SETS: Engineering and Technology in Morocco

Program Quick Facts

Location: Morocco

Faculty Leader: Mykel Kochenderfer, Aeronautics and Astronautics

BOSP Special Programs Coordinator: Yosefa Gilon

Arrival date in Casablanca, Morocco: September 1, 2019

Departure date from Casablanca, Morocco: September 14, 2019

Information Session: Watch information session

Academic Prerequisites

1) Students must be undergraduates and must have taken any three courses from the School of Engineering by the time of departure
2) Three required meetings in Spring Quarter. Students that will be off-campus in Spring Quarter should make arrangements with the faculty to join the meetings remotely.

Additional Program Requirements

1) 1x1 Appointment with Vaden Travel Clinic

2) Ground Rules - In order to optimize safety during the program, students will be required to agree to and sign Ground Rules that may restrict behavior throughout the program. These Ground Rules are in addition to the BOSP Participation and Assumption of Risk, Release of Claims, Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement that all students sign and agree to at the time of program application. Students’ parents/families will also need to sign these Ground Rules to confirm that they acknowledge the specific dangers of travel to the program location.

Activity Level

Light/Moderate: Activities may include city walking tours, easy/short hikes, museum and other site visits as well as an occasional physical activity such as snorkeling, hiking, or kayaking.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Health Information for Travelers to Morocco

US State Department Country Information


Visa Information

Consulate General of Morocco

General Information: Visit the Overseas Seminars/Faculty-Initiated Program Overview page

Application Deadline: January 27, 2019

General Description

This 2-unit course investigates the engineering, technology, business, and cultural aspects of Morocco. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate an improved understanding of:  

  • (1) the main industries, companies, and technologies in each location,  

  • (2) key challenges and opportunities facing various sectors, and  

  • (3) ways in which businesses and agencies operate within the political, economic, and cultural contexts.


We will be traveling between Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Marrakesh, Tangier, and Ouarzazate.

Living and Travel Conditions

  • Participants will be staying in hotels.

  • Travel will involve walking, hiking, and could include transit by bus, train, and plane.

If such conditions are likely to present a challenge, you are encouraged to contact the instructors well in advance: accommodations will be made to the extent possible.


MYKEL KOCHENDERFER is Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Assistant Professor, by courtesy, of Computer Science at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh where he studied at the Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour in the School of Informatics. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from Stanford University. Prof. Kochenderfer is the director of the Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory (SISL), conducting research on advanced algorithms and analytical methods for the design of robust decision making systems. He is the author of Decision Making under Uncertainty: Theory and Application, available from MIT Press. Prof. Kochenderfer led a BOSP Overseas Seminar to Edinburgh in 2016 and 2018, and he led an engineering study tour to the Emirates and Morocco in 2017.

Prerequisites and Expectations 

  • Students must be undergaduates and must have taken any three courses from the School of Engineering by the time of departure

  • Three required meetings in Spring Quarter

Application Process

Decisions will be based on individual interviews and application materials. The program capacity is 15 students.

Grading Basis

Letter grade

Passport and Visa

Students are solely responsible for obtaining their passport and visa (if applicable). Every BOSP participant MUST have a signed passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled RETURN date from the overseas program. Students who do not have a valid passport must apply for a new or renewed passport immediately. For information on obtaining or renewing a U.S. passport please visit the State Department website.

To determine whether a visa is necessary for your program, visit the Consulate General of Australia website. You may also consult with the recommended visa service providers listed below.

VisaCentral by CIBT
VisaCentral by CIBT offers online Stanford rates, or contact the local office:

In person: 555 Montgomery St. Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94111
Walk-in hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
By phone: (877) 535-0688

VisaBy Casto for Stanford Travel Program
VisaBy Casto offers special rates for Stanford online, or through the local office:

Address: 2560 North First Street, Suite 150, San Jose, CA 95131
By phone: (408) 553-4735
By email:

Health and Safety

Students on international programs should be aware that attitudes toward medical conditions, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and psychological conditions vary by culture and under the laws of the host countries. These differences impact the level of treatment and accommodation available abroad. Students should give serious consideration to their health and personal circumstances when accepting a place in a program and should consult with their clinician.

While the benefits of international travel can be enormous, it is often associated with certain health and safety risks. Thankfully, a number of interventions exist to mitigate these risks including vaccines, use of certain medications, and specific behavior changes. Health concerns vary by the particular destination, time of year, the health of the individual, type of accommodations, length of stay and specific activities. Participants should be up to date on all their regular immunizations, check the CDC website for vaccinations and immunizations. In addition, specific travel vaccines such as typhoid, yellow fever, or rabies vaccines may be indicated. Various types of medication may also be needed to prevent life-threatening malaria or altitude illness; or to treat traveler’s diarrhea. Finally, students should learn and utilize insect precautions, food and water precautions, and general safety precautions. These can prevent illnesses such as dengue fever, schistosomiasis, HIV; or accidents such as those involving motor vehicles. In spite of all the precautions, occasionally students do become ill or sustain an injury while traveling. Thankfully, most of these are minor. However, it is critical that students have a clear plan of care in case of an emergency on their trip. The travel clinic at the Vaden Health Center has produced an online travel health module that provides comprehensive strategies to help you stay safe and healthy while traveling.

Students must review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for complete information regarding the health concerns and vaccine recommendations specific to Morocco. Students must also discuss with the on-campus Vaden Health Center Travel Clinic or a travel health specialist about the best ways to protect their health.

All students will also be required to make an appointment with the on-campus Vaden Health Center Travel Clinic by March 1, 2019 to discuss any health concerns, pre-departure immunizations, and any personal prescriptions before going abroad.

Students must review the U. S. State Department’s Country Information for complete information on safety and security in Morocco.

As with any foreign travel, students are advised to be alert to their surroundings, and be particularly aware of any health and safety advisories for the area in which they will be visiting. Students should consult with their health care provider(s) to be prepared for potential illness. Additional issues of personal health and safety and precautions will be discussed in detail during the mandatory pre-program preparation and upon arriving in the country.

If you are uncomfortable traveling under such conditions, you should not apply to this program.

Program Modification and Cancellation

Stanford reserves the right to cancel or modify the program before or during its operation for any reason, including natural disasters, emergencies, low enrollment, unavailability of facilities or personnel, or compliance with the University travel policy at