BCA Tetouan, Morocco [Summer]

BCA Tetouan, Morocco [Summer]

WHY TETOUAN
• Experience Moroccan hospitality firsthand and live in the friendly and picturesque city of Tetouan. With a small, coastal feel and cultural hot spots, the welcoming city offers many treasures for visitors.
• Dedicate yourself to jump-starting or improving your Arabic language skills by studying Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and living with a host family.
• Critically analyze the relationship between human rights in Islam and the policies and practices in modern secular states. In the BCA course, you’ll also discuss topics like the right to freedom of thought as well as rights of minority groups, women and children.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Possible BCA excursions and cultural activities…
• Tangier: After WWII, Tangier became an International Zone that attracted eccentric foreigners, artists, spies and hippies and this unique history is still evident in the culture today.
• Chefchaouen: Considered one of the most picturesque towns in all of Morocco and known as the “Blue Pearl” for it’s blue-washed buildings, this small mountain village is situated in the beautiful Rif mountain range.
• Dar Senaa Royal Artisan School: See age-old techniques for painting, woodwork, metalwork, ceramics, stucco carving and textiles, among others.

ACADEMICS
Dar Loughat Cross-Cultural Language Center can accommodate students with all levels of Arabic language proficiency. You do not need any prior Arabic experience to participate in the program. Before beginning your studies, you’ll take a placement exam to confirm that you’ll be appropriately challenged in your coursework. All BCA students are also required to take a Human Rights in Islam course. The course includes a general introduction to moderate Sunni Islam before examining relevant issues relating to the nature of both human rights and Islamic law from that perspective.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Weave through the maze-like streets of the five-centuries-old medina (historical town) of Tetouan and shop in the weekly souq (local market) in the Angra Region. The small size of the city allows you to easily become integrated in the local culture, meet residents and call Tetouan home. By living with a host family, you can learn about local traditions and daily life in Morocco as you share meals and spend time together. As part of the program you also have the chance to see demonstrations on henna, music, local arts, pastry and Arabic calligraphy.

Subjects

  • Arabic
  • Humanities
  • Political Science

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BCA Vienna, Austria [Summer]

WHY VIENNA
• Dive into your German language studies with courses offered at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels!
• Acquaint yourself with the central hub of Southeast Europe. Did you know that Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart called Vienna their home? And that Vienna is home to organizations such as the United Nations, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders and the World Peace Council?
• Decide to study in a UNESCO World Heritage city that has consistently been ranked among the world’s top five cities for quality of living for the last 15 years and, in recent years, has topped the list.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Possible BCA excursions and cultural activities…
• Historical and Cultural Highlights of Vienna: Visit the important museums, castles and buildings of Vienna to understand the rich heritage of the Viennese.
• United Nations Headquarters: Take advantage of being in an international hub by touring the United Nations to learn about the work it does in Vienna and across the world.
• Bratislava, Slovakia: Take a day trip to neighboring Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava, to help you better understand its relations with Vienna, both past and present.

ACADEMICS
IKI Vienna hosts students from all over the world interested in improving their German. Class sizes are small, so that you’ll have the best opportunity to strengthen your language skills. Prior to your departure, you’ll take a language placement test to determine your German proficiency and ensure you’re placed in a class that challenges you. Professors emphasize speaking, reading, writing and communication skills with efforts placed on fine-tuning grammar and vocabulary. You will also take a BCA history course focused on Vienna as a geographical, political, cultural, and artistic crossroads at the heart of Europe and uses the city itself as a classroom.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Discuss current world events with your international classmates at Internationales Kulturinstitut Wien (IKI) in Vienna. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a café with a group of friends from Italy, Brazil, Syria, China, Croatia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Japan and Egypt. IKI Vienna is located in Vienna’s historic First District, so you’ll have easy access to a variety of leisure and cultural activities such as open-air film shows, museums, opera houses and cooking and dancing classes.

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BCA Trentino, Italy [Summer]

WHY TRENTINO
• Study in the beautiful Alpine region of Northeast Italy known for its breathtaking views, crystal glacier lakes and convergence of Italian and German culture.
• Analyze the complex interaction between people and their environment by focusing on sustainability and the food industry or public engagement with the past. Review it all from the Italian Alps’ perspective, a place renowned for its distinctive history, heritage, environment, and commitment to sustainability. 
• Choose a truly immersive academic program that combines interactive classwork, outdoor educational activities, and visits with local organizations.  You can also challenge yourself to get the most of your time in Italy by taking both courses!

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Possible BCA excursions and cultural activities…
• Bolzano: Tour the capital city of the Alto Adige/Südtirol region bordering Switzerland and Austria. This city is known for its medieval castles, jagged limestone mountain peaks and South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.
• Trento: Visit the state-of-the-art science museum in Trentino’s capital city. Enjoy the museum’s rooftop garden, Glacial Experience and Biodiversity Labyrinth.
• Adamello Brenta Nature Park: Participate in a multi-day residential mountain lab where you’ll focus on mountain history or agriculture and local food production.

ACADEMICS
The Trentino program is designed to create intense cultural immersion opportunities for students interested in history or sustainability. You can take an experience-based course in public history focused on Alpine Italy and its thousands of years of history as a frontier area in the very heart of Europe. Or take the course “Sustainability, Food, and Landscapes in the Italian Alps” which considers issues of global concern such as sustainable agriculture practices, climate change and resource management with Trentino as your case study. In both courses, you will begin the program through a structured virtual pre-semester course component before traveling to the Italy where the Alpine region becomes your classroom as you visit villages, meet with local experts and connect to businesses and organizations.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Your BCA Trentino Resident Director, a native of Trentino’s capital Trento, will introduce you to the exceptional natural resources and warm hospitality that characterizes the region. You will also have opportunities to meet local students and young professionals through various community-based groups focused on connecting residents to the natural resources of the area. The region itself is known as an outdoor paradise where you can participate in biking, trekking and other outdoor sports. If you’re interested in the arts, Trentino has a wide variety of galleries, castles and museums, as well as historical and archaeological sites to visit during your summer.

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