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CALS: ALS 5954 Comparative Study of Agricultural and Life Sciences in Morocco
Multiple cities, Morocco (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer Session 1
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Language(s) in which classes are available:
English Max credits offered: 03
Minimum VT Class Status required for admission:
4 Senior Program Type: VT faculty-led
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
2.5 Areas of Study: Agriculture, Culture, Life Sciences
College Sponsor: CALS
Program Description:

Casablanca Hasan II Mosque

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Field of Study

Agriculture, Culture, Life Sciences

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Tentative Itinerary

Additional Information

Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (3 cr.)

Tour Stops:

- Casablanca
- Rabat
- Fes
- Meknes
- Errachidia
- Erfoud
- Merzouga
- Ouarzazate
- Marrakesh



Multiple Cities
Summer I 2017 (May 20 - June 6)

Comparative Study of Agricultural and Life Sciences in Morocco

This program offers students the opportunity to explore topics related to agricultural and life sciences in Morocco. It provides an authentic and extensive experience of the historical, geographic, architectural, linguistic, political, economic, and educational complexities of the country. The program is designed for students in the Master's of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduate program, however, it's open to all senior level undergraduate and all graduate students.

Over the course of two weeks, students will tour different cities in Morocco, including Casablanca, Fes, Meknes, Rabat, Marrakesh and more. The program will include visits to the Agricultural University in Rabat, the National Agronomic Research Institute (INRA), the National School of Agriculture and other agribusiness operations. Students will also tour a variety of historic monuments and landmarks, including the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the Roman Ruins of Volubilis, the Old Medina in Fes and the old city in Marrakesh. Travelling through Morocco, the group will pass across the Middle Atlas Mountains, drive through the cedar forest and rangeland of Morocco and visit the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.

There will also be some free time for students for shopping and sightseeing on their own.

This program provides an opportunity to see firsthand, under the guidance of Virginia Teach faculty, how agricultural development and strategies are outlined. It's a great opportunity for graduate and senior level students. Apply now!

Morocco Clay City


Participants will travel as a group from the USA to Casablanca. Within Morocco, the group will travel using a private motor coach.


The group will stay in 3-4 star hotels. Most meals are covered. 


The program is open to ALL graduate students and senior level undergraduate students. Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, graduate students of 3.0. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.


Graduate students will receive 3 hours of Virginia Tech credit for ALS 5954. Students are required to synthesize their trip findings into a comparative analysis of a selected topic within agricultural and life sciences.


Program Fee

Estimated program fee is $2800. This includes lodging, meals, emergency insurance, private transportation and site admissions. The program fee does not include airfare, personal expenses, passport fees if needed and Virginia Tech tuition.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

University Tuition & Fees

Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term:

Contact Information

Faculty Leader

Dr. James Anderson 
Assistant Professor & Director of Distance and Graduate Education
2280 Litton-Reaves Hall
(540) 231-2608


Jennifer Jones
Graduate Program Coordinator-OMALS
1060 Litton-Reaves Hall
(540) 231-1104

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Session 1 2017 03/31/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/20/2017 06/03/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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