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Yale Summer Session in Ifrane & Rabat: Society and Politics of North Africa

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Program Information


Ifrane, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco




Saturday, June 27, 2020 to Saturday, August 1, 2020



Area of Focus

Social Sciences

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills So distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number



2 Yale credits


Jonathan Wyrtzen 




The Maghrib – Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya – has historically been a critical frontier zone linking Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. This crossroads remains strategically important with issues such as sub-Saharan and North African migration, political Islam, Arab-Berber identities, terrorism and counter-terrorism, the Sahara question, and Mediterranean trade relationships current international concerns. This program provides a thorough overview of North African history, the legacies of colonialism and nationalism, political systems and opposition, Islam in North Africa, and the Maghrib in the 21st century. Participants will also meet with local experts, interact with Moroccan university students, and be able to have a homestay with a Moroccan family. Participants choose to receive credit in either AFST, GLBL, HIST, MMES, or SOCY at the time of application.

The class will meet on Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and students should expect about 2 hours of work outside the classroom each day, as well excursions and other program activities.

The syllabus below is from a previous summer and contains dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.


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Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities

Excursions will include trips to the Roman ruins at Volubulis; the walled medinas of Meknes and Fes; the financial and political capitals, Casablanca and Rabat; and a Saharan excursion to the Tafilelt oasis and Merzouga dunes. In collaboration with Journey Beyond Travel, a multi-day trip to oasis city of Marrakesh, the High Atlas Mountains, and the sea-side walled medina of Essaouira is also included.


Students will stay in university residence halls at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and a homestay in Rabat through the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL).


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Morocco, either to the Rabat, Casablanca, or Fes airports, on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor Jonathan Wyrtzen. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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