This two-week program visits the major sites in Morocco, one of the most fascinating countries in the world. We'll visit some of the oldest continually existing medieval cities, including Fez and Rabat. These cities also offer gated and walled medieval cities, mosques, markets, minarets, and history, at least 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Several nights will be spent in Fez, the most beautiful of the Moroccan cities. Our site visits even stretch back to ancient Roman history and the site of Volubilis. We will immerse ourselves in local culture with visits to mosques and businesses, including the tannery of Fez and the indigenous Amizegh (Berber) villages to understand economics and society. We’ll enjoy Moroccan food such as couscous and halwa (sweets), and come to understand the principles of Islamic architecture. Overall, students will come away with a strong sense of urban living, local culture, and history over many centuries.
Morocco has been heavily influenced by the Portuguese, the Spanish and the French, so understanding the European links to Morocco will also be important. Our stay in the seaside town of Essaouira, a town founded by the Portuguese, and the French Quarter in Casablanca, will help emphasize cultural links outside Morocco.
Finally, Morocco is a place of natural beauty and stretches from the Mediterranean through four snow-capped mountain ranges and yet is known for its Sahara desert and the Merzouga dunes. Camels on the dunes? No trip to Morocco is complete without that. This fast-paced academic study involves travel by private bus and frequent stops at major tourist sites; living accommodations will be in three or four-star hotels.
REGISTRATION: Because of the nature of the trip, enrollment ends in April, so registration is currently ongoing. Space is limited.
DATE OF TRAVEL: December 26, 2014-January 8, 2015 (approximate dates—they might adjust by a few days depending on airfares and local arrangements)
PROGRAM FEE*: $3442, plus airfare (approximately $1100)
TUITION FOR 6 CREDIT HOURS: Students may register for 3 or 6 credit hours. Tuition is $715.50 (3 hours) or $1431 (6 hours).
PERSONAL EXPENSES**: approximately $300
TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST: $6273
NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT/NON-TRANSFERABLE: $750 due by April 7, 2014
NON-REFUNDABLE/NON-TRANSFERABLE: $1850 due by June 15, 2014
NON-REFUNDABLE/NON-TRANSFERABLE: approx.. $1942 due Sept. 15, 2014
*Program Fee includes: airfare, hotels, local transportation, museum entrance fees, breakfast and dinner every day, Moroccan tour director, tips, required international health insurance, and administrative fees.
**Personal Expenses include: lunches, snacks, souvenirs, passports, and mobile phone expenses.
HIST 390: HISTORY AND CULTURE OF MOROCCO (3 credit hours)
PLSC 312: ISLAM AND THE WEST (3 credit hours)
MGMT 206: STUDY ABROAD-BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP (0 credit hours; for Breech students)
PDEV 205: ENGAGED LEARNING (0 credit hours)