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  • Locations: Casablanca, Morocco; Fes, Morocco; Ifrane, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: School of Business Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 3500 UW Program Director: Kristi Straus, Ruth Huwe
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Ruby Machado Shields UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

Location Casablanca, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco; Ifrane, Morocco; Fes, Morocco; Chicago, United States
Academic Term Early Fall
08/31/2019 - 09/21/2019
Estimated Program Fee $4,275
Credits 5
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Ruth A. Huwe |
Kristi Straus |
Program Manager Ruby Machado Shields |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Application Deadline
February 25, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
General Explore the mystery and beauty of Morocco while studying the business implications of the agriculture value chain. Along the way, meet students at the country's top university, trek the High Atlas mountains, and explore fabulous cities including Marrakesh, Fez, Casablanca, and Rabat.

Program Description

This trip is focused on having an impact: Impacting the lives of participants (physical, intellectual, and spiritual) and impacting the triple bottom line of a developing country (financial, social, environmental). The physical impact comes from an actual trek as mules carry your bags through the High Atlas Mountains. The intellectual impact comes from an "Intercultural Teamwork" course where you are paired with Moroccan students at the top business school in the country. Intellectual impact also comes from a "Sustainability Entrepreneurship" course that focuses on organic farming and studies the "seed to sale" agriculture value chain. The spiritual impact comes from the final project: writing a grant to support the development efforts of the villagers we meet on the trek. In the past, the program's grant won nearly $5,000 to send saffron bulbs to impoverished farmers. The itinerary starts with a series of business visits in Casablanca and moves on to Rabat for a government visits; this includes several businesses, the United States Embassy, several agencies of the United Nations, and the National Institute for Agricultural Research. We then study at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane for courses with Moroccan students, take a side-trip to Fez, and then head to the High Atlas Mountains. Along the way, tours include Volubilis, Meknes, Fez, Rabat, and Marrakesh. The trip culminates in one of the most exciting cities in the world, Marrakesh.




Casablanca, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco; Ifrane, Morocco; Fes, Morocco


Students will stay in commercial hotels organized by Berber Treks. On the trek, the group students will stay at a guest house and in tents as is the custom on a trek.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

No prerequisites.

Physical ability is required for the trek portion of the itinerary. Please contact the program director about accommodations.


5 UW Quarter Credits


MGMT 490: Intercultural Teamwork and Sustainability Entrepreneurship (5 credits)

This Exploration Project directly supports the Foster Business School's collaboration with Alaska Airlines for the "Environmental Innovation Challenge." This program was explicitly created to bring together students from Business, Engineering, and the College of the Environment. This Exploration Project also extends two required courses at the Foster School of Business: The "Intercultural Collaboration" Module is an extension of the required course MGMT 300, "Leadership and Organizational Behavior." The "Sustainability Entrepreneurship" Module is an extension of the required course MGMT 320, "Business, Government, and Society." As well, this module reflects curriculum from engineering (particularly hydraulic and mechanical engineering), construction management, and the College of the Environment. This program also extends business school activities in Social Entrepreneurship that are hosted by the Global Business Center and Burke Center for Entrepreneurship in the Michael G. Foster School of Business. RSOs: This program directly links to activities by the "ReThink" student organization, a group dedicated to expanding sustainable business approaches. The program also directly support activities by "Net Impact," an organization devoted to support of the double-bottom-line.

Learning goals include:
Management Tools: Learn valuable management tools and techniques to facilitate collaboration, decision making, leadership, and business analysis. Cultural Assessment: Learn how to assess the economic, historical, religious, cultural, and political context of a given culture by studying the specific culture of Morocco. Learn cultural specifics: games, customs, consumer trends, real estate, travel patterns, entertainment, food, and health.
Impact: Learn how to apply management tools and techniques to have a sustainable impact on Morocco.









Ruth A. Huwe
Full-time Lecturer, Management and Organization

Dr. Huwe led the program in 2015, 2016, 2017 and traveled to Morocco in 2013.   Beyond Morocco, Ruth has traveled the globe with students for case competitions (New Zealand, Hong Kong, Texas, Washington DC, Montreal), has taught Executive Programs abroad (Asebuss in Romania), and was the faculty adviser for the 2006 MBA study tour to China.  She has climbed the major volcanoes of Washington State (Rainier, Baker, Adams, St. Helens), the two highest mountains in Africa (Jebel Toubkal and Kilimanjaro), and has done numerous treks (Nepal, Kazakstan/Kyrgyzstan, India, Peru, Tibet, etc.).  More recently, she trekked to the Mt. Everest Base camp in September 2014 (17,500 feet elevation) and the Santa Cruz Trek in Peru in June 2015 (15,500 feet elevation).  The highest elevation of this study tour is only about 9,000 feet.  Dr. Huwe has also been a nominee for the Distinguished Teaching Award and was Undergraduate Instructor of the Year for her department in 2014. 

Kristi Straus
Full-time Lecturer, Environmental Studies

Dr. Straus not only has been a co-leader on this same program, she is also the Program Director of a China program and described it as she was the featured speaker at the University of Washington 2018 Freshman Convocation.  Dr. Straus is a world traveler and is a winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award and was a featured speaker in the University of Washington's Ted Talk.





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,275

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $325 Foster Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1400)
  • Food (about All food is provided. The only expense is bottled water. )
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.