Rabat, Morocco

Language + Culture

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 3 – Dec 20, 2021 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 16 - 17 semester hours / 24 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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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.

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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


  • 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.


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


CIEE Rabat offers internship placements in varying industries including: human rights, education, children in need, women’s empowerment, micro-finance, journalism, NGO support, midwifery, nursing, and more through partnerships with local and international Non-Governmental Organizations, (NGO). Most internship projects take place in Rabat - Morocco’s capital of almost two million inhabitants.

If you have a specific field of interest,  we will work with you to secure a customized placement.

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.

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Daily Life

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    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.


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


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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.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Program Requirements

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


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

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

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.

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.


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.

Language of Instruction

English and/or French


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Course Information


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.


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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.



Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2021 15 weeks May 1, 2021 Sep 3, 2021* Dec 20, 2021*

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

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, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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