Morocco & South of Spain

About the Program

Accommodations 

Costs 

Deadlines

Course Descriptions

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While in Morocco, partipants will visit Casablanca, Marrakech, Ourika River Valley, Lixus, and Rabat. After two weeks in Morocco particpants will take a ferry to cross the Strait of Gibraltar to arrive in Spain. While here, students will visit Ceuta, Granada, Alahambra, Seville, and Madrid. 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

guy riding camel“Morocco, Spanish Morocco, and Moroccan Spain”: Immerse yourself in Arabic life and culture in Morocco and then explore how this culture is refracted through historical and ongoing interaction with Spain. Students will have the opportunity to explore the complex and intense cultural exchange between Spain and Morocco from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

Program dates, structure, course structure

The group departs for Morocco on May 14, 2014 and returns to Atlanta from Spain on June 4. Courses offered will be completed through onsite lectures, walking tours, and group discussions coupled with readings, writing assignments and online lectures. Coursework will begin in the weeks before we leave, and will continue after we return via online content.  

Students will spend the first two weeks in Morocco (based in Casablanca) and one week in Spain (based in Granada). 


Program costs

Girls on windowsillThe package cost of $3750 for the three week program includes: Round trip airfare (Atlanta to Morocco and Spain back to Atlanta), ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to Spain, lodging in Casablanca and Granada, required field trips and walking tours, and a health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses.

Health Matters & Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad.


Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician's assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.

Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications. 

No special immunizations are needed to enter Morocco or Spain, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.

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Everyone who travels to Morocco and Spain must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it of takes more than 3 months to get a passport. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport.

Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Morocco or Spain for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by March 10th to avoid a $50 late fee.

http://travel.state.gov/passport/

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ACCOMMODATIONS

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While in Morocco students will stay with host families to get a true experience of Arabic life and culture. After two weeks in Morocco, students will cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Andalucía where they will stay in hotels for one week. In both locations, students will be located in the heart of the city which is easily accessible to grocery stores, cafes, and restaurants.

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COSTS

Girls in Fancy ChairThe package cost of $3750 for the three week program includes: Round trip airfare (Atlanta to Morocco and Spain back to Atlanta), transportation from Morocco to Spain, lodging in Casablanca and Granada, required field trips and walking tours, and a health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses. Students on the Morocco and Spain program will have the opportunity to visit the following cities: Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Tangier, Ceuta, Granada, and Seville.  Planned excursions include:  Hassan II Mosque (Casablanca); djemma el fna and medina, la Menara, Koutoubia Mosque, Ourika River valley (Marrakech); the Kasbah des Oudaïas (Rabat); Roman ruins of Lixus (south of Tangier); Museo Municipal and Monte Hacho (Ceuta); Muslim Quarter -  Albayzin, Alhambra (Granada); Cathedral and Alcazar (Seville).

The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, all other meals, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the Atlanta airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $200 per week for meals. If students plan extended travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Optional excursions might involve additional fees; course instructors will inform students of such fees during the mandatory student orientation on April 19th.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

LUNCH

Courses in the 2014 Morocco Study Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid.

Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid.

 

Payment Schedule:

Feb 3, 2014

Application form and $200 application fee due

Feb 7 2014

First payment of $1775 due

March 10, 2017

Final payment of $1775 due

 

Students’ application fee, deposits and other payments are applied towards required advances, purchase of airline tickets, and other costs related to the program. Note that the application fee is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees.

Refunds

Application fees and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $200 application fee is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees.

HennaParticipants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator, Beverly Vantine, at bbreeland@valdosta.edu AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.

 

Withdrawal before Feb 3

all but $200 will be refunded

Withdrawal between Feb 2 and Feb 18

all but $400 will be refunded

Withdrawal between Feb 19 and March 1

all but $850 will be refunded

Withdrawal between March 2 and March 30

all but $2000 will be refunded

Withdrawal after March 30

No money will be refunded

ArchwayThe package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees to some field trips that are not included with cost of program, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

Important Deadlines:

Application Due- Feb 3rd (Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis and students are encouraged to apply early)

First Payment- Feb 7th

Final Payment- March 10th 

-2 passport photos due March 10th ($50 late fee if not received IN OFFICE by 5pm on this date). Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information.

http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/pptphotoreq_5333.html

-An electronic copy of your passport is due March 10th. Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. ($50 late fee if not received by email by 5pm on this date)

-There is an all-day*Mandatory* planning meeting on Saturday April 19th, 2014 in Milledgeville at the Georgia College & State University Campus. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.

Buying NecklacesFlight Deviation/Separate Airfare

Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to Morocco sooner, or extend your stay in Spain, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare; however, in order to keep our group rate only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC coordinator. If you are given permission to do your own airfare, there will be a deduction in your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by March 10th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 10th will be denied.

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

“Arabic Life & Culture in Morocco and Spain”

Offered as both a lower division and upper division course.

Arabic life and culture will be explored from both experience-based and lecture-based vantage points, using the country of Morocco as an exemplar of modern Arabic culture more generally, and as its own unique culture in particular.  We will experience Arabic culture in Morocco and then explore how this culture is refracted through historical and ongoing interaction with Spain.  Cultural interaction in all its forms – exchange, conflict, and syncretism – is the focus of our studies, with the themes of cultural learning and tolerance as our guides.  Faculty from Hassan II University in Casablanca will give guest lectures on Morocco’s history, its religion, politics, economics, and literature (emphasizing how Morocco has been portrayed in English literature).  The program director will give several lectures on cross-cultural psychology.  Lectures and guided discussions will also take place during excursions in Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Tangier, Ceuta, Granada, and Seville. 

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APPLY TO THE PROGRAM

Directions on how to apply: 

  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here
  3. After you submit your application to your campus rep, please pay the $200 non-refundable application fee.

*Your application will not be processed until we receive BOTH your application and $200 deposit.

Beach** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. Some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.

 Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.  Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University

An application form is available above; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed on this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $200 (to be paid online). Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $200 application fee are received.

Because of space limitations, acceptance is on a first come, first served basis, according to the date of receipt of the application and application fee.  Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program.

The application deadline for the 2014 program is March 3, 2014.

Students must be in good standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council. 

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CONTACT US

Beverly Vantine

European Council Coordinator

bbreeland@valdosta.edu

229.259.2591

 

David Biek

Morocco/Spain Program Director

david.biek@maconstate.edu

478.471.2459