This Dialogue offers students an opportunity to better understand the origins of and challenges faced by contemporary Moroccan/Muslim communities in Western Europe, specifically Italy; it investigates the dynamics of North Africa economic development that relies heavily on migration and remittances; it considers the complex relationship between local economies and European economic trends; it explores the vast changes over the last several decades in the nature of immigration from Morocco to Europe since the 1960s, the backlash against immigration that began in the 1990s and the post 9/11 limitations and restrictions that resulted. Rise of Nationalist anti-immigrant politics and the survival strategies of local Muslim communities will also be explored.

Participants in this Dialogue will live with Moroccan families in Marrakesh. As members of these families are studying English, language will not be a barrier. In addition to guest lectures and local visits to local NGOs, students will have the opportunity to participate in 4 or more panel discussions with various members of the Marrakesh community speaking on a range of relevant topics such as: gender, education, living and working abroad, and work in the emerging service sector. Short trips to Casablanca and Safi will allow students to experience the economic hub of Morocco as well as an historic coast community to provide a bit of contrast with Marrakesh. In Italy, students will have numerous opportunities to meet and talk with academic specialists as well as members of various Moroccan and North African immigrant associations. For example, in Rome, students will have the opportunity to meet with the local Islamic Associations, Mosques communities,and members of the Islamic Students Association.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 3, 2019
  • Application Extension Deadline: January 15, 2020
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.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime before the final deadline.
  • 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.

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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: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Recommended Prerequisite: INTL3250 (Spring 2016) is recommended, but not required.
  • Possible Student Challenges: Students will be challenged to better understand the features of collectivistic cultures, how they can reinforce patriarchal norms, how they accommodate/deter individual pursuits in the context of traditional family roles and obligations. In Europe students will be challenged to better understand the dynamics of nativist backlash against immigration as well as debates around immigrant assimilation versus integration and the various responses among the immigrant community to these dynamics.


As part of Africa and the Arab Middle East, with ties to an ancient and adaptive Amazigh culture, firmly integrated into the Islamic world, and linked to the French colonial past as well as the EU, Morocco offers a unique set of opportunities and experiences for students interested in Islam, Multicultural Societies, Imperialism, Post-Colonial Development, and Muslim Immigrant Communities. This Dialogue offers students the opportunity to engage with the people and culture of Morocco as experienced in Marrakesh, and among the immigrant communities living and working in Italy. The two main themes of this year’s program will be 1) issues of economic development as shaped by the colonial past as well as post-colonial/Cold War and post-Cold War (globalization) dynamics and 2) Muslim/North African immigration and integration in different cultural and political contexts of Western Europe.

Students will be challenged by the features of collectivistic cultures, how they can reinforce patriarchal norms, how they might deter individual pursuits in the context of traditional gender roles and obligations. Our goal is to explore, not to change the culture we find ourselves in. Weekly reflection papers will provide the opportunity to explore and better grasp the different points of view encountered and the challenges experienced. Students will be expected to engage by asking questions of our speakers, even clarifying questions. They will hear points of view that are quite different from their own or potentially disagreeable to them. Students will be encouraged to dialogue – meaning to find a way to respectfully engage. When having trouble understanding a speaker due to language issues or terminology students are expected to ask clarifying questions rather than detach. Cell phone use is expected to be minimal lest students disengage from where they are and what is going on around them. Devices should certainly be turned off and stowed away for the duration of any lecture or presentation.

  • INTL3565 - Morocco: History, Cultures, and Economic Development in the Mediterranean Basin : Offers students the opportunity to (1) better understand the origins and contemporary practice of Islam; (2) investigate the dynamics of Morocco as a multicultural society: Arab, Berber, African, and European; (3) explore the unique aspects of the major historical eras in Morocco: Islamic, French Imperialist, postcolonial; (4) consider the complex relationship between local economy and global economic trends; (5) identify the promises and problems involved in modernization in the postcolonial African/Islamic/Arab world(s); and (6) consider the dilemmas facing women as Morocco confronts the twenty-first century. Optional travel to Morocco by permission of instructor. 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 - Regional Engagement : Engages students with the cultures, societies, and peoples of particular countries and localities in one primary geographic region. Offers students an in-depth and on-site experience and an opportunity to learn about various aspects of the region, which may include politics, sociology, law, history, philosophy, culture, music, arts, literature, theatre, economics, and/or business. Students may connect with their peers in each locality and across societies, therein to gain an international experience designed to enhance their academic studies on campus in Boston. Culminating projects may include a research paper, an artistic expression piece (i.e., film or photos), or other assignment as determined by the professor. May be repeated without limit.


Northeastern Tuition: Summer term tuition as published by Northeastern
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,500
  • 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 some group meals)

Additional Expense - Meals and Incidentals: $330-500
  • Students should anticipate spending this estimated amount during the program for meals and incidentals.

    If necessary, students may incur additional fees for visa costs and travel to consulates or embassies to obtain the visa. If you have questions about costs you may incur while participating in this program, please ask your GEO advisor.

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


Marrakesh is among the most unique cities in the world, each with an incredibly distinct economic and religious history, culture, and physical layout. Students will have the unique opportunity to experience its ancient and modern features first hand. Homestays will provide students will their own unique experience.


  • Homestay: In Marrakesh, pairs of students will live with Moroccan families in and around Marrakesh. Each family is part of the wider community of the Center for Language and Culture and so has one or more English speakers in the household. In Italy students will stay at apartments with multiple rooms,common space and kitchen. Located in an incredibly convenient location for exploring the city.

Host University or Organization

In Marrakesh, the Center for Language and Culture provides English instruction to a community of about 1500 across the city as well as Modern Standard Arabic to International Students. This English speaking community and facility will be our home base and point of contact for homestay families. CIEE is primarily a facilitator of traditional study abroad programs in multiple locations for American students.

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