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Program Location Fez, Morocco
Sponsor University of Minnesota (CIC-SPA)
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30036
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2020 06/11/20 to 07/28/20
Summer 2020 05/21/20 to 07/07/20
Summer 2020 05/21/20 to 07/28/20

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Medina in Fez, Morocco

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.

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. Program participants will 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.

Outside of class, students will explore madrasas, fondouks, palaces and 13th century ruins within Fez. On weekends, they can choose to travel to the imperial city of Meknes, the capital city of Rabat and the hypnotizing markets of Marrakesh. Excursions include a trip to the Sahara desert.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:University of Minnesota (CIC-SPA).


Vibrant colors in a Fez tannery

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students can choose between one 6-week/7-credit session or a 9-week intensive program (students earn 10 credits). Click here for course descriptions. 


Excursions may include vineyards, a walking tour of Fez including the medina, Mid-Atlas Mountains, a Desert tour, Volubilis, Chefchaouen, as well as an excursion to neighboring Meknes.


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

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program fee below is for one six-week summer session and includes: tuition, housing, insurance, meals, and excursions.

Students interested in participating in the 9-week intensive program should speak to their study abroad advisor for a the applicable fees. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$4,850.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,700.00
Books and Supplies$50.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$400.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information
Kairouine mosque in Fez

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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