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.
Optional Fifth Course
Students in the Multi-Location – Europe & the Muslim World Program are required to take four courses—the two required core courses, which span the length of the 12-week program, and one course each taken in Rabat and Granada. For students who wish to take a fifth course and earn a total of 16 credits and extend their program length to 16 weeks, an additional course—RE496 Research Methodology Seminar—may be added for an additional fee.
This 4-credit seminar introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as the design, development and writing of research and scholarly projects. It covers the most important research and presentation techniques used in different academic disciplines. The course underlays academic discussion as a basic tool for the development and success of research projects. Since study abroad is a unique opportunity for experiential learning and cultural interaction, special emphasis is given to those methods and techniques that imply contact and relationship with local people and/or institutions.
The seminar has two general foci:
- Module A: Methodology Workshop. At the end of this module, the student must deliver a Research Project Proposal. It should be a detailed research program that includes aims, methodology, and research hypothesis as well as a tentative timeline. This proposal must be signed and approved by the Research Tutor, who will accompany the student during the Tutorial.
- Module B: Writing Workshop. The aim of the Writing Workshop is to help students write scholarly sections of this research project, using accepted style norms and convincing arguments.
Modules A & B are completed over 6 weeks in Granada. At the end of these 6 weeks, the students extend their stay in Granada, or return to Rabat, for a final 4 weeks, during which they complete their research project under the supervision of an IES Abroad faculty member.
Because of the additional 4-credit seminar and additional 4 weeks of accommodation, meals, and additional program support, this fifth course option carries with it an additional fee. Please consult the IES Abroad website for the exact amount of this fee.