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Arabic Language and Culture in Morocco

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer, Spring, Fall


Fez, Morocco




Minimum 2.5 GPA

Application Due:

Spring 9/24, Summer 3/8, Fall 3/24

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Medina donkey

The University of Iowa has partnered with the University of Minnesota to offer this opportunity for immersion in the Arabic language. Students should reference the University of Minnesota's website for the most current information.


This program offers resident credit. Students will receive 6 credits for Arabic language study and 1 elective credit for the Moroccan Society and Culture course. These credit can be applied to the Arabic minor, please consult your academic advisor for further details.

Please refer to the academic section of UMN's website for further details on the classes.


Students can go for the semester (Fall/Spring) or for one of two summer sessions. Please reference UMN's website for specific dates.

For More Information

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University of Iowa

Amy Bowes, Study Abroad Advisor
(319) 335-0353

University of Minnesota

Lindsay Lahr

If you are ready to learn more, please call 319-335-0353 and ask the receptionist to schedule an appointment with study abroad advisor Amy Bowes. Students should also discuss their study abroad plans with their academic advisor and other appropriate faculty.

Arabic Language Institute in Fez


Instruction on this program is provided by the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF). Housed in a villa in the Ville Nouvelle, ALIF is an ideal setting for studying Modern Standard Arabic. The instructors are native speakers with years of experience teaching Arabic to American students. ALIF resources include a computer lab with high-speed internet, WIFI, a library, a small bookstore, and an on-site café that serves lunch in a lovely garden. For more information, visit


>Fez is a modern city of approximately 950,000 residents with a great historical and cultural heritage. It is really three cities in one. The oldest section, Fez el-Bali, is a bustling walled city of narrow pedestrian streets filled with shops, mosques, and tourists. In the adjoining Mellah, the Jewish quarter, balconies overlook the busy streets below. The new city, or Ville Nouvelle, centers on the Boulevard Hassan II where in the evening men, women, and children of all ages leisurely stroll and chat with friends. The predominant languages are Colloquial Moroccan Arabic and French.


Fez market

The Kingdom of Morocco has a unique history and rich culture shaped by a blend of Arab, Berber, European, and African influences. The landscape includes a rugged mountain interior, great deserts, and Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Approximately 32 million people live in Morocco.

Living Arrangements

Students live with carefully chosen Moroccan families that provide living accommodations and three meals daily. Usually two students are placed with each family. Students may choose between the medina (a more traditional Arab home) and the Ville Nouvelle (a more European-style home). Students find that they learn a lot about Moroccan culture and language from their family!


Students must have a 2.5 GPA, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing. You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university at the end of the semester, too.  If you are not in good standing at the end of the semester your acceptance will be revoked and you will be responsible for the associated withdrawal fees.

If your GPA is below 2.5 UMN requires a Special Circumstances Recommendation, for more information see the Application Checklist

In addition, the University of Iowa requires applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 to meet with the Study Abroad advisor for this program. You can schedule a meeting by calling 319.335.0353.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Arabic Language and Culutre in Morocco Summer 2013 and this is the Cost Sheet for Fall 2014PDF . This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Iowa students will be U-billed the course fee (set by UMN:website), study abroad fees, and Iowa Regents CISI Insurance. Students will pay directly to Minnesota the application and housing fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

How to Apply

Iowa students will fill out BOTH and Iowa application and a University of Minnesota application

• The Iowa application can be found here
• The University of Minnesota application can be found here:

NOTICE: For the Summer Term, this program has Summer I & Summer II options. In the UI online application under “Offering” you will be asked to choose between “Codes” A or B.

Code A=Summer I

Code B=Summer II

Please be careful to choose the correct session that corresponds to the dates you wish to be abroad. If you need help with this, please consult your study abroad advisor.

Please be sure to follow the instructions given by UMN, if you have questions please ask!


Spring applications are due September 24

Summer applications are due March 8

Fall applications are due March 24

Post Acceptance Documents

After you've been accepted by UMN, the following documents need to be turned in to UCC 1111 Study Abroad within 30 days:

Arabic Language and Culture Confirmation of ParticipationPDF

Medical AssessmentPDF

•A clear copy of the identification page of your passport

Pre-departure Materials

• UI Student Health Service Travel Clinic:

Orientation Information

All UI students will attend a general TIPS orientation for students studying abroad. Additional individualized meetings will address Morocco-specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures.

1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343