The Muslim Experience in Iberia
Seville and Granada, Spain and Marrakech, Morocco


International Studies 360: International Studies Through Travel, 3 credits (CRN 42323)
Political Science 291: Topics in Political Science, 3 credits (CRN 40169)


Permission of Instructor


A limited number of $300 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

The destination region is at the intersection of the “developing” and “developed” worlds, and traditionally Christian and Muslim civilizations. Spain has a rich Arab heritage, and the influence of Spain in Northern Morocco is also undeniable. This course will explore the history and culture shared by Southern Spain and Northern Africa, the Muslim presence in Spain, the cultural diversity and the relation between religion and state in Morocco, and the current challenges of two neighboring countries, including the issue of immigration.

The goal of this course is to learn about the common cultural heritage between two neighboring countries, Spain and Morocco. The 12 mile strait that separates the countries will be crossed in a symbolic attempt to embrace two different continents, Europe and Africa, and two different cultures. By analyzing the specific idiosyncrasies of these two countries, their rich cultural history, their current relations, and their common challenges, students will be able to make connections and reflect on relevant issues of diversity, globalization, and immigration.

Lectures will be given by local experts in Spain and Morocco.  Lectures in Spain will focus on the history and politics of Spain dating back to the Moorish era.  In Morocco, lectures will focus on a variety of topics, including the role of women in a traditional Muslim society and the challenges facing Morocco as it seeks to modernize and develop its economy. 

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, multiple-occupancy accommodations, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., meals, medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.  

Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.  Tuition for Spring Course Abroad programs may be included in a full-time student's tuition, if the student is carrying no more than 18 credits.  Excess credit fees apply to all students carrying an overload.  Part-time students must pay course tuition and registration fees.  See the CCSU Bursar's website for complete information about tuition and fees.

Note to students from Eastern, Southern, and Western Connecticut State Universities regarding the Connecticut Reciprocity Program:

Under the terms of the State College/University Reciprocity Program, full-time students (graduate and undergraduate) may, in certain circumstances, take courses at another state college or university without paying additional tuition.  This policy is applicable to ECSU, SCSU, and WCSU students registering for Spring Course Abroad programs offered by CCSU.

To request consideration under the Reciprocity Program, visit the Registrar’s Office (or the Registrar’s website) on your home campus and obtain a copy of the appropriate Request for Reciprocity form.  Complete the form and submit it to your home campus’s Registrar for review and approval.  After the form has been approved by the home campus Registrar, you can submit it to the CCSU Registrar’s Office at the time of registration for the coursework connected to the Course Abroad Program.  The Registrar will process your course registration and forward your approved Reciprocity Agreement to the CCSU Bursar, who will waive the course tuition and registration fees for the program.  The CIE Travel Program fee is not waivable under the Reciprocity Program and will be charged.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form

Registration Deadline:

December 1, 2013


$2,795 per person

Travel Dates

March 14 - 23, 2014

Faculty Director

Prof. Ghassan El-Eid
Political Science Department
(860) 832-2963

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