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Program Overview

Program Overview

Whether your Arabic is basic or advanced, the CIEE Summer Moroccan Studies study abroad program is designed to help you develop your Arabic language skills and learn firsthand about contemporary Morocco.

Through language study, or an innovative course that explores Morocco’s rich history and culture, and a variety of opportunities for cultural engagement, you will improve your Arabic while gaining greater insight into present-day Moroccan society.

Study abroad in Rabat and you will:

  • Focus on Moroccan society and culture in an innovative content course or choose an Arabic language course
  • Live with a local family and immerse yourself in Moroccan culture
  • Visit museums, festivals, the Medina, and Kasbah; and take field trips to the ancient ruins of Chellah and the Andalucian Gardens; explore another Moroccan city on a multi-day stay
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship
  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

    CIEE and Mobility International USA are partnering to give more U.S. college students with disabilities the chance to study abroad! See

    http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/miusa/

    for more information, including the additional application required to be considered for this award.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Expand your global perspective and sharpen your cultural awareness in another international city during a three-day Intercultural Comparative Experience. With other CIEE students, you’ll visit museums and architectural wonders, attend a performance, take part in service-learning projects, and more.

2016 Destinations*:

  • Session I: Istanbul
  • Session II: Haifa
  • Session III: Paris

*Note: Locations are subject to change.

Coursework

Examine Morocco’s complicated and fascinating culture and contemporary society while exploring Moroccan history, politics, development, economics, education, gender issues, and popular culture role in the Arab world as well as its ties to Europe.

Excursions

study abroad in Morocco

The study abroad program includes a series of required and optional cultural activities and field trips in and around Rabat, including concerts and festivals, as well as visits to the ancient ruins of Chellah, the Andalucian Gardens, local elementary schools, and government agencies. Group activities are also held in the Medina and Kasbah. There will also be a weekend trip to Chefchaoune or Marrakesh and a day trip to Asilah and Tangers.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Summer Session II 2016 (4 wks)
05/15/2016
06/20/2016
07/18/2016
$4,150

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,112
Housing ***
$620
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) for students in homestays; meals are not included for students in apartments

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$270
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$70
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$400

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in homestays to cover meals not provided; students in apartments should budget at least $475 for all meals.

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Summer Session I, II 2017 (8 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Summer Sessions I, II, III 2017 (12 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
08/13/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Summer Session II, III 2017 (8 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

More Information
Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
06/15/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for content courses is 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits for 45 contact hours per session. Modern Standard Arabic courses are 60 contact hours for 4 semester / 6 quarter credits per session. Students may also enroll for one session in the Communicative Moroccan Colloquial Arabic class for 15 contact hours and 1 semester / 1.5 quarter credits.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All students are required to take one 3-credit content area or 4-credit language course per session.

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About the City

About The City

Rabat, Morocco’s capital and second largest city, has a population of three million. Rabat hosts Morocco’s most prestigious universities, as well as many international institutions such as UNESCO and the World Bank. The city offers a combination of the modern and traditional, and provides a wide range of opportunities for students to experience its culture through art exhibits, music, and theater. Central Rabat has a modern infrastructure with large office buildings, palm tree-lined boulevards, cafés, restaurants, and shopping centers.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Madiha DeRosa

Resident Director

Bicultural and multilingual, Madiha DeRosa has worked with both American and Moroccan university student and faculty groups. She brings a strong background in student services, teaching, and intercultural project coordination to her position as resident director. Madiha received her master’s degree in international education and development from George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University.

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A longtime symbol of tolerance, Morocco established a precedence of openness and cooperation to the Western world when it became the first country to recognize the United States in 1777. As a strategic gateway between Europe, Africa, and the Arab world, Morocco has a rich identity forged by a complicated history of cross-cultural interactions. The result is a multicultural and multilingual society full of contrasts and harmony. These differences and harmonies are highlighted throughout the program and lie at the heart of the student experience. Through cultural excursions to places such as the Sahara Desert, Atlas Mountains, and Atlantic and Mediterranean coast, students are also exposed to Morocco’s geographical diversity, experiencing firsthand how the locals make use of the landscape in their everyday lives.

Morocco is continually looking for ways to preserve its traditions while acclimatizing to the rapid growth and progress that the nation is experiencing. Students find themselves at the center of these dynamic forces as Morocco aspires to become a model and leader for the other countries in its region. Our program not only provides a multitude of opportunities for the exploration and the discovery of these issues, but it also offers the perfect setting by which students can reflect upon the diversity that they encounter at every turn.

-- Madiha DeRosa, Resident Director

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Oumaima Farik

Program Assistant

Oumaima Farik started off as a CIEE Rabat Language and Culture Peer in 2012 and in June 2013 became a Program Assistant. Oumaima received her BA in French Studies with a focus on Cultural Studies in 2012 through the School of Education Sciences at University Mohamed V- Rabat. She is a currently a Master’s degree candidate in Pedagogy of Cultural Mediation. Oumaima was formerly VP of a Global Community Development program, AISEC, where she developed contacts with people coming from all over the world. She has a strong interest in intercultural mediation and cultural diversity.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

study abroad in Morocco

Students live with Moroccan families in modern or traditional homes in various neighborhoods throughout Rabat. Families are carefully selected by local CIEE staff. Most homes combine western and traditional Moroccan elements, and families are typically multilingual. Study abroad host families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and additional meals on the weekend.

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Orientations

Orientations

A mandatory two-day study abroad orientation conducted in Rabat at the beginning of the program will introduce you to the city, culture, and academic program, as well as provide practical information about living in Morocco. Ongoing orientation discussions and a re-entry workshop at the end of the semester are designed to help students with cross-cultural adjustment and adaptation.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Some of the homestays offer Internet access. You will have access to the Internet at the CIEE Study Center, as well as at Internet cafés throughout the city.

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Academics

Academics

The summer Moroccan Studies program is designed to provide students with a multifaceted academic analysis of Moroccan culture and history. In addition to the courses offered, students can engage themselves locally through cultural activities. Students taking a content area course may also choose to take the 1-credit elective Communicative Moroccan Colloquial Arabic course during one session.

The program is suitable for students with a strong interest in Moroccan Studies, as well as a variety of academic disciplines, including religion, and literature

Academic Culture

Teaching methods involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and fieldwork. Guest lectures, and excursions are also an important component of the academic curriculum.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.

Grading System

All courses utilize a continuous assessment model and may include quizzes, exams, individual and group presentations, research projects, and papers. Courses are designed to follow a standard U.S. grading scale from A–F.

Language of Instruction

English (unless otherwise noted in course descriptions below)

Faculty

Courses are taught by faculty from various local and international institutions. Language courses are taught by qualified language instructors from local universities and other organizations, such as the Peace Corps.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

OFFERED IN SESSION I

POLI 3003 MORC
Arab Spring and the Birth of the Arab Citizen

Some political and social scientists hold the assumptions that the Middle East and North Africa are an exception in their resistance to global democratization changes. Their explanation hinges on the presupposition that Arab people would accept authoritarianism in return for political stability, economic growth, and social well-being. The Arab Spring has come to refute this long-held assumption that there was in Arab countries actually nothing inherently adverse to democratization. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

AFST 3001 MORC
Contemporary Moroccan Society and Culture

This course introduces students to various aspects of Morocco’s multifaceted culture and contemporary society. It includes discussions of Moroccan history, politics, development, economics, education, gender issues, and popular culture. The course also examines Morocco’s role in the Arab world and ties to Europe, and includes modules to help students gain additional insight into Moroccan society. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ARAB 1000 RAMO
Introduction to the Arabic Language and Culture

This course is designed for students with no or minimal knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. The course begins with an introduction to the sounds and script of the language using the text Alif-Baa. Following the introduction to sounds and script, the course becomes an intensive study of Moroccan colloquial Arabic for its application in daily life and a better understanding of local cultures. Students will be exposed to authentic materials, learn to speak at the survival level, give oral presentations, and prepare short presentations. They will be required to apply what they learn in class to assignments and activities outside the classroom. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

ARAB 0001 RAMO
Communicative Colloquial Moroccan Arabic

This course is designed to help students adjust to the local Moroccan dialect and assist them with their transition into Moroccan society. The course adopts a communicative methodology and introduces local spoken Arabic in a variety of authentic life situations, helping students develop immediate survival conversational competence. Role plays and simulations and group work with native speakers are used to increase students’ exposure to the target language. (Students are only allowed to take this class one time for credit.) Contact hours: 15. Credit: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours.

OFFERED IN SESSION II

LITT 3001 MORC (ENG)
Modern Moroccan Literature: Reflections of Social, Economic, and Political Issues

This course invites students to reflect on the ways modern Moroccan literature engages with the changing socio-economic and political conditions of the country and constitutes an important site of struggle for its practitioners. It pays particular attention to the heterogeneity of this literature, as well as to its ideological underpinnings and the textual politics it entails. Special attention is given to the construction of the other, mysticism and religion, gender politics, identity politics, modernity, the politics of memory, Western presence, and the language question. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours..

AFST 3001 MORC
Contemporary Moroccan Society and Culture

This course introduces students to various aspects of Morocco’s multifaceted culture and contemporary society. It includes discussions of Moroccan history, politics, development, economics, education, gender issues, and popular culture. The course also examines Morocco’s role in the Arab world and ties to Europe, and includes modules to help students gain additional insight into Moroccan society. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ARAB 1000 RAMO
Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture

This course introduces students to various aspects of Morocco’s multifaceted culture and contemporary society. It includes discussions of Moroccan history, politics, development, economics, education, gender issues, and popular culture. The course also examines Morocco’s role in the Arab world and ties to Europe, and includes modules to help students gain additional insight into Moroccan society. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ARAB 0001 RAMO
Communicative Colloquial Moroccan Arabic

This course is designed to help students adjust to the local Moroccan dialect and assist them with their transition into Moroccan society. The course adopts a communicative methodology and introduces local spoken Arabic in a variety of authentic life situations, helping students develop immediate survival conversational competence. Role plays and simulations and group work with native speakers are used to increase students’ exposure to the target language. (Students are only allowed to take this class one time for credit.) Contact hours: 15. Credit: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours.

OFFERED IN SESSION III

POLI 3001 MORC (ENG) / HIST 3001 MORC (ENG)
Morocco, Northern Africa, and France – Political and Historical Perspectives (in French)

This course takes a comprehensive approach to analysis of the historical relationships between Morocco, Northern Africa, and France. It examines the historical weaknesses inherent in Morocco’s relationship with its neighbors and France, and the stages of colonization in Northern Africa. The colonization and annexation of Algeria by France, imperialism in Northern Africa, and the unavoidable reality of Morocco’s colonization are addressed in detail. Additional topics include Morocco’s struggle for independence, national movements, and armed resistance. The course also includes discussion of the current issues impacting Morocco, other Northern Africa nations, and the West. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

AFST 3001 MORC
Contemporary Moroccan Society and Culture

This course introduces students to various aspects of Morocco’s multifaceted culture and contemporary society. It includes discussions of Moroccan history, politics, development, economics, education, gender issues, and popular culture. The course also examines Morocco’s role in the Arab world and ties to Europe, and includes modules to help students gain additional insight into Moroccan society. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ARAB 1000 RAMO
Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture

This course is designed for students with no or minimal knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. The course begins with an introduction to the sounds and script of the language using the text Alif-Baa. Following the introduction to sounds and script, the course becomes an intensive study of Moroccan colloquial Arabic for its application in daily life and a better understanding of local cultures. Students will be exposed to authentic materials, learn to speak at the survival level, give oral presentations, and prepare short presentations. They will be required to apply what they learn in class to assignments and activities outside the classroom. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

ARAB 0001 RAMO
Communicative Colloquial Moroccan Arabic

This course is designed to help students adjust to the local Moroccan dialect and assist them with their transition into Moroccan society. The course adopts a communicative methodology and introduces local spoken Arabic in a variety of authentic life situations, helping students develop immediate survival conversational competence. Role plays and simulations and group work with native speakers are used to increase students’ exposure to the target language. (Students are only allowed to take this class one time for credit.) Contact hours: 15. Credit: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours. Contact hours: 15. Credit: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours.

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