Students interact with a variety of entrepreneurs to learn about the different industries in Morocco (e.g. food/produce, textiles, leather tanneries, wineries, etc.). The program focuses on the historical significance of these trades and their context within the modern day culture.
Rabat, Morocco’s capital and second-largest city, has a population of 3 million. Rabat hosts Morocco’s most prestigious universities, as well as many international institutions such as UNESCO and the World Bank. The city offers a combination of the modern and traditional, stunning colonial architecture, fascinating ruins, lovely gardens and green spaces. It provides a range of opportunities for students to experience its culture through art exhibits, music, and theater. Central Rabat has a modern infrastructure with large office buildings, palm-tree lined boulevards, cafés, restaurants, and shopping centers.
This is an example program. All CIEE Faculty-Led & Custom Programs can be customized to meet your academic goals and financial requirements.
Week 1: Rabat, Chefchoeun, Fez
- Welcome dinner, orientation, city tour
- Students experience artisan workshops, where they get to know the artisans, their craft, and participate in either carpet weaving, leather, painting, or brass
- Visit to a honey cooperative and a carpet cooperative
- Tour of Fez: visit to souks district, tanneries, oldest university in the world, and more
Week 2: Casablanca, Marrakesh, Essaouira, Rabat
- Visit to a local Argan Oil co-op
- Visit to various businesses: jeweler, winery, organic farm
- Zip lining and bridge walk activity
- Day trip to Ourika Valley for camel rides, a rural synagogue visit, and hiking
- Cooking workshop at the CIEE Study Center
Bicultural and multilingual, Madiha DeRosa has worked with both American and Moroccan university student and faculty groups. She brings a strong background in student services, teaching, and intercultural project coordination to her position as director. Madiha received her master’s degree in international education and development from George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University.