Rabat, Morocco

Arabic Language & Culture

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Information for term Arabic Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

August 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: August 1, 2020
  • Dates: Sep 28 – Nov 7, 2020 (6 weeks)
$4,850

Application Deadline

September 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: September 1, 2020
  • Dates: Nov 9 – Dec 19, 2020 (6 weeks)
$4,850

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – Feb 13, 2021 (6 weeks)

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Dates: Feb 15 – Mar 27, 2021 (6 weeks)

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: February 1, 2021
  • Dates: Mar 29 – May 8, 2021 (6 weeks)

Application Deadline

August 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: August 1, 2020
  • Dates: Sep 28 – Dec 19, 2020 (12 weeks)
$8,245

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – Mar 27, 2021 (12 weeks)

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Dates: Feb 15 – May 8, 2021 (12 weeks)

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – May 8, 2021 (18 weeks)

Overview

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Core components of this program are subject to change in Fall 2020, in order to accommodate any new health and security requirements, due to COVID-19. View the details.


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! 

The Take-Aways

  • LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

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

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

    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.

  • CERTIFICATE

    Earn a Certificate of Learning in Arabic

  • of alumni said their language skills improved

    96%
  • said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds

    94%
  • said their level of independence increased

    89%

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 hour of the CIEE Global Competence Course (online with our global gap community)
  • 3 cultural activities
  • Free time to explore and have fun!

Weekends are for group excursions (two per 6-week block), 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

Activities

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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

Eligibility 

  • 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.

Fees

$50

Apply for one or two 6-week blocks. Combining blocks in two different locations is not yet available.

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

Want to boost your language skills before going? Add a block 1 online course for just $150.

Program

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Costs

Fall Block II 2020 6 weeks Aug 1, 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Nov 7, 2020

$4,850

Fall Blocks II, III 2020 12 weeks Aug 1, 2020 Sep 28, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

$8,245

Fall Block III 2020 6 weeks Sep 1, 2020 Nov 9, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

$4,850

Spring Block I 2021 6 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Feb 13, 2021
Spring Blocks I, II 2021 12 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Mar 27, 2021
Spring Blocks I, II, III 2021 18 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 May 8, 2021
Spring Block II 2021 6 weeks Dec 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2021 Mar 27, 2021
Spring Blocks II, III 2021 12 weeks Dec 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2021 May 8, 2021
Spring Block III 2021 6 weeks Feb 1, 2021 Mar 29, 2021 May 8, 2021

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