Architecture and Sustainability

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Our Architecture and Sustainability Program was created to broaden the minds of students to the wealth of historical and modern design in Northern Africa. The influences of Andalusian, Middle Eastern and European architecture, combined with the traditional Berber vernacular make the landscape of Moroccan architecture diverse and unique from anywhere else in the world. With a growing emphasis for sustainable architecture, this program will give students the knowledge to implement traditional and modern practices in their future designs. Core components of this program are tours and visits to historical sites and modern buildings, as well as lectures from local architects and academics, focused on using sustainable materials and practices. Visits will include ancient Roman ruins with their historic foundations and pillars still intact, traditional medinas and their vernacular stonework and hand-laid tiles, and the Hassan II Mosque with its majestic design and massive construction. Students will also be staying with host families and see the designs of common households with their uses and challenges. During this time, the students will have the opportunity to learn some Arabic through a few language classes and by interacting with their host families.

  • Meet with local architects and academics to hear about current events in sustainability
  • Learn and practice Arabic through language classes & immersion with homestay family members and locals
  • Connect with master artisans in the imperial city of Fez and Marrakesh
  • Enjoy the rich variety of Moroccan landscapes, from large urban centers to rural landscapes
  • Explore historical and ancient sites in Fez, Rabat and the Roman city of Volubilis
  • Explore modern and colonial sites in Casablanca and Rabat
  • Experience traditional Moroccan food and personal connections in a family homestay

A combination of homestay and guest houses or hotels

For more information, please contact info@moroccooffthebeatentrack.com

Summer Program 2020 Dates:
  • Session 1 - May 19 to June 8
  • Session 2 - June 22 to July 13
  • Session 3 - July 27 to August 17
Deadline to apply:
  • March 15, 2020
Program cost:
  • $2,995 USD per student
Included:
  • All accommodations (Homestay, guesthouses , and hotels)
  • All transport and transfers by private vehicle in Morocco
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Academic lectures
  • Language classes if applicable
  • 25/7 support staff + Full Time Program Leader
  • Licensed tour guides
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Excursions and field trips
  • All planned activities
Not Included:
  • Airline tickets
  • Health and other personal travel insurance
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at info@moroccooffthebeatentrack.com
MOBT is offering waiver type scholarships in the amount of $1000 to students who are interested to join its summer abroad programs. We are seeking applicants with interest in language learning, community service, and civic engagement.
Who is eligible?
  • U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older
  • College students currently enrolled in school
How to apply? Please send the following essays to info@moroccooffthebeatentrack.com and include your full name (First and last name), country of citizenship, and the school you are currently attending.
  • Please describe how your participation would contribute to your academic achievement and career plans in the future (for example: enhanced knowledge/expertise, new curriculum ideas, career advancement, publications, networking opportunities (500 words or less)
  • How might you share your experience with others at home in your community after the completion of the program? (250 words or less)
Application Deadline
  • March 15, 2020
Questions? Please contact us at info@moroccooffthebeatentrack.com