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Why Rabat?

As you walk the boulevards of Rabat, it’s hard not to be enchanted by the mystery and tradition of this timeless city. From the bustling souqs (open-air markets) and energizing atmosphere of the city to the serenity of the surrounding mountains and sea, Rabat is an ideal place to learn about the languages, cultures, and religions of North Africa and the Middle East.

Dive into the fascinating culture of this North African nation as you learn Modern Standard Arabic with courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Learn Colloquial Moroccan Arabic to communicate with Moroccans, and if you have already taken advanced French, you can take French-taught area studies courses at the IES Abroad Center or at our partner institution, Université Mohammed V. Our curriculum focuses on North African, Middle Eastern, and Islamic Studies, and IES Abroad courses introduce you to the many influential forces shaping the history and culture of Morocco.

 

What You'll Study

Rabat will be your classroom. Rich in cultural heritage and diversity, Morocco has been influenced by many different ethnic, cultural, and religious groups that have settled in the country throughout its long history. Visit historic treasures like the Rabat Archaeological Museum, the Hassan Mosque, and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V to see ancient artifacts and learn more about the Islamic cultural influences. You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Morocco so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Rabat. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. Whether it’s having tea with your local homestay family, taking part in a volunteer opportunity, dance lessons, or cooking classes, you have many opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of Moroccan culture.

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

We offer unique courses that explore Moroccan Language, history, and culture with an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local institutions enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You must take 16–19 credits per semester. Modern Standard Arabic (6 credits, semester long) and colloquial Moroccan Arabic during orientation (1 credit) are required. All other courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

Orientation Course

  • IES Abroad Intensive Introduction to Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (required during orientation, 1 credit)

Semester Courses

  • IES Abroad Modern Standard Arabic course (required during semester, 6 credits)
  • IES Abroad Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (optional during semester, 3 credits)
  • IES Abroad English-taught area studies courses
  • IES Abroad French-taught area studies courses
  • French- or Arabic-taught courses at the Université Mohammed V
  • IES Abroad Internship (includes placement and seminar, 3 credits)

Courses

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.

Arabic Language/Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
AB 100A - Intensive Introduction to Colloquial Moroccan Arabic Language in Context: Novice Abroad (Formerly AB 100A Intensive Introduction to Colloquial Moroccan Arabic) Fall, Spring Arabic 1
AB 100B - Colloquial Moroccan Arabic Language in Context: Novice Abroad (Formerly AB 100B Colloquial Moroccan Arabic) Fall, Spring Arabic 3
AB 101 - Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Novice Abroad (Formerly AB 101 Beginning Modern Standard Arabic) Fall, Spring Arabic 6
AB 301 - Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad (Formerly AB 201 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic) Fall, Spring Arabic 6
AB 351 - Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Independent Abroad (Formerly AB 251 Upper Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic) Fall, Spring Arabic 6
AB 401 - Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad (Formerly AB 301 Advanced Modern Standard Arabic) Fall, Spring Arabic 6
AB 451 - Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Competent Abroad (Formerly AB 351 Upper Advanced Modern Standard Arabic) Fall, Spring Arabic 6
African Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU/AF 221 - North African Cultural Identities Fall, Spring English 3
Communications
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/CM 250 - Arab Media and Issues of Politics and Culture Fall, Spring English 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU/AF 221 - North African Cultural Identities Fall, Spring English 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC 352 - The Economic Impact of Globalization on Morocco & Northwest Africa Fall, Spring English 3
Gender Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
GS/SO 250 - Gender and Society in North Africa and Beyond Fall, Spring English 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS 312 - Contemporary History Of Morocco And North Africa Fall, Spring English 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/IN 395 - Internship/Social Action Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/IR 343 - The U.S. and North Africa Spring English 3
Literature
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT 315A - Maghrebian Francophone Literature In Translation (English-taught) Fall, Spring English 3
LT 315B - Maghrebian Francophone Literature (French-taught) Fall, Spring French 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO 341 - North African Politics Fall, Spring English 3
PO/CM 250 - Arab Media and Issues of Politics and Culture Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR 343 - The U.S. and North Africa Spring English 3
Religious Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
RL 243A - Islam In Morocco And North Africa (English-taught) Fall, Spring English 3
RL 243B - Islam In Morocco And North Africa (French-taught) Fall, Spring French 3
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
GS/SO 250 - Gender and Society in North Africa and Beyond Fall, Spring English 3
SO/IN 395 - Internship/Social Action Seminar Fall, Spring English 3

Partner Institution(s)

Université Mohammed V

www.um5a.ac.ma

Named after the former King of Morocco, the Université Mohammed V was founded in 1957 after Moroccan independence as the country's first modern university. IES Abroad Rabat students with advanced-level proficiency in Arabic or French may enroll in courses taught in these languages in the Faculty of Letters and Humanities of the University Mohammed V - Agdal.

Courses are available in Arabic and French and focus on language, linguistics, literature, and cultural studies. You are advised on-site about the academic offerings of the university. Courses are available in the following fields:

  • Communication
  • French Literature and French Studies
  • Geography
  • History and Civilization
  • Islamic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Course offerings may vary from semester to semester and particular courses may not be available during your semester or academic year in Rabat.

Internships

Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.

Participating in an internship abroad helps you:

  1. Add international work experience to your résumé
  2. Gain real work experience and skills
  3. Build your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Customize Your Internship Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to determine your academic and career goals and try to match you with an appropriate internship placement. We place students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses—from traditional business to social action placements. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search out a placement.

Available Fields

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.

  • Education – Teaching English at local schools
  • International Relations
  • Media
  • Museums & Conservation – Intern at museums in Rabat
  • Non-Governmental Organizations & Non-Profit Organizations – Intern for organizations or associations for human rights, transparency in government, women, children, disabled individuals, and the homeless

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Rabat, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Some trips carry an additional fee. Here are a few possible destinations:

Granada & Córdoba, Spain
4 Days | Fall & Spring
Experience the cultural and historical connections between Europe and Africa by visiting Granada’s magnificent Alhambra. Tour an ancient mosque in Córdoba that now serves as a Catholic cathedral.

Middle Atlas Mountains & Berber Village
3 Days | Spring
Spend two nights with a Berber family in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Experience local Berber traditions and participate in activities such as visiting natural springs, meeting with local associations, making bread,and learning about medicinal herbs native to the region.

Sahara Desert
3 Days | Fall & Spring
Journey to the Sahara Desert to meet with Berbers living in traditional settings. Make your journey on camel-back and gain insight into Berber history, culture, and music, and camp overnight at a desert oasis.

Tangier & Chaouen
2 Days | Fall
Explore the colorful sites of Tangier, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean at the Strait of Gibraltar. Then head to Chaouen to see its picturesque buildings in various shades of blue.

Fez & Volubilis
1 Day | Fall & Spring
During orientation, visit the city and famed tanneries of Fez, and admire the ancient and well-preserved Roman ruins and more than 30 original mosaics throughout nearby Volubilis.

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Trips

Course-related excursions are academic trips associated with courses that are organized each term. They are organized to complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Moroccan culture and society. Participation is based on course registration. All course-related excursions are included in the program cost.

Past excursions have included:

  • Trip to Parliament Building
  • Challah Kasbah
  • The Royal Library
  • The Royal Institute of the Amazigh Culture
  • National Council of Human Rights
  • USAID
  • Democratic Association of Women of Morocco

Daily Life

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.

Orientation

Orientation begins with a brief stay in Rabat to meet the IES Abroad Rabat staff, visit the Center facilities, and tour some sights in the city. The second portion of orientation takes place in the city of Meknes, where you will live with a host family in the Medina, take intensive Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (Darija), and attend lectures on Moroccan culture and history. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during orientation. Before returning to Rabat, you will explore ancient Morocco with a field trip to Fez and Volubilis, the site of well-preserved ancient Roman ruins.   Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

Housing

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.

Homestay

Live with a local family in the Medina within walking distance of our Center and experience Moroccan traditions and family life, while practicing and improving your Arabic and/or French. You will receive three meals daily. In some cases, more than one IES Abroad student may be placed in each home.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Rabat through our cultural events, such as:

  • Cooking classes
  • Visits to artisan workshops and religious schools
  • Henna parties
  • Cultural debates on current issues with local university students
  • Calligraphy lessons
  • Traditional dance workshops
  • Guest lectures

Get to Know Your New City

Partake in the Mock Wedding at Our Center

Experience traditional Moroccan culture first-hand with our mock Moroccan wedding.

Engage Your Senses

Take in the tastes, smells, colors, and sounds of the Medina.

Advance Your Language Skills

Practice three languages in one city—where else can you do that?

Visit a Hammam

Spend a few hours at the local bathhouse with your friends.

Indulge in Local Food and Tea

From Moroccan mint tea to couscous on Fridays, get to know life in Rabat through the city’s food.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018
Academic Year
$13,560
$24,395
$4,010
$8,020
$230
$455
$17,800
$32,870

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $13,560 $4,010 $230 $17,800


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.