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  • Locations: Casablanca, Morocco; Marrakesh, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Spring Break 2020 11/30/2019 ** N/A 03/12/2020 03/21/2020

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. Marta White, Dr. Mourad Dakhli Sponsoring College: J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Sponsoring Department: International Business, Managerial Sciences Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:
Cities: Centers of Innovation in Emerging Markets - A Study Abroad in Casablanca
March 12 - 21, 2020 | 6 Credit Hours
Program Director Contact Info: Dr. Mourad Dakhli | mdakhli@gsu.edu | 35 Broad St NW, Suite 637 | 404-413-7435
Dr. Marta Szabo White | mwhite@gsu.edu | 35 Broad St NW, Suite 1001 | 404-413-7555
Students interested in applying should click the Apply Now button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews will be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application. 
 
Casablana by Night

Cities are centers of innovation and drivers of economic growth while also being at the forefront of addressing twenty-first century sustainability challenges. We will explore emerging, global challenger cities and the unique role that they play in the world economy. We will travel to Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakech, the leading entrepreneurial and business centers in North Africa, and visit businesses, government agencies, professional organizations, universities, and nonprofits. We will immerse ourselves into the social and economic cultures of Morocco’s vibrant innovation and financial centers and learn about the entrepreneurial frameworks in emerging markets.

Each of the three cities offers a unique perspective on the topics of interest on this program. Casablanca is a city that embraces heritage and progress, intertwining arts and culture with creativity and innovation. Rabat, one of four imperial cities of Morocco, is the country’s capital and political center, in addition to being one of the top travel destinations as selected by CNN. The third leg of the program showcases the fabled city of Marrakech which is both mysterious and mesmerizing, featuring some of the most stunning Moroccan architecture and city squares where snake charmers, musicians, acrobats and performers of all sorts compete for visitors’ attention.
 
Moroccan Mint Tea There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. There will also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing.

March 12 – Depart Atlanta
March 13 – Casablanca: Meet & Greet (with ESCA Students/ESCA is our Partner School in Morocco)
March 14 – Casablanca: Joint lecture at ESCA & Tour of Casablanca
March 15 – Casablanca: Group Meetings with ESCA Teammates & Cultural Immersion Visits
March 16 – Casablanca: Presentations by Women Entrepreneurs at AFEM (Start-up Incubator) & tour of Zenata, Morocco’s successful model of a sustainable city (Casablanca Suburb)
March 17 – Rabat: World Bank & Dari (the first entrepreneurial firm to list on the Casablanca Stock Exchange) / Rabat City Tour
March 18 – Casablanca: Venture Capital & Microfinancing
March 19 – Marrakech: Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Medical Tourism and Holistic Medicine in Morocco / Marrakech City Tour
March 20 – Marrakech: Centre Artisanal & Small Agribusiness Entrepreneurship
March 21 – Return to Atlanta
 
Accommodations
 
Participants will stay in comfortable, double-occupancy 4-star hotels in Casablanca and Marrakech near major business and economic hubs as well as key cultural heritage sites.
Souks of MarrakechThis program is open to undergraduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Robinson College of Business. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director. Individual interviews may be scheduled upon receipt of your application.
 
  • Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
  • International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.

Participants who successfully complete the program’s course(s) will receive 6 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Participants tudents should register for IB 4410 & MGS 4860. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3,950, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
  • Round trip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations, double occupancy
  • All ground transport, entrance fees & group excursions
  • All breakfasts and some meals
  • International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Additional meals
  • Excess baggage charges and tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel not associated with the program
Payment Schedule
October 31, 2019: $1,000 deposit due
November 30, 2019: $1,080 payment due
Early December 2019: Program fee posted to PAWs
Early Januar 2020: $1,950 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Spring 2020

All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
 
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments! Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship and the International Access Scholarship.

Students who:
 
  • Meet the eligibility requirements
  • Are accepted into a program
  • Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline

will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities & financial aid for study abroad.
china Students participating in GSU-sponsored programs must complete a Health Clearance upon acceptance to their program. Please print this page to take with you to your appointment. Prior to departure, Study Abroad Programs will enroll students in international insurance for the duration of their study abroad, the cost of which is included in the program fee. The U.S. State Department's website provides important international travel information about health, safety & security.

Students traveling on this program should expect:
  • Possible sun exposure
  • Possible long distance walking

Required Vaccinations: There are no required vaccinations for this program. Please consult the CDC's travel page and discuss any recommended vaccinations with your physician.
china Study Abroad Advising

Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website.

Location

Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
International Center
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 413-2529
mystudyabroad@gsu.edu