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.
Summer 1SL 2020
Late May, 2020 - Late Jul, 2020
Mar 25, 2020
90 - 105 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.
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.
During the last four weeks of the program, you will work 20-30 hours per week at a host organization, increasing language proficiency and gaining valuable international experience. Placements are arranged prior to arrival in the host country and language requirements may vary. Visit the ISA Service-Learning website for more information on placement opportunities.
Service-Learning placements are coordinated by ISA and have no affiliation with the university. You will complete a Service-Learning portfolio throughout the program, which consists of reflective assignments, group discussions, and logs of hours.
You can earn three credits by completing a minimum of 90 hours at a host organization and through successful completion of the Service-Learning Portfolio. Visit the Academic Credit page of the ISA Service-Learning website for more information.
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
90 - 105
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
6 - 7
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
9 - 11
- Course Availability
-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.
- Course Selection
- You can take two courses during your program.
- You can only take one language course during your program. Students who wish to take two language courses can apply for back-to-back summer sessions.
- Alternate Courses
- 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.
- Language Placement
- 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.
- Arabic Textbooks
- 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.
- Transcript Information
- 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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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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
ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct and captivating landscape of Morocco that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on two weekend trips, and two day trips to the following destinations.
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.
As a former Portuguese enclave, this beautiful beach town is home to a towering citadel and surrounded by ramparts. Walk along the ramparts that overlook the Atlantic shore and explore the artist's medina located within the fortress where white-washed buildings are splashed with colorful murals. You will have plenty of time to soak up the summer sun on the city's pristine beaches.
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.