12 credits. 12 weeks. $12,000.
Our Multi-Location – Europe & the Muslim World: Granada & Rabat study abroad program is part of our 12 for 12 for 12 programs.
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.
The required 3-credit core courses, Contemporary Issues in Arab-Western Intersections and Role of Mass Media and Social Media in Political Transformation, span your 12-week study. Customize your academic experience by selecting two additional 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.
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 housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most engaging and authentic study abroad experience possible.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Arrival in Rabat
You are expected to book your flight into Rabat (RBA), however students have also flown into the Casablanca (CMN) airport. If you choose to fly into Casablanca, you are required to travel to Rabat on your own and to arrive in Rabat by the official arrival date.
Arrival in Granada
Travel from Rabat to Granada will take place over November 4-5 and you will be accompanied by IES Abroad Rabat staff. You'll travel by bus and ferry, and the journey will include an overnight stay in either Chefchaouen or Tangier.
Departure from Granada
You may purchase a departure flight from Granada (GRX) or Málaga (AGP). If you choose to fly out of Málaga, you are responsible for organizing that transportation. The IES Abroad Granada Center will share information on ground transport to Málaga.
Travel from Rabat to Granada will take place over March 31-April 1 and you will be accompanied by IES Abroad Rabat staff. You'll travel by bus and ferry, and the journey will include an overnight stay in either Chefchaouen or Tangier.
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:
Rabat course options (choose one):
Granada course options (choose one):
Basic non-credit Spanish and Arabic Language workshops are required at each location.
Course syllabi coming soon.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.)
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.)
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.)
About the Center
The IES Abroad Granada Center is ideally located in the heart of Granada on Plaza Nueva. It has a spectacular view of the Alhambra and is close to several schools of the Universidad de Granada. Features include:
Read our interview with Hala Jadid al Kash!
Dr. Javier Martínez de Velasco has been the Director of the Granada Program since 2005. He received his doctorate in Hispanic Literature from the University of Kansas with a concentration in International Theater, and his Bachelor’s in English Philology from Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. He was a professor at Central Washington University, including the William O. Douglas Honors College, from 1994 to 2002, teaching Hispanic and Latin American Literature and Spanish. He developed a Spanish language program for Spanish Speakers at CWU and directed CWU’s Summer Program with the University of La Coruña in Galicia, Spain. As a complement to his academic work, he is an accomplished theater director.
IES Abroad Staff
Natalia García CaballosCoordinator of Student Affairs and Internships
Eva Martín GarcíaOffice Manager
Patricia Molina MolinaStudent Life Advisor
Elvira Rosales EscabiasAcademic Coordinator
The $12,000 program fee includes base tuition, housing, health insurance and at least one overnight field trip. A complete breakdown of this fee is coming soon.