12 credits. 12 weeks. $12,000.
Our Multi-Location – Europe & the Muslim World: Granada & Rabat study abroad program is part of our 12 for 12 for 12 programs.
Designed for students seeking a deeper understanding of the ties between Western Europe and the Muslim world, this multi-location program offers a glimpse into the intertwining cultures, politics, histories, and economies of Morocco and Spain. Your study abroad adventure starts in Morocco’s vibrant capital city, Rabat. An overnight field trip via Tangiers and Chefchaouen and across the Mediterranean brings you to Granada, the last capital of Moorish Spain, where you begin to explore the convergence of the Arab world and the West. It’s here where you will continue to discover how the long, meshed histories have affected life in these two countries today.
The required 3-credit core courses, Contemporary Issues in Arab-Western Intersections and Role of Mass Media and Social Media in Political Transformation, span your 12-week study. Customize your academic experience by selecting two additional courses, one in each city. Course-related excursions and field trips— think an exploration of the Fez Medina and a day trip to Córdoba—are designed to enrich your studies.
When you study abroad in Morocco and Spain, Rabat and Granada will be your classrooms. Imagine visiting non-governmental organizations and other institutions that play a key role in contemporary Morocco’s political, economic, and cultural fields. Or touring the Alhambra in Granada as part of your study on Islamic art and architecture.
We want you to feel at home in both Granada and Rabat, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in these cities. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most engaging and authentic study abroad experience possible.
- Center: IES Abroad Granada
- City: Rabat, Granada
- Country: Morocco, Spain
- Program Credits: 12 credits
- Language of Instruction: English
- Language Prerequisites: None
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
- 12-credit option: September 2 - November 24
- 16-credit option: September 2 - December 22
Upcoming Application Deadlines:
- Application deadline has passed
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore the cultural, political, historical, and economic ties between Western Europe and North Africa. Our world-class professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. You take 12 credits of English-taught IES Abroad courses. In addition to the two required core courses, you’ll choose one of the three courses offered in both Rabat and Granada for a total of four 3-credit courses.
Required core courses:
- IR/PO 383 Contemporary Issues in Arab-Western Intersections
- CM 387 The Role of Mass and Social Media in Political Transformation in the Arab World
Rabat course options (choose one):
- AF/CU 221 North African Cultural Identities
- EC 352 The Economic Impact of Globalization on Morocco and Northwest Africa
- RL 243 Islam in Morocco and North Africa
Granada course options (choose one):
- AH 381 Islamic Art & Architecture of Spain and its Impact
- AN/PO 388 Understanding Migration from Europe’s Southern Border
- BS/CM 285 The Digital Transformation of Society and Organizations in the 21st century
Basic non-credit Spanish and Arabic Language workshops are required at each location.
Course syllabi coming soon.
AH 381 - Islamic Art and Architecture of Spain and its Impact (Fall)
PO/AN 388 - Understanding Migration from Europe's Southern Border (Fall, Spring)
CM/BS 285 - The Digital Transformation of Society and Organizations in the 21st Century (Fall, Spring)
- CM 387 - The Role of Mass and Social Media in Political Transformation in the Arab World (Fall, Spring)
- CM/BS 285 - The Digital Transformation of Society and Organizations in the 21st Century (Fall, Spring)
EC 352 - The Economic Impact of Globalization on Morocco & Northwest Africa (Fall, Spring)
PO/IR 383 - Contemporary Issues in Arab-Western Intersections (Fall, Spring)
- PO/AN 388 - Understanding Migration from Europe's Southern Border (Fall, Spring)
- PO/IR 383 - Contemporary Issues in Arab-Western Intersections (Fall, Spring)
RL 243 - Islam in Morocco and North Africa (Fall, Spring)
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Rabat and Granada, both cities will feel like home. You will have the wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture by participating in homestays in both locations.
The program begins with a two-day orientation in Rabat that introduces you to the structure of the program and what to expect. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet the IES Abroad staff, your fellow students, and explore the city. Upon your arrival in Granada, a second two-day orientation will include information on topics such as academic courses, housing, transportation, and health and safety in your new environment.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events Rabat
- Learn how to cook traditional Moroccan meals by attending a cooking class
- Participate in a traditional Moroccan wedding! IES Abroad and the host families will host so you get a unique chance to see the best of Moroccan traditions in celebration, food, dance, and music.
- Engage in language/cultural exchanges with local students and Moroccan residents
- Enjoy henna parties organized by IES Abroad Rabat staff
- Shop in the souqs (open air markets) and bargain with the local shopkeepers
- Volunteer work at Ciudad de los Niños, a school for children with a high risk of social exclusion, many of them from the Maghreb.
- Get to know Flamenco music through dance workshops
- Language/cultural exchanges with local students and Spanish residents
- Explore the Sephardic culture in a hands-on workshop
- Discover Spain's fascinating culinary traditions
- 18 years of age
- In good standing at your home school
Passport & Visa Requirements
A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.
The $12,000 program fee includes base tuition, housing, health insurance and at least one overnight field trip.
- Tuition: $9,195
- Housing: $2,880
- Insurance: $165
- Total: $12,240
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.
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Last updated August 21, 2018