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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium; Madrid, Spain; Marrakesh, Morocco; Paris, France; Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Intersession, Program Cost
  • PROGRAM COST: Intersession, Program Cost
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: No pre-requisite, not required to take language course in-country GPA: good academic standing
Professor(s): Dr. Randy Willoughby Disciplines offered: College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate, Master of Arts International Relations (MAIR), Political Science and International Relations, Undergraduate
Accomodations: Hotel Program Advisor: Alana Franklin -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Graduate- MAIR, Undergraduate
Program Description:





Intersession Program


POLS 494/594 : Western Europe and the Islamic World

Dr. Randy Willoughby

Intersession Program 2018



EuroTour includes three to five days in each of five cities: Marrakesh, Rabat, Madrid, Brussels, and Paris, in that order, running from December 28 and concluding January 14, with the latest departure date from the U.S. on December 27th, and  the earliest departure date from Paris on January 15th. 


This course features an academic, governmental and cultural tour of key cities in Europe and Morocco and will involve a series of briefings from leading academic, military, literary, and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic World. Students have the opportunity to actively engage in dialogue with individuals managing the complex relationships of European and international politics.

The program is challenging academically and culturally, and students will be expected to complete a significant amount of the reading and attend four meetings before departure; there may also be an exam or paper requirement due following our return to San Diego in late January.  Pre departure meetings will be scheduled during the fall semester during dead hours or evenings. Students can get a jumpstart on the course as early as the summer 2017 by reading one of the following novels of their choice during the summer 2017:

  • Amin Malouf Leo Africanus
  • Jean Claude Izzo Total Chaos
  • Yasmina Khadra Wolf Dreams

For more information please contact the instructor directly, Dr. Randy Willoughby, at


Rooms are double occupancy in nice hotels in excellent locations: near the Opera in Marrakesh, near the Blvd Mohammed V in Rabat, the near the Bastille in Paris, near the Grand Place in Brussels, and near the Plaza del Sol in Madrid. 


For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. 

Students are responsible for their travel to the first city of the program [Marrakesh] and their return from the final city of the program [Paris]. Local travel costs are itemized in the Program Cost webpage. Train, coach, and plane travel between the cities experienced on the program is included in the cost of this program. Students participating in the program will be given details on the group travel purchased and provided as part of the program fees.


Students with US, Canadian, Mexican, and / or European Union citizenship will not need to secure an immigration documents other than a passport valid until June 2018 or later. Please make sure you have a valid passport as well as at least 2 blank pages for stamps in your passport.


Students will have the opportunity to explore each city's diverse professional, cultural, and historical sites organized by the instructor. The agenda will include the following components :
  • meetings with European academics, national government officials, NGO representatives, journalists, and novelists
  • visits to cultural sites, mosques, cathedrals, museums
  • meetings with international agencies including NATO parliamentary assembly, European Council, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, International Atomic Energy Agency, and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization
  • traditional class sessions
NOTE: This program will have limited enrollment, so students are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later. 

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)