January in Morocco, Spain and France

Travel through multiple countries (and continents!), visiting 14 cities while you earn academic credit towards your degree – all in just under 3 weeks! This program emphasises the European-North African overlap in Morocco, Spain and France (and Gibraltar) through a focus on political, social and cultural observations.

Program Overview

On the January in Morocco, Spain and France program you will visit several cities in 3 countries, experiencing essential aspects of Moroccan, Spanish and French culture – all in just under three weeks. You’ll have the opportunity to compare and contrast the cultures and landscapes and explore these fascinating countries with local guides as well as academic, literary and political experts.

There’s so much to see – You’ll engage in cultural discussions throughout your program while you travel from the lavender fields of southern France to the bustling markets of Marrakesh. From the mosques of Morocco to the museums of Madrid, this program will provide you with an experience unlike any other.

Travel while you earn credit – This program offers 7 university-level courses in a range of subjects so you can choose the best course for you (each student will take one course during the program – equivalent to one full-time academic course in Australia). If you are interested in art history, cultural studies, foreign languages or political science (and ideally a little of all four) this program is for you!

Welcome to Gibraltar – This British territory is located at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula, the entrance to the Mediterranean, and is known as a crossroad of two very different worlds. See for yourself how this exciting location plays a huge role in the region’s geo-politics.


Here are some of the highlights you can expect throughout this unique travelling study program:

  • Get ahead during your summer break
  • Visit several cities in 3 countries – all in under 3 weeks
  • World-renowned lecturers from a range of disciplines
  • English-speaking support services staff
  • Learn the fun way  the cities are your classroom!
  • Meet other students from around the world

Sample Itinerary

This program is largely travel based – see itinerary below. The itinerary offers a blend of academic, social, cultural and recreational activities. The free time you have can be spent exploring your host city with other students.

Please do not make any travel or academic arrangements until you’ve received a confirmed itinerary from CISaustralia.

Depart for Morocco 28 December
Marrakesh, Morocco 28 – 31 December
Day Trip to Casablanca, Morocco 31 December
Rabat, Morocco 31 December – 2 January
Tangier, Morocco 2 – 3 January
Day Trip to Gibraltar 3 January
Seville, Spain 3 – 5 January
Day Trip to Cordoba, Spain 5 January
Granada, Spain 5 – 7 January
Aix-en-Provence, France 7 – 11 January
Paris, France 11 – 14 January
Depart from Paris 14 January

Choose Your Course

The January in Morocco, Spain and France program is hosted by IAU College, France.

Dr. Carl Jurban, the president of IAU College, will travel with the group throughout the program. Dr Jurban has particular expertise in Europe/North African relations.

This program is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in Morocco, Gibraltar, Spain and France.

The academic component of the program will consist of a series of briefings from leading academic, literary and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic World. There is a focus on European-Islamic relationships along with particular attention paid to the importance of North African immigration to Europe and its current socio-cultural implications.

GPA Required: To qualify students must have a sound academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to find a suitable program.

Course Load: 1 course (equivalent to one full-time academic course)

Course approval:  Although you will only take one course on the program, it is best to get 2-3 courses approved by your university before you go overseas. This gives you some flexibility. Why not consider opting for an interesting elective if your degree allows.

Course descriptions 

The following are the proposed courses for January 2019:

  • 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

The syllabus for this program remains the same regardless of which course the student undertakes. As students are visiting the same sites, attending the same lectures, partaking in the same activities, etc. they are learning the same content. The difference is in their assessment pieces. The topic and focus of a student’s assessment pieces will be based on what course they have chosen.

Europe and the Islamic World: This course is designed for students interested in an academically rigorous and cultural experience in France, Morocco and Spain. The academic component consists of a series of briefings from leading European academic, literary and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic world. Participants will spend 18 nights in 12 cities and will attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars 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 North African immigration to Europe and its current socio-cultural implications.
View the full course syllabus


This January program is a true travel-study course – your academics will be integrated with trips to various locations. On this program, you will have the opportunity to visit places such as Marrakesh, Casablanca and Rabat in Morocco; Gibraltar; some of Spain’s most influential cities like Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Toledo and Madrid; and Paris, Marseille and Aix-en-Provence in France.

Other possible excursions include:

  • Bastille
  • Hotel de Ville
  • Notre Dame
  • Lecture with famous Spanish author in exile, Juan Goytisolo.
  • Walking Medina Tour
  • Hassan II Mosque
  • Mosque of Cordoba
  • Alhambra


This program is truly unique, created with the comparative experience in mind. The cities you’ll visit span a range of religious, historic and cultural contexts. Here is an outline of some the places you will visit:


  • Marrakesh
  • Casablanca
  • Rabat
  • Tangier


  • Seville
  • Cordoba
  • Granada
  • Malaga


  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Marseille
  • Paris

The University

The academic host for this program is IAU College, France. Located in Aix-en-Provence, it is one of Europe’s premier academic centres with a strong emphasis on immersion in French language and culture. IAU College will bring experts from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to provide students with the greatest insight into each visited location throughout this academic travelling program.


During this program you could stay in a combination of local 3-star hotels, guest houses, hostels and / or serviced apartments. All rooms are same gender shared rooms – usually 2 students per room. You will share your room with other program participants. Details will be provided as part of your final detailed itinerary closer to the program start date. Accommodation will vary according to availability in each city.

Program Fee & Dates

January 2019
Application Deadline28 September 2018
Arrival Date28 December 2018
Departure Date14 January 2019
Program Fee A$ 7,599
OS-HELP A$ 6,665


Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels or similar
  • Breakfast daily and some dinners
  • Entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues
  • Health and medical insurance (if requested)
  • CISaustralia support before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • On-site orientation
  • Intra-European transportation to and from each city
  • IAU College official transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and / or fee changes made by our partner universities.

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