Program Overview

Trade the winter blues for the Mediterranean sun and sea this January! Study the history of Islamic civilization in Europe and experience the vibrant diversity of two continents, three countries, and 10 cities. This program is more than your typical study abroad experience, offering you a unique lens to compare and contrast France, Morocco, and Spain. Come away with an enhanced perspective of these cultures and your own. The program offers several courses in a variety of subjects, so you can choose the one that works best for you.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
October 1
Avg Course Load
1 course (3 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
  • Chance to visit three countries and seven cities in just 17 days
  • Learn a variety of subjects with world-renowned lecturers
  • Guided travels for deep insight
  • Explore Europe and Africa through a whole new lens
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.



IAU College, a not-for-profit institution of higher education, has been operating study abroad programs for US college and university students since 1957. IAU College has received students from more than 700 colleges and universities, with over 20,000 participants over its long history. The oldest and largest American institute in southern France, IAU College has recently expanded program offerings outside of France to compare and contrast the languages, cultures, landscapes, and contemporary issues within and between broader European and African locations and contexts.

With operation bases in both the US and France, as well as staff and faculty who travel to and research throughout much of Europe and Africa, IAU College’s programs offer a unique cross-cultural perspective. While proud of their French foundation, IAU College are equally enthusiastic about their multi-disciplinary and comparative multi-country study abroad programs. Through intensive study, travel, and reflection, IAU College’s thematic traveling programs allow students to gain leaps and bounds personally, academically, socially, and culturally. IAU College continually strives to deliver on its mission of providing “an international education that inspires intercultural awareness and prepares students for responsible roles in a global community through the study of European and Mediterranean history, languages, cultures, and contemporary issues.”

CIS Abroad is proud to collaborate with IAU College to offer this unique “traveling seminar” or travel-study program.

Accreditation(s): IAU College (formerly the Institute for American Universities) holds an Absolute Charter awarded by the Regents of the State University of New York, is registered with the French Ministry of Education and recognized by the Recteur of the Université d’Aix-Marseille.


Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.


Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.


If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.


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Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet in your portal.

Life in Marrakesh, Rabat, Tangier, Granada, Seville, Aix-en-Provence, and Paris

Welcome and Orientation

This whirlwind of a January “traveling seminar” study abroad program allows for the perfect blend of guided activities, field courses and independent study and free time during our exploration of some amazing and diverse locations. With everybody gathered in Paris, we’ll start with a comprehensive orientation. We’ll cover local topics such as culture and language, as well as rules, regulations, guidelines, and expectations of the program in general. Because the program will keep you moving from one location to another, program leaders and local guides will introduce you to your ever-changing surroundings, providing a “lay of the land” in the form of lectures and city tours.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Adios! Au revoir! After an eye-opening and intensive travel-study program, it may be hard to bid adieu to your new friends and all the places and people you’ve come across. You’ll enjoy one final meal together to reflect on all that you’ve seen and done, exchange contact details, and thank your professor and program leader. Keep reflecting, keep in touch with those on your program, and let us know how we can provide you with outlets to keep re-living your formative experience abroad. Our preferred outlet: go again! (You’ll get a discount for doing so!) We’ll share tips about how to verbalize your experience in things like job interviews so you can capitalize on your profoundly transformative study abroad experience.

Housing Options

Housing will be shared rooms with up to four people per room. Students will stay at hotels, hostels, student dorms, and/or homestays in each location. Daily breakfast will be included.

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Local Life

  • Vibrant Markets in Morocco: Expect a bit of a sensory overload in the vibrant, traditional markets of Morocco! A long-standing institutions in the Arab world, markets are a place of gathering, socializing, trading and selling - a great place to observe cultural norms. Wind your way through a labyrinth of unique sights, sounds, and smells, with goods ranging from local textiles to electronics and everything in between.
  • Spain: The Last Moorish Outpost in Europe: While the Moors were pushed out of mainland Europe through the Iberian Peninsula over 500 years ago, their legacy lives on in the form of elaborate mosques like that of Cordoba, the impressive fortress of Alhambra, and the royal palace, or Alcazar, in Seville. Moorish and more contemporary Arabic and Islamic influences in Spain include language (many words that start with "al" such as "almohada" or "pillow"), cuisine, and ethnic makeup.
  • French-North African Overlaps Abound: As a former colonizer of northern Africa, France's influence in language, food, and culture is abundant in Morocco. It is perhaps partially due to the shared heritage that many North Africans seek refuge and economic opportunities in France, resulting in increasing diversity in French communities.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Program Enrollment Coordinator

Travel Tip: When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Learn more about Hadley

Carl Jubran

Travel Tip: Participation is very important. I can’t impress upon you how crucial participation is. And it’s not just passive participation in terms of standing in one of the sites and observing or taking notes, but it’s also processing what you see and being able to explain it to one another.

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • January 2021
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    December 28 (2020) (Estimated)
    January 14 (Estimated)
    $6,290 (Estimated)
  • January 2020
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    December 28 (2019)
    January 14

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

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Breakfast daily and most dinners
  • Travel between destinations
  • Housing in locations
  • Entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues
  • In France: head to Paris, Marseille, and Aix-en-Provence
  • In Morocco: visit Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, and Tangier
  • In Spain: go to Seville, Granada, Marbella, and Cordoba
  • IAU college official transcript
  • Tuition and fees
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • On-site orientation
  • All program-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the US)