Summer: Rutgers- Fez Morocco Ethnographic Field School

Fez, Morocco

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2022
Jun 14, 2022
Jul 26, 2022
Mar 01, 2022
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Rising Sophomore
Rising Junior
Good Academic Standing
Program Type


Program Advisor

The Program

For the student with an interest in qualitative research methods

Explore how and why qualitative research is formulated and conducted in the context of Morocco.


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Program Location

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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. 



This program offers students the opportunity to learn ethnographic field methods, design and conduct a research project with Moroccan university studies, 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.

Students will learn about field methods through a 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. Students do not need to have local language skills or fieldwork experience. Students will receive 6 Rutgers credits tied to two courses taken in Morocco: Anthropology 343 (Ethnographic Field Methods Practicum) and 344 (North African Ethnography), both of which will count toward Rutgers anthropology major/minor. The Practicum course will be taught by Becky Schulthies from the Rutgers Anthropology Department. The second 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.

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 economies of Morocco.


Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.




Housing 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

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $2,570 $3,160
Graduate $2,940 $3,500
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Most meals
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    Emergency Medical Access Abroad

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $200
Personal Expenses $200
Total $1,600.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

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


Faculty Leaders

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: