Program Overview
The Morocco Sustainable Community Development Program is an international community engagement course that offers university students in the field of architecture the opportunity to participate in ongoing community development projects in the rural communities of the Zawiya Ahansal region in the Central High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  The MSU program is partnered with the Atlas Cultural Foundation (ACR), a non-profit organization with the mission of collaborating with rural Moroccans in order to improve their quality of life in the fields of cultural preservation, community education and public health.  
The course offered is a five-week international experience for undergraduate and graduate students to travel, accompanied by MSU professors, to rural Morocco to live and work in a small community.  Over the five weeks, students work on significant, community directed design/build projects with local craftsmen and continue ongoing community projects including assisting local residents with small development projects.
The foundation of the course is a real world experience of living, working, and learning in a rural Moroccan village.
Course Information:
ARCH 291/451 Special topics (3 credits) Design for the Community (3 credits) - total of 6 undergraduate credits
ARCH 450/471 Community Design Center (5 credits) Directed Research (1 credit) - total of 6 undergraduate credits
ARCH 527/543 Architecure Meaning and Place (3 credits) Advanced Applied Design and Construction (3 credits) - total of 6 graduate elective credits.
Dates Abroad:
May 19-June 23, 2019
Some meals included in program fee
Program Fee:
$3,025 plus airfare and miscellaneous expenses 
Eligibility Requirements:
consent of instructor
Faculty Leader Information:
Christopher Livingston
March 26, 2019
  APPLY ONLINE HERE through My Global Connection. 

A complete application includes: 
  • $300 Faculty Led Application Fee
  • Official Transcript
  • Acknowledgement of Faculty Led Participation and Pre-Departure Requirements
  • Additional Application Information
  • Faculty Led Application Short Essay
  • FERPA Information
  • Health History Form
  • Passport Information
  • Complete an interview with the Faculty Leader 
  • Upon program acceptance, confirm participation and complete Post-Acceptance Application Materials in My Global Connection
  • Questions:

    Contact:  Wendy Rivers
    Faculty Led Coordinator
    (406) 994-7150

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Language of Instruction: English


Minimum GPA: 2.5


Housing Options: Lodgings


Program Type: Faculty Led

Subjects Available

  March 15, 2020