Wintersession in Morocco

Wellesley Wintersession in Morocco is an intensive four-week study of Moroccan history, culture, and political life.

Program Overview

Eight to 15 Wellesley students, accompanied by one faculty member from the History Department, will live and study in Morocco's capital city Rabat under the supervision of faculty from Morocco's Center for Cross-Cultural Learning. Upon successful completion of Wellesley Wintersession in Morocco, program participants will be awarded 1.0 credit for HIST 290.

What Do Students Do?

The three-week Wintersession program will consist of daily lectures/seminars by Moroccan scholars (many of them professors at the Mohamed V University in Rabat), writers, and artists. In addition, there will be a number of experiential sessions on topics such as Moroccan cooking, Arabic calligraphy, and Moroccan music. One week of the program will be spent touring the southern Moroccan countryside. The Southern Excursion will include guided tours of Fes, Meknes, Ifran, Rissani, Tinghir, Ouarzazet, Marrakech, and Casablanca, as well as a camel ride through the Sahara Desert.

The Host Institution

The host institution, The Center for Cross-Cultural Learning (CCCL), has been in existence for six years and was founded by Professor Abdelhayy Moudden and Farah Cherif d'Ouezzane. The Center works closely with the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt., and is deigned as a resource for American students studying abroad in Morocco. The Center provides an introductory level library, classroom space, and common areas where students can meet informally. The CCCL also arranges all lectures, tours, excursions, and housing for Wellesley students. For additional information about the CCCL, please visit The Center for Cross Cultural Learning's website.