USAC offers a myriad of field studies to supplement what you learn in your courses abroad. In a way, we believe field studies — like the Morocco Field Study — are unique avenues to enrich your academic career abroad through living out experiences.
Two cultures separated by the Mediterranean Sea
The goal of this field trip was to study the historic and cultural links between Spain and Morocco. Alicante, having been part of the Arabic expansion into Spain over the centuries, still reflects many aspects of its cultural influence in its architecture, food, festivities, and more. Likewise, the north of Morocco was part of the Spanish protectorate and the Spanish influence pervades many cultural aspects of Morocco.
USAC organized two pre-departure orientations. The first one had an academic emphasis, as we covered history, politics, religion, and cultural aspects of Morocco. For the second one we invited Moroccan students of the University of Alicante to meet and talk casually with our students. The Moroccan students also prepared typical Moroccan food then engaged in a lively conversation that was a wonderful introduction to our field study.
Below we’ve listed students’ stories from the Morocco field study:
- Visiting with the Darna Association by Sarah Dick – Wright State University
- The Moroccan Experience by Lexi Lucero – CSU, Stanislaus
- Morocco Roundtable Reflection by Colleen Dunne – University of South Carolina
- The Adventure of Travel: Tangier by Laura Hilty – Clemson University
- American Legation Museum by Savannah Wright – University of Nevada, Reno
- Chefchaoucen A Morrocan City with History by Nicole Diaz – University of Iowa
- Women’s Association for the Visually Impaired and Blind in Morocco by Samuel Dichiara – Portland State University
- Tetouan “the white dove” by Danielle Higgins – Colorado State University
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