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Science, Invention and Culture in Spain and Morocco

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Spain and, Morocco
Course # SA 19999
Duration Spring Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring 2018 05/06/18 to 05/22/18

Program Leader

Name Laura Starr

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed
Closed for 2018

Program Description

This May-mester study abroad program is intended for students in the sciences as well any other Purdue student interested in Science, Culture and/or Scientific Creativity in the Medieval era. Students MUST enroll in a pre-program preparatory course (SCI 195) during the spring semester in order to participate in the study abroad trip, which will take place from approximately May 6th to May 21st.

Its objective is to help students build cross-cultural competence while exploring the inter-connected cultural history of invention, creativity and the sciences in southern Spain & Morocco. It will spend SIXTEEN days in this fabled region.

Participants will visit five medieval cites (Fez, Tetouan, Ronda, Cordoba, and Granada) as well as modern industrial capitals with ancient roots (Rabat, Tangier, Valencia).

Activities will include:


Safety & Emergency Preparedness

 AON global crisis management services currently ranks the threat of terrorism or political violence in these two countries to be equivalent to the USA. Also, both program leaders have lived and worked in the Middle East; with one of them having served as chief study abroad safety officer for a US university. In addition, we will be contracting the logistics and safety portions of the excursion to International Studies Abroad, which has excellent health, safety and parental communication procedures.


Academic Credit

3 credits (SCI 195) Please note that you must participate in the spring semester course (Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm) and the May study abroad in order to earn credit for this program.


No prior language experience necessary. Intended for students in the sciences or with an interest in how cultures express scientific creativity and how they teach science to K-12 students.

Program Cost

Program cost $3435.67, including insurance (pre-scholarships); plus airfare. A round-trip fare from Chicago of $973 has been secured for interested participants; otherwise, students may make their own arrangements.

The following items will be included in the program cost:

  • Fast train (AVE) from Valencia to Madrid.

  • Buses to other sites in Spain

  • Intercontinental ferry

  • Train and bus transport between cities in Morocco

  • Hotels (double rooms; 3 or 4 star; free Wi-Fi)

  • All breakfasts; some group dinners and lunches

  • Homestay in Fez

  • Entry fees to museums and historical sites.

A $1000 scholarship is available to any undergraduate who has not previously studied abroad on a Purdue program during spring break or summer and whose combined family income is less than $250,000 as verified by the filing of a FAFSA in the Division of Financial Aid. In addition, College of Science students who are enrolled in the Learning Beyond the Classroom Certificate program may be eligible for another $500 scholarship. Consult Dr. Laura Starr for more information about this LBC grant.

Application Deadline

Application deadline: There are a few more spaces left; apply now to reserve your spot. All applicants will be sent a screening questionnaire.

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