Summer Study Abroad in Morocco:
Islam, Islamic Culture, Arabic, and Intercultural Dialogue in Morocco
With an Intensive Arabic Option:


A Summer (Summer) Study Abroad Travel Program for 2018
of the University of Georgia

The 2018 program will be from Saturay, June 16, until Saturday, July 7

Under the auspices of the UGA Office of International Education

Application and Information for Summer in Morocco--three weeks 2018


UGA Morocco Program at the Hasan II mosque in Casablanca

Click here for scenes from the first half of the 2007 UGA-Morocco program
Marrakech, Tinmal, Agmat, the Sahara

Click here for scenes from the first half of the 2006 UGA-Morocco program
Urieka Valley, Gnawa Master Performance, Wad D'ra, Tamagrout, Ait Ben Hadou

Click here for scenes from the second half of the 2006 UGA-Morocco program
Mosque of King Hasan II (Casablanca); Casbah of Oudaiya, Tour Hassan, Salee (Rabat-Salee), Fes, Azrou

Pictures from the UGA-Morocco Program, Maymester 2004 (click on the thumbnail pictures to enlarge them

The 2018 program will be from Saturday, June 16 until Saturday, July 7.

Review of application will begin on January 18. The deadline for applications is February 12, but after January 18 admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the program fills up after January 18, subsequent applicants will be put on a waiting list. Late applications will be considered until March 15 or until all spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Applications for the 2018 program are available on the UGA Goabroad portal. Scroll down for more information. Students from all universites and any nation (as well as the interested public) are encouraged to apply. In the past, in addition to UGA students, we have had students from universities such as Duke, Cornell, NYU, George Washinton University, University of Akron, Auburn, and Georgia State University, Valdosta State University, as well as from Canada, Ireland, and Malaysia.

The Composite Student Journal of the 2001 UGA Morocco Program

Pictures from the UGA Morocco Summer / Maymester Program of 2001 (To see the pictures, click on the links)

Glimpses of the First UGA-Morocco Maymester Program

Morocco has been an exception to the political unrest in the Middle East. Understand the possible reasons by reading the article The Moroccan Exception to the Unrest in the Middle East.



Moroccan and UGA participants in the Intercultural Dialogue program.

UGA Summer Short Semester in Morocco 2018

Overview of the Program
Nature and Purpose
Description of the Academic Component
Intensive Arabic Option
Students and Faculty
Questions About Costs
Applying for the Maymester
Special Dietary Needs
Program Affiliations
Post-Acceptance Documents
Security and Travel Arrangements
Trip Cancellation and Refund Policies
Contacting the Directors in Morocco after the Beginning of the Program

Overview of the Program

Dates: Saturday June 16 to Saturday, July 7, 2018

Location: Marrakech, Morocco

Dr Godlas is the Administrative Director. Questions concerning your application should be addressed to him at

Dr. Ken Honerkamp (web page is the Director in charge of program content. Please address questions about the content of the program to him by email: ), and by phone at 706-542-1727 at the Religion Dept., University of Georgia

Credit hours: nine undergraduate hours.

Tentative Costs for 2018 (in brief, see below for greater detail):

         $3500 program fee (paid as a $300 non-refundable deposit/ application fee, by credit card at the UGA Go Abroad Portal UGA Go Abroad Portalwhen submitting your application; and a $3950 balance, for which UGA will bill you once you register for Maymester classes at the end of March or the beginning of April). Note that this program fee (which covers all expenses in Morocco) does not including airfare and tuition.

         $2226 Georgia resident tuition (subject to change) varies from year to year depending on the Bursar's Office and on when one entered UGA. In addition to this, UGA adds on UGA administrative fees totalling $871. See below under Costs for more details for tuition and airfare; although for Georgia residents who have a HOPE scholarship, the HOPE scholarship largely covers tuition if you make the arrangements with your financial aid office to have it apply your HOPE to our UGA summer program tuition).

         Roundtrip airfare to Marrakech is $1600 (on Jan. 30, but this will probably go up the longer you wait to purchase it). But you must follow the instructions Dr. Godlas will send you via email before Feb. 15 or when you are accepted if you apply after Feb. 15.

Very important note: You will buy your ticket individually after you have been accepted into the program. Sometimes, for security reasons, airlines randomly demand (when you get to the ticket counter at the airport and are about to check in) that you present the credit card used to originally buy your ticket. Hence, if your parents buy your ticket for you, one of them should come to the airport with you with the credit card that was used to buy the ticket. If you buy your ticket with your credit card, make sure that you bring that credit card to the airport with you when you are checking in.

See below for more details and for students who are not Georgia residents.

Participants: Undergraduate students enrolled in any university and the interested public. A limited number of graduate students may be able to go, but priority is given to undergraduates.

To get a sense of the schedule of the program, see the Itinerary for 2001 and the Itinerary for 2004. Note that in addition to starting and ending on different dates, the itinerary for 2018 is different in some ways from previous trips.

Nature and purpose of the program

The overall aim of the course is to introduce students to an in-depth and first-hand understanding of Islam and Islamic culture in Morocco, in particular to Sufism (which is currently undergoing a revival in Morocco), Moroccan Islamic music, and Moroccan architectural art. In addition, through travel students will gain first-hand experience with both urban and rural geography: we will visit three major cities and a variety of villages off the beaten path as well as Moroccan mountains, valleys, plains, deserts, forests, rivers, waterfalls, and oases. Students will become acquainted with the socio-religious and socio-political issues that are shaping both the Islamic world and Morocco. Other objectives are to provide students with a beginning level facility in the speaking and comprehension of Moroccan dialectical Arabic, to give them a formal opportunity for intercultural dialogue with Moroccan students, and to introduce students to the concept of emotional intelligence in order to facilitate cultural adjustment to life in Morocco.

UGA-Morocco Maymester Program Orientation Handbook Clicking on the link will download the Handbook to your computer. Or you can read the handbook online by clicking here.

Description of the academic component

a. Credit hours: Seven upper division credit hours, all of which are required.

b. Course titles and numbers (all of which are required):
--Islam and Islamic Culture in Morocco--RELI 4310, 4 credit hours (60 contact hours) -- No prerequisites;
-- Moroccan Dialectical Arabic-- ARAB 4000, 4 credit hours-- No prerequisites.

d. Examples of the course-related activities/excursions outside the classroom:

Guided historical tour of the "old city" of Marrakech and its monuments;

Trip to the southeastern region of Morocco: to Tamagrout at the edge of the Sahara by way of the Draa River Valley,  including visits to the Nasiri Zawiya, formerly one of the most important centers of Moroccan religious culture, to a well-preserved Casbah, and to the Tinfou Dunes;

Day trip to Tinmal, a fortified medieval mosque and center for the Almohad dynasty.

Concert of Moroccan Gnaoua music with Ustad Brahim (with whom Led Zeppelin recorded); Private Inshad performance by Ustad Bennis and ensemble; sometimes Sufi dhikr performances (depending upon when the Fes Sacred Music Festival is scheduled), and

Tour of the architectural monuments and traditional crafts of the "old city" of Fes, assisted by a teacher who has a working knowledge of these crafts.

See the linked course syllabi for detailed descriptions
Islam and Islamic Culture in Morocco--RELI4310
Moroccan Dialectical Arabic-- ARAB 4000
Intercultural Dialogue--RELI 4311

Intensive Arabic Option

Optionally, students wishing to complete in six weeks an entire year of intensive Modern Standard Arabic (fus'ha), taking Beginning ARABIC 1001-2, Intermediate ARABIC 2003-4, or Advanced ARABIC 3005-6) (and to obtain UGA credit for these classes) can plan to stay on in Morocco (after the end of our Maymester Program). In addition to enabling students to complete an entire year of Arabic in six weeks, since the Intensive Arabic Option at CLC is designed by Dr. Honerkamp and Dr. Godlas in conjunction with CLC in order to start right where UGA's Arabic classes end; and also since the Intensive Arabic classes at CLC end where UGA's subsequent classes begin, students can feel confident that they will be able to seemlessly move into the Intensive Arabic program and then seemlessly move on to the next year of Arabic classes at UGA. The dates for these intensives will be Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 23 (session one): and Thursday, June 29th to Wednesday, July 19th (session two).

Application for the Arabic Intensive Option:

For more details on this option (including tuition fees and registration) and in order to apply, click on and download the Application for the Intensive Arabic Option in Marrakech, print it, fill it in, and send it or bring it to Dr. Godlas (per the instructions on the application). After the administrative fee of $100, the tuition for the equivalent of first year Arabic (ARAB 1001-1002) is $1600 and the tuition for either the second of third year equivalencies (ARAB 2003-4 and ARAB 3005-6) is $1400. If you are planning on choosing the Arabic Intensive Option, please inform Dr. Godlas by email ( ). Note that the application processes and forms for the Intensive Arabic Option, on the one hand, and for the UGA-Maymester program in Marrakech, on the other hand, are two different processes involving two different forms. Note: Students who take the Intensive Arabic Option (IAO) (after the Maymester) should expect to spend about $180 per week on rent, food, and general living expenses (not including souvenirs) during the IAO. A breakdown of these non-tuition IAO expenses is included on the IAO application.

Students and faculty

Students: 12-22 students from the University of Georgia, other universities, and the interested public. (Although the vast majority of our participants are typical college-age students, we have had "non-traditional" (i.e., "older") students in their thirties, forties, and fifties.)
Faculty: 2 full-time faculty members (Dr. Kenneth Honerkamp, an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, Department of Religion, is the director in charge of program content. He spent 20 years in Morocco as a student and teacher. See Dr. Honerkamp's website for a more complete biography. Dr. Alan Godlas, also an Associate Professor of the University Georgia Department of Religion, is the administrative director; he has travelled, lived, studied, and worked in various countries of the Muslim world, including Morocco. See Dr. Godlas' biography as well as his Webby nominated-website for more information about him. Both Dr. Honerkamp and Dr. Godlas will be the on-site directors of the program in Morocco. They are specialists in Islamic Studies and Arabic and have particular expertise in Sufism. They will be assisted in Morocco by one native speaking Moroccan language instructor; local experts in various subjects such as women, Sufism, music, and art and architecture; and one on-site administrative and program assistant: Mr. Michael Fitzgerald, Director of the Center for Language and Culture in Marrakech. .


Cost per each student for the Maymester includes the following: a) program fee; b)tuition; c) airfare

Note that the program fee for the Summer program includes the cost of classes, internet and computer access, meals, accommodations, group activities, and transportation within Morocco. Students, however, will also need to budget for individualized expenses while in Morocco. See below for "Answers to Questions about Costs" for more about this. In addition to the Maymester program, students have the option of staying in Morocco and taking the Intensive Arabic Option program. The costs for the Intensive Arabic Option program (which begins after the Maymester ends, consisting of two consecutive three-week intensive semesters of Modern Standard Arabic, and for which the Maymester program is a prerequisite) are separate from and in addition to the Maymester costs since the Intensive Arabic Option is optional. For more information about the Intensive Arabic Option program. See the link to Information about the Intensive Arabic Option and the link to the application provided there, which goes into further detail.

Costs for students who are either currently attending a UGA system school or who are residents of Georgia:

A) Total Program fee: $3500 paid in two installments: The first is as a $300 non-refundable application fee and deposit payable only by credit card on the UGA Go Abroad Portal; it will be refunded only if you are not accepted into the program. For the second installment, UGA will bill you later for the $32000 balance. This $3200 balance will be billed to your UGA account only after you registered for our courses (which will occur whenever the Athena/Banner system allows you to register for our Maymester classes, which is usually around the end of March or the beginning of April). You will pay the $3950 balance for the program fee in the manner in which you normally pay for UGA fees and tuition. Note that this $3950 balance (of your $4250 program fee) does NOT include airfare to and from Morocco and does not include tuition. The full balance must be paid by April 10, unless you are awaiting aid that will be disbursed after that date. If you are awaiting such financial aid, you must inform Dr. Godlas by email ( ) by March 15 and forward to him an official email from whoever is granting you the aid. If you have not been granted such financial aid and have not paid the full balance of the program fee by April 10, you may lose your place in our program and your $300 deposit.


B) Tuition estimate: You must sign up on Athena/Banner for our three classes, totalling 9 credit hours. When you do this you will be billed for your tuition, which for this year (2018) appears to be $2226, although the exact amount that you are billed by the Bursar may vary from this.
To this UGA adds a variety of fees which in previous years have totaled $871. For the breakdown of these fees go to the following documentUGA Summer Tuition and Fees.


For students on HOPE scholarships, HOPE will cover your tuition or a high percentage of it (but will not cover your $4250 program fee nor your airfare). UGA students should contact the financial aid office for more information. Call (706) 542-6147, press 1 after the automated message begins and ask to speak with a counselor). The tuition amount may vary slightly for UGA students not in the Franklin College of Arts of Sciences. This is paid when registering for classes on Athena/Banner (whenever your Athena/Banner registration date occurs).

Note that for residents of Georgia with HOPE scholarships, tuition will in many cases be paid directly by HOPE when registering for the classes; but check with the Financial Aid Office about this. Students not on HOPE scholarships must pay the tuition when registering for the Maymester classes online on OASIS. Students can also pay TUITION by check at Bursar's office (phone: 706-542-1625) of the university, where tuition can normally paid.

UGA students who are currently receiving other forms of financial aid such as Pell Grants may possibly be able to use this aid to cover certain costs of UGA-Morocco Maymester program. To enquire about this, please call Mr. Robert Tucker in the Financial Aid Office at (706) 542-6147 and press #1.

For NON-UGA students who are regular students at another USG institution, your HOPE scholarship will cover your tuition for the UGA Morocco program if you take the following steps:
(1) you must contact an advisor in your Financial Aid office while you are applying for this UGA study abroad program, informing him/her of your desire to have HOPE applied to your UGA study abroad tuition.
(2) In your application you must including the following information:
Name of advisor in your Financial Aid office with whom you have spoken______________.
Date on which you spoke with this advisor_____________________.
Direct phone number (plus extension, if any) of this advisor___________________.
Fax number of this advisor____________________.
Email address of this advisor_________________.
(3) Then immediately after being accepted into the UGA study abroad program, you must inform the advisor of your acceptance so he/she can arrange for your HOPE to cover your UGA study abroad tuition.
(4) Then following this second conversation of yours with your Financial Aid advisor, you must email Dr. Godlas at , informing him of your recent conversation with your financial aid advisor.
For Georgia residents who are non-UGA students and who wish to apply your HOPE scholarship to the tuition, your application will not be complete without the above information.

C) Airfare: Students must purchase their own tickets to and from Marrakech. By March 15, Dr. Godlas will email participants instructions about purchasing airline tickets, plus information about the optional overnight in a hotel next to the Amsterdam airport--@$54 per shared room-- for those who return on May 31. Last year a number of students chose to sleep in the airport. This hotel, for those who wish to overnight in it, is reserved and paid by each student individually, because we arrive from Marrakech after the last flight leaves Amsterdam to Atlanta). Currently the airfare is relatively inexpensive, but these fares often so up sharply as time goes on. So we recommend to apply to the program ASAP, and after receiving your acceptance, contact us immediately to get your ticketing information while the fare is relatively low.

Costs for non-Georgia residents not attending a school in the University System of Georgia

Students who do not attend a school in the University System of Georgia (or not in the SEC) and who are not Georgia residents are called Transient Students and must pay two additional costs:
(1) $60 covering the cost of processing of the Transient Student application. (See "Applying" in the table of contents for more information about the Transient Student application.) The only way to pay this seems to be by check or money order sent to the following address:
Undergraduate Admissions Office
(Transient Student Admissions)
Terrell Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602-1633
Do not forget to indicate your name and "Morocco Maymester Program, Transient Studient application fee," on the check.
(2) $250 "non-Georgia resident" fee, for which you will be billed by the UGA Bursar's office and which that office will add to the tuition.
These additional costs and the process for applying as a "transient student" are explained at Applying as an Undergrad Transient Student ( ) If you are a transient student, please carefully follow each of the steps described at this url.

Answers to Questions About Costs and Payments concerning the Maymester Program (not the Intensive Arabic Option)

a. What is covered by the program fee and tuition? Covered by the student program fee and tuition are the following: All living accommodations (both on site and on the road), including food, homestays, and hotel costs (when outside of Marrakech); specialist native speaker teacher of Moroccan Arabic; lectures by local experts in women, Sufism, music, art and architecture; also included are costs of cultural performances, classroom building use, all transportation (excluding free days), admission to monuments, insurance, administrative costs and supplies, salaries of all faculty and guest speakers.

b. What other expenses might be incurred by the student? Laundry, souveniers, postage, entertainment. How much can a student expect to spend on a weekly basis for these other expenses? $100 per week.

c. When are the fees due? The deadline for applications is February 15, 2018. (If the programs fills up before then, subsequent applicants will be put on a waiting list. (Late applications will be considered until March 15 or until all spaces are filled, whichever comes first.) The $3200 balance of the $3500 program fee must be paid via the UGA Goabroad Portal to the Bursar's office by February 20, 2018 (for all who have been accepted by this date). Exceptions to these dates may be made for late applicants if space is still available. UGA students will pay tuition to the university when they register for the classes. UGA students must register for the classes and pay their tuition by April 10 or later if their registration date is later.

d.  Can the payments all be made in one check? No. The University of Georgia's accounting system requires that separate checks be written and made payable as indicated under the description for each check.

e.  Can a credit card be used? Yes. VISA, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted by the Bursar's office.

Applying for the Maymester

Note: Students enrolled in any university will be given priority, but applications from the interested public may be considered if space is available.

Note as well that deadline for applying is Feb. 15, 2018 although late applications will be accepted until March 15, 2018 or until all spaces are filled.

1) Email Dr. Godlas giving him your usual email address and informing him that you are applying.

2) You will apply via the UGA Office of International Education website's Morocco Maymester Applicationat UGA Go Abroad Portal . We urge you to apply as soon because applications will be considered on a "first come, first served" basis. Make certain that you provide a phone number where you can be reached, especially one where we can reach you during the last few days before our flight leaves, just in case there are last minute changes.

3) Visas and Passports
No visas to Morocco for American passport holders are needed. If you are not an American citizen, however, you will need to inquire from the Moroccan embassy in Washington, D.C. or check the Moroccan consulate's webpage to see if Morocco requires that citizens of your country obtain a visa.

If you do not have a valid passport (that will continue to be valid until June 9), you should obtain one immediately, because there may be a backlog of applicants and a long time-delay when you apply.

4)For All Non-UGA Students: Transient Student Application In addition to submitting our program's application available through this website, all non-UGA students (even if you are students at other schools in Georgia) must submit a Transient Student Application to the University of Georgia. It is essential that students at non-UGA and non-Georgia System schools carefully follow the Instructions for Transient Student Applicants. Please email Dr. Godlas as soon as you have completed your transient student application and paid the $60 transient student application fee. Also, at the "Instructions for Transient Students" you will see the url for various health related information and immunizations, . These will take some time to fill out, because you will need to go to your physician and get your immunizations certified or get new immunizations. After you have faxed these into the UGA Health Center (706-542-4959 or 706-583-0777), please email Dr. Godlas, informing him of this. You will not be able to register for classes, until these have been received by the UGA Health Center and until the UGA Health Center has cleared you for registration.


Students stay with Moroccan families when we are in Marrakech. See our information sheet on homestays.

Special Dietary Needs

Special dietary needs and food allergies cannot always be accommodated while travelling. Therefore, if you have such needs and still desire to participate in the program, while travelling be prepared to eat simple meals. For example, if you are a vegan, it will be a good idea, when we are travelling, for you to go the Moroccan markets (before we leave) and stock up on foods that you can take with you and eat. Fortunately for vegans and vegetarians, dried fruits and nuts as well as fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful.

Program affiliations

The program is affiliated with the Center for Language and Culture of Marrakech, directed by Michael Fitzgerald

Post-acceptance Documents

If you have been accepted into the program, fill out the various documents noted at the portal

Travel arrangements

. Insurance: Students will use the UGA Study Abroad insurance policy the cost of which is included in the program fee.


Travel arrangements Airline carrier and dates of travel: We are going to fly Delta-KLM to Marrakech. This is one-stop flight. Dr. Godlas will email the itinerary by February 15 to all who been accepted. Students in Georgia or the Southern U.S. are strongly urged to travel with the group. If you do not travel to Morocco with the group, we strongly encourage you to fly to the Marrakech airport. Otherwise, you will be responsible for arranging and paying for your own transportation to Marrakech from Casablanca. (Since the airport is not in Casablanca proper, this generally means taking an hour-long train from the airport into Casablanca proper; then waiting a while; then taking another five hour train ride from Casablanca to Marrakech. It can be a difficult process is one has not done it before. Hence we do not recommend that you do it.) Similarly, if you do not travel with us on our return to Casablanca, you will be responsible for arranging and paying for your transportation there. We generally recommend that participants travel with the group. Once you are accepted, Dr. Godlas will email you the particular flight numbers and airlines so that we can all fly on the same flights together. While on the one hand we strongly urge student participants to travel with us to Marrakech; on the other hand, for the return flight, since most students generally either remain in Morocco or do some travelling in Europe after the program, we simply inform students of a recommended flight from Marrakech back to the US at the conclusion of the semester.


Local transportation arrangements in Morocco:

All Moroccan group travel is by chartered van. Outside of Marrakech various hotels will be stayed in.

f<. Local housing and meal arrangements: Homestays and meals are arranged by our affiliated institution, The Center for Language and Culture in Marrakech.

Trip Cancellation and Refund Policies

a. Date by which the program will be cancelled if there are an insufficient numbers of students: April 9, 2018. (On occasion we have taken the maximum number of students and have had to turn away some.)

b. Refund information: " If a student is accepted but withdraws on or before March 1st, the student will receive a refund of all fees paid (excluding the deposit). If a student withdraws between March 1 and March 15, the student will receive a refund of 50% of fees paid (excluding the deposit and any and all expenses already incurred by the program on behalf of the student). If a student withdraws on or after March 15, no refund will be made to the student of any program fees paid.

Destination Details and Contact Numbers and Addresses in Morocco

Information about how to contact the directors in Morocco

While in Morocco, Dr. Godlas, the administrative director, can be reached at

Dr. Honerkamp can be reached at .

Informative Websites

U.S. Embassy in Morocco Website for American Citizens