Rabat, Morocco

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 5 – Dec 20, 2018 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 - 17 semester hours / 24 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • 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

November 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 27 – May 15, 2019 (15 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 5, 2018 – May 15, 2019 (36 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 - 17 semester hours / 24 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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From Rabat’s medina to the ville nouvelle, you’ll never be short on opportunities to practice your Arabic and French language skills or get to know this palm-lined city. And with courses, excursions, homestays, and activities to help you connect with the people of Rabat, you’ll get an in-depth look at what it means to live in this Mediterranean country.

  • 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:

  • Lead games or art projects with local students.
  • Work with sub-Saharan African migrants.
  • Tutor English at the community center.
  • Shadow a doctor at a children’s hospital.

Internships: Positions with NGOs and private institutions can be arranged for students who are interested.

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.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students take classes only with CIEE students. Most CIEE elective courses are taught in English, although at least one elective course is offered in French each semester. Teaching methods involve lectures, tutorials, 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. Contact hours: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

Curriculum

First two weeks: All students take Intensive Moroccan Colloquial Arabic.

Academic session: All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic, and choose three CIEE elective courses. Students interested in advancing their language skills may enroll in the Moroccan Colloquial Arabic course as one elective.

Academic year students: These students take Modern Standard Arabic and three elective courses, one of which may be the organizational internship.

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.

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

 

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 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.

Spring 2019 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

INTENSIVE MOROCCAN COLLOQUIAL ARABIC

  • ARAB 1101 MORC: Intensive Moroccan Colloquial Arabic

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

  • ARAB 1101 MORC: Intensive Moroccan Colloquial Arabic
  • 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

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.

  • AFST 3001 MORC: Contemporary Moroccan Society and Culture
  • INSH 3003 MORC: Organizational Internship
  • POLI 3003 MORC: The Arab Spring and the Birth of the Arab Citizen

ELECTIVE CIEE COURSES – IN FRENCH

This is a sample list of courses; please note that not all the 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

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • 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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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 15 weeks Sep 5, 2018 Dec 20, 2018
$16,850
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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 = $13,643 **

Housing = $2,740 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,850

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 = $150

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $1,100

Total Estimated Costs = $3,000

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Includes most meals

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

Academic year 2018-2019 36 weeks Sep 5, 2018 May 15, 2019
$32,585
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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 = $26,638 **

Housing = $5,480 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $32,585

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 = $1,000

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $2,200

Expenses during break = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $6,350

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

Spring 2019 15 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Jan 27, 2019 May 15, 2019
$17,450
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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 = $14,243 **

Housing = $2,740 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,450

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 = $150

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $1,100

Total Estimated Costs = $3,000

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

Fall 2019 15 weeks May 1, 2019 Sep 3, 2019 Dec 20, 2019

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