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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description

Overview

ISA Morocco desert
Photo courtesy of ISA

   Quick Facts

  • The Meknes Language, Culture and Society summer program provides students with little or no Arabic or French language experience the opportunity to choose among courses taught in English.
  • Students may select courses in subjects such as history, culture, architecture, arts, religion, politics, gender studies, and more.
  • Enroll in an Arabic or French language class at any level
  • Participate in one or two summer sessions in the historic city of Meknes

Location


ISA Meknes fountains
Photo courtesy of ISA

Location Details

Meknes, one of Morocco's historic imperial cities, is home to a beautiful blend of the Arab, Amazigh, Jewish and French cultures composing modern Morocco. The diverse and distinct districts of Meknes, such as the bustling Hamrya (Ville Nouvelle or new city), labyrinthine Medina (medieval city), and relaxing plazas and green spaces, speak true to the diversity of Morocco. Due to the cultural and historic richness of the medieval city, UNESCO declared Meknes a World Heritage site in 1996 (one of eight within Morocco). With its myriad opportunities for exploration, Meknes provides an ideal setting for study abroad.

Read more about Meknes here.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* to participate in this program for programs that are longer than 90 days. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

ISA Meknes Study Center
Located in the modern and dynamic district of Hamria, the ISA Meknes Study center offers excellent academics with courses taught by local, U.S. and visiting professors from Carroll College. Local NGOs working to promote human rights, economic and social development operate out of the same facility, which provides a unique and exciting atmosphere for our students as they attend classes.

Students have the option to choose from a variety of course options in many disciplines such as Political Science, Middle Eastern, Gender and Religious Studies and International Relations. Courses are comprised of only ISA students, and the small student-professor ratio allows for an interactive classroom setting.

Students enroll in two courses per session and are encouraged to enroll in Arabic or French language as one of those courses.

Information about available courses can be found on the ISA website for the specific term.

Please note the following:

  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam administered on-site and/or prerequisites. For a specific list of course prerequisites, please refer to the course listing/course descriptions for this program on the ISA website.
Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Course Levels, Credit & Grades
The ISA Meknes program follows U.S. grading and credit standards. Attendance requirements are strict and missed classes may impact grades.
 
  ISA Study Center ASU
Course Levels ISA 100 & 200 level courses Lower division
ISA 300 & 400 level courses Upper division
Credit 3 credits / 45 contact hours* 3 credits*
*Courses offered may vary in credit amount. ISA Study Center classes will convert to ASU credit on a 1:1 basis (or 15 contact hours = 1 credit).
ISA Morocco students on tour
Photo courtesy of ISA

Housing

ISA Morocco narrow streets
Photos courtesy of ISA

Program Housing

ISA housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Moroccan lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Morocco. Taxis are also an affordable transportation alternative. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 5-10 minutes depending on housing and class locations.

ISA Apartments
These apartments are fully furnished and located in the center of the Ville Nouvelle, also known as Hamria, the modern city built by the French. Laundry facilities and Wifi are included. Students have convenient access to public transportation routes, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Students can easily rely on public transportation to get to the ISA Meknes Study Center, or enjoy about a 10 minute walk. You will be provided with three meals a day (except on Sundays and ISA excursion days) and the services of a housekeeper. Vegan and vegetarian diets can be accommodated. Students wanting additional snacks and/or food are responsible for purchasing these goods from local markets, grocery stores or restaurants.

Homestays
Students may have the opportunity to live with a Moroccan family. These accommodations are offered upon availability and interested students should contact the Site Specialist to inquire about living in a homestay. Meal accomodations are the same as those provided to students who opt for the apartment option. Wifi is also included in a homestay. 

More information about these housing options is available on the ISA website.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Morocco, for those with mobility challenges, traversing narrow streets and rutted pavement can be very difficult. In general, Morocco boasts few accommodations for persons with disabilities. Most public transportation is inaccessible to persons with disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Morocco, homosexuality is a criminal offense. It should be noted that romantic displays of affection between heterosexual or homosexual couples publicly are both uncommon and discouraged. LGBTQIA students should exercise caution while traveling in Morocco.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Morocco, women walking alone in certain areas of cities and rural areas are particularly vulnerable to assault by men. They should exercise caution when in public spaces, including nightclubs or other social establishments. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.