Arabic Studies, International Relations & Language
ISA Meknes Study Center
Located in the modern and dynamic district of Hamria, the ISA Meknes Study Center offers excellent academics with courses taught by local, U.S., and visiting professors from Carroll College. Local NGOs working to promote human rights and economic and social development operate out of the same facility, which provides a unique and exciting atmosphere for our students as they attend classes.
You will have the option to choose from a variety of course options in many disciplines such as political science, Middle Eastern studies, gender studies, Arabic language, religious studies, French language, and international relations. Courses are comprised of only ISA students, and the small student-professor ratio allows for an interactive classroom setting.
ISA has partnered with Carroll College in Montana to serve as the School of Record for this program. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a U.S. transcript from Carroll College.
Fall 1 2020
Sep 08, 2020 - Dec 05, 2020
Jun 01, 2020
180 - 270 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Enhance your understanding of our world by selecting from a diverse course list that includes a range of fascinating topics, such as Middle Eastern studies, political science, gender studies, religious studies, and international relations. In addition, you can take French and Arabic language classes, with levels ranging from beginning through advanced.
A highlight of this program is the ability to enroll in two Arabic or French language courses. If you wish to progress through one full level of language (ie: Beginning Arabic I and II), you may do so and earn up to a years' worth of credit hours. Please note that you cannot progress through two different levels (ie. Beginning Arabic II and Intermediate I). Courses may be instructed by local, U.S. and/or visiting professors from Carroll College, and classmates will be comprised of other ISA students on your program. With the exception of the language classes, courses will be taught in English.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
180 - 270
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 18
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 27
- Course availability is based on enrollment numbers. You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event that your initial course choices are closed due to low enrollment.
- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
- Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
- Language courses are modular; you have the ability to enroll in two sequential Arabic or French language courses. If you wish to progress through one full level of language (ie. Beginning Arabic I and II) you may do so and earn up to a year’s worth of credit hours. Please note that you cannot progress through two different levels (ie. Beginning Arabic II and Intermediate I).
- You are required to select alternate courses in the event of top course choices conflicting on the timetable, course cancellations, or registration issues.
- You should get your alternate courses pre-approved by your academic advisor.
- Enrollment in Arabic and French language courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the ISA Meknes Study Center. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you’ve already completed at your home university.
- If you are trying to place into any level of language beyond beginning, it is recommended that you prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.
- Students taking Arabic language classes are required to purchase their textbooks for Arabic prior to departure. To determine which book you should purchase for your Arabic course, please refer either to the course descriptions below or to your pre-registration form. Textbooks for other courses will be aquired on-site.
- The transcript from the ISA Meknes Study Center will reflect U.S. credits for each course listed below. Transcripts will be issued by the ISA school of record- Carroll College. Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program.
Course Level Recommendations
- ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. The courses listed below are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Carroll College administrators. The course prefix is a two-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline. The course number is a three-digit designator for the course level. The first digit indicates the year for which the course was designed: 1 indicates first year, 2 indicates second year, 3 indicates third year and 4 indicates fourth year. The last two numbers are used for cataloging. These ISA recommendations are intended to help with the determination of course equivalencies at U.S. home institutions.
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Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Moroccan lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Meknes. Uncovering the uniqueness of your accommodations and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
Host families are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Homestays are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide three meals a day (except on Sundays and ISA excursion days) and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender.
Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished. The apartments are located in the center of Ville Nouvelle- the "new city" section of Meknes. Apartments typically house 6-7 ISA students of the same gender, with shared room occupancy. You will be provided with three meals a day (except on Sundays and ISA excursion days) and the services of a housekeeper.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
You will arrive in Morocco via Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub. Your Bridging Cultures Program starts here, and you will be introduced to the Moroccan culture while also reviewing important health and safety information for your time abroad. Tour the Hassan II Mosque, one of the world's largest mosques and home to the world's tallest minaret (210 meters), and marvel at the city's exquisite masterpieces of Art Deco architecture.
Make your way to Marrakech, Morocco's legendary "pink city", during your Bridging Cultures Program. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the Jemaa el-Fna plaza, home to storytellers, snake charmers, acrobats, monkey handlers, food stalls and more. Meander off the main square to discover the narrow paths and artisans' shops that make up Morocco's largest traditional market (souk).
As a part of the Bridging Cultures Program, you will travel through the Atlas Mountains on your way to Meknes and visit the secluded Ouzoud Waterfalls, where you will have the opportunity to relax in the open mountain air and swim at the base of the falls. The beauty of the Atlas region is sure to give you a sense of calm before arriving in Meknes
Explore the beautiful white and blue buildings of the seaside neighborhood surrounding the city's kasbah (fortress). Climb to the top for refreshing views of the Oued Bou Regreg Estuary and the seemingly endless Atlantic Ocean. Stroll through the plaza of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Hassan Tower, Rabat's famous half-finished landmark.
The port city of Tangier has captured the imagination of travelers, writers and artists for centuries. Located at the strategic Strait of Gibraltar, this international city exhibits cultural influences from both Europe and Africa. From Tangier's shores you can easily view Spain's southern coast, just nine miles to the north across the strait. While in Tangier, you will explore the historic Medina, kasbah, artists' quarter, and the breezy seafront promenade.
Discover Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in the world. Explore such features as the Capitoline Temple, Volubilis Basilica, Decumanus Maximus, Arch of Caracalla and Tingis Gate, and marvel at the city's beautiful still-intact mosaics.
Explore Fes el-Bali, otherwise known as Old Fes, one of the largest and best-preserved medieval cities in the world. Make room for donkeys as you walk among the bustling bazaars and sacred mosques. Drop in on the workshops of a range of local artisans and craftspeople, including herbalists, weavers, potters, and the world-renowned tanners who make the leather goods for which the Medina is most famous.
Take a break from city life as you trek through Morocco's forested Atlas Mountains region. Start by sharing a traditional Moroccan breakfast with an Amazigh family in their home, then hike through the lush hillsides and ascend to the top of the mountain. At the summit, your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley and towns below.
Merzouga * Optional
Ride camels to your campsite amidst the sweeping desert landscape of the Sahara. Spend a festive evening under the stars dancing to Moroccan music and feasting on a meal of couscous and roasted meats and vegetables. Rise before dawn to witness the most incredible sunrise as the sun transforms the Sahara into a sea of reds and oranges. During the day ride 4x4s through the desert, stopping to dance to Gnawa music, visit a desert-dwelling family, and hike through a fossil bed.
Cultural Activities in Meknes
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Meknes. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Meknes special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included Moroccan cooking classes, visiting a Hammam for an authentic bathhouse experience, and touring the lively and vibrant old medina portion of the city.