This winter program will be a twenty-four day immersion in the history, culture, politics, languages and geography of Morocco, a unique North African or Maghreb country, its influence over time on Spain, and the subsequent Spanish influence over it. Students will have blogs and daily seminars as the program takes place, followed by a written reflection paper at the end of the program.
The first part of the program will take place in Spain examining the Moorish influence on Spanish culture, history, and language. Students will engage in supervised visits to key locations in Spain along with either morning or afternoon formal seminars with professors depending on schedule needs. Flying into Barcelona, later going to Madrid and its surroundings. We will take a high speed train to Malaga and go visit Cordoba, Sevilla, and Granada.
For the second part of the program, we will take a high speed ferry from Tarifa, Spain to Tangiers, Morocco. We will tour Tangiers and go on to Chefchaouen, an important city that received the Sefardic Jews and Moors expelled from Spain by the Catholic Monarchs. On our way to Fez, we will stop to tour the ruins of Volubilis, an anciente Roman City. We will continue to Merzouga where we will participate in a guided 4x4 and camel tour of the desert along a traditional Berber route including a campout in the Sahara Desert. We will cross the High Atlas Mountains into the desert city of Ouarzazate to explore the source of Moorish wealth that enabled it to maintain control of Andalusia. We will continue from Ouarzazate to Marrakech and spend two nights to explore the city and its “souk”. Leaving Marrakech, we will travel to the coastal city of Essaouira. We will visit an argan oil cooperative created by women for women, along the way. Leaving Essaouria, we will continue to Rabat, Morocco’s capital and spend one night. The next day we will go on to Casablanca and visit the Hassan II mosque. Spend the night in Casablanca before taking our return flight home. Participating students will have daily seminars with accompanying professors.
Program Capacity: 10 students
Required Credits: 6
Application Deadline: October 1st
Students will choose two courses for the program:
Core 430 Identity and Social Class: (Prof Bosco) This course will provide students with a greater understanding of the role of social class, not only in their personal development, but also to society in the United States. Social class intersects with literature, arts, science, history and individuals. Developing an understanding of the nature of this impact will allow students to better address the three questions that form the foundation of the core: Who am I, What can I know? Based on what I know, what should I do?
MGMT 355- International Organizational Behavior: (Prof. Bosco) This course involves the study of organizational behavior in the context of understanding multicultural and international influences on those behaviors. One goal of the course is to develop an increased self-awareness of our cultural conditioning, individual biases and assumptions and to understand the implications they have on our business interactions with people who are different from us. Basic knowledge and skills needed to manage effectively in other cultural environments will be included. These will involve developing familiarity with the types of situations and issues which managers often confront when working internationally.
Student accommodations will consist of hotels located in the various traveled areas, and a camp in the middle of the desert.
December 27, 2019 - January 20, 2020
Program Fee: $5,499
October 15: $500 NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit
- Includes tuition, Lodging, guided tour in private mini-bus, breakfasts, one dinner in Morocco.
- Does not include airfare, most meals, drinks, tips
November 30: Remaining Balance
Financial Aid and Scholarships
RWU students applying to RWU-sponsored short term study abroad programs are not eligible for financial aid, however, they may apply to one or both of the scholarships listed below. Students apply for the scholarship(s) at the same time they submit their application for a short-term program abroad. In order to be considered for the Global Engagement Scholarship, they must submit their application by stated program application deadline.
The Bridging the World Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on academic merit only
Scholarships awards based on financial need and academic merit
The Global Engagement Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on financial need only (limited funds available)
Professor Peter Alfieri, Department of Modern Languages
Office: GHH 104
Professor Susan Bosco, Professor of Business Management
Office: SB 327
Health & Safety Abroad:
This program includes extensive walking and a camel ride. Students with severe restrictions should carefully evaluate their ability to participate comfortably. Students should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for complete information regarding the health concerns and vaccine recommendations specific to Spain and Morocco. Students should also review the U.S. State Department’s consular information website for complete information on safety and security in Spain and Morocco.
All information subject to change - Roger Williams University reserves the right to cancel any faculty-led program offered during the academic year for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason. These reasons may include safety and security concerns at the program location. Should it prove necessary to do so, the School will promptly notify all registrants.