As the capital of Morocco, Rabat is home to numerous NGOs, international organizations, and Morocco’s leading university. Rabat also boasts a cosmopolitan mix of European Modernism and North African and Islamic tradition. Its unique blend of cultures, religions, languages, and identities creates a perfect backdrop for studying issues in the francophone world. Rabat’s coastal location, moderate weather year-round, and mix of the old and new make it a fascinating city to live and study in during the summer.
IES Abroad invites you to study abroad in Rabat, where, over the course of the summer, you will come to know the winding streets of Rabat's vibrant medina and the numerous cafés and boulevards of the city's modern Ville Nouvelle.
Designed for students interested in Francophone Studies, this program offers courses in Literature, Gender Studies, Maghrebian & Sub-Saharan culture, Migration Studies, and Political Science, all of which are taught in French. You are required to take a 1-credit course in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic as well.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
You enroll in a 1-credit course in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic and two 3-credit electives for a total of 7 credits. All area studies courses are taught in French.
These courses will give you the opportunity to study the North African and Sub-Saharan Francophone regions and will be enhanced by your field study experience in Dakar, Senegal.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
IES Abroad Rabat organizes field study trips that complement what you’re learning in the classroom and contribute to your general knowledge of Moroccan culture and society including a five-day field study in Dakar, Senegal.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Rabat, it will feel like home.
Homestays – Live with a Moroccan family in a homestay to experience first-hand the culture, traditions, and cuisine of Morocco with three meals per day.
Part of making you feel at home in Rabat is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
Upon arrival in Rabat, you participate in a three-day orientation, which includes an introducution to the IES Abroad program, the city of Rabat, and basic language instruction. During orientation, the IES Abroad staff discuss the following subjects:
You take part in guided tours by Moroccan students, lectures, tours, and excursions related to the history, art, and culture of Morocco, and an introduction by IES Abroad faculty to IES Abroad courses.
Additionally, IES Abroad's Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience (CORE) begins during orientation and continues throughout the summer with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
All of these activities are designed to prepare you for living and studying in Rabat and to help you adjust to speaking Arabic every day.
Many cultural activities are scheduled throughout the semester such as:
Students in the Francophone Studies program will have the opportunity to travel around Morocco as well as to other nations.
Field TripsTravel on an optional day-long field trips to Fez and/or Meknes:
Field trip(s) included in the IES Abroad program fee.
Students will travel on a required week-long field study to Dakar, Senegal:
This trip is required and is included in the IES Abroad program fee.
IES ABROAD RABAT
89, Avenue Moulay Ismail | Rabat-Hassan, Morocco
The IES Abroad Rabat Center is located within easy walking distance of the Medina and is just steps away from the Mausoleum and Hassan II Tower. Features include:
Oussama El AddouliIES Abroad Center Director
Prior to his work as director of the Rabat program, Mr. El Addouli was the Director and co-founder of the International Arabic Institute in Meknes. He was also the Program and Outreach Director at the Moroccan American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (Fulbright Commission) in Rabat. Mr. El Addouli is a former Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of New England in Maine. He held teaching, coordinating and training positions at different institutions in Morocco, the U.S and Europe namely Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, the International School of Bologna in Italy, and QWL in Rabat. He first studied Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy at the University of Bologna in Italy and then participated in a four partner university program to obtain two masters in Global Studies and International Relations from the Universities of Leipzig in Germany, the London School of Economics in the UK, the University of Vienna in Austria, and the University of Wroclaw in Poland. Mr. El Addouli's interests span the fields of TAFL, Educational Curriculum Development and Design, Global Studies, Educational Governance, Civil Society and Democracy, Cultural Studies, and International Law. He has translated books and written and published articles and book reviews on transformational Education, issues on North African Politics and other related subjects. Mr. El Addouli holds a strong cosmopolitan outlook as he has studied, visited, lived in and was trained in more than twenty foreign countries.
IES Abroad Staff
Fatima Ezzahra LahnaProgram Assistant and Accountant
Nisrine AttarStudent Affairs Coordinator
Fatima AmraniGender Studies, Sociology
Leila BouarfaColloquial Moroccan Arabic
Khalid ChegraouiInternational Relations, Political Science
Yamina El KiratAfrican Studies
Abdelmajid MahdaouiArabic and Arabic Tutoring