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 issues in the francophone world and 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, and Morocco’s leading University.
Students in the Francophone Studies & Arabic Language Program must choose between one of two tracks: Francophone Studies and Arabic Language. You are also required to take a 1-credit course in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic to help you communicate with the locals.
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.
Students studying in the Francophone Studies & Arabic Language Program must choose between one of two tracks:
Advanced students of French enroll in a 1-credit Colloquial Moroccan Arabic course and two 3-credit electives for a total of 7 credits. All area studies courses are taught in French. Disciplines may include:
The language prerequisite for the Francophone Studies track is 4 or more semesters of college-level French.
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 the Arabic language track varies based on your intended level of study.
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.
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.
HomestaysLive 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.
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:
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 French or Arabic every day.
Many cultural activities are scheduled throughout the summer such as:
Students in the Francophone Studies & Arabic Language Program have the opportunity to travel around Morocco or to another country on a required course-related excursions. Possible trip locations include:
Additional field trips may be available to students from both study tracks.
About the 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:
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 Rabat Staff
Abdelghani BelkadiProgram Assistant and Accountant
Mohammed EchkaouProgram Assistant
Nisrine AttarStudent Affairs Coordinator