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UMD-Winter: Morocco: In the Footsteps of the Beat Generation (ARHU/ENGL)

Chefchaouen, Morocco
Essaouira, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco
Rabat, Morocco
Tangier, Morocco
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Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
Graduate Students Eligible to Apply: 
EA Advisor: 
Maria Barra
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Group in Morocco

This course will focus on the Beat Generation authors who lived in and visited Morocco, and the works they produced during this time. We will also look more broadly at the literary community established during this same period with Moroccan storytellers and authors, whose works were translated by Paul Bowles. We will explore this exciting time period of American and Moroccan literature known for pushing the limits with multiple controversial published works. We will also use these literary works as a way to explore the history, culture and socio-political situation in Morocco, as well as the hippy movement that flourished here. Some of the themes addressed will be post-colonialism, racism, Orientalism, and women’s oppression. Students read and engage with a range of writing, from the modern classic to experimental contemporary works, with some scholarly secondary texts.   

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

All UMD and non-UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • ARHU269A: Morocco: In the Footsteps of the Beat Generation
  • ENGL269M: Morocco: In the Footsteps of the Beat Generation

This program has been approved for the Diversity-Cultural Competence requirement of the General Education program. The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

There will be two mandatory pre-departure meetings towards the end of the fall semester. Meeting time and location TBD. Some course reading and assignments will be required prior to departure. 

While in Rabat, you will have homestays with local families who will provide home cooked breakfasts and dinners for you. Most homestays will have WiFi and include a variety of other amenities. We will be taking two trips in-country where you will be staying in shared hotel rooms.

Costs are current for winter 2020.

*Please note this program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. Online applications are now open and the deadline is Tuesday, October 1st at 11:59pm Central Daylight Time (CDT). 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $45
Tuition $2,278
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $467
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $250
Visa $0
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $150
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Miranda Abadir received her MA in English Literature from the University of Maryland in 2009. She has designed and taught literary study abroad courses in both Egypt and Morocco.

Zein El-Amine obtained his MFA in Poetry from the University of Maryland in 2010. Zein has designed and taught literary study abroad courses in Egypt, Ireland, and Morocco. 

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Guided walking tours with a historical and literary focus
  • Planned group excursions and optional excursions
  • Cultural activities and discussions
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2020 10/13/2019 10/11/2019 01/02/2020 01/23/2020