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UGA - Franklin - Morocco Maymester: Islam, Islamic Culture, Arabic, and Intercultural Dialogue
Fez, Morocco; Marrakech, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco (Outgoing Program )
Program Terms: Maymester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Cost of Attendance Sheets Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
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Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: University of Georgia
Partner Institution: Center For Language & Culture, Marrakech Type of Instruction: Interdisciplinary, Lecture, Study-Travel
Classes With: International Students, Local Students, U.S. Students, UGA Students Language Program: Yes
Language of Instruction: Arabic, English Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Homestay, Host Family, Hotel/Hostel
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: No College/School: Franklin
Academic Area: Arabic, Religion Minimum number of credit hours: 9
Maximum number of credit hours: 9
Open to non-UGA students:
Program Description:


UGA - Franklin - Morocco Maymester:
Islam, Islamic Culture, Arabic, and Intercultural Dialogue

The overall aim of the course is to introduce students to an in-depth and first-hand understanding of Islam and Islamic culture in Morocco, in particular to Sufism (which is currently undergoing a revival in Morocco), Moroccan Islamic music, and Moroccan architectural art. Students will become acquainted with the socio-religious and socio-political issues that are shaping both the Islamic world and Morocco. Other objectives are to provide students with a beginning level facility in the speaking and comprehension of Moroccan dialectical Arabic, to give them a formal opportunity for intercultural dialogue with Moroccan students, and to introduce students to the concept of emotional intelligence in order to facilitate cultural adjustment to life in Morocco.

Program Location

students_hasanIIMarrakech, Morocco and travel throughout Morocco. In addition, through travel students will gain first-hand experience with both urban and rural geography: we will visit three major cities and a variety of villages off the beaten path as well as Moroccan mountains, valleys, plains, deserts, forests, rivers, waterfalls, and oases.


Contact Information

Contact: Alan Godlas,
Program Co-Director
Religion Department
Tel: 706.542-1486
Contact: Ken Honerkamp,
Program Co-Director
Religion Department
Tel: 706.542-5356

Academic Program

Morocco: Islam, Islamic Culture, Arabic, & Intercultural Dialogue
May 6 - June 1, 2017

Required Course Offerings:
ARAB 4000--Moroccan Dialectical Arabic--4 credit hours (no prereqs)
RELI 4310--Islam and Islamic Culture in Morocco-- 4 credit hours (no prereqs)
RELI 4311--Introduction to Intercultural Dialogue--1 credit hour (no prereqs)

Approximately half of the trip will involve traditional classroom activities in Marrakech. The remainder of the program will
involve both day trips and two multi-day trips throughout Morocco. Among the various trips are the following:
  • Guided historical tour of the "old city" of Marrakech and its monuments;
  • Trip to the southeastern region of Morocco: to Tamagrout at the edge of the Sahara by way of the Draa River Valley,  including visits to the Nasiri Zawiya, formerly one of the most important centers of Moroccan religious culture, to a well-preserved Casbah, and to the Tinfou Dunes;
  • Day trip to Tinmal, a fortified medieval mosque and center for the Almohad dynasty.
  • Concert of Moroccan Gnaoua music with Ustad Brahim (with whom Led Zeppelin recorded); Private Inshad performance by Ustad Bennis and ensemble; sometimes Sufi dhikrperformances (depending upon when the Fes Sacred Music Festival is scheduled), and
  • our of the architectural monuments and traditional crafts of the "old city" of Fes, assisted by a teacher who has a working knowledge of these crafts.
See the linked course syllabi for detailed descriptions of previous years classes. (Note that dates and activities may vary): 
Islam and Islamic Culture in Morocco--RELI4310 
Moroccan Dialectical Arabic-- ARAB 4000 
Intercultural Dialogue--RELI 4311

Program Itinerary

To get a sense of the schedule of the program, see the Itinerary for 2001 and the Itinerary for 2004. Note that in addition to starting and ending on different dates, the itinerary for 2016 may be different in some ways from previous trips.


Students stay with Moroccan families when we are in Marrakech. 

Program Costs

More information about the costs of this specific program can be found here.

  • $4250 program fee (paid as a $300 non-refundable deposit/ application fee, by personal check or money order payable to *University of Georgia* when submitting your application; and a $3950 balance, for which UGA will bill you once you register for Maymester classes at the end of March or the beginning of April). Note that this program fee (which covers all expenses in Morocco) does not including airfare and tuition.
  • $2808, Georgia resident tuition (subject to change) varies from year to year depending on the Bursar's Office and on when one entered UGA, so see below under Costs for more details for tuition and airfare; although for Georgia residents who have a HOPE scholarship, the HOPE scholarship largely covers tuition if you make the arrangements with your financial aid office to have it apply your HOPE to our UGA summer program tuition). UGA Fees $871.
  • Roundtrip airfare to Marrakech was $1105 on Jan 23, but this will probably go up the longer you wait to purchase it.  You must follow the instructions Dr. Godlas will send you via email during the weekend after you have committed (or the weekend after you have been accepted if you apply after Feb. 15).

Payment Deadlines

  1. The deadline for the $300 non-refundable deposit for the UGA Maymester in Morocco program is February 15th, 2017. It is to be paid online via credit card in the GoAbroad Portal,  Failure to pay the program deposit by Feb. 15 or within 2 weeks of acceptance (whichever is later) will result in the student being dropped from the program. Applications can be submitted after this date, however, until the program is full.
  2. The deadline for the balance of $3950 for the Maymester in Morocco program fee is April 29, 2017.

  3. The tuition of $2808 for the Maymester in Morocco Program (plus $548 in UGA student fees) should be paid as soon as one can register for Maymester classes or shortly thereafter. At the latest, the tuition for the Maymester must be paid by May 18, 2017. Failure to pay this tuition by this date will result in students being dropped for non-Payment and sent back to the United States. 

  4. Optional Arabic Intensive:      
    a)  $100 application fee for the optional Arabic intensive is due with application for the Intensive no later than March 1. This is refunded after your full Optional Arabic intensive tuition is received. 
    b) The deadline for payment of the tuition for the Optional Arabic Intensive is March 8: total of $1400 either for ARAB 2003-2004 or ARAB 3005-3006; or total of $1600 for ARAB 1001-1002. This is to be paid by bank transfer per the instructions on the Arabic Intensive application. After you payment of the $100 application fee, Dr. Godlas will give you the information that will be necessary for the bank transfer.


Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials: 1 2 3 4
Accessibility and quality of health care: 1 2 3 4
Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation: 1 2 3 4 5
Academic quality, appropriateness of workload: 1 2 3 4
Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits: 1 2 3 4 5
Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing: 1 2 3 4 5
Arrangements for and quality of meals: 1 2 3 4 5
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture: 1 2 3 4 5
Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program: 1 2 3 4
Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns: 1 2 3 4
Value of the program in relation to the cost: 1 2 3 4
Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations: 1 2 3 4 5
This program is currently not accepting applications.