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Fall 2015: Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic

Fall 2015

Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic



Casablanca: Oct 22 - 26
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The Kingdom of Morocco is an immensely rich cultural center point of north-western Africa that exudes influences of all of the proximal regions, including Spain and the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Sahara Desert, and the Atlas Mountains. The port of Casablanca, established in the 20th century, is a busy metropolis and home to the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest in the world after Mecca. This enormous structure, resting at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, was built by 30,000 workers over a period of five years, officially opening in 1993. The old medina of Casablanca encompasses an extensive surface area of the city and offers locals and visitors the famous crafts of the region at a very reasonable fare compared to the bazaars and kasbahs of Rabat and Marrakech. From sun up to sun down, with the exception of religious holidays and celebrations including Ramadan, local artisans display their goods made of wood, leather, wool, textiles, and pottery, and engage passers-by both dramatically and effectively, offering dialogue and the opportunity to learn about the city from the local perspective.

Source: CIA Factbook
Quick Facts
  • Language: ArabicBerber
  • Population: 32,649,130
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary democracy andConstitutional Monarchy
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Capital: Rabat

Things to Do

  • Spend an evening with a Moroccan family
  • Experience the Berber lifestyle in the Atlas Mountains
  • Discover the ancient city of Fes
  • Engage with local university students
  • Take a camel trek in the Sahara Desert
  • Explore the magnificent Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
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Blog Posts From Morocco

Student Photo Gallery: Morocco

From the sun and sand in the Sahara Desert to the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh markets, Semester at Sea voyagers made the most of their last port of the …

Field Lab: An Afternoon in the Caliph's House

On a recent field lab in Morocco, Professor Natalie Bakopoulos’ Travel Writing class traveled to the home of author Tahir Shah in the southern outskirts of Casablanca. Crossing through a rambling shantytown …

A Journey to the Berber Villages of Morocco

Throughout history, the pre-Arab Berber culture survived in many parts of North Africa for thousands of years. Today, a majority of Berber villages can be found in Morocco, deep in …

SHARK!! Dan Abel takes the insides out on the streets of Morocco

Professor Dan Abel teaches Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University. On the MV Explorer he's known as The Shark Guy. His enthusiasm for marine life is infectious. During the ship's …

A Royal Setting for Ramadan Dinner

Majida Bargach was born and raised in Morocco and is now a UVA professor in the Center for International Studies, a lecturer in the French Department, and she directs the …