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Youth in Development in 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 Rabat, Fez, Chefchaouen, Ain Baida, Tetouan, Tangier, Morocco
Course # SA 10217
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 05/14/24 to 06/03/24

Program Leader

Name Natasha Watkins
Email watkinsn@purdue.edu
Click here to enroll in this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

Youth in Development in Morocco

Maymester 2024 (May 14-Jun 3) // Travel dates may change slightly

Program focus

What do the present and future look like to young people in Morocco? How do they pursue their hopes and dreams in the diverse spaces of city, mountain village, desert, and sea?

Explore these questions and more through collaborations with Moroccan college students, homestays with urban and rural families, discussions with Peace Corps volunteers, a community engagement project, and visits to historical and cultural sites.

Who can enroll in this program?

This program is open to all undergraduates at Purdue who want to explore youth culture and worldviews in Morocco, enhance intercultural teamwork skills through partnering with Moroccan counterparts, and challenge themselves to adapt to new cultural environments. It is particularly relevant for majors in Human Development and Family Science and for Peace Corps Prep students. 

Why Morocco?

Morocco is of particular interest in thinking about youth and their values due to the rapid changes it has experienced in the past several decades and i ts varied geography and demography. A destination for sub- Saharan immigrants and a producer of immigrants to Europe, it has been the sole Major Non- NATO Ally of the US among North African Arab countries since 2004 and continues to have a positive relationship with the US. It is also the site of more than 270 Peace Corps Volunteers, all in the sector of Youth in Development. Our program is designed to consider all these factors and connect to both Moroccan youth from various backgrounds and to current Peace Corps Volunteers.

What will we do in Morocco?

The itinerary includes a week in the capital of Rabat to experience life in host families and to partner with Moroccan students through community engagement and other collaborative activities; a brief stay in Fez, a UNESCO World Heritage city; a visit to Chefchaouen, the “blue city” in the Rif Mountain region, to decompress and prepare for the next leg of the trip; several days in a Rif Mountain village staying with rural families and connecting with Peace Corps volunteers; and time in Tangier discussing cultural diversity, education, economic opportunities, and women’s rights during visits with local artisans and to a local women’s center. There also will be time at the beach to unwind and prepare for the return to the US. Coursework for this program will include readings, discussions, journaling, and interactive activities with Moroccan partners. See a draft of the daily itinerary here.

What did past students say about the trip? 

Check out these links!



Academic Credit

3 credits // HDFS 39800 International Special Topics

  • This program meets the study abroad capstone requirement for the Developmental and Family Science (DVFS) major.
  • This program meets both the Immersion and one intercultural course requirements for the Peace Corps Prep Certificate.

Hear what past participants had to say about the connection between the progaram and their academic majors.





This program is open to all undergraduates at Purdue. It is particularly relevant for majors in Human Development and Family Science and for Peace Corps Prep students. Group size will be capped at 10 students.

Program Cost

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

Estimated $5500; flight, in-country transportation, lodging, and all meals included. Additional possible expenses include:

  • Passport and passport photos $175
  • Visa (for non-US students) $105 *
  • Snacks, personal items, souvenirs, etc. $50-??

*U.S. and some other citizens are not required to obtain visas for entry into Spain or Morocco. Students carrying passports that do require visas are responsible for obtaining and paying for visas. The necessary documents for these visas will be supplied by the educational provider who is making all our travel arrangements.


Scholarships may be available from the following:

Application Deadline

Applications involve three parts: the study abroad application, responses to program specific questions (sent after SA application is received), and a meeting with program leaders. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. It is recommended that you submit parts one and two of the application by December 12, 2023 for priority consideration. 




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.