Meknes, Morocco

Experience the beautiful blend of the Arab, Amazigh, Jewish, and French cultures that compose modern Morocco, the diverse and distinct districts of Meknes-the bustling Ville Nouvelle (new city), labyrinthine Medina (medieval city), and relaxing plazas and green spaces-speak true to the diversity of Morocco.  

Migration and Transnationalism in Morocco



Session 2
Oct 1 - 29, 2022


  • Excursions to Merzouga and Fes el-Bali

  • Exploration of migration and mobility themes

  • Access to ISA by WorldStrides Menkes Study Center

  • Stay with a Moroccan host family

  • College credit available

This course explores different issues related to migration in the Moroccan context and enable students to develop a critical perspective of contemporary mobility. In order to engage intellectually with the topic, students will first be introduced to the context of migration in Morocco (including the legal framework of Moroccan migration policy) in addition to the main concepts of the course: migration, mobility, transnationalism, identity, integration, and human rights. Based on contemporary research conducted in Morocco and abroad, the second part of the course will initially address Moroccan migration (by focusing on circular migration and on gender issues); subsequently « Westerners’ » migration (with a particular focus on lifestyle and family migration); and lastly Sub-Saharan migration (by raising issues related to social perceptions, borders and humans rights). In addition to a conceptual and ethnographical understanding, the course will offer students the possibility to relate to the subjects on a more personal level through practical activities: group discussions, meetings with migrants and activists, documentaries, and a visit to an association that works with immigrants among other activities. Finally, students will have the opportunity to work on, and to present a research project related to migration to/from Morocco.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge: students will be able to define the main concepts, to connect them to the relevant academic literature and to illustrate them through ethnographic examples.
Comprehension: students will be capable of describing the Moroccan context of migration.
Analysis: students will have the opportunity to compare different migration patterns and to analyze specific issues corresponding to them.

Application: students will implement their newly-acquired theoretical knowledge through practical activities.
Evaluation: students will evaluate the activists’ achievements and challenges by writing fieldwork reports.

Creating: students will synthesize the knowledge acquired in the course by conducting and writing their own research project on a topic related to migration.

Course Units:

Part one: Introduction, context and theoretical framework
Part two: Migration from different perspectives
South-North migration: the migration of Moroccans to the « North »
North-South migration: the migration of « Westerners » to Morocco
South-South migration: the migration of « Sub-Saharans » to Morocco
Part three: Student presentations and conclusion


Included Excursions: Merzouga and Fes el-Bali

Ride a camel through the sweeping desert of Merzouga to spend a festive evening under the stars. If you rise before dawn, you'll see the sun transform the Sahara into a striking landscape of reds and oranges. You’ll also travel to Fes el-Bali, one of the largest and best-preserved medieval cities in the world. Walk among the bustling bazaars (be sure to watch out for donkeys!) and drop in on the workshops of Medina’s world-famous leather tanners.

Meknes ISA Study Center with orange wall and creme couch

Host: ISA by WorldStrides Menkes Study Center

Located in the modern and dynamic district of Hamria, the ISA Meknes Study Center offers first-rate courses taught by both local and visiting professors from Carroll College. Community organizations that promote human rights, social equality, and economic development are housed in the same facility, which provides an exciting atmosphere for students as they attend classes.

colorful blue and pink walls decorating an outdoor staircase in maknes morocco


For a fully immersive experience, you'll live with a Moroccan family. Each host family has been carefully selected by WorldStrides resident staff to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays provide breakfast seven days a week, dinner five days a week, and laundry service once a week. You'll typically share a room with another GAP student (roommates are of the same gender).

Now that you've explored all the locations and plotted the perfect course for your adventure abroad, all that's left to do is make it a reality by securing your spot for this life changing program.

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