With its fascinating cultural sites and wide array of environmental diversity, Thailand has long been a popular destination for travelers the world over. While Thailand can lay claim to being the only southeast Asian country not colonized by Europeans today, it serves as a major hub of industry, agriculture, and tourism.
The Intensive Thai in Thailand program can be combined with the MSID Thailand semester or academic-year program for an extended experience abroad.
Explore madrasas, fonduks, palaces, and 13th-Century ruins. Take intensive Modern Standard Arabic and fascinating cultural courses. Live with warm and welcoming host families. Surround yourself with Arabic. On weekends, travel to the imperial city of Meknes, the capital city of Rabat, and the hypnotizing markets of Marrakesh.
Fez's medina, declared an UNESCO world heritage site in 1981, is one of the largest and most enduring Medieval Islamic settlements in the world. Experience the complexity of modern and ancient Morocco in the cultural and spiritual city of Fez. All classes are held in a large villa surrounded by a lush garden and patio in the modern Ville Nouvelle neighborhood.
The University of Minnesota partners with the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF), the pre-eminent institution in the Maghreb for teaching Arabic as a foreign language. ALIF has many clubs you can join—photography, film, book clubs—in addition to a community engagement club to get involved with volunteer and engagement opportunities that support the local populations in Fez.
Senegal has long been seen as a crossroads where black African, Islamic, and European civilizations have met, clashed, and blended. Today it is still seen as a bridge between Africa and the West. Yet it is also a place where Senegalese people remain deeply attached to traditional values and cultures. This program is based in Dakar, Senegal's cosmopolitan capital. Heated by the African sun while surrounded on 3 sides by cool Atlantic waters, Dakar has a climate often described as "eternal spring."
This 3-week program provides students with the opportunity to study French in a West African francophone context. The Intensive French in Senegal program can be combined with the MSID Senegal semester or academic year program for an extended experience abroad.