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  • Rabat, Morocco
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Rabat Summer - Arabic Language

Why Rabat?

With a cosmopolitan mix of European Modernism and North African and Islamic tradition, Rabat sets the perfect backdrop for studying Arabic language in a North African context. 

What You'll Study

This summer, take your language proficiency to the next level as you explore Rabat's unique blend of cultures, religions, and languages. You will enroll in one intensive, 6-credit Modern Standard Arabic course at your proficiency level and one beginning, 1-credit Colloquial Moroccan Arabic language course for a total of seven credits.

Daily Life

In Morocco, the opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture and Arabic language are endless. You'll get a chance to practice Arabic at your homestay with a Moroccan family, explore new cities on our regional field trips, and more.

$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.


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


    Enroll in two courses for a total of 7 credits:

    • 6-credit Modern Standard Arabic (beginning, intermediate, or advanced)
    • 1-credit Intensive Introduction to Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (beginning) 

    The language prerequisite for this program varies based on your intended level of study. 

    • Beginning Arabic – no prior study required
    • Intermediate Arabic – 2 to 3 semesters of college-level Arabic
    • Advanced Arabic – 4 or more semesters of college-level Arabic

    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:

    Tangier & Chaouen
    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.

    Meknes, Fez and/or Volubilis
    Visit the Medina 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.

    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.


    The program begins with a two day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Rabat staff, your fellow students, and the city of Rabat. 

    Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™)begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are covered during orientation.


    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, family life, and cuisine. You will receive three meals daily. You may request to live with another IES Abroad student in your homestay. 

    Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

    Take advantage of the cultural events we organize in Rabat, such as the following: 

    • Cooking classes
    • Henna

    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: Summer 2019
    Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
    Summer 2019 $4,945 $1,020 $135 $6,100

    Scholarships & Aid

    Program-Specific Scholarships

    Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
    Up to $1,000

    Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

    Criteria reviewed to determine award:

    • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
    • IES Abroad program location.
    • IES Abroad membership status of home campus
    Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend
    $500 cash stipend

    The Vera Isaacs Schwartz Endowed Stipend has been established by Alan and Ronnie Schwartz in loving tribute to Alan’s mother. Vera valued learning in the classroom, but also recognized that there is an education to be had in museums, cafes and pastry shops around the world. Alan is a current member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors and he has established this stipend to honor his mother Vera and her commitment to providing her grandchildren funds to expand their college education outside of the classroom.

    Kathryn M. Moore Need-Based Scholarship
    One $1000 award offered each Fall and Spring term

    Dedicated to IES Abroad’s mission to develop global competency among today’s students, Dr. Kathryn M. Moore has given many years of service by serving as an IES Abroad Board Member. Most recently, she served as Chair of the Board for two terms.

    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.

    Our Center

    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.

    With recent updates to our Center space, features include:

    • High-speed wireless Internet and printer access
    • Four multimedia classrooms
    • Student library and reading room
    • Outdoor patio
    • Small kitchen
    • Faculty lounge for meetings with professors
    • A beautiful Berber tent on the roof-top terrace
    • New security system
    • Updated staff offices

    Our Staff

    Oussama El Addouli

    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

    IES Abroad Rabat Staff

    Imane Rimi
    Student Affairs Coordinator

    Abdelghani Belkadi
    Program Assistant and Accountant