Duke in the Arab World



On this program you’ll spend three weeks in each of Morocco’s two major cities, Fez and Rabat. The historic medina of Fez is one of the world's few remaining medieval cities and is considered Morocco’s cultural and spiritual capital—a must visit for any student of Arabic and Islamic studies. The metropolitan capital city of Rabat is one of the Arab world’s most modern cities. Located on the northwest Atlantic coast, Rabat has the second largest population in the country.

You’ll explore not only the sociopolitical development and intricacies of the Arab world, but also gain real life experiences through observation, field visits, and interaction with local scholars, students, and homestay families. The program exposes you to aspects of continuity and changes, commonalities and differences—all while creating opportunities to develop your Arabic language skills and cross-cultural competencies related to Morocco.

Location: Fez and Rabat, Morocco

Term: Summer

Dates: June 29 – August 10, 2017

Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

Academic Theme(s): Religious Studies, Language & Culture, Political Science

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: Open to all majors. Must have completed one semester of university-level Arabic language. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by Duke’s Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) and Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy

Housing: Homestay Families

GEO Advisor: Carolyn Covalt



All students will enroll in two courses: the signature course on religion, security, and citizenship and the Arabic language instruction. Both courses are designed to maximize your understanding and exposure to a diverse yet connected human experience in the Arab world. As part of this intensive educational experience, you’ll interview Moroccan students in selected universities and centers.

AMES 326A / RELIGION 371A / POLSCI 395A / ICS 362A / PUBPOL 339A   

Religion, Security, and Global Citizenship in the Arab World  

(CZ, CCI, EI) 1.0 Course Credit

Only offered on the Duke in the Arab World program.

This course will examine how individuals, states, and Arab societies are embodied in the global system of the 21st century. Students will examine how the major Abrahamic traditions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—had their historical origins in the eastern Mediterranean and continue to coexist, albeit with tensions, with modern notions of citizenship. Students will also explore how the rise of extremist movements and the Arab uprising have challenged conceptions of state citizenship and impacted the regional and international security environment. Course taught in English.

ARABIC 290A Moroccan Arabic and Culture  

(FL, CS) 1.0 Course Credit

Offered only in the Duke in the Arab World program

Focus on communicative skills of listening and speaking of Moroccan Arabic. Develop the automated production skills necessary to function in an Arabic-speaking environment of Moroccan culture using both Moroccan dialect and MSA. Understand Moroccan culture as reflected in popular culture through spoken language and films. Explore Morocco by visiting cultural sites, meeting intellectual and public icons for historical awareness. Course taught in Arabic.

Prerequisite: You need to have completed one semester of university-level Arabic or the equivalent in order to participate in the program.


Program participants enjoy a full complement of excursions, both day trips and extended trips, all included in the cost of the program. We’ll take a 3-day incursion to the desert, and we’ll tour the cities of Meknes, Irfan, Marrakech, and Shifshawn. Cooking, calligraphic, and music classes will also be included.


In Fez and in Rabat, Morocco, you will be placed into carefully selected homestays with Moroccan families. Homestay families will provide two meals per day for the duration of the program.

Other student housing options such as a residence hall are available in both sites in Morocco upon request for special housing arrangements.


The Duke in the Arab World program director can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the Global Education Office.

Mbaye Lo

Associate Professor of the Practice of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Paul Paparella

GEO Asst. Director & Regional Manager


Costs below are estimates based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change. 

Summer 2017

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $6,582.00 $6,582.00
Program Fee $500.00 $500.00
Transcript Fee N/A $40.00
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $TBD $TBD


FAQ Costs

What does the program fee cover?

The program fee for this program includes: 

  • Accommodations
  • Limited meals
  • International SOS Coverage
  • Program-sponsored activities and excursions
  • Orientation program
  • Internet usage where available

What is not included?

Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive.

  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation to/from program site
  • Local transportation
  • On-site accident and health insurance policy
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Visa (if needed)
  • Passport
  • Mobile phone
  • Laundry
  • Independent travel and entertainment
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Incidentals

Personal Spending

Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. You can use a cost-of-living comparison tool to get an idea of what daily life costs in the program host location.

When will payments be due?

Step 1: Within 2 weeks of acceptance to the program, submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyGlobalEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.

NOTE: If you withdraw after March 31, you will be charged a cancellation fee of $2,000 for this 2 credit program.  

Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. All financial arrangements involving Duke University must be completed prior to departure for the program.

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Can I use financial aid to pay for this program?

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.

Are there scholarships available for this program?

This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:



Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.

  • Arrival: June 29, 2017*
  • Departure: August 10, 2017

*Flights: You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive in Fez, Morocco, on June 29, which may mean departing the U.S. on June 28. You may depart the program site at any point on August 10, 2017.



U.S. citizens are required to have a visa for travel to Morocco.

Non-U.S. citizens—Pay special attention to the visa requirements for your specific citizenship by contacting your country’s embassy. GEO can provide a letter that may be required as part of the visa application process. Please begin the visa process as soon as you have been admitted to the program to ensure you receive your visa in time for the program start date.


All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.

International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. The ISIC will allow you to enter many museums free or for reduced fees and will often entitle you to travel discounts. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury.

You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. After confirmation of enrollment and prior to departure for the program, email your ISIC card/policy number and expiration date to globaled@duke.edu.


  • Deadline: February 1, 2017. This program has rolling admission. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered.
  • Priority: Priority is given to applicants who submit all materials by the deadline and meet the language prerequisite.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7 on a scale of 4.0. If your GPA is lower than 2.7, you must obtain permission from your academic dean to study away. See: GPA Waiver Form.
  • Non-Duke students: This program is open to all majors and applicants from accredited colleges and universities. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.

Late applicants: After the published deadline, qualified applicants will be considered on a space-available basis.


Apply Now

Please start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

To apply to this program, please submit the following items using MyGlobalEd

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait until fall semester grades are posted.
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one)