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