Duke in the Arab World


Program Alert

The Duke in the Arab World program will not run in Summer 2022 but plans to relaunch in Summer 2023. Program details will be updated before applications open in November 2022. 


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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 and Tunis, Tunisia

Term: Summer II

Dates: TBD

Application Deadline: February 1st

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

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: Open to all majors. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply. Previous study of Arabic not required.

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 Advising: Request an appointment 

  • Sahara desert excursion

  • Discussion with local Moroccan students

  • Sahara desert camel ride excursion

  • Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

  • Duke in the Arab World students

  • Local market

  • Rabat Language Center

  • Meeting local Moroccan students

  • Duke in the Arab World 2015

  • Overlooking Chefchaouen, Morocco

  • Duke in the Arab World 2015


All students will enroll in two courses: the signature course on religion, security and citizenship, and the Arabic language instruction, each offering one Duke credit. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted for either course. 

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.

Dardashaat Arabiyyah: Arabic Language and Culture of Morocco

(CCI, CZ, FL) 1.0 Course Credit

This course facilitates full immersion in Arabic of Morocco within a cultural context; students will develop basic communicative skills through emphasis on all four language skills beyond the elementary level; through daily instructions, home-stay, field-visits, reading short-stories, and interviewing citizens, students will acquire a strong understanding of society and culture; students will explore cultural institutions and entertainment outlets in both countries and examine commonalities and differences between the two societies.


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 trip to the desert, and we’ll tour the cities of Meknes, Irfan, Marrakech, and Shifshawn. Cooking, calligraphic, and music classes will also be included. There is also a one-week trip to Tunisia from Rabat. During this trip, the group will explore the Tunisian model of citizenship and civil society engagement as well as discuss with scholars the process of democratic consolidation since the Arab revolution in Tunisia in December 2010.


In Fez and 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 upon request for special housing arrangements.


These costs are estimated based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

Summer 2023

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition TBD TBD
Program Fee TBD TBD
Transcript Fee N/A $120
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) TBD TBD


Explanation of Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. 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.


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: TBD
  • Departure: TBD


You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyExperientialEd to update your travel registry.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.




U.S. citizens are not 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.


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

Soraya Campbell

GEO Asst. Director


Deadline: February 1st

This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.

PriorityPriority is given to applicants who apply early.

Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.

Non-Duke studentsNon-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. 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.


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.

Submit the following items using MyExperientialEd:

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


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