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Extended Study: Morocco

Directors: Nady Abdal-Ghaffar, Shaemaa Essa
Dates: May 19th to June 9th, 2018
Credits: one credit (includes both on-campus course and extended study)
On-campus course: MIST 253: Aspects of Contemporary Arab Societies
Prerequisites: two semesters of Arabic language by end of spring 2018 semester; must take Arabic during spring 2018 semester
Application Deadline: October 27, 2017

To Apply:

Along with the completed application, please submit the following documents to Please indicate your preferred Extended Study destination in the subject line of your email.
  1. Download and complete the Extended Study application here.
  2. A personal essay of no more than 500 words, either as a Word document or PDF, explaining why you wish to join this extended study program and what contribution it will make to your education. Also include, if you wish, any characteristics or qualities you possess that you feel would benefit the group.
  3. Your unofficial transcript. Unofficial transcripts may be printed and/or downloaded from Colgate's Portal (
  4. A copy of your passport (if you have one)


This extended study course concentrates on giving students a sense of the many players and elements that make up contemporary Morocco – the land, the language and its people. This requires a sense of both history and language, as well as a wide-ranging (if eclectic) understanding of the lived experience of the people. Thus, the class studies cultural aspects such food, music, historical issues, political issues, and language.

The course includes a three-week trip to Morocco, which exposes the students to the actual environment in which all these aspects come together. The three-week Morocco program will be based in Meknes, a medium-sized city in central Morocco, but will include trips to Rabat, the capital, Fez, the cultural and religious center, a rural village, and several other cultural sites. Our local partner in Morocco will be AALIM, the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco. The schedule in Morocco will include lectures by local scholars, discussions led by the programs co-leaders, visits to cultural and historical sites, language instruction, and language partnerships with local Moroccan students that will include home visits. Because course readings will be in English and Arabic, and class discussion will be in Arabic, all students must have completed the equivalent of two semesters of Arabic by the end of the spring 2018 semester.