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Rabat, Morocco Project Center - HUA

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Rabat, Morocco Project Center - HUA
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D-Term during spring
Morocco is a developing Muslim nation located on the far Western tip of North Africa. While the country strives to preserve its historic traditional crafts in rug weaving, wood carving, and mosaic art, it is also seeking to improve the socio-economic welfare of its citizens. Most student project work is based in or near Rabat, the capital city founded in 1146, students will also have the opportunity to travel across the country. WPI partners with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Abroad, a global organization celebrating 65+ years of superior service to students worldwide.

Students complete three one-third units to earn one unit of academic credit with studies in Arabic language, culture, and history. Courses include: 1) Darija (colloquial Moroccan Arabic), 2) an experiential learning component and 3) HU 3900, an independent research project. This research project will involve learning from Moroccans about religion (including the country's history of Islam, Judaism, Christianity and indigenous traditions), similarities and differences in popular culture, the effects of globalization, and other important contemporary issues. Previous projects have:

  • Written a blog exploring the validity, as well as the historical and cultural context, of Morocco’s “destination image”
  • Created a podcast studying traditional Berber music styles
  • Developed a website with a virtual tour of traditional Moroccan homes 
  • Evaluated the differences between Moroccan and American wedding traditions