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Spend your summer in the capital of this Mediterranean country while improving your Arabic, gaining greater insight into present-day Moroccan society, and immersing yourself in the rich Moroccan culture. Courses are taught at CIEE Rabat, in English, and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.
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.
another Moroccan city on a multi-day stay.
residents in this city, Morocco’s second largest3M
the year Rabat was granted World Heritage Status by UNESCO2012
attend Mawazine, a music festival in Rabat2.5M
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Morocco’s capital and second largest city is host to prestigious universities, many international institutions such as UNESCO and the World Bank, and a wide range of opportunities for students to experience its culture - think art exhibits, music, and theater. Walk central Rabat on your off-hours, and explore its palm tree-lined boulevards, cafés, restaurants, and shopping centers.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- Visit the ancient ruins of Chellah.
- Stroll the Andalusian Gardens.
- See local elementary schools and government agencies.
- Take a weekend trip to Chefchaouen or Marrakesh.
- Venture out on a day trip to Asilah and Tangiers.
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Homestays: Students experience life in Morocco by staying with local families carefully selected by local CIEE staff. Most homes combine western and traditional Moroccan elements, and families are typically multilingual.
Homestays: Families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and weekends.
Where You'll Study
What People are Saying
"I had a phenomenal experience and I don't want to leave at all. If at the end of a program you want to stay forever that's a wonderful bittersweet feeling that I would love other friends to experience."Student, Summer 2018
"I learned so much and loved the style of teaching. Discussion is a great way to learn and while it may not be traditional American teaching, I am fortunate we got to experience teaching Moroccan style."Student, Summer 2018
"One of my favorite things was speaking with the CIEE buddies and asking them tons of questions about Morocco--their lives here, hobbies, and families."Student, Summer 2018
"I loved my homestay. I did slightly feel I was missing out on as aspect of Moroccan culture without a big family, but I would never trade my experience for that of anyone else. Everyone is placed in such unique houses it was great to be able to visit others and see a large array of home stays."Student, Summer 2018
AcademicsClick to Open
The Summer Moroccan Studies program is designed to provide students with a multifaceted academic analysis of Moroccan culture and history. Discuss the factors of Moroccan identity and the major issues of contemporary Moroccan society or examine the recent social and political changes in the Middle East and North Africa region. Students can also opt to learn colloquial Moroccan Arabic, 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.
Courses are taught by faculty from local and international institutions. Language courses are taught by language instructors from local universities and other organizations.
CIEE Rabat is located in the prominent neighborhood of Agdal in central Rabat, with easy access to public transportation.
There are no specific language requirements for this program.
Students enroll in one required course.
Total credit: 3–4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter hours per session
CIEE courses: 1-3 U.S. semester/1.5–4.5 quarter credits; 15-45 contact hours
Teaching methods involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and fieldwork. Guest lectures and excursions are also an important part of the curriculum.
Classes are for CIEE students only.
Grades are based on quizzes, exams, individual and group presentations, research projects, and papers, following a standard A-F grading scale.
Language of Instruction
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- Students may enroll in the Communicative Moroccan Colloquial Arabic Language class during one session.
- (GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Sites.
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.See more scholarship info
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Dates & Fees
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