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Study Abroad/Global Education

Geography by Rail

Winterim 2015

For nearly two centuries, railroads symbolized progress and were the quintessential way to travel overland long distances. Today it still represents the main mode of transport for most places in the world. The Kingdom of Morocco is no exception, with many locals still using it for daily commutes, to visit relatives, and have a holiday. The railroad also makes a great classroom to learn about and understand the landscape. Morocco offers outstanding geographic diversity: from coastal sea sides and quaint ports to 13,000 foot mountains and the beginning of the world’s largest desert. There is no better way to explore Morocco’s amazing landscape, except for maybe riding on a camel in the desert— which, of course, we will have the chance to do! 

Morocco also represents a great experiential learning environment for studying both physical and cultural geography. This course reinforces many concepts students learn in classes, and offers practical hands-on experiences in various geographic field techniques, methods, and assessments with broad, transferable international perspectives. Students keep detailed journals, engage in daily thought-provoking discussion, collect and analyze field observations en route, and learn cultural backgrounds and basic language skills by interacting with locals. Come and explore this ancient and vibrant country! 

This course will be registered as a Spring 2015 course, so Spring Financial Aid is available!​​​


Quick Facts

  • Course GEOG 4998/5998
  • Faculty Dr. Casey Allen & Kaelin Groom
  • Dates 
    December 27, 2014 - January 10, 2015 
  • Cost $2,950
  • Deadline October 1, 2014 
  • Credits 4
  • Prerequisites
    GEOG 1202 and GEOG 1302, or similar courses; GPA 2.5 or higher; interview with faculty; personal essay describing desire to participate in this program.
  • Program Advisor    Meghan Atherton​


Costs and dates tentative and subject​​ to change.​

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