Old Medina Market in Rabat
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  • Rabat, Morocco
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Why Rabat?

Rabat boasts a cosmopolitan mix of European Modernism and North African and Islamic tradition. Its unique blend of culture, religions, languages, and identities creates a perfect backdrop for studying Arabic language. Rabat’s coastal location, moderate weather year-round, and intermingling of old and new make it a fascinating city to live and study in during the summer. As the capital of Morocco, Rabat is home to numerous non-governmental and international organizations, as well as and Morocco’s leading university.

What You'll Study

You will enroll in an intensive, 6-credit Modern Standard Arabic course as well as a 1-credit course in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic to help you communicate with the locals.

Daily Life

In Morocco, the opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture and Arabic language are endless. You'll have a chance to practice language skills at your housing placement with a local host family, as well as explore new cities on our regional field trips.

$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.

Arabic Language

Students enroll in a 6-credit course in Modern Standard Arabic and a 1-credit course in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic. Courses in Modern Standard Arabic are available in levels beginning through advanced; the 1-credit course in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic is at the beginning level. 

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

Students in the Arabic Language Program have the opportunity to travel around Morocco on required course-related excursions. Possible trip locations include Tangiers & Chefchaouen.

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.


Upon arrival in Rabat, you participate in a two-day orientation, which includes an introducution to the IES Abroad program, the city of Rabat, and basic language instruction in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic. During orientation, the IES Abroad staff discuss the following subjects:

  • Academics
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Health & Safety

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.


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.

Live with a Moroccan family in a homestay to experience the culture, traditions, and cuisine of Morocco first-hand. Three meals per day will be provided. You may share a homestay placement with another student. 

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Many cultural activities are scheduled throughout the summer such as:

  • Cooking lessons
  • Debates
  • Visits to the Archaeological Museum, Chellah, and Oudaya

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 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2018 $5,295 $1,095 $135 $6,525

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

Nisrine Attar
Student Affairs Coordinator

Abdelghani Belkadi
Program Assistant and Accountant