Wake Forest University Program in Fez, Morocco
Arabic and French Language Study
Morocco is a country of many contrasts, where centuries-old traditions and modern technology are at the heart of dynamic and hospitable culture. From the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the medieval cities of Marrakesh and Fez with their famous souks (markets), to the high-rise financial district of Casablanca, from the mountains and desert of the interior to the long stretches of coastal beaches, from the couscous and tajines to every kind of European cuisine, Morocco offers its visitors the unique example of a country whose deeply rooted cultural values have accommodated ideas and practices of its European neighbors.
Wake Forest University's Fez Summer Program is based at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF). The Institute is housed in a large Moorish-style villa situated in a residential neighborhood and is within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, and cafes. ALIF has a specialized library, a collection of Arabic films, a satellite television, and a computer center with e-mail access.
The WFU/Morocco program is offered on alternating years with the WFU/Egypt program.
Summer Session I, May 23 to July 9, 2014
A Wake Forest faculty member serves as resident professor in Fez to oversee program academics. Courses taught by resident professor and professors at ALIF to include 6 hours of either Arabic or French and one 3-hour course (REL 362: Islam in Morocco) from the resident professor's discipline for a total of 9hrs of credit. Academic study is enriched by a cultural immersion experience through homestays with Moroccan families and various excursions.
Language course offerings will be Beginning Arabic, Intermediate Arabic, or Intermediate French. In addition to the language course, students can also take Moroccan Arabic for an extra fee. Students receive 3 hours of Wake Forest credit for the area studies course and 6 hours of transfer credit for the intensive language course. Non-Wake Forest students who are applying for this program are encouraged to contact the Center for International Studies regarding how the courses are transcripted.
The 2014 summer Wake Forest resident professor will be Senior Lecturer of Religion and Arabic, Darlene May. Professor May will teach the 3hr WFU course REL 362 - Topics in Islam: Islam in Morocco, that will be taken in addition to the 6hrs of intensive language creidt at ALIF. REL 362 is a course designed to to provide students with a foundation of Islam as a system of beliefs and practices, especially as they manifest in Morocco. The course will also examine Islam's history, its cultural institutions, the uniqueness of the Arabic language, and the meeting of East and West in the Islamic world, partcularly in Morocco.
Excursions and Cultural Activities
Excursions may include weekend trips to the following places:
*Meknes, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss
*Middle Atlas (Azrou, Um al-Rabi'a)
*Desert excursion (overnight)
There is a planned 4-day excursion to Marrakesh, Essaouira, and Casablanca at the end of the program. Cities are subject to change.
Students are matched with homestay families in Fez according to the language they choose to study. Students stay in hotels during the various excursions.
The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
*Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
*Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2013 summer rate was $880/per credit hour.
*Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
*Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.
Program Fee (estimated) - $4,100
Tuition (3hrs) - $2,640
Airfare (estimated) ~ $1,800
Personal Expenses (estimated) ~ $600
Estimated total cost - $9,140
*Good academic standing
*Interest in Moroccan culture and languages
Please contact the Center for International Studies for information on summer scholarships.
Porfessor Darlene May, 2014 Resident Professor
Senior Lecturer of Religion and Arabic
Phone: (336) 758 5908
Dr. Michaelle Browers, Program Director & Professor of Political Science
Phone: (336) 758 3535
Arabic Language Institute Website: www.alif-fes.com