|Morocco is home to dense deserts, many miles of coast line, and the highest mountain peak in North Africa. Just like its geography, the history and culture of Morocco is equally diverse. Cities dating back to ancient times are still lively today, where old architecture lines the streets in vibrant colors, places of worship dating back to the twelfth century are open for visiting, and market places created hundreds of years ago are still just as lively as ever. Inside of the rich living history, you will find modern metropolitan areas filled with cafes, theme parks, and international chains. While at your home away from home, you will be engaging with UAlbany faculty to discuss the history of Moroccan and African identity.
Witnessing Contemporary Morocco is an intensive, interdisciplinary course designed to give you exposure to Morocco. Course activities and assignments include on-site visits to villages, towns and cities throughout the country, to museums, places of business, and meetings with local politicians, journalists, lecturers, and business-owners. Moroccan academics, university students, and Berber families will act as local hosts, sharing their work, interests, and life-ways.
*Program is subject to minimum enrollment.
- Study the idea and history of "Moroccan" and "African" identity
- Identify how contemporary social issues such as changing gender roles, migration, and urbanization impact modern Morocco
- Analyze ways in which globalization, technology, and various social problems, such as poverty, interact with expressions of Moroccan identity
- Interrogate how Morocco's location in northern Africa impacts its Islamic population
The 2019 syllabus is forthcoming.
This program counts as a 3-credit course.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
This course is taught by Professor Michelle Harris. Dr. Harris is a Professor in Africana Studies and Director of the Institute for Global Indigeneity at the University at Albany. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Her research areas include immigrant mental health, social determinants of health, perceived discrimination, indigenous identity, and global indigeneity.
You will be housed in shared hotels in several of the cities you will be visiting. All accommodations include a demi-meal plan, including breakfast and one evening meal each day.
Breakfast and one evening meal each day are included as part of the program.
Estimate of Costs
2019 Estimate of Costs forthcoming. For reference, review the 2018 Estimate of Costs.
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Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Students in all majors, with Good Academic Standing, are eligible to apply.
Experiential learning plays a critical role in your program experience. Both the overall program and individual courses include a number of cultural and historical excursions* to important and influential sites, so you will have the opportunity to experience the country and culture of Morocco to its fullest.
Past Excursions and Activities
*Excursions are a mandatory part of the program and specific destinations vary by program and availability.
- Visits to the Hassan II Mosque and the Notre Dame de Lourdes church
- NGO and corporate site-visits to organizations such as L'Uzine, Transparency International Morocco, and Enshallah Factory
- Visit the Jewish Museum, Sidi Momen, the Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture, andthe Mohamed V Mausoleum
- Excursions to Old Medina Fez, Medina, Jamaa el Fna, Medersa, el Bahia, Dar Si Said, and Bazar
- Experience a self-sustainable village
- Sample local Moroccan cuisine, such as couscous and tea
- And more!
**Schedule is tentative and subject to change
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
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About the Cities
Marrakesh is home to impressive and historic examples of Islamic architecture, including the oldest Mosque in Morocco, buildings coated in intricate tile work and paintings, and the winding pink streets of the Medina. In Fez, you will step back in time to witness first-hand ancient tradition and culture. The city is home to the largest urban car-free zone in the world, Fes al Bali, a UNESCO world heritage site. Fez also has a deep, scholarly roots. It is here that you can find the oldest university in the world and a lively exchange of academic thought. The calm and quiet city of Rabat is known for its access to beaches and palm trees. With a small town vibe, you have opportunity to experience a quieter version of Moroccan life. The shopping districts here are much less touristy than what can be found in larger cities, and historical monuments still find their way into daily life. As the capital of Morocco, you can also witness the political and economic sides of the country. Finally, known for its increasingly modern infrastructure and business potential, Casablanca is the business epicenter of Morocco. Explore the old and new areas of the city to gain insight into into both the history and future of the country.
A valid U.S. passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a permanent resident or international student, a visa may be required. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Summer programs: December
05/22/2018 to 06/05/2018
May 21: Depart the U.S.
May 22: Arrive in Marrakesh (Mandatory Orientation)
May 23 - 26: Marrakesh
May 27 - 28: Rabat
May 29 - 30: Fez
May 31 - June 4: Casablanca
June 5: Depart for the U.S.
*Schedule is tentative and subject to change
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The summer pre-departure orientation is typically conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes.
You will also have an on-site orientation upon arrival to your host country.
Your Faculty Leader is responsible for guiding all aspects of the program and will be available throughout the on-site portion of the course to manage any concerns or questions you may have while abroad. The faculty accompany you on all program activities and outings.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.