Rabat, Morocco

Summer Arabic Language

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Gain a highly sought-after skill in the job market when you learn Arabic in the enchanting city of Rabat. You’ll take modern standard and colloquial Arabic courses, then head out into the city to give your new skills a whirl. From bargaining in the medina to visiting fascinating ruins and colonial architecture; from taking part in activities like cooking classes to living with a Moroccan family; we’ll help you experience it all.

Unique Experiences

  • See the North African coast,

    Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Marrakesh, the village of Ourika, Asilah and Tangiers.

  • Get Arabic instruction

    at just the right level for you.

  • Practice Arabic

    in real life as you go to museums, NGOs, and cultural events.

  • Fahrenheit on average in July, Rabat’s hottest month

  • year of the city’s founding

  • people living in Rabat


Location & Culture

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Morocco’s capital and second-largest city is home to the country’s most prestigious universities, as well as many international institutions such as UNESCO and the World Bank. Explore the modern and the traditional, from stunning colonial architecture and fascinating ruins to exciting theater and unique art exhibits. Green spaces abound here too, from parks to palm-tree-lined boulevards where you’ll find cafés, restaurants, and shopping centers.

The Culture


  • Visit Rabat’s museums, NGOs, and universities.
  • Go on a day trip to Asilah, a 3,500-year-old town on the North African coast that’s been a haven for Phoenicians, pirates, Portuguese, Spanish, Moroccans, and resort-goers.
  • Venture to Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco and one of the most important economic centers in Africa.
  • Pack a bag for overnight excursions to Chefchaouen, a small town famous for its ubiquitous sky-blue buildings, and Marrakesh, a city in central Morocco built by Amazighs.
  • Enjoy cultural activities around Rabat – like calligraphy workshops, visits to the Parliament and other government agencies, cooking classes, live music and pottery making.


  • Volunteering: Immerse yourself in Morocco by lending a helping hand to locals in the community – work with descendants of pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa, hospital patients, visually impaired students, mentally challenged youth, women’s groups, or children from low-income families.
  • Peer-to-peer tutoring: CIEE connects you with local Moroccan university students from day one. They’re a part of everyday programming and will help you integrate into Moroccan society.
  • Language Partners: Practice and build your language skills by meeting with local Moroccans and discussing topics of common interests.

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Daily Life

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    Homestays: students can choose to live with Arabic-speaking Moroccan families in modern or traditional homes in various neighborhoods throughout Rabat and the outskirts of the city. Families are carefully selected by local CIEE staff members and are matched according to student preferences. Most homes combine Western and traditional Moroccan elements, and families typically are multilingual.

    Shared Apartments: Students also have the option of housing in an apartment shared with other program participants.


    Homestays: Study abroad host families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and weekends.

    Shared Apartments: Students staying in an apartment are responsible for all their own meals.

Rabat, Morocco

Where You'll Study

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This rigorous eight-week summer program is designed for students interested in intensive language acquisition to strengthen their Arabic language skills. Students take a Modern Standard Arabic course based on their skill level, as well as a colloquial Moroccan Arabic course, making it easier to connect with the people of Morocco and learn about their way of life. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.

All course instructors are natives of Morocco, selected from prominent institutions in Rabat. All courses are taught in Arabic.

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



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students enroll in two required Arabic Language classes.

Program Credit

Total credit: 10 U.S. semester/15 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE courses:  3-7 U.S. semester/4.5-10.5 quarter credits; 45-105 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Students should expect a more formal classroom environment and take initiative in understanding instructors’ expectations. Classes are typically scheduled Monday through Friday. Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and outings to practice the language.

Class Format

In addition to classroom instruction time, students are expected to participate in content-based learning activities. These activities will further students’ exposure to Modern Standard Arabic and allow for greater retention of new vocabulary. Classes are with CIEE participants only.


Grades are based on quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments/special projects, oral presentations, and class participation.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Open Campus Network and that are offered at multiple CIEE Centers.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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.

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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