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Location Fez, Morocco
Academic Term Summer Quarter
Autumn  Quarter / Winter Quarter / Spring Quarter
Estimated Program Fee $1,800 (3 week program)
$3,100 (6 week program)
Credits 5 - 18 credits per quarter
Prerequisites None
Language Instruction in Arabic
Program Manager Shannon Quinn | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline March 1 (Summer Quarter & Autumn Quarter)
October 1 (Winter Quarter)
November 15 (Spring Quarter)
HIGHLIGHTS
General This program is geared towards students who are seeking to improve their Arabic language skills. Courses will be taken at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF) alongside other foreign students.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Located in the heart of the historic city of Fez, ALIF was established in the 1960s. It is part of the American Cultural Association (http://aca.org.ma) a bi-national, not-for profit organization that fosters understanding and intellectual exchange between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America. AFIF offers three- and six-week courses in both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (CMA).

Program components include:
Four hours / day of Arabic language instruction at all levels.
​Peer facilitators from local colleges and universities.
Bi-weekly films in both MSA and CMA.
Housing options include the ALIF residence hall, homestay as a paying guest, or inexpensive hotels and apartments, all arranged by the program staff.
Weekly excursions coordinated by ALIF to points of historical and cultural significance.
The fabled cities of Casablanca, Rabat, Tangiers and Marrakesh are within easy traveling distance by bus, rail or air.
Students benefit from a teaching staff experienced in teaching American students and at the same time are part of a diverse cohort of fellow and sister Arabic language students.
 
LOCATION

Site

Classes at ALIF are conducted in a large Moorish-style villa surrounded by an oasis-like setting of date palms, olive trees and rosemary shrubs. The tranquil residential neighborhood is away from the hubbub of downtown, but within easy walking distance of a variety of restaurants, cafes and shops. The ALIF Riad where many program activities are held is a beautiful traditional courtyard house and garden in the Fes Medina (Old Town).





 

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

None.

Credits

5 - 18 credits

Courses

See the course descriptions for details on the Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (CMA) and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) courses listed below. Students may enroll for the first three weeks of any six-week course, but must indicate this clearly on their application form.  Other courses and/or levels are available upon request as private lessons, or as intensive classes provided there are at least three students.  For classes with fewer than three students, hours will be reduced proportionately. Hours of instruction in scheduled courses with only one or two students will be reduced by 50% and 25%, respectively.

Six-week courses:

Six-week courses meet four hours per day, five days per week, for a total of 120 hours. (special content courses are 90 hours).

Three-week courses:

Three-week courses meet four hours per day, five days per week, for a total of 60 hours. (special content courses are 45 hours).

Fall 1, 2018: Sept. 13 - Oct. 24, 2018

CMA 100, 100X, 200, 300
MSA 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700
Content Courses: MSA 250, 350, 450, 460

Fall 1/A: Sept. 13 - Oct. 3, 2018

CMA 050, 050X
MSA 050

Fall 2, 2018: Oct. 31 - Dec. 14, 2018

CMA 100, 100X, 200, 300
MSA 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700
Content Courses: MSA 250, 350, 450, 460

Fall 2/A: Oct. 31 - Nov. 23, 2018

CMA 050, 050X
MSA 050

Winter 2019: Jan. 3 - Feb. 18, 2019

CMA 100, 100X, 200, 300
MSA 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700
Content Courses: MSA 250, 350, 450, 460

Winter 2019/A: Jan. 3 - Jan. 28, 2019

CMA 050, 050X
MSA 050

Spring 1, 2019: Feb. 21 - April 3, 2019

CMA 100, 100X, 200, 300
MSA 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700
Content Courses: MSA 250, 350, 450, 460

Spring 1/A: Feb. 21 - March 13, 2019

CMA 050, 050X
MSA 050

Spring 2, 2019: April 8 - May 20, 2019

CMA 100, 100X, 200, 300
MSA 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700
Content Courses: MSA 250, 350, 450, 460

Spring 2/A: April 8 - April 26, 2019

CMA 050, 050X
MSA 050

Summer 1, 2019: May 27 - July 8, 2019

CMA 100, 100X, 200, 300
MSA 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700
Content Courses: MSA 250, 350, 450, 460

Summer 1/A: May 27 - June 17, 2019

CMA 050, 050X
MSA 050

Summer 2, 2019: June 18 - July 26, 2019

CMA 100, 100X, 200, 300
MSA 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700
Content Courses: MSA 250, 350, 450, 460

Summer 2/A: June 18 - July 5, 2019

CMA 050, 050X
MSA 050, 250A, 350A, 450A, 460A

 

Summer 2/B: July 8 - July 26, 2019

CMA 050, 050X
MSA 050, 250A, 350A, 450A, 460A

In addition to language courses, ALIF offers a range of optional outside activities to enhance the experience of learning Arabic in Morocco. Throughout the year, students may attend weekly showings of films in both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (CMA). Once or twice a month, students are invited to attend lectures on various aspects of Moroccan or Arab culture. Also, throughout the year, ALIF offers a series of tours and cultural excursions (in the past these have included trips to the desert and tours of Fez and nearby sites, such as the Taza caves and the carpet souks of Khenifra). The cultural activities calendar regularly includes extracurricular courses in Oriental Dancing, Arabic calligraphy, Moroccan cooking and traditional music.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

ALIF students have a wide variety of housing options available to them, including the ALIF residence, homestay options with local Moroccan families, apartments or houses, and hotels. For more information on the prices, locations, and reservation procedures of the various housing options see the ALIF Housing webpage: http://www.alif-fes.com/housing.html ​

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

In most cases, if you are attending an affiliated program you will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, the program provider or institution operating the program. The UW Study Abroad Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.

Tuition:

  • 3-week courses: 6,600 DH (~ $1,800)

  • ​6 week courses: 11,400 DH (~ $3,100)

*The above rates are valid through Spring, 2018 (11,400 DH = approximately  $1,200, please note that your actual tuition will be based on the current exchange rate. Consult the currency converter below for the latest exchange rates: https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

  • Tuition does not include the cost of course materials (ranging from 75-840 DHs), a 300 DH refundable library book borrowing deposit, housing fees, or any living expenses.

  • Fees are to be paid on or before the first day of classes. Fees may be paid by bank wire transfer, credit card (2% fee), or cash.  We cannot accept personal checks.

  • A late-registration fee of 150 DHs will be assessed for students who do not meet the 3-week deadline for receipt of applications.  Summer applications are due one month in advance.​

Rates for private study:

  • Individual: 300 DHs/hour

  • Group Rates (divided by number of students):

    • 2 students: 350 DHs/hour

    • 3 students: 400 DHs/hour

    • 4 students: 450 DHs/hour

Not included in the program fee:

  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket ~$1,500 - $1,800 roundtrip)

  • Food 

  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)

  • Other health expenses/immunizations

  • Personal spending money

Financial Aid

ALIF does not offer any direct financial aid. U.S. federal government and other scholarship funds, including but not limited to FLAS, SSRC and NSEP grants, can be applied to the cost of study at ALIF. For Fulbright, FLAS, SSRC and NSEP funds, students must apply through the university at which they are matriculated. For further information on these and other funding options, please consult your university department or financial aid office.  For funds to be available before study at ALIF, students should commence the paperwork for funding at least 6 months before the date of anticipated enrollment.​
 
  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to ALIF. For information on applying with ALIF, please see the application and registration section on the ALIF site here: http://www.alif-fes.com/applications.html

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.