FSP in Fez

Program Overview

(NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER OFFERED, AND CANCELLED FOR SPRING 2019 AND BEYOND)

This foreign study program in Fez, Morocco is Dartmouth's only non-language FSP in the Middle East and North Africa. Classes are taught at the American/Arabic Language Institute in Fez, with faculty and guest lecturers drawn from universities in Fez and elsewhere in Morocco, and a Dartmouth faculty director who participates in MES. Dartmouth's MES Program includes faculty from the Departments of Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies, French and Italian, Geography, Government, History, Music, Religion, and Sociology and from the Comparative Literature Program. 

Founded in the ninth century, Fez has historically been the crossroads for the Mediterranean to the north, sub-Saharan Africa to the south, the eastern Arab lands, and Morocco's other great imperial cities to the west. UNESCO has designated Fez's ancient walled city or "madina" an international historical monument.

In the Fez program, classroom learning is integrated with homestays and with visits to shrines, schools, markets, and workplaces. Participants will be in Fez for nine weeks of this ten-week program. One week in the middle of the program is devoted to visits to other regions of Morocco, including the Atlas mountains and the pre-Sahara. The Dartmouth FSP in Fez offers three course credits. "Discovering an Islamic City" (MES 16.23) combines seminar work with field visits. "Arabic as a Cultural System" (MES 16.22) is an intensive introduction to spoken Moroccan Arabic and its cultural significance. The third course is taught by the Dartmouth program director. A prior knowledge of French or Arabic is helpful, although not required.

Students will spend their first two nights in a hotel and then spend the rest of the program with local homestay families.

Learn more from the Guarini Institute. (NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER OFFERED, AND CANCELLED FOR SPRING 2019 AND BEYOND)

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for this program by clicking here. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid

In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.