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF) Ohio State students have the opportunity to study Moroccan culture and the Arabic language in the city of Fez. The program includes excursions to the neighboring city of Meknes and the Sahara desert.

Location

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 culture of modern and ancient Morocco in the vibrant city of Fez.

Students take courses at ALIF 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.

Accommodations

Students participate in a homestay, where they are placed with a Moroccan family; most meals are provided.

 

Ohio State Program Contact

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one.
angerman.6@osu.edu


Courses and Credits 

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.

Courses are taught in English and Arabic. See umabroad.umn.edu for course listings and descriptions. Specific Ohio State course equivalencies will be determined by the appropriate Ohio State academic departments. All returning students will take a language placement exam through the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures to verify the appropriate language credits.

This program offers multiple sessions during the summer session.  While completing your OSU application, you will be asked to submit your intended session(s) and credit(s).  The University of Minnesota: Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco program offers the following options:
  • Summer Session I (May -July): 6-7 credits
  • 9 Week Summer Intensive (May -July): 11 credits
  • Summer Session II (June -July): 6-7 credits
Please refer to the University of Minnesota website for more detailed information.


Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher, must be sophomore standing, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. UMN application. 

IMPORTANTBoth applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.  

Passports
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.


Program Costs

Students will pay the University of Minnesota's program fee and GeoBlue international insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on a university-approved, third-party provider or direct enroll program is in effect until June 30, 2021. The program fee includes an on-site orientation, in-country instruction, housing, and some meals.

OSU students participating on an OSU-approved University of Minnesota semester or academic year program will benefit from the CIC discount of $1000; summer program participates receive a $500 discount. 

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
 

Scholarships

Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.

 

Notices

Information Sessions 

  • Check back for 2019-2020 information sessions here!

Websites


U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information) 
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance) 

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.
 
 
 
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/01/2019
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Rolling Admission 09/05/2019 12/14/2019
NOTE: Program dates are subject to change. Contact the University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center for verification of dates before purchasing airfare.
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019
**
Rolling Admission 09/05/2019 05/19/2020
NOTE: Program dates are subject to change. Contact the University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center for verification of dates before purchasing airfare.
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
**
Rolling Admission 02/14/2020 05/21/2020
NOTE: Program dates are subject to change. Contact the University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center for verification of dates before purchasing airfare.
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/19/2020 07/25/2020
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Contact the University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center for verification of dates before purchasing airfare. There are multiple programs students can select during the Summer session: Summer Session I (May 19 - July 7), 9 Week Intensive Summer (May 19 - July 25), and Summer Session II (June 14 - July 25). Applicants must indicate which session they have selected.
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 09/03/2020 05/20/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions.
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 09/03/2020 12/12/2020
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed