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Program Description



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In this program, Barrett students will explore two contrasting forms of international migration - immigration and expatriatism- in the Western extremities of Africa and Europe. 

Quick Facts

  • June 7 - June 26, 2020

  • An encounter with two rich cultures at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and Atlantic and the Islamic and Christian worlds

  • Study migration and expatriate life in Europe and North Africa

  • Program visits to historic mosques, labyrinthine souks, an 8th century castle built by the Moors, the Algarve, and several UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information.


Tangier Group
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Location Details

Fabled for its cosmopolitan literary and artistic culture, Tangier is perhap’s Morocco’s most international city. While there we will walk in the footsteps of authors like Paul Bowles, Laila Lalami, William Burroughs, and Mohamed Choukri. Excursions from Tangier will include the famous “Cave of Hercules” and the beaches of the Strait of Gibraltar

Tucked high in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen, the famous “blue city” of the Morocco, was founded as a refuge for Moorish exiles from Spain in the 15th century, and for centuries was cut off from Western travelers. Today, “Chaouen” (as it is called by Moroccans) is a thriving center of Riifi culture. Our day trip there will be spent exploring the photogenic medina, shopping for local handicrafts, sampling the local cuisine, and hiking to a local mosque overlooking the town amid the peaks of the Rif.

A famed market city and gateway to the Sahara, since the twentieth-century Marrakech has become an adventure destination for countercultural artists from around the globe. Today, Fes is a thriving international city with one of Morocco’s most vibrant arts and culture scenes existing alongside the its famed and bustling traditional markets in Jemaa El-Fnaa.

The cultural capital of Morocco and the ancestral home of the kingdom’s royal family, Fez is home to some of the most stunning historical architecture in the world. While exploring Fez’s labyrinthine medina with a local guide, we will see sites including the world’s oldest continuously operating university, medieval palaces of stunning intricacy, and a handicrafts market that rivals any on the globe.

Portugal’s vibrant capital city located on the Tagus Estuary. Lisbon is a cosmopolitan European center with ancient roots. Portugal is Europe’s oldest nation state and in Lisbon travelers experience a vibrant culture shaped by generations of diverse settlement. Lisbon is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites (Torre de Belém and Jerónimos Monastery) and is a short drive from the stunning towns of Sintra and Cascais and the breathtaking Pena Palace and Castelo dos Mouros.

More than seven million tourists visit the stunning coastal region each year, making it one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Known for its rugged coastline and spectacular vistas, this coastal region in the south of Portugal was integral to the history of Portuguese navigation. Henry the Navigator based himself in the region and many Portuguese maritime journeys began on the shores of the Algarve.   It was also here, beginning in the 1400s, that African slaves were transported to be sold throughout Europe and beyond. The recently refurbished Mercado de Escravos (Slave Market) Museum in Lagos provides an opportunity to learn about and reflect on the legacy of slavery.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, 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.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be enrolled in good standing in Barrett Honors College with at least a 3.0 GPA.

  • Students  must have earned a C or above in HON 171 or HON 370.


Students must take both of the below courses for a total of 6 credits:

  • HON 394: Destination Tangier: American Literature's Encounter with Morocco (3 credits)

In this course, Dr. Young will lead an exploration the storied cultural history and dynamic present of Morocco, focusing on one of the most celebrated cities in global literature: Tangier. In our travels and readings, we will explore Morocco as it has been represented by U.S. writers ranging from mid-century expatriate Paul Bowles to contemporary Moroccan American writer Laila Lailami, as well as engaging the writing of Moroccan authors as they tell stories of their encounters with their privileged American colleagues and meditate on the violent divides and unexpected solidarities produced by the War on Terror. As we explore the medieval alleys of Morocco’s medinas, searching out the sights, sounds and smells that have inspired generations of literary iconoclasts, we will be researching the cultural history of this cosmopolitan and ancient place while also writing our own stories – in the form of social media stories, short stories, or literary journalism projects – documenting our own encounters with this unforgettable country. 

  • HON 394: International Migration: Portugal's Diverse Peoples (3 credits)

In this course, students will explore the long transnational history of the Portuguese people and the status of contemporary immigrants (many of them from North African countries like Morocco) in Portugal. Our stay will be primarily based in Lisbon (with day trips outside city), but will include overnight stops in Algarve. Dr. O’Flaherty, a historian of international migration, will lead this second portion of the course, in which students will have the opportunity to consider historical in and out migrations from and to Portugal. We will consider the legacy of colonialism and explore modern refugee and migrant movements. Other topics will include Portuguese migration to the Americas, the Portuguese in Africa, religion and culture of modern Portugal, and global influences in modern Portuguese life. In this course we will also consider Portugal and the European Union (EU) and students will have an opportunity to think broadly about global connections and international perspectives.  Students will visit several UNESCO world heritage sites as well as exploring the awe-inspiring natural beauty and maritime history of the Algarve, key to understanding the Age of Discovery.  




Faculty Directors

Dr. Alex Young
Honors Faculty Fellow
Barrett, the Honors College
Mercado Building, Room B 127
541 E Van Buren Street B4
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Office phone number:719-433-1567

Alex Trimble Young is an Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College. His research focuses on American literature in its transnational contexts. Prior to earning his PhD at the University of Southern California, Dr. Young worked for three years as a high school English teacher at the American School of Tangier.

Dr. Katherine O'Flaherty
Honors Faculty Fellow
Barrett, the Honors College
Downtown Phoenix Campus
411 N. Central Ave.
University Center Building, Ste. 164
MC: 1520

Katherine O’Flaherty is Senior Lecturer and Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College. She is an immigration historian interested in historical and contemporary migration movemements. Dr. O’Flaherty has accompanied students on study abroad programs to Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada, and Morocco.

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Program Housing

During our stay in Morocco, we will stay in riads (historic Moroccan homes) in the vibrant medinas (old cities) of Tangier, Chefchaoune, Marrakech, and Fez. Our time in Morocco will include breakfast and at least two traditional Moroccan meals. In Portugal, we will be staying in hostels and hotels in walkable locations in central Lisbon and in the Algarve. We will travel between cities on private coach and train, but while in them we will conduct walking tours of medieval neighborhoods that cannot be navigated otherwise. Be ready for adventure and rigorous walking tours.

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. The built environment of Morocco is nothing close to ADA compliant: the program will include a great deal of walking on terrain and in buildings that include narrow doorways, uneven terrain, non-standard stairways, and confined spaced. In Portugal, students will be walking up and down hill to historical sites. The ground is unpaved and uneven. There are no alternative modes of access beyond walking. In addition, please note that Morocco will be a challenging destination for students with stringent dietary needs: vegan and gluten free meals will be difficult to procure and will be the responsibility of the student to find. 

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. 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 Portugalpublic transportation vehicles generally have seats reserved for individuals with disabilities, but some may not be equipped to load and secure wheelchairs. The State Railway Operator has a free service to provide train and station accessibility, assistance boarding/exiting the train, and assistance with trip planning. In Lisbon, most (but not all) of Lisbon Metro’s stations offer full accessibility to people 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. 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. 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. In Portugal, the population is mostly homogenous, with over 99% of the population identified as white Mediterranean. Racism and discrimination do occur, but seem to be directed more towards immigrants from Africa and the Roma community.

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 Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $6,155.

Program Fee includes: shared accommodation, daily breakfast, a welcome and farewell meal, some additional meals, academic visits, cultural excursions, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, tuition for six upper-division honors credit, and international health insurance. Not included: Airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see 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 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. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • Barrett Honors College has its own Travel Grant that is needs based. Stay alert to Honors-L for application details early in the fall semester.


Links to Additional Resources

*The ASU Study Abroad Office does not officially endorse, administer or monitor the content of these links.

Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/07/2020 06/26/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until the Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.