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  • Locations: All, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 04/01/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
English
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Accomodations:
Homestay with some meals provided
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Becky Schulthies
Program Description:
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The Program
  •  Explore how and why anthropological research is formulated and conducted in the context of Morocco. 
  • Gain understanding of the relationship between anthropological theory, methods, and findings and how to practice research methods.
  • Conduct a short-term ethnographic research project throughout the program.

Your Host City: Fez
Fez is a 1,200 year old city; the oldest of the Moroccan imperial cities, and the religious and historical heart of the country. Fez is well-known for its beautiful architecture and bustling food scene. During your time in the city, you'll engage in guest lectures, spiritual music concerts, and cultural immersion while living with Moroccan families. 

Academics
The anthropology department doesn't currently have an ethnographic field school and this program offers students the opportunity to learn ethnographic field methods, design and conduct a research project, learn about the depth of anthropological research that has been conducted in Morocco—all while living with Moroccan families in the dynamic city of Fez.

Moroccan public universities do not teach anthropology or ethnographic field methods, so this field school will also provide ten Moroccan students in the Moroccan Cultural Studies program of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University’s English department ethnographic training. Students without local language skills or experience can conduct fieldwork in collaboration with Moroccan students. Students will take two courses worth 6 credits, Anthropology 343 
(Ethnographic Field Methods Practicum) and 344 (North African Ethnography), both of which will count toward Rutgers anthropology major/minor.

Students will learn about field methods through the practicum course, work collaboratively in small groups on a field study of their own design, and learn about the role North African ethnography has played in furthering theory on kinship, personhood, religion, gender, health and illness. The practicum course will have field assignments as well as class discussion. 

This course will be team-taught taught by three Moroccan scholars familiar with ethnographic studies of the region: Professor Khalid Bekkaoui, Professor Sadik Rddad, and Professor Malika Khandagui. 


For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

 
Faculty Director Profile:
Becky Schulthies

Professor Schulthies has been conducting ethnographic research in Fez since 2003. She is fluent in Arabic and has over 30 months of field work, most recently in May and June 2018. She is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers. 

Email Professor Schulthies at
bls125@anthropology.rutgers.edu
Excursions
The program itinerary includes three day trips to visit historical and ethnographically salient sites surrounding Fez.
  • Sefrou a historically Jewish-Muslim town where famous anthropologist Clifford Geertz and his wife Hildred Geertz conducted fieldwork and developed their religion and social personhood theories.
  • Meknes and Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, the former a significant imperial city, and the latter an important religious shrine site.
  • Amazigh (Berber) towns of the Middle Atlas mountains, Immouzer, Azrou, el-Hajeb, Ain Leuh to observe indigenous communities and economies of Morocco.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will be living with Moroccan host families, allowing them to observe everyday life, food, entertainment, and
social interactions in an immersive way. 

Financial Information
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet. 

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Scholarships
The Rutgers Department of Anthropology has an undergraduate summer research grant, the Bigel, that students can apply toward this program. 

Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.