Study abroad in Spain and Morocco
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Multi-Location – Europe & the Muslim World: Granada & Rabat Add to favorites
  • Rabat, Morocco
  • Granada, Spain

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12 CREDITS | 12 WEEKS
Why Granada and Rabat?

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.

What You'll Study

The required 3-credit core courses, Contemporary Issues in Arab-Western Intersections and The Role of Mass Media and Social Media in Political Transformation in the Arab World, span your 12-week study. Customize your academic experience by selecting two additional elective 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.

You will also take a basic survival language workshop in each location. These non-credit workshops will get your Arabic and Spanish language skills up to speed, so you’re able to confidently explore Rabat and Granada.

Daily Life

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 local homestays to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most engaging and authentic study abroad experience possible.

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Academics

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.    
 

Courses

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH 381 - Islamic Art and Architecture of Spain and its Impact Fall English 3
Anthropology
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/AN 388 - Understanding Migration from Europe's Southern Border Fall, Spring English 3
Business Administration
Course Name Term Language Credits
CM/BS 285 - The Digital Transformation of Society and Organizations in the 21st Century Fall, Spring English 3
Communications
Course Name Term Language Credits
CM 387 - The Role of Mass and Social Media in Political Transformation in the Arab World Fall, Spring English 3
CM/BS 285 - The Digital Transformation of Society and Organizations in the 21st Century Fall, Spring English 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC 352 - The Economic Impact of Globalization on Morocco & Northwest Africa Fall, Spring English 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/IR 383 - Contemporary Issues in Arab-Western Intersections Fall, Spring English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/AN 388 - Understanding Migration from Europe's Southern Border Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR 383 - Contemporary Issues in Arab-Western Intersections Fall, Spring English 3
Research Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
RE 496 - Research Methodology Seminar Fall, Spring English 4
Religious Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
RL 243 - Islam in Morocco and North Africa Fall, Spring English 3

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventures are based in Rabat and Granada, our field trips take you beyond these cities to discover the cultures and traditions of your host countries. All field trips are included in your program fee. Here are a few possible destinations:

Tangier & Chefchauoen
2 Days
Explore the colorful sites of Tangier, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean at the Strait of Gibraltar. You will observe intersections of Europe and Arab Africa in Tangier, then head to Chefchaouen to experience its Andalusi influence. Ranked as the sixth most beautiful city in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, Chefchaouen is well-known for its picturesque buildings in various shades of blue.(During transition from Granada to Rabat.)

Fez
1 Day
Tour Fez, the third largest city in Morocco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to one of the largest medinas in the world.(During Rabat portion.)

Córdoba
1 Day
Visit Córdoba, cultural, political and economic center of Al Andalus, and the world’s most important city in the year 1000. Córdoba is home to a great, ancient mosque, which now functions as a Catholic church. You will also visit the House of Sepharad, the Jewish quarter, and other local sites.(During Granada portion.)

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in while in Rabat and Granada is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.

Orientation

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. 

Housing

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

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
 
Granada
  • 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
 

Get to Know Your New City

Partake in the Mock Wedding at Our Center

Experience traditional Moroccan culture first-hand with our mock Moroccan wedding.

Engage Your Senses

Take in the tastes, smells, colors, and sounds of the Medina.

Advance Your Language Skills

Practice three languages in one city—where else can you do that?

Visit a Hammam

Spend a few hours at the local bathhouse with your friends.

Indulge in Local Food and Tea

From Moroccan mint tea to couscous on Fridays, get to know life in Rabat through the city’s food.

Program Cost

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.

Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018 $9,195 $2,880 $165 $12,240


Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $9,010 $2,825 $165 $12,000


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.