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  • Locations: Asilah, Morocco; Granada, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Meknes, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Global Seminar Fall
  • Restrictions: SPU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Global Seminar Fall 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 08/20/2019 09/08/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsor: SPU Faculty-led Areas of Study: English, Global Development, Social Justice and Cultural Studies, Travel Writing, Women's Studies
Program Type: Study Abroad Housing Type: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Number of Credits: 5, 8
Service Learning: Yes
Program Description:

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Arab Spring: Writing and Resistance in Spain and Morocco

Fall Global Seminar 2019

On the Spain and Morocco Global Seminar, students will travel overland from Granada in Moorish Spain, to Meknes in Morocco. Students will be following a trans-national journey across borders, which is also taken by the characters in Laila Lalami's story, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits. While in Granada, students will live near the Alhambra and will visit this beautiful palace and explore the city of Granada--from flamenco to tapas! There will be several historical tours and a camel safari into the dunes of Morocco. Other sites that will be visited include: Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Madersa (18th centry Koranic school), a synagogue in Meknes, Fes market, artisian factories, and the ancient Roman ruins in Volubilis. There is also a service learning component in this program, where students will work at a rural school outside of Meknes.

To prepare for this trip, plan on taking a 1-3 credit orientation in the spring, which will be a North African film course. This class will introduce the history and cultural diversity of this region with films from Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia.

Writing and Resistance - Spain and Morocco 2017 by Caroline Beresford-Wood
Read about the student experience in Spain & Morocco on SPU Morocco Program Weblog!

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Academic Information

Students will earn 5-8 credits upon successful completion of the 3-week Global Seminar. The credits earned on this program will be applied to your autumn quarter transcript and are part of regular autumn quarter tuition.

Required:  ENG/SJC 3383: Arab Spring: Writing and Resistance (5 credits)
Considers how literature and electronic texts create venues for political and social change in the historical region boundaried by Morocco and Spain. Explores how texts, ideas, media, and people circulate and cross trans-national borders in a time of historic change.
Attributes: General Ed requirements: W, WE or CUE credit. Upper Division English, Global Development, Women's Studies, Reconciliation Studies. 

Optional:  ENG 3302: Writing Across Cultures (3 credits) 
What better place to learn the genre of travel writing than in Spain and Morocco?  Students will learn to observe and report on class excursions by using highly detailed and personal style characteristics of travel writing.  This course uses writing within specific cultural or ethnic contexts as a way to examine and explore those contexts, fostering understanding of cultural, racial, ethnic, or gender differences.
Attributes: W or CUE credit. Upper Division English or Creative Writing Methods course. 

Students also must take the orientation class during the spring quarter that precedes the program start date:

ENG 3000: Study Abroad Orientation: Morocco (1-3 credits)
Orients students to the academic work and cultural landscape of the ensuing study abroad program. Addresses issues of cultural diversity and interpersonal behavior as well as practical matters such as finances, travel safety, and other appropriate topics. 
Attributes: Upper-Division


August 20:   Departure from U.S. on independent flights to Madrid, Spain
August 21:   Welcome to Spain! Meet up with group and board a private bus and travel to Toledo. Walking tour. (One night in Toledo)
August 22:   Bus to Cordoba.  Walking tour, visit to the Mezquita. Continue to Granada (5 nights)
August 23:   Class. Walking tour of Granada. Welcome meal.
August 24:   Class. Guided tour of the Alhambra
August 25:   Class, Evening Flamenco performance
August 26:   Class. Guided walking tour of Albaicin
August 27:   Bus to Tarifa, ferry to Tangier. Guided tour of Tangier (1 night in Tangier)
August 28:   Bus to Asilah, visit to Cap Spartel & Hercules Cave (2 nights in Asilah)
August 29:  Camel ride activity
August 30:  Travel to Meknes (6 nights in Meknes)
August 31:  City overview and Hammam visit
September 1:  Guided tour of Fez and Volubilis
September 2:  Class & tour with horse-drawn carriages. Lunch with locals
September 3:  Class & language exchange with Moroccan students
September 4:  Class & community involvement
September 5:  Travel to Marrakesh. Guided city tour, visit to Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs (1 night in Marrakesh)
September 6:  Group flight to Madrid (2 nights in Madrid)
September 7:  Guided tour of the Prado. Group farewell dinner
September 8:  Program ends. Individual flights home or personal travel

Housing and meals

Accommodation on this program includes both hotels and homestays. While in Granada, Spain, students will be housed with a host family in shared rooms with another SPU student. While living with your host family, the señora of the house will provide you with 3 meals per day and laundry service at the end of the week. 

Students will be housed in hotels while in Morocco and breakfast will be included each day. Meals are not included in Morocco, so students should expect to eat out for lunch and dinner most days. All hotels are located in safe areas and within walking distance of affordable restaurants. 




Estimated Program Fee Credits:
$4,800 + $300 Confirmation Deposit (Admin Fee) 5-8

Program Fee includes:
  • Student housing at centrally-located hotels in Toledo, Tangier, Asilah, Meknès
    and Marrakech. Breakfast will be included at the hotel each day.
  • Student housing with Homestay families in Granada, including three meals per day, and one
    laundry service
  • 2-3 group dinners
  • Bus transportation in Spain and Morocco
  • Ferry from Spain to Morocco and flight from Morocco to Madrid
  • Group activities and excursions
  • Medical Insurance for the duration of the program
Estimated expenses not included in fees:
  • Tuition: Credits (5-8) earned are part of your normal autumn quarter credit load
  • Airfare to Madrid - approx. $1,000
  • Some meals - Plan to bring about $200 for meals and snacks
  • Personal expenses (snacks, souvenirs) - varies
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance - varies
*Costs are estimated and may be adjusted in response to unanticipated price changes or foreign currency fluctuations.

**Students attending SPU Global Seminars may be eligible for financial aid, including SPU scholarships and grants, state, and federal aid. Before applying, check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility.

Booking Flights

To give students maximum flexibility and control, flights are not included in your program fee. It is each student's responsibility to book and pay for their flights to Madrid, Spain. 

Please do not book your flights to Madrid until you have been accepted to the program and your place has been confirmed by the study abroad office. Once we have the group confirmed, we will send specific instructions about when to arrive in Madrid. There is no chaperone to accompany students on their flight(s) from the US, but students will be given a time frame to arrive and will be greeted at the airport by our hosts. The group will leave directly from the airport to travel to Toledo, Spain, so it is required that students arrive at the Madrid airport at the designated time. 

Toward the end of the program,  a group flight between Marrakesh and Madrid will be arranged and is included in your program cost. After the program is over, students may choose to stay in Spain or travel independently in Europe. 

Once your flights are booked, you must complete the flight information questionnaire in your study abroad account at least four weeks prior to departure, providing the study abroad office with flight numbers and times. If you do not provide this information on time, we cannot guarantee your airport pickup.

Please note that if it is necessary for SPU to cancel the program or if you have reason to cancel after your ticket has been purchased, SPU is not responsible for reimbursing the cost of your ticket. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase flight insurance. We are happy to advise you on cancellation insurance options.




Kimberly Wedeven Segall, Ph.D.
Professor of English; Co-Director of Social Justice & Cultural Studies
Phone: 206-281-2040

Office: Marston 234
Dr. Segall has lived, worked, and traveled in several African and Middle Eastern Countries. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and specializes in performance, literary, and cultural studies of diasporic Arab and African authors. Her research on Muslim women writers has been published in several different venues, including two articles in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (2005 and 2008.)  She created both the Spain and Morocco program and South Africa program and has led student groups for many years. 

Dr. Segall is currently working on a book manuscript on gender and globalization, which is under review with Syracuse University Press. This research focuses on how Arab and African women writers integrate media into testimony to work towards collective healing. 
For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office