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June 20–July 26, 2017

New for 2017!

Morocco possesses a wealth of cultural, sociological, and historical facets that are clearly visible in its beautiful and distinctly different cities.

While they all have many common features such as traditional medinas, suburbs that carry the markers of Morocco’s colonial past, as well as modern industrial areas, they still bear very individual traits that pay homage to their ethic differences, climatically widely varied circumstances, preserve their historical heritages — not only in architecture and cityscape, but also in the languages that are spoken predominantly and even in the everyday lifestyle. This may be the reason that Morocco is considered to be one of the most liberal and free-spirited Arab countries.

The experience starts with ten days in Richmond followed by studying in Morocco.

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Program participants will have the choice to receive credit for either language or culture courses — or a combination thereof. There will be the possibility to sign up for the following classes:

  • ARAB 111/112 Accelerated Beginning Arabic
  • ARAB 211/212 Accelerated Beginning Arabic II
  • ARAB 311/312 Accelerated Intermediate Arabic
  • LLC 397 The Islamic City
  • LLC 397 Media and Power in Contemporary Morocco

All participants will also enroll in a specially designed course, “Survival Arabic: Darija” that carries no credit and is designed to help all students to interact with the people on the streets and in the markets on the most basic level.

Since the program will be offered to students from different institutions and because we discern best what we know of, the program will start at the University of Richmond. Ten days of intensive teaching on campus here will lay the groundwork for the sojourn in Morocco: A lot of reading and basic knowledge will be covered while in “familiar territory” so that we can use more of the time while in Morocco to gain knowledge “in the field,” through projects and concrete work rather than just through work in the classrooms. At the same time, the days spent in Richmond will give the participants a chance to get to know each other.

The following courses are structured around participation in four weeks abroad in Morocco. In order to earn credit for the courses, students are required to attend lectures and tours, prepare daily readings, participate in all activities, field trips, and discussions and submit written reflections and analytical work in a timely manner.

LLC 397 The Islamic City

The course considers variations on features common to cities in Muslim majority societies, and environmental, religious, cultural and social factors that contribute to similarities and differences between cities. Students will travel to Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech, and Essaouira, and reflect on their experiences engaging with institutions and individuals in those spaces, with special attention to how divisions of class, ethnicity, religion and gender are enacted through practices of movement, consumption and dress, as well as formal and informal elements of design in public and private spaces. Lectures and readings help students analyze traces of the continuities and ruptures produced by interactions with European imperialism, and the rise of cosmopolitan global cities. These urban experiences will be considered in contrast to other elements of the variegated landscape of modern Morocco. Trips to Ouarzazate (the so-called “door to the desert”) and Tiddas village in the Middle Atlas Mountains offer opportunities to reflect on how cities are defined in opposition to conceptions of wilderness and nomadism, progress and prosperity. This course counts toward cumulative GPA and carries elective credit in RHCS.

LLC 397 Media and Power in Contemporary Morocco

Much excitement was generated around the democratizing potential of new information technologies as they were artfully deployed by youth movements to inform and mobilize people across the Middle East and North Africa. Moroccans took advantage of increased availability of internet, mobile phones, social media, as well as increasingly affordable tools for the production of independent film, reporting, music and advertising to project less commonly heard standpoints and opinions. Students in the course consider efforts of individuals to represent experiences of economic and social change, the resurgence of religious thought and symbols in the public sphere, and the struggle for political representation against more familiar official discourses. How do Moroccans define “democratization,” and at which junctures and through what new media is there a movement in this direction? Where has media been used to enforce conformity or consent in Moroccan society, and how have different groups been impacted by this work? This course will be taught on site, with relevant field trips, discussions and final portfolio/project report.

What's Included
  • Two units of UR credit
  • Pick-up service from airport (Richmond)
  • Housing and meal plan in dorms at University of Richmond
  • Transportation to airport and flight to Morocco (Rabat)
  • Pick-up service from airport (Rabat)
  • On-site orientation and constant attention from Amideast staff
  • One-month local cell phone plan
  • Home stay with families in Rabat; stays in traditional Riadhs in Meknès and Marrakech
  • Transportation from Rabat to Meknès and Marrakech
  • Faculty-led field trips and excursions both within the city and beyond
  • On-site supervision by program director
Not Included
  • Most meals
  • Texts
Activities & Excursions

Study trips to Fes, Essaouira and Ouarzazate.

Application, Timeline & Fees

Application & Deposit: $300 nonrefundable deposit with application

  • Application DeadlineExtended to February 24!
  • 1st Payment: March 17
  • Final Payment: April 17

Cost: $6,500

Scholarship: UR students are eligible to apply for the Holt Summer Study Abroad Scholarship. Selected recipients will receive approximately $2,000 toward the cost of an approved UR Summer Study Abroad program.


Sara Nimis, Assistant Professor, University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn

Director, Arabic Language Program
Arabic Language and Culture
Required Forms
Current UR Students

All current University of Richmond students may apply online using Gateway Abroad, the same online application system used for semester- and year-long study abroad programs.

Follow this link to begin your online application:

UR students will not need to complete the PDF application forms that appear below.

Non-UR Students

Students who are not enrolled at the University of Richmond can apply for UR Summer Study Abroad programs if they meet program eligibility requirements.

The following application forms should be completed by non-UR students. All forms are required. Submit packet to Summer School office, or as directed. Must include parent/guardian signatures if under age 18. Include deposit payable to University of Richmond.

Study Abroad Application

Summer School Registration

Agreement & Release

Emergency Information

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Office of Summer Studies
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138

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Closed for University holidays