If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Science and Spices of Morocco

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fes , Morocco
Course # SA 10810
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2023 03/11/23 to 03/19/23

Program Leader

Email harri326@purdue.edu
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

The purpose of this course is to give students and overview and background on the geography, culture, the impact of spices on the history of Morocco. The class will explore principle geographic features, customs, traditions, festivals, and events as these relate to the hospitality and tourism industry. Because this class is being held in a real-world learning laboratory, students will be expected to incorporate what they learn along the way into their assignments.

There will be 4 required pre-departure meetings and a debriefing meeting upon return.  Students will prepare for the program by acquainting themselves with aspects of Moroccan culture through videos and books, and researching and reporting on the scientific connections between medieval al-Andalus and their studies at Purdue.  

The purpose of this 3-credit embedded study abroad program is to expose students to contemporary science, holistic medicine practices and culture in modern Morocco, and to have a science-based view of the interconnected cultural past of using spices and herbs for healing. After taking this course the student will:

  1. Gaining an appreciation for the cultural traditions of Morocco during their travels and site visits.
  2. Broaden one’s cultural horizons through exposure to the history of Morocco and the specific influence of spices.
  3. Learn about the geography of Morocco through personal experiences and readings.
  4. Explore the tourism potentials associated with Morocco.
  5. Explore the scientific benefits, specifically medicinal benefits, associated with spices
  6. Contribute through a service project to benefit a local school in Morocco.

Academic Credit

3 credits (SCI 295). There will be 4 required pre-departure meetings and a debriefing meeting upon return. 

Fulfills College of Science culture course requirement.


No prior language experience necessary. A great first study abroad experience for College of Science students! Priority will be given to College of Science Emerging Leader Science Scholars; students from other colleges will be considered as space permits.  Intended for students in the sciences or with an interest in how cultures express scientific creativity.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

 College of Science students who are enrolled in the Learning Beyond the Classroom Certificate program may be eligible for another $500 grant. Consult Dr. Laura Starr for more information about this LBC grant.

Application Deadline

Applications from students from the College of Science and other colleges are welcome. Once a student applies, they will be sent a link to a Qualtics survey which will help us assess your interest in this program. Spots in the program of students accepted on or after October 1 will be guaranteed upon receipt of proof of deposit, first-come-first-served. (If you were accepted before October 1, your spot is guaranteed for two weeks from date of acceptance, by which time a deposit should be received.)

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.