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Morocco

Dates

June 21 – July 20, 2019 

Cost

$3,495 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Anthropology, Elementary – Intermediate Arabic, Religious Studies

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Morocco provides a first-hand and unique experience to the linguistic, cultural, and ethnic diversity of Morocco for students with interest in learning Arabic language and culture as well as Moroccan history, politics and religion. KIIS Morocco is an ideal context where you can immerse yourself into a multi-linguistic Arab society, with a noticeable European influence. The program will be based in the capital city of Rabat and longer-weekend excursions will include visits to Marrakech and Fez. To complement KIIS course offerings, guest lecturers from local universities will be selected.

Language Requirement: None. No language requirement for Religion Courses or Arabic 101.

Accommodations: Dorm, 2 people per room OR Homestay, 2-3 people per family.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Abdelaadim Bidaouiabidaoui@bsu.edu

Courses

Courses are taught in Arabic except RELS 306 & RELS 399. Moroccan Arabic & Modern Standard Arabic are available. Upper-level Arabic available upon request. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ARBC 101 Elementary Arabic I

Dr. Abdelaadim Bidaoui

This is an introductory course to familiarize students with the Arabic writing and sound systems and to enable them to develop basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

ARBC 102 Elementary Arabic II

Dr. Abdelaadim Bidaoui

The purpose of Arabic 102 is to develop students’ proficiency in Arabic and to familiarize them with its basic grammatical structures. The course will also help the student develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

ARBC 201 Intermediate Arabic I

Dr. Abdelaadim Bidaoui

The overall goal of this course is to develop students’ ability to use Modern Standard Arabic orally and in reading and writing. It aims at developing the student’s proficiency in Arabic from the intermediate-low to the intermediate-mid level.

ARBC 202 Intermediate Arabic II

Dr. Abdelaadim Bidaoui

The overall goal of this course is to develop students’ ability to use Arabic orally and in reading and writing. It aims at developing the student’s proficiency in Arabic from the intermediate-mid to the intermediate-high level.

ANTH 366 Topics: Anthropology of Religion in Morocco

Dr. Robert Phillips

We explore how anthropologists have documented & analyzed the varied ways in which humans have come to understand their world through the construction of sacred domains, with a focus on belief systems, indigenous & imported, that have a history in Morocco. We will explore religious diversity in Morocco through our careful perusal of a series of innovative ethnographic readings & field excursions focused on the region.

ANTH 366 Topics: Peoples & Cultures of Mediterranean Africa

Dr. Robert Phillips

We will examine the continent’s connection to its broader geographical context & aim to view Mediterranean Africa from both a local & a global perspective. We then sharpen our focus & begin a more in-depth exploration of Morocco & different anthropological themes & cross-cutting topics such as gender, race, religious belief, state power, poverty, crime & culture change.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Chefchouan

The trip the north of Morocco includes a visit to Chefchouan and other neighboring cities. Chefchouen is a beautiful city in the northwest of Morocco. This city witnessed a big presence of the Moorish and  Jewish communities in medieval times.

Oulja Pottery

Oulja is a traditional artisan exhibition and pottery factory located in Rabat's sister city of Salé.  While visiting Oulja, we have a unique opportunity to watch traditional masters as they display their methods and crafts.

The Beach

The expansive Atlantic coastline is located just fifteen minutes by taxi from Qalam wa Lawh Center. There are amazing views and several beaches within each reach of the city.

Hassan Tower

When construction began in 1195 CE, Hassan tower was intended to be the tallest minaret in the world. However, the project was never completed.  While the massive structure is amazing by itself, the site also provides amazing views of Rabat.

Rabat Souks

Rabat's central souks are located in the Medina (old city) and are a great place to interact with Moroccans and also a great place to shop.

Chellah

Chellah was established in Phoenician times before eventually becoming a Roman city.  At the fall of the Roman empire, it was abandoned until approximately 900 CE when the Arabs repopulated the area.

Rabat

We will be immersed in the culture through short, afternoon field trips within Rabat. The program includes two weekly excursions to Rabat historic and cultural sites such as Chellah, Hassan tower, Rabat Souks, Andalusian gardens and Kasbah.

Marrakech

The second long trip is to Marrakech, the first of Morocco’s imperial cities. Marrakech is a city famous for its souks, parks, palm grove, and historical monuments. Marrakech is also famous for its Jamaa el-Fna square, a vivacious marketplace.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,495 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Morocco

Accommodations

Two Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Rabat Metro/Bus Pass

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $1000 minimum), independent travel ($600, optional) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,600 – $1,700

The KIIS Morocco program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Morocco with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati, Louisville, or Indianapolis.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Morocco is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Morocco to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Dates

June 21 – July 20, 2019 

Cost

$3,495 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Anthropology, Elementary – Intermediate Arabic, Religious Studies

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Morocco provides a first-hand and unique experience to the linguistic, cultural, and ethnic diversity of Morocco for students with interest in learning Arabic language and culture as well as Moroccan history, politics and religion. KIIS Morocco is an ideal context where you can immerse yourself into a multi-linguistic Arab society, with a noticeable European influence. The program will be based in the capital city of Rabat and longer-weekend excursions will include visits to Marrakech and Fez. To complement KIIS course offerings, guest lecturers from local universities will be selected.

Language Requirement: None. No language requirement for Religion Courses or Arabic 101.

Accommodations: Dorm, 2 people per room OR Homestay, 2-3 people per family.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Abdelaadim Bidaouiabidaoui@bsu.edu

Courses

Courses are taught in Arabic except RELS 306 & RELS 399. Moroccan Arabic & Modern Standard Arabic are available. Upper-level Arabic available upon request. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ARBC 101 Elementary Arabic I

Dr. Abdelaadim Bidaoui

This is an introductory course to familiarize students with the Arabic writing and sound systems and to enable them to develop basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

ARBC 102 Elementary Arabic II

Dr. Abdelaadim Bidaoui

The purpose of Arabic 102 is to develop students’ proficiency in Arabic and to familiarize them with its basic grammatical structures. The course will also help the student develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

ARBC 201 Intermediate Arabic I

Dr. Abdelaadim Bidaoui

The overall goal of this course is to develop students’ ability to use Modern Standard Arabic orally and in reading and writing. It aims at developing the student’s proficiency in Arabic from the intermediate-low to the intermediate-mid level.

ARBC 202 Intermediate Arabic II

Dr. Abdelaadim Bidaoui

The overall goal of this course is to develop students’ ability to use Arabic orally and in reading and writing. It aims at developing the student’s proficiency in Arabic from the intermediate-mid to the intermediate-high level.

ANTH 366 Topics: Anthropology of Religion in Morocco

Dr. Robert Phillips

We explore how anthropologists have documented & analyzed the varied ways in which humans have come to understand their world through the construction of sacred domains, with a focus on belief systems, indigenous & imported, that have a history in Morocco. We will explore religious diversity in Morocco through our careful perusal of a series of innovative ethnographic readings & field excursions focused on the region.

ANTH 366 Topics: Peoples & Cultures of Mediterranean Africa

Dr. Robert Phillips

We will examine the continent’s connection to its broader geographical context & aim to view Mediterranean Africa from both a local & a global perspective. We then sharpen our focus & begin a more in-depth exploration of Morocco & different anthropological themes & cross-cutting topics such as gender, race, religious belief, state power, poverty, crime & culture change.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Chefchouan

The trip the north of Morocco includes a visit to Chefchouan and other neighboring cities. Chefchouen is a beautiful city in the northwest of Morocco. This city witnessed a big presence of the Moorish and  Jewish communities in medieval times.

Oulja Pottery

Oulja is a traditional artisan exhibition and pottery factory located in Rabat's sister city of Salé.  While visiting Oulja, we have a unique opportunity to watch traditional masters as they display their methods and crafts.

The Beach

The expansive Atlantic coastline is located just fifteen minutes by taxi from Qalam wa Lawh Center. There are amazing views and several beaches within each reach of the city.

Hassan Tower

When construction began in 1195 CE, Hassan tower was intended to be the tallest minaret in the world. However, the project was never completed.  While the massive structure is amazing by itself, the site also provides amazing views of Rabat.

Rabat Souks

Rabat's central souks are located in the Medina (old city) and are a great place to interact with Moroccans and also a great place to shop.

Chellah

Chellah was established in Phoenician times before eventually becoming a Roman city.  At the fall of the Roman empire, it was abandoned until approximately 900 CE when the Arabs repopulated the area.

Rabat

We will be immersed in the culture through short, afternoon field trips within Rabat. The program includes two weekly excursions to Rabat historic and cultural sites such as Chellah, Hassan tower, Rabat Souks, Andalusian gardens and Kasbah.

Marrakech

The second long trip is to Marrakech, the first of Morocco’s imperial cities. Marrakech is a city famous for its souks, parks, palm grove, and historical monuments. Marrakech is also famous for its Jamaa el-Fna square, a vivacious marketplace.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,495 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Morocco

Accommodations

Two Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Rabat Metro/Bus Pass

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $1000 minimum), independent travel ($600, optional) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,600 – $1,700

The KIIS Morocco program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Morocco with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati, Louisville, or Indianapolis.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Morocco is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Morocco to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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