The Morocco/Amsterdam/Paris Dialogue Program engages students with the culture and people of Morocco and the Moroccan Diaspora in Western Europe from the cultural crossroads of Marrakesh to the immigrant communities of the Netherlands and France. This DOC will shape the way participants understand Muslim/Western interaction and integration.


Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.00
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Prerequisite: INTL3250 (Spring 2016) is recommended, but not required.


The two main themes of this year’s program will be 1) issues of immigration in the context of economic development as shaped by the colonial past and globalization and 2) the dynamics of European cultural influence in Morocco and Moroccan/Islamic culture in Europe.

  • INTL3565 - History, Culture and Economics of Moroccan Immigration to Europe : Moroccans were recruited as temporary guest workers to France and the Netherlands in the 1960s and 1970s respectively and remittances have been a significant part of the Moroccan economy ever since. What individual and family factors motivate Moroccans to seek work in Europe? What does this tell us about the post-colonial economic development of Morocco? What does this tell us about the transformation of the economies of European countries over the last several decades. This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the recent history and dynamics involved in immigration from North Africa, (Morocco in particular) to France and the Netherlands. Our time in France and the Netherlands will be spent exploring the pull factors and consequences of this immigration. This course offers an opportunity for students to dialogue with people from various sectors of Moroccan society and the Moroccan diaspora. It emphasizes student engagement in independent exploration and reflection. Students in this course will have the opportunity to (1) explore the unique aspects of the recent historical eras in Morocco: French Imperialist, Post-colonial, Era of Globalization(2) consider the complex relationship between local economy and global economic trends, and (3) identify the promises and problems involved in immigrating to a European that is experiencing a wide range of economic challenges in the 21st century.
  • INTL4944 - Culture, Islam, and Gender in Morocco and among Moroccan Dispora : This course engages students with the culture, civilization, and people of Morocco and the Moroccan Diaspora in France and the Netherlands: from the Southern capital of Marrakech to the Amazigh/Tashahilt villages of the High Atlas Mountains to the Neighborhoods of Amsterdam and Rotterdam and Paris, France. Students in this course will have the opportunity to (1) consider the complex relationship between elite and popular forms of Islam and how they shape Moroccan culture (2) explore the evolving nature of gender dynamics in one of the more progressive countries in the Middle East and among immigrants in Europe (4) grasp the complex cultural dynamics confronted by Moroccan immigrants in France and the Netherlands.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $3,500
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

Additional Estimated Expenses: $1,026
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $819 on meals and $207 on incidentals.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Additional Resources


Marrakesh – the crossroads where international tourist and rural Amazigh Morocco meet in the shadow of the High Atlas mountains. We’ll explore how lower and middle class Morocco meets the challenges of the global economy and how immigration to Europe plays a key role.

Tidli – a village in the High Atlas mountains where we’ll work with local families and explore the local economy. Here too we’ll find connections to France and other parts of Europe.

Amsterdam -home to a vibrant Moroccan immigrant community that emerged in the 1960s during the peak of the post-WWII economic boom.  Paris – where we’ll explore past and contemporary immigrant neighborhoods as we investigate the challenges faced by second and 3rd generation Moroccan and North African immigrants.


  • Homestay: In Marrakesh students will stay in pairs with Moroccan families connected with our host institution, the Center for Language and Culture. Each pair will have its own experience of Marrakesh based on family and neighborhood, but all families have English-language speakers in their midst. French is also often spoken at home as well.
  • Hostel: Amsterdam-Hostel TBD, breakfast included
  • Hostel: Paris–Hotel TBD, breakfast included

Host University or Organization


Marrakesh – host:  The Center for Language and Culture Marrakesh

Amsterdam – host:  CIEE
Paris   – host :  CIEE
Faculty Advisor