ISA Study Abroad in Meknes, Morocco

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  • Location(s): Meknès, Morocco
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship, Volunteer

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Meknes, one of Morocco's historic imperial cities, is home to a beautiful blend of the Arab, Amazigh, Jewish and French cultures composing modern Morocco. The diverse and distinct districts of Meknes, such as the bustling Hamrya (Ville Nouvelle or... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
Based on 3 Reviews
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April 24, 2018 Morocco!
I gained a greater sense of independence and understanding of a unique country. - Berea College View Entire Review
To keep an open mind and constantly work to grow and learn. It was definitely worthwhile. - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Meknes, Morocco
I learned how to better be myself and enjoy life. - Northern Michigan University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Meknès - Language, Culture and Society
I made significant progress in Arabic, and in French even though I didn't take any French courses. I made lasting friendships with people from all over the world. I gained a sense of place in the world. I gained a whole new appreciation for the USA. It was definitely worthwhile. I must go back! - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Absolutely. It was different than I anticipated, but definitely worth it. - Drake University View Entire Review
Gained tons of information about colonialism - University of Nebraska- Lincoln View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Meknès - Language, Culture and Society
The experience was incredibly worthwhile. I met so many beautiful, friendly people. I tasted so much delicious food. I saw many different ways of life in one country as well as all sorts of types of land and nature. I saw people who were passionate about family, music, and spirituality, which gives me a refreshed and hopeful out... - Texas State University-San Marcos View Entire Review
Living with a host family made a huge different in my overall satisfaction. They were so welcoming and treating me and my American roommate like family. - Miami University of Ohio View Entire Review
Past Review Loved It.
yes,I never been to that part of the world and am happy I did. It's not scary and people are kind. - San Diego State University View Entire Review
My french skills improved drastically, thanks to my Advanced French class, Moroccan friends, and speaking it with my host family. I have a much greater appreciation for Islam and this program allowed me to understand the difference between true Islam and what our stereotypes and prejudices against fundamentalism are. This progra... - Eastern Illinois University View Entire Review
I gained independence, even more cultural awareness, and improved my language skills immensely. - Washington State University - Pullman campus View Entire Review
I don't regret for a second my choice to study abroad. I learned so much from Morocco, and made many lifelong friends while I was there. However, my enjoyment was 100% despite ISA, rather than because of it. - University of Oklahoma View Entire Review
Absolutely worth while. Everything was just fantastic: the food, the people, the professors, the staff, the locals, the country. Everything. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained valuable insight into North African culture, and I began my journey to learning Arabic. The program was worth the time and effort, I wish I had done it sooner. - Saint Leo University View Entire Review
My experience studying abroad in Morocco has not only allowed me to meet others with similar passions as my own, but has also enabled me to immerse myself in an unknown culture and speak with locals about issues that affect them on a daily basis. - Drake University View Entire Review
Studying in Morocco is so different than going to Europe. It totally revolutionized my views on so many things from Islam to the "developing world." - Auburn University View Entire Review
Absolutely worth it. I learned a lot about the Islamic culture and Darija language. - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
The six weeks I spent in Morocco was great. However, it was not enough time so I am going back for a semester exchange program. My experience abroad has helped me gain a better perspective toward the Arab culture and appreciate the differences. - Old Dominion University View Entire Review
Studying in Morocco with ISA created such an immense global understanding of a completely alternate culture than I was used to. This global understanding created a sense of confidence in myself and gave me a HUGE leg up on my peers in the post-collegiate job market. This one experience ignited a passion for travel and ended up l... - Trine University View Entire Review
Yes. I learned a lot about a very different culture and had a wonderful time. - Michigan Technological University View Entire Review
I would say that my experience in Morocco was worthwhile. I gained one fundamental understanding and that was no matter what you what makes us different whether religion, cuisine, or customs. People are more alike than different. If more people realize that than the world would become a better place. - Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge View Entire Review
Absolutely. I learned to travel with more flexibility and to be more open minded. I had a ton of fun. I learned more about arab culture, ate some great food, and made some lifelong friends. I could go on and on about all the ways this program shaped me... - University of California - Los Angeles View Entire Review
Morocco is an amazing country with beautiful sights, friendly people, and unbeatable food. I loved my time in the country and hope with all my heart to return, but ISA as a program did nothing to facilitate my experience, and I never would have chosen them if they had not given false information on their website, in their hand b... - University of Oklahoma View Entire Review
My experience was absolutely incredible. Morocco taught me so much about life and people and how much Moroccan culture really cares for family, friends, and loved ones. The genuineness of the people was amazing and hard to forget. My time abroad was absolutely amazing and now I plan to teach English next year in Morocco! - University of California - Davis View Entire Review

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Meknes, one of Morocco's historic imperial cities, is home to a beautiful blend of the Arab, Amazigh, Jewish and French cultures composing modern Morocco. The diverse and distinct districts of Meknes, such as the bustling Hamrya (Ville Nouvelle or new city), labyrinthine Medina (medieval city), and relaxing plazas and green spaces, speak true to the diversity of Morocco. Due to the cultural and historic richness of the medieval city, UNESCO declared Meknes a World Heritage site in 1996 (one of eight within Morocco). With its myriad opportunities for exploration, Meknes provides an ideal setting for study abroad.

Programs in Meknes include:


  • Academic Year: Language, Culture & Society

  • Semester / Trimester: Language, Culture & Society

  • Summer: Language, Culture & Society

  • ISA Service-Learning: Learn about local social issues in Meknes by partnering with a community-based organization and following a reflection-based curriculum.

  • Gap: Language, Culture & Society

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Volunteer
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Arabic
  • French
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • French Language, Literature
  • International Relations
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • History
  • Middle/Near Eastern Languages, Literature
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Political Science and Government
  • Religion / Religious Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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