Morocco program canceled after students fail to pay by deadline

By William Seekamp | February 6, 2020 4:36pm

The Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation study abroad trip to Morocco has been canceled due to lack of funds. Photo Illustration by Jennifer Ng.

The Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation has canceled the Morocco study abroad trip scheduled for May because not enough students paid by the deadline.

“It was a pretty simple decision,” Kallan Picha, director of Studies Abroad said. “Unfortunately, we just didn't get the numbers. We didn't have enough folks pay by the deadline to be able to break even.”

Picha said that they were $6,000 short and weren’t able to give the full amount to the provider Carpe Diem, an organization based out of Portland that designs immersive study abroad programs. 

“We had 14 students committed to the program, and less than two-thirds had paid by the deadline,” Picha said.

David Houglum, director of leadership in the Franz Program and the one leading the Morocco study abroad program declined to comment. 

Picha said that she was able to meet with nearly every student on the Morocco program and get them on other future programs or give them the option to be on future faculty-led programs.

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