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Study Abroad in Rabat
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Want to gain a highly sought-after skill in the job market? Learn Arabic this summer with CIEE in the enchanting city of Rabat. You’ll take modern standard and colloquial Arabic courses, then head out into the city to give your new skills a whirl. From bargaining in the medina to visiting fascinating ruins and colonial architecture, taking part in activities like cooking classes to living with a Moroccan family, we help you experience it all.

Study abroad in Morocco and you’ll:

  • See the North African coast, Casablanca, Chefchaoune, village of Ourika, Asilah Tangers, and Marrakesh
  • Get Arabic instruction at just the right level for you
  • Practice Arabic in real life as you go to museums, NGOs, and cultural events
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Excursions

In addition to field trips to Rabat’s museums, NGOs, and universities, you’ll also go on a day trip to Asilah, a 3,500-year-old town on the North African coast that’s been a haven for Phoenicians, pirates, Portuguese, Spanish, Moroccans, and resort-goers. Further south on the Atlantic coast, you’ll visit Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco and one of the most important economic centers in Africa. You’ll also go on overnight trips to Chefchaoune, a small town famous for its ubiquitous sky-blue buildings, and Marrakesh, a city in central Morocco built by Berbers. Cultural activities around Rabat – like a calligraphy workshop, a visit to Parliament, a scavenger hunt, and an interpretive dance class – will get you practicing your Arabic skills.

Volunteering

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in Morocco than by lending a helping hand to locals in the community. You might work with descendants of pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa, hospital patients, visually impaired students, mentally challenged youth, women’s groups, or children from low-income families.

Student to Student

CIEE connects you with local Moroccan university students from day one. They’re a part of everyday programming and will help you integrate into Moroccan society.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer 2017 (8 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
07/15/2017
$7,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, a local transportation stipend, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,143
Housing ***
$1,240
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) for students in homestays; meals are not included for students in apartments

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$540
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$140
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees
$100
Personal expenses
$800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in homestays to cover meals not provided; students in apartments should budget at least $950 for all meals.

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the summer program is 10 semester/15 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take two courses, Modern Standard Arabic (7 semester/10.5 quarter hours) and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours), at the appropriate level.

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About the City

About The City

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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Madiha DeRosa

Resident Director

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 resident 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.

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A longtime symbol of tolerance, Morocco established a precedence of openness and cooperation to the Western world when it became the first country to recognize the United States in 1777. As a strategic gateway between Europe, Africa, and the Arab world, Morocco has a rich identity forged by a complicated history of cross-cultural interactions. The result is a multicultural and multilingual society full of contrasts and harmony. These differences and harmonies are highlighted throughout the program and lie at the heart of the student experience. Through cultural excursions to places such as the Sahara Desert, Atlas Mountains, and Atlantic and Mediterranean coast, students are also exposed to Morocco’s geographical diversity, experiencing firsthand how the locals make use of the landscape in their everyday lives.

Morocco is continually looking for ways to preserve its traditions while acclimatizing to the rapid growth and progress that the nation is experiencing. Students find themselves at the center of these dynamic forces as Morocco aspires to become a model and leader for the other countries in its region. Our program not only provides a multitude of opportunities for the exploration and the discovery of these issues, but it also offers the perfect setting by which students can reflect upon the diversity that they encounter at every turn.

-- Madiha DeRosa, Resident Director

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Oumaima Farik

Program Assistant

Oumaima Farik started off as a CIEE Rabat Language and Culture Peer in 2012 and in June 2013 became a Program Assistant. Oumaima received her BA in French Studies with a focus on Cultural Studies in 2012 through the School of Education Sciences at University Mohamed V- Rabat. She is a currently a Master’s degree candidate in Pedagogy of Cultural Mediation. Oumaima was formerly VP of a Global Community Development program, AISEC, where she developed contacts with people coming from all over the world. She has a strong interest in intercultural mediation and cultural diversity.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Centrally located in downtown Rabat, in the Agdal neighborhood, with easy access to public transportation, the CIEE Study Center is independently set up to cater to our students. Faculty and language instructors from a selection of prominent institutions in Rabat come to teach at the CIEE Study Center.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students have a choice between Arabic speaking homestays or housing in an apartment shared with other program participants.

Students opting for homestays live with Moroccan families in modern or traditional homes in various neighborhoods throughout Rabat and the outskirts of the city. Families are carefully selected by local CIEE staff members and are matched carefully, according to student preferences. Most homes combine Western and traditional Moroccan elements, and families typically are multilingual. Study abroad host families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and additional meals on the weekend. Students use public transportation to commute to and from their housing. All homestays offer free Wi-Fi Internet.

Students staying in an apartment are responsible for all their own meals.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Rabat even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: To help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

A three-day study abroad orientation conducted in Rabat at the beginning of the program will introduce you to the city, culture, and academic program, and provide you with practical information about living in Morocco. Ongoing discussions and a reentry workshop at the end of the semester are designed to help you with cross-cultural adjustment and adaptation.

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Internet

Internet

You're encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. All of the homestays offer Internet access. You'll also have access to the Internet at the CIEE Study Center and at Internet cafés throughout the city.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

The CIEE Arabic Language summer study abroad program is designed for intensive language acquisition. This is a rigorous program for focused students seeking the opportunity to strengthen their Arabic language skills. Instructors are natives of Morocco and reflect local cultural norms in their classroom demeanor and pedagogy.

Nature of Classes

Students should expect a more formal classroom environment and take initiative in understanding instructors’ expectations. Classes are typically scheduled Monday through Friday. Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes.

All courses are with other CIEE students only.

Grading System

Grades are based on quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments/special projects, oral presentations, and class participation. In addition to classroom instruction time, students are expected to participate in content-based learning activities. These activities will further students’ exposure to Modern Standard Arabic and allow for greater retention of new vocabulary. These activities are graded on a participation basis and include workshops, excursions, and group discussions.

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in Arabic.

Faculty

Language courses are taught by qualified language instructors from local universities and other organizations, such as the Peace Corps.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site at http://syllabi.ciee.org/.

Modern Standard Arabic Courses

Beginning I – ARAB 1501 MORC

This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of the Arabic language. The course will employ student-centered methods to introduce basic grammatical structures and sound patterns of Arabic with attention to mastery of script, pronunciation and listening comprehension. By the end of the course, students will be able to read and write using Arabic script and verbally communicate on a basic level.

Beginning II – ARAB 1502 MORC

This course will further develop vocabulary and pronunciation, while introducing students to sentence structure. Students will learn simple grammatical structures and will listen to authentic materials related to subjects featured in the textbook, newspapers and other instructional materials.

Intermediate I – ARAB 2501 MORC

This course further expands students’ vocabulary base to permit reading of increasingly authentic texts from newspapers, journals, and Arabic Media broadcasts while introducing controlled writing assignments. It prepares students for independent study in MSA focusing on stylistic devices, vocabulary refinement, and communicative skills.

Intermediate II – ARAB 2502 MORC

This course reinforces the student's ability to read and comprehend complex writings and ability to converse on a variety of topics (media, literature, education, etc.). It is designed to move learners from a stage where they have achieved the grammatical skills to utilize language in a wider cultural context. Learners will be widely exposed to the main issues related to the Arab-Islamic world. Students will continue to read, narrate and discuss authentic materials in Arabic and will gain a complete understanding of almost all of the basic grammar structures of Modern Standard Arabic.

Advanced I – ARAB 3501 MORC

This course uses a sampling of authentic texts drawn from both contemporary and classical sources and involves substantial writing assignments. The course is skill-based and learners are encouraged to foster their fluency through the use of authentic materials taken from various linguistic sources (books, periodicals, videos, and radio documentaries).

Advanced II – ARAB 3502 MORC

Students build on their existing foundation in Modern Standard Arabic within a tutorial setting. Instruction focuses on building advanced reading and comprehension skills and finer points of Arabic grammar. Overall pace and material covered in this level will be determined by the baseline proficiency level of the class. Students become more familiar with major aspects of Moroccan culture by taking part in additional workshops reinforcing language.

Superior I – ARAB 4501 MORC

Students further develop well-formed narratives utilizing internal logic. Selection of materials is based on the complexity of the tasks and the learners’ professional and personal interests. This course consists of presentations and debates on topics related to Morocco and the Arab World and encourages autonomous learning ability.

Colloquial Moroccan Arabic

Beginning I – ARAB 1005 MORC

This course introduces students to the grammar and vocabulary of the Moroccan dialect and builds on the instruction provided in the Modern Standard Arabic language course. Essential for functioning in everyday life, Colloquial Moroccan Arabic is the language of spoken communication and is used in domestic, intimate, and informal settings in the home, the workplace, and among friends and acquaintances. This course includes participatory activities such as cooking class, ordering from cafes, bargaining in the medina and a talent show.

Intermediate I – ARAB 2005 MORC

Using popular media such as television and radio, students build their vocabulary and conversation skills by discussing current events relevant to contemporary Moroccan society in colloquial Moroccan Arabic. The course also involves field visits and focus groups with Moroccans to expand students’ ability to converse in the local dialect.

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