Rabat, Morocco

Francophone Adventure

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Overview

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Use your French skills to navigate Morocco’s vibrant capital city.

Get off the beaten path and learn French in a non-traditional setting! Although Arabic is the official language of Morocco, French is widely used in commerce, higher education, and government. You’ll hear it on the streets and see it everywhere from road signs to menus, ads, or the television.

Stay with a local French-speaking homestay, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of Morocco. Every day, combine French lessons with games, cultural activities and excursions, all “en français”!

Drink mint tea, eat traditional sweets, and take in sweeping ocean views in cafes near the 12th-century Kasbah. Browse the shops in the old-world Medina. Learn how to surf or hop on a camel for a ride. Live a new adventure everyday! Come home with a stronger command of the French language, a deeper understanding of the cross-cultural relations between France and Morocco and a broader perspective on the French-speaking world.

The Takeaways

  • Language

    30 hours of French language instruction by native French speaking professors

  • Global perspective

    Intercultural understanding and a broader perspective on the French speaking world

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in French, and documented language growth through pre- and post-program testing

Location & Culture

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No North African city is more welcoming and hospitable than Rabat. Less crowded and more relaxed than neighboring destinations, it is known for its open, progressive society and prime location on the Atlantic coast.

From ancient markets to French Colonial architecture to opulent foreign embassies, the city has a unique mix of colorful styles and cultures.  Our engaging cultural will provide insight into the intersecting histories of French colonialism, post-colonial nationalism, Arab culture, and indigenous North African (Amazigh/Berber/Kabyle) culture.  

Daily Life

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Daily Life

A Day at a Glance

  • 1.5 hours of French language class
  • 1.5 hours of facilitated language practice in the community
  • Community building games in French
  • Cultural activities and excursions in French
  • Free time
  • Dinner and evening with your French-speaking homestay
  • Reflection time: recap and reflect on your day in your CIEE journal
  • HOUSING

    Carefully Screened French Speaking Homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from CIEE program leader and in-county CIEE staff members

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Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Visit the Roman ruins of Voluiblis
  • Expand your horizons on visits to Tangier where you will also see the explore the cave on the most Northern point of Africa and see the horizon of Spain.from the Straight of Gibralter
  • practice our bargaining skills in French shopping for fresh vegetables and herbs from the medina and prepare authentic local dishes that fuse French and Moroccan flavors
  • Kayak Morocco’s largest river with Moroccan French students
  • Prepare authentic local dishes during a Moroccan cooking class.
  • Go on a day trip to the famous city of Meknes to see the religious sites and old medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Marvel at the the Roman city of Vouliblis where you will take in the difference between rural and urban Moroccan customs
  • Get glammed up for a Moroccan party with traditional dress, dance, and henna art.
  • Go on a day trip to the famous city of Meknes to see the religious sites and old medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Marvel at the the Roman city of Vouliblis where you will take in the difference between rural and urban Moroccan customs.
  • Visit the sacred city of Fez, home to the oldest operating university in the world and the largest car-free city in the world.  We will explore the centuries-old medina, visit traditional tanneries and walk through the ruins overlooking the city.​

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, covid-related measures and restrictions 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!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

ELIGIBILITY

  • At least one year of High School French.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

APPLICATION FEE

$25

Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

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