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Tangier to Casablanca.” He then created a music video based on the song—a project that’s now one of three finalists in the IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival 

The film festival received 96 submissions, which were narrowed down to three finalists by a panel of jurors. Entries are intended to capture the spirit of studying abroad, what it meant to the student, and how it redefined their world.   

Baites, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, attended Middle Tennessee State University before transferring to UT as a sophomore. He is now a senior majoring in French and world business with a minor in Arab studies.  

He received a prestigious Boren Scholarship to spend the 2017–18 academic year studying Arabic in Morocco, a location he chose after learning about the country’s mix of the French and Arabic languages.

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