Study Abroad - Europe and the Islamic World

Morocco • Spain • France

December 28, 2017 - January 14, 2018

IAU’s January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, and Spain. The academic component consists of a series of briefings from leading academic, literary, and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic world. Participants will attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars from IAU in addition to local guides and experts in the field of politics, art history, history, and culture. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of immigration to Europe and its current socio-cultural implications.

Students can choose one of the following courses:

  • Art History 395: Classical Islam and the European Renaissance
  • Cross Cultural Studies 395: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Islamic World
  • French 395: Cultural History of France and the Islamic World
  • History 395: Cultural History of Europe and the Islamic World
  • Political Science 395: European Politics and the Islamic World
  • Religious Studies 395: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Islamic World
  • Spanish 395: Cultural History of Spain and the Islamic World

Sites visited include:

Paris, Aix-en-Provence, and Marseille
Morocco: Marrakesh, Casablanca, and Rabat
Spain: Seville, Marbella, Granada, and Cordoba

See the 2017 itinerary here. The 2018 itinerary will be available soon. The schedule is tentative and subject to change.

"What really made the trip and learning experiences unique were the professors and site visits. I’ve never had classes that were as thought provoking as the lectures we had. I had never thought as critically, either. I felt challenged and that I had to think of things from every perspective. This may have been because I’m a business major, but I think the professors made the classes interesting. If I had to take this at my home university, I don’t think I would have learned or had been engaged as much. There is something about experiential learning that is unique and lasting." - Cinara Foor, University of Akron, J Term 2016

About the Professor

Dr. Carl JubranDr. Carl Jubran, a 1992 alumnus of The Aix Center and previous member of IAU’s Council of Academic Advisors, became IAU’s fifth President in May, 2011.  He completed his undergraduate education in linguistics, participated in a Master’s program at the Sorbonne, Paris IV through New York University, and later earned his MA in Spanish Linguistics and a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California. Dr. Jubran was a professor of Language and Literature at the University of San Diego (USD) and also served as its Associate Provost for International Affairs. He has developed courses in French, Spanish, Arabic, world civilizations and global studies and has led and overseen programs in France, Mexico, Morocco and Spain. Dr. Jubran’s multilingual fluency in French, English, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew positions him well to lead students, faculty and staff in developing multicultural understanding and learning the essential importance of the interconnections among social equity and justice, economic viability and environmental vitality in building sustainable community in today’s world.

Program Fees

January 2018: $5,375

Program fees include tuition for 3 credits, lodging, medical insurance, entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues, transportation to and from each city, breakfast daily and most dinners.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence consecutively will receive a $500 grant. Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.

Students participating in the Europe and the Islamic World Seminar who also attend IAU College for the Spring semester in Aix-en-Provence are encouraged to participate in the Early Start Program the week of January 14-21, 2017. Students who attend both the J-Term and Spring semester can attend the Early Start Program for a reduced fee. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their French hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French language instruction and participate in local cultural activities!

IAU College J-Term students in Rabat, MoroccoRabat, Morocco