Rabat, Morocco

Arabic Language & Culture

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Information for term Arabic Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 17, 2022 (15 weeks)

Application Deadline

September 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: September 1, 2022
  • Dates: Jan 29 – May 13, 2023 (15 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 4, 2022 – May 13, 2023 (36 weeks)


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A charming seaside city with rich Moroccan culture makes an unforgettable setting

Enjoy everyday life in this vibrant, friendly, and relatively small North African city as you hone your language skills and immerse yourself in a fascinating new culture. You’ll spend each weekday in intensive language study, taking on both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Darija, the Moroccan dialect. The courses are interactive and dynamic, connecting you with locals to make discoveries about the culture you’re exploring – discoveries tourists often miss. Your language classes will involve going out to the marketplace to buy vegetables for a cooking class, to an outdoor café to order your own Moroccan tea , or interviewing locals about an issue that impacts their community. After classes, head to the city center (Rabat is highly walkable) and hang out in a park or cafe near the 12th century Kasbah.

Through CIEE, you’ll get to participate in a variety of cultural activities like a Moroccan tea workshop, a dinner with Andalusian music, roundtable discussions with local high schoolers, kayaking off the Bouregrag River, volunteer with a West African and Syrian refugee NGO, learn the art of Arabic calligraphy, visit Rabat's Botanical gardens and tour of the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. You’ll be staying with a welcoming homestay, who will provide inside info on other things to do that only the locals know about!

CIEE Gap Year Abroad programs are focused on supporting participants in acquiring knowledge and developing skills to live in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. In addition to developing your language skills and gaining a better understanding of the local culture, you will take part in our Global Competence Course. This online course will allow you to connect and collaborate in real-time with our entire cohort of Gap participants worldwide, through interactive workshops and discussions. Reflect on your own cultural biases, share insights about your experience and learn about topics ranging from cultural identity and leadership styles to how to work and live sustainably or develop communication skills.

Rabat is a modern city in a traditional Muslim country, so you’ll hear the five daily calls to prayer in Rabat as you travel the tree-lined boulevards each day. You might stop for mint tea and a croissant at a charming café, haggle with merchants in the medina (old city), or head to the waterfront for some breathtaking views.

On weekends and evenings participants will spend time with their homestay where you'll get into the rhythm of Moroccan life while exploring all your neighborhood has to offer. Prepare meals with your hosts, hit the beach, take a day trip to explore a nearby town or cultural site. Make the most of this amazing opportunity! 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

The Take-Aways


    15-20 hours per week of language instruction in Modern Standard Arabic and Darija (the Moroccan Arabic dialect)


    Build a strong foundation in the core components of intercultural learning. Come home with an improved sense of self and awareness of what shapes others.


    Earn a Certificate of Learning in Arabic

  • of alumni said their language skills improved

  • said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds

  • said their level of independence increased


Location & Culture

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A unique mix of traditions with Arab, Spanish, French, and African influences.

Life in Rabat offers an enticing mix of traditional and modern Morocco, and a mosaic of Arab, Spanish, French, and African influences. Take time to explore the city’s art, architecture, cuisine, and cultural heritage and see why many consider it to be one of the region’s best kept secrets.

By all accounts, Rabat is one of the most welcoming cities you’ll find. It’s relaxed and full of history, ideally located on the Atlantic coast, and an easy train ride from many other desirable destinations.

Rabat is known as an open and progressive society. Strolling through the city, you’ll hear locals speaking Arabic and French, and the five daily Muslim calls to prayer echoing through the streets and ancient markets. Rabat is a livable city, with many lush gardens and calming palm tree-lined boulevards to relax and recharge you.

Morocco is also known for its diverse geography, with cities, mountains, beaches, and deserts all within easy access for you to explore. From Rabat, you can easily visit cities like Marrakech, Casablanca, Chefchaoune and Fez. Dreaming of Paris? You’re a cheap plane trip from Western Europe, so the opportunities will seem endless.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

A succesful Gap experience achieves the right balance between structured language instruction, practice in the community and cultural activties to be fully immersed in the local culture.

Here's how a typical week goes on a CIEE Gap Language & Culture program:

  • 15-20 hours of interactive language learning at our Study Center
  • 1 to 2 hours of the CIEE Global Competence Course  
  • 3 cultural activities
  • Free time to explore and have fun!

Weekends are for group excursions (1 overnight trip and 2 daytrips per semester), additional CIEE cultural activities or personal travel and exploration.

*If Covid-19 homestay requirements cannot be met participants will be placed in a CIEE-vetted dormitory or apartment. Confirmation will be communicated to participants in advance.

  • Carefully Screened Homestay*

  • Local Support

    Local CIEE Center staff available 24/7


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Sample Activities

  • Take a tajine workshop to learn how to prepare this classic North African Berber dish
  • Watch a traditional Moroccan women’s band perform, and get artsy yourself at a henna party or carpet-weaving or brass etching workshop 
  • Check out world-class art at the Bab Rouah gallery or Villa des Arts or traditional art at the Oulja Potter Co-op. Take part in an artisan tour of the old city where you meet the masters and their apprentices and learn about the transmission of these traditional skills through generations.
  • Trace ancient history at the Rabat Archaeological Museum or through a comparative religion tour of the Jewish quarter in the old medina
  • The program fee also includes two day trips and two multiday excursions hosted by CIEE staff per semester, so you’ll get the chance to take part in the following jaunts.
  • Visit Rabat's beaches to explore the tidal basins and learn about Morocco's geographical diversity while watching the incredible Moroccan sunsets with language and culture peers

Sample Day Trips

  • Experience Northern Morocco with a visit to Tangier, the largest Moroccan port on the Strait of Gibraltar, and Asilah, a fortified town with its ramparts and gateworks still intact.
  • Visit the medina, explore the Caves of Hercules, explore the Northwestern tip of Africa (Cape Spartal) while glancing over at mainland Spain, and catch some sun at one of several beaches that line the port.
  • Head over to the historic imperial city of Meknes to see cool archaeological sites like Volubilis, a partly excavated Berber and Roman city dating from the 3rdcentury B.C. Explore mosaics and ruins at this peaceful UNESCO World Heritage Site, and make a stop in the medina to check out local handicrafts.
  • Take a train to Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco and its economic and business capital. Visit the Hassan II Mosque – the largest mosque in Morocco and the only one that allows non-Muslims to enter. During your free time, you can grab a coffee at Rick’s Café, the infamous setting of the movie “Casablanca.”

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Eligibility & Fees

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Eligibility & Fees


  • High school graduates in good academic standing.
  • Students must demonstrate, through the application and interview process, flexibility and maturity.
  • Students must be 17 years or older at the time of their departure.
  • No previous language experience required.



Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 5/1 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 9/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.

Apply for an academic year and enjoy an authentic holiday experience! If you stay in your host country between the fall and spring semesters, CIEE will cover your housing costs. We will either extend your homestay or provide you with an alternate lodging option until your spring semester classes and activities resume.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Academic Year 2022 36 weeks Rolling Admissions Sep 4, 2022 May 13, 2023


Fall 2022 15 weeks Rolling Admissions Sep 4, 2022 Dec 17, 2022


Spring 2023 15 weeks Sep 1, 2022 Jan 29, 2023 May 13, 2023


Enroll for two in-country 6-week blocks and save 15% ($8,245 total)!

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