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Morocco: Meknes Program (ISA)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The ISA Meknes Language, Culture and Society semester program provides students with little or no Arabic or French language ability the opportunity to experience the beautiful complexity and diversity of Moroccan culture in one of the country's most beautiful cities. Students may select courses in subjects such as history, culture, architecture, arts, religion, politics, gender studies and more. The language of instruction is English.

Meknes, one of Morocco's historic imperial cities, is home to an intricate blend of Arab, Amazigh, Jewish and French cultures. The diverse and distinctive districts of Meknes, such as the bustling Hamrya (Ville Nouvelle or new city),labyrinthine Medina (medieval city), and relaxing plazas and green spaces, offers an immersive introduction to the diversity of Morocco, and an alternative program location to the larger city of Rabat for students who seek an experience in a quieter, more intimate setting.  Due to the cultural and historic richness of the medieval city, UNESCO declared Meknes a World Heritage site in 1966 (one of eight in Morocco).

A feature of the program is the student's ability to enroll in two Arabic language courses. If a student wishes to progress through one full level, Beginning Arabic I and II, they may do so. Students cannot progress through two different levels (i.e., Beginning Arabic II and Intermediate Arabic I). Semester students begin their program in cosmopolitan Casablanca, with a multi-day orientation before traveling to Meknes.

Learn more about the ISA Morocco: Meknes program.

Term:  Fall Term (3 Knox credits) or Spring Semester (4.5 Knox credits)

Advisor: Professor Danielle Fatkin

Click here for more information about the application process, program selection, and more!

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