January in Morocco, Spain and France

Travel through multiple countries (and continents!), visiting 11 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 3 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 southern Spain, 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 crossroads 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 (subject to change). 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.

Arrive in 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
Granada, Spain 3-5 January
Day Trip to Cordoba, Spain 5 January
Seville, Spain 5-8 January
Aix-en-Provence, France 8-11 January
Paris, France 11-14 January
Program departure 14 January

Choose Your Course

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

  • Depending on your Australian university, you may refer to “courses” as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program overseas is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview, and the contact hours.
  • 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?
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

Course descriptions 

The following are the proposed courses for January 2020:

  • 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 2019 course syllabus

Program Facilitators

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. A 1992 alumnus of The Aix Center and previous member of IAU’s Council of Academic Advisors, he 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 M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and a Ph.D. 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 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 communities in today’s world.


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 and Granada; and Paris, Marseille and Aix-en-Provence in France.

Other possible excursions include:

  • Ourika Valley
  • Hassan II Mosque
  • Assilah
  • Tangier
  • Alhambra
  • Mosque of Cordoba
  • Notre Dame de la Garde
  • Paris neighbourhood tour
  • Institute du Monde Arabe


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


  • 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 2020
Application Deadline27 September 2019
Arrival Date28 December 2019
Departure Date14 January 2020
Program Fee A$ 7,999
OS-HELP A$ 6,791


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 travel to each city during the program
  • IAU College official transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

What is not included:

  • Flight to the program starting location
  • Return flight from the program ending location
  • 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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