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Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco

Fez, Morocco

Fez, Morocco

Program sponsor: University of Minnesota

Students at building remains in Morocco
Students studying abroad on the Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco program (Student Photographer: Sara Malik)
Classroom in Morocco
A classroom in Morocco (Student Photographer: Nikita Schwartzman)
Person walking in the desert in Morocco
(Student Photographer: Sara Malik)

The University of Minnesota partners with the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF) to offer intensive courses designed for rapid Arabic language acquisition, in addition to fascinating courses on various aspects of Moroccan culture and society. Considered Morocco's cultural capital city, students have the opportunity to explore the historic Fez medina, considered the oldest crafts and food market in the Arabic-speaking world,  experience the complexity of modern and ancient Morocco, and live with warm and welcoming host families.

Students can also engage in volunteer, service-learning, research, or internship opportunities in Fez. 

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Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors meeting Northwestern's minimum application requirements.


None; however, students are required to take an Arabic language course during the program.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


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

The Medina

The wandering, energetic 9th-Century medina is the old walled city of Fez (UNESCO World Heritage site), and it is usually the preferred place for students to live. It offers a unique experience and a greater opportunity to be immersed in the local culture. 

Ville Nouvelle

The contemporary, French-style Ville Nouvelle is the newer part of town where ALIF is located. Homestays here are a bit more modern than the medina, more similar to apartment living in the US. The Ville Nouvelle has a city feel because it is not walled off like the medina. Since most students elect to live in the medina and ALIF hosts evening and weekend events at their Riad in the medina, students may feel less connected and will need to travel farther for cultural events if living in the Ville Nouvelle.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $18,125

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing & insurance: $1,290
  • Additional meals: $500
  • Airfare: $1,700
  • Books & supplies: $150
  • Personal expenses: $1,000

Total: $4,640

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the UMN website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated programs offered through the University of Minnesota (UMN), and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the program, you may be required to pay a deposit directly to UMN to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your program's tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

UMN Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from UMN for other costs, including your housing and insurance abroad. It is your responsibility to pay UMN directly by their deadline. If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your UMN invoice.

Additional fees may apply for specific housing options, certain courses, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly to UMN.

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