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  • Locations: Casablanca, Morocco; Erfoud, Morocco; Errachidia, Morocco; Fez, Morocco; Marrakech, Morocco; Meknes, Morocco; Merzouga, Morocco; Ouarzazate, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Maymester
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2021 05/29/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led College/School: CAES
Program Description:

Madersa Ben Yussef Marrakech

UGA - CAES - Agriculture, Community, and Organizational Development in Morocco


Program Location: Morocco

Explore Morocco, "the Western Kingdom," a sovereign state in North Africa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea that has a unique mixture of Berber, Arab, African, Spanish and French influences. Morocco is one of the most liberal and politically stable Islamic countries in the region. It was the first nation to recognize the US in 1777 and our treaty of friendship remains unbroken. This interdisciplinary program will allow you to interact with the people and their diverse cultures; explore the public policies that are addressing the country's 21st Century challenges; and experience the agricultural production, which employs about 40% of the nation's workforce.

As the largest employer in the country, agricultural production consists of orange, tomatoes, potatoes, olives, and olive oil. High quality agricultural products are usually exported to Europe. Raising livestock, particularly sheep and cattle, is widespread. The country fills its own meat requirements and is attempting to become self-sufficient in dairy products. The fishing grounds in the Canary Current off Morocco’s west coast are exceptionally rich in sardines, bonito, and tuna, but the country lacks the modern fleets and processing facilities to benefit fully from these marine resources. The new agricultural strategy, Green Morocco Plan, established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing, aims to promote the development of the agricultural and environmental sectors. The Green Morocco Plan supports small enterprises through the implementation or professionalization of 545 projects of small farms in difficult rural areas, thereby promoting greater productivity, greater recovery of production and sustainability of farm income.

This developing country serves as a great academic and cultural backdrop to compare and contrast agriculture, community and organizational development with US policies and procedures. Students who participate in this unique program will be able to:
  • Discuss historical, geographic, architectural, and linguistic considerations that inform current public policies that impact globalization;
  • Explain how the political, economic, and educational complexities of the country and impact agriculture, community and organizational development;
  • Summarize the outcomes of current farming practices and key developmental initiatives in Morocco; and
  • Synthesize findings on a topic within agriculture, community or organizational development into a comparative analysis of US and Moroccan practices.


Academic Program

ALDR 4610/6610
Morocco Study Abroad: A Comparative Analysis of Agriculture, Community and Organizational Development in Morocco and the US
3 credit hours
Instructors: Dr. James Anderson, Dr. Ashley Yopp

Through an immersive experience with some of Morocco’s top researchers, producers, and policy makers, students will travel from the Atlas Mountains down to the Sahara Desert to conduct a comparative analysis of the current cultural and industry trends shaping agriculture, community, and organizational development in Morocco.
No pre-requisites required. Open to all majors.


Program Itinerary

This is a working itinerary and subject to change.

Saturday, May 16: Departure from Atlanta
Sunday, May 17: Arrival in Casablanca
Monday, May 18: Tour and informational sessions, Casablanca
Tuesday, May 19: Horticultural presentation, Casablanca
Wednesday, May 20: Travel, horticultural presentation, Rabat 
Thursday, May 21: Travel and guest speakers, Fes
Friday, May 22: Meknes, Volubilis, and Zniber Domaine, Fes
Saturday, May 23: Travel, Midelt, apple orchard visits
Sunday, May 24: Erfoud, Erg Chebbi
Monday, May 25: Merzouga and Ouarzazate
Tuesday, May 26: Ouarzazate and Marrakech
Wednesday, May 27: Ourika Valley, Oukaimeden, Argan Oil production
Thursday, May 28: Settat, National Agricultural Research Institute
Friday, May 29: Casablanca
Saturday, May 30: Departure from Casablanca 


Students will stay in double occupancy rooms at hotels that were selected based on ratings, amenities (free internet, air conditioning, private bathrooms, and breakfast), location (convenient to train station), availability, and cost.

Program Costs

The $2,700 tentative program fee includes shared occupancy for all participants for the duration of the program, ground transportation, admission fees, group meals and 24/7 emergency support.  

  • Additional costs include roundtrip airfare to Casablanca (group rate approximately $1400), and passport;
  • UGA tuition and fees for three hours of credit; and
  • General living expenses
Speak with a UGA Financial Aid Advisor about how to apply the HOPE scholarship and other financial aid to study abroad expenses


  • Open to all majors
  • Satisfactory academic and disciplinary records
  • Enrollment is limited (Likewise, minimum enrollment must be met to confirm program)

Admission Process

Admissions are rolling after the Oct. 15 decision date, and only applications marked "complete" by that time will receive a decision. Admission decisions will be sent via the application portal. Students will have a limited time to accept or decline an admission offer before the spot passes to another candidate. Students who accept the offer of admission must pay a non-refundable $300 deposit to confirm their place in the program and register for courses.

Contact Information


Dr. James Anderson, Program Director

Phone: 706-542-0515

143 Four Towers
405 College Station Rd.
Athens, GA 30602