Rabat, Morocco

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 3 – Dec 20, 2019 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 - 17 semester hours / 24 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Dec 18, 2020 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 - 17 semester hours / 24 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 20 – May 10, 2020 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 - 17 semester hours / 24 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 3, 2019 – May 10, 2020 (36 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 - 17 semester hours / 24 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Improve your Arabic and French language skills and boost your cultural knowledge while studying in the capital of this Mediterranean country. Your strong interest in Arabic and French languages, as well as Moroccan studies, culture, religion, business, and economics will be expanded with coursework, taught in English, by prestigious faculty from local and international universities at CIEE Rabat. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

  • Get to know

    Moroccan culture by sharing tea with your host family and conversation with Moroccan peers.

  • Advance

    your Arabic language skills, whether you’re beginning or experienced.

  • Explore

    more of Morocco’s distinctive locations, like Asilah, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh, Ourika, Chefchaoune, and Tangers.

  • average temperature (F) in September

    70.7
  • neighborhoods

    19
  • year of the city’s founding

    1146

Location & Culture

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Morocco’s capital and second-largest city, Rabat has a population of 3 million. It’s home to the country’s most prestigious universities, as well as international institutions like UNESCO and the World Bank. Here you’ll find the modern and traditional, stunning colonial architecture, fascinating ruins, and lovely gardens and green spaces. In stark contrast to the medina, Central Rabat is modern, with large office buildings, palm-tree-lined boulevards, cafés, restaurants, and shopping centers.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Put your coursework in context and practice new language skills with visits to markets, cultural sites, and music and theater performances.
  • Explore Rabat’s ancient medina and Kasbah, and see other highlights like the ancient ruins of Challah, and the Andalusian Gardens.
  • See how local schools and government agencies operate.
  • Reward yourself with an amazing view for climbing the High Atlas Mountains.
  • Visit an Amazigh village in Ourika.
  • Work with artisans in Chefchaoune.
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site in coastal Essaouria.
  • Take an overnight excursion to Fez and Marrakesh.

PROJECTS

Service-Learning: Get to know the Rabat community by helping refugees, immigrants, women, or children. You might:

  • work with sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees
  • tutor English at the community center
  • shadow a doctor at a children’s hospital
  • promote human rights values through working with local NGOs
  • promote democracy working with NGOs and the parliament
  • work with an international local NGO focused on culture and art
  • develop a great network of like-minded peers, mentors and professionals by working with youth empowerment communities in debate clubs at local universities
  • obtain a better understanding of the local political scene by working with an NGO specialized on political research
  • lead games or art projects with local students
  • strengthen your journalism and media skills by working with local newspapers in English

Like any positive internship experience, volunteering or interning abroad will help you enhance your professional skills and improve your resume. Develop a greater awareness of the world and your place in it through our volunteering and internship program.

Internships: Positions with NGOs and private institutions can be arranged for students who are interested. Whatever setting you find yourself in after graduation, you’ll be grateful for the variety of hard and soft skills you gained while interning abroad.

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Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays: Live with an Arabic- or French-speaking family in a modern or traditional home, in a Rabat neighborhood or in the outskirts of the city. Families are carefully selected by local CIEE staff members and matched carefully, according to student preferences. Most homes combine Western and traditional Moroccan elements, and families are typically multilingual. Internet provided. Commute via public transportation. 

    Apartments: Students can also choose to stay in shared apartments with other program participants. Commute via public transportation.

  • MEALS

    Homestay students have breakfast and dinner with their host families on weekdays, and additional meals on weekends. Students in apartments are responsible for their own meals.

Rabat, Morocco

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE RABAT

    The prominent neighborhood of Agdal is in central Rabat, with easy access to public transportation.

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What you need to know

The program details

Ideal for students with strong interests in Arabic and French languages, as well as Moroccan studies, culture, religion, business and economics, and literature, this program allows students to enroll in special CIEE area studies courses taught by prestigious faculty drawn from various local and international universities. Students also take Arabic language courses taught by qualified language instructors from top local universities and other organizations, such as the Peace Corps.

Area studies courses and language courses are held at CIEE Rabat. In addition to coursework, students can participate in internship and volunteer opportunities. Students who want to focus on Arabic language can choose an elective language course in colloquial Moroccan Arabic. Students who want to focus on French can sign up for conversation exchange partners and tutoring in French. They can also conduct an internship or a volunteering project in French.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students take classes only with CIEE students. Most CIEE elective courses are taught in English, although we do offer French electives. Teaching methods involve lectures, tutorials, community projects, seminars, and fieldwork. Guest lectures, field trips, and excursions are an important part of the academic curriculum.

  • GRADING

    All courses include continuous assessment and may include quizzes, exams, individual and group presentations, research projects, and papers. Courses follow a standard U.S. grading scale of A-F.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Classes are held Monday through Friday during the intensive cycle, and Monday through Thursday during the regular semester. Attendance is mandatory. Teaching methods combine lecture and interactive styles. Arabic professors provide extensive bibliographies for students. As students gain proficiency in Arabic, resident staff members encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM CREDIT

    Total credit, semester: 16-17 semester/24-25.5 quarter hours. Total credit, academic year: 32-34 semester/48-51 quarter hours.

    Course credits/Contact hours: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated; 45 contact hours

Curriculum

Program Credit
Total credit: 16-17 semester/24-25.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3-4 semester/4.5-6 quarter credits; 45-60 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours

Language of Instruction
English and/or French

Requirements

  • Two-week Intensive Moroccan Colloquial Arabic
  • Semester-long Modern Standard Arabic
  • Three CIEE electives

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.

SPRING 2020 COURSES

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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.

REQUIRED COURSES

This course occurs during the first two weeks of the program. It 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, group work with native speakers, and field-based activities are used to increase students’ exposure to the target language. Contact hours: 50. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

MODERN STANDARD ARABIC

These courses are offered at all levels, from beginning through advanced. The focus of the courses is on functional reading and writing for academic and professional communication purposes. The primary objectives are to help students learn the writing and phonetic systems of the Arabic language and develop a solid understanding of the academic functions of modern standard Arabic. The courses adopt an interactive and participatory methodology using various materials in authentic academic and professional communicative situations. Students are assessed on in-class work, homework, and a final examination. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

ELECTIVE CIEE LANGUAGE COURSE

ELECTIVE CIEE COURSES—IN ENGLISH

This is a sample list of courses; please note that not all the courses are available every year.

Fall 2019 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

  • ARAB 1101 MORC: Intensive Moroccan Colloquial Arabic

 

These courses are offered at all levels, from beginning through advanced. The focus of the courses is on functional reading and writing for academic and professional communication purposes. The primary objectives are to help students learn the writing and phonetic systems of the Arabic language and develop a solid understanding of the academic functions of modern standard Arabic. The courses adopt an interactive and participatory methodology using various materials in authentic academic and professional communicative situations. Students are assessed on in-class work, homework, and a final examination. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

  • ARAB 1001 MORC: Beginning Modern Standard Arabic I
  • ARAB 1002 MORC: Beginning Modern Standard Arabic II
  • ARAB 1004 MORC: Beginning Modern Standard Arabic III
  • ARAB 2001 MORC: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I
  • ARAB 2002 MORC: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II
  • ARAB 3001 MORC: Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I
  • ARAB 3002 MORC: Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II

ELECTIVE CIEE LANGUAGE COURSE

  • ARAB 1201 MORC: Moroccan Colloquial Arabic I

ELECTIVE CIEE COURSES—IN ENGLISH

This is a sample list of courses; please note that not all the following courses are available every year.

ELECTIVE CIEE COURSES – IN FRENCH

This is a sample list of courses; please note that not all the following courses are available every year.

  • POLI 3001 MORC (FREN) / HIST 3001 MORC (FREN): Morocco, Northern Africa, and France: Political and Historical Perspectives

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – a three-day introduction to Moroccan culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Program

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2019 15 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 3, 2019 Dec 20, 2019
Academic year 2019-2020 36 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 3, 2019 May 10, 2020
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Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Expenses during break = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $1,500

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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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.

only if they plan on travelling during the break, otherwise $300 should suffice

Spring 2020 16 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Jan 20, 2020 May 10, 2020
$17,950
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,743 **

Housing = $2,740 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $500

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $1,100

Total Estimated Costs = $2,950

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

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 most meals

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

Fall 2020 16 weeks May 1, 2020 Aug 30, 2020 Dec 18, 2020
$17,950
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,743 **

Housing = $2,740 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,950

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

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 most meals

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