This program has been modified with a later in-country start date preceded by one week online. The online portion will include: program orientation; introductory activities to get to know your academic director and local program team; faculty-led sessions; guest lectures to provide the theoretical frameworks for the course and historical background to the sites and partner organizations; readings; preliminary assignments; and discussions about independent study projects and, if applicable, internship opportunities. We will also have online discussions to debrief sessions and prepare you to join faculty, local team, and peers in country. The program will conclude with one final week online. During this week you will present your Independent Research Project or Internship Paper along with final synthesis sessions to reflect on your time abroad.
Morocco is a mix of human and geographic landscapes including the Atlas Mountains, the vast Sahara Desert, and traditional Amazigh villages, where sub-Saharan African cultures are deeply rooted in age-old traditions emphasizing community and family. Against a backdrop of important migration dynamics, this program explores the characteristics, challenges, and complexities of multiculturalism and human rights in Morocco. Excursions will examine social development, international migration issues, gender dynamics, and the role of civil society. Learn the history of migration in Morocco at the ancient Roman site, Volubilis, and the medieval cities of Fes and Meknès. From a base within Rabat’s 16th-century medina, you will discuss migration, human rights and multiculturalism with prominent university professors and visit Moroccan and United Nations agencies and NGOs. In the northern cities of Tangier and Tétouan, you will visit NGOs working for the integration of Moroccan youth and sub-Saharan migrants. A southern excursion will introduce you to the multicultural diversity of Morocco with visits to Amazigh and Sahrawi villages and give you an opportunity to appreciate the efforts of local NGOs to support local development.
- Study issues impacting Morocco and the rest of the Arab World following the Arab Spring in 2011.
- Meet Amazighs, Jews, Arabs, and sub-Saharan Africans to understand Morocco's cultural diversity.
- Explore the sand dunes of the Sahara on a camel trek.
- Examine the historical, economic, political, and cultural roots of migration.
- Meet regularly with Moroccan students to discuss youth issues.
- Hear from sub-Saharan asylum seekers and migrants.
There are no prerequisites; however, students with a background in French will find ample opportunity for French language practice while also learning Arabic. Students with a background in Spanish will also have the opportunity to practice their Spanish language skills in northern Morocco.