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UNE's campus in Tangier, Morocco offers a variety of English-language courses in the sciences, humanities, business and the arts, as well as language study in Arabic. Because we provide the lab science courses needed to complete a variety of undergraduate programs in the health sciences, you can gain global experience without experiencing any delay in your curriculum. Our campus features mod...

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Study abroad in Rabat, Morocco, and discover the country’s historic landmarks, culture, and lifestyle while you earn college credit. Take courses in the capital city of Rabat, which will quickly become your classroom. Students can enroll in French or Arabic courses in addition to courses ranging from Economics to Religious Studies.

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Experience the wonderful infusion of Moroccan, French and Berber cultures while studying at the ISA Meknes Study Center in Meknes, Morocco. Students may choose from an array of courses in Political Science, Religious, International and Gender Studies, as well as all levels of Arabic and French langauge. Students will have the opportunity to be uniquely integrated into the city and culture by at...

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CISabroad offers a multi-country program that not only takes students to Morocco but also to France and Spain. Students will be travelling around various cities in each country. The epic adventure will have them experiencing comparative travel and learning. This will help them gain a strong understanding of the European-Islamic cultural and diplomatic relationships.

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Four different study abroad programs are offered by AMIDEAST in Morocco. Programs are located in the city of Rahat or Ifrane. Students can participate in the summer or during regular academic semesters. Course offerings include Area and Arabic Language studies, among many other subject options.

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Lankey is an all-inclusive language immersion program in Rabat, Morocco. Programs are available in both French and Arabic for either three weeks or eight weeks, and the tuition includes daily events, trips, and other activities. Participants should consider applying if they are of college age and have a strong interest in French or Arabic language and Moroccan culture. The eight-week program is...

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Learn Arabic and experience Moroccan culture with Boston University Study Abroad. The Rabat Arabic Language and Regional Studies programs are offered in summer, fall, and spring terms. International students will be living in Rabat, the cosmopolitan, capital city of Morocco. Students will earn 8 or 16 credits, depending on the term, upon completion of the program.

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Earn academic credits while studying in Morocco with the Center for Study Abroad. Students can live and study in one of the college or universities located in Fes. The program lasts for a maximum of 12 months. This study abroad program offers a range of courses, such as International Relations, Linguistics, and Middle Eastern Studies.

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Be exposed to Morrocco's environment and the clashing culture of old and new through the University of Minnesota study abroad program. Participants from all over the world can enroll in one of the courses offered in Fes and Rabat and gain understanding about the Arab nation. This program offers courses in Journalism, Arabic Language and Culture, and Social Sciences.

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The Language and Culture study abroad program in Morocco is designed for international students with a strong interest in Moroccan culture, lifestyle, and society. Students live in Rabat and learn Arabic and develop their language skills through excursions, cultural activities, and field trips in and around the city.

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Explore Morocco with Sea|mester Study Abroad at Sea. Students are given an educational experience like no other as their multifaceted learning goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. They can take lessons on Oceanography, Speech Communication, or Marine Biology and enjoy activities such as scuba diving, trekking, or windsurfing.

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Each January, IAU sponsors several J-term Traveling Seminars, varying in location and in length. The academic component consists of a series of briefings from leading European academic, literary and political personalities and experts. Participants will attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars from IAU in addition to local guides and experts in the field of politics, his...

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SIT Study Abroad offers several programs — semester and summer — in Morocco. Learn the art of reporting and craft a major feature story; explore the social and psychological impacts of migration; examine democratic transition, human rights, and constitutional reforms following the Arab Spring; study the Arabic language; or examine climate change.

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Qalam is a cultural center dedicated to providing a strong academic program for studies in Arabic as a foreign Language. Arabic courses taught at Qalam emphasize building a strong foundation in communication skills and are designed to ensure learners are confident using the language they are taught. Courses are offered in both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic. Cultural Excu...

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Studying Abroad in Morocco

Why study abroad in Morocco? This country in North Africa has incredible ruins, breathtaking architecture, and a culture that is rich and diverse. You’ll find elements of history from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Through study in Morocco, you’ll get a glimpse of the Islamic worldview, Arabic language, and traditional customs that are a part of life here.

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Ancient Morocco was highly sought after by the Romans, who made it part of the Roman Empire but always had trouble controlling the Berbers. Some buildings of the Roman town of Volubilis can still be seen today — it used to be a site for exporting olive oil and grain. After the decline of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, Morocco was invaded by the Vandals, the Visigoths, and later the Byzantine Empire. 

In the early 700’s the area began its conversion to Islam through the conquest of the soldiers of the Prophet Muhammad. Islamic dynasties were the main form of government up until 1912 when the country was signed over as a protectorate of France, with coastal regions carved out for Spain. Morocco became independent in 1956, and today is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy.

Morocco’s history has influenced its customs and traditions, which are integral parts of life here. As in any country, the trend toward modernization is unavoidable, but in some cities it’s not nearly so apparent. For example, in Fes-al-Bali, you won’t see any cars even though 150,000 people live here. Instead, donkeys and motorized bikes are the forms of transportation.

The culture of Morocco is as diverse and complex as its history, with influences from the regions that surround this country — Europe, the rest of Africa, and the Middle East. Food, music, literature, and art are quite different from region to region. Be sure to listen to some Chaabi or trance music, sample couscous and mint tea, and visit the local hammam — a public steam bath. 

For charmers, magicians, jugglers, storytellers, and other characters of a North African carnival, you’ll want to visit Djemma el Fna in Marrakech. This square in the middle of town is home to a bright market during the day and chaotic spectacle at night. Visit the amazing whitewashed city of Chefchaouen, with its blue walls and buildings like stairs up the mountain. And stop by Aït Benhaddou, a fortified city you may have seen in the films Gladiator or Lawrence of Arabia.

For the language enthusiast, Morocco offers opportunities to practice both Arabic and French, or even Berber. If you’re thinking about studying abroad in Morocco, it’s important to remember that Western newspaper and TV may portray certain elements of a culture in a way that is different from how people living here see it. Be aware of these perceptions and keep an open mind to the people and situations you will encounter. Moroccan people are peaceful, caring, and delightful. You should be cautious as you are in any country, but do not be worried that Morocco is unsafe for students or travelers.

Things to Do

Morocco offers plenty of opportunities to do things you’ve never done before, like ride a camel through the Sahara Desert to see the incredible orange sand of the Erg Chebbi dunes. You can also take a 4x4. and can spend a few nights camping in a luxury tent. If you’re more of a water enthusiast, Taghazoute has good surfing, and Essaouira offers excellent kite surfing and windsurfing.

For a scenic drive and incredible view of barren landscape and flat plateaus, head to the Draa Valley. If you’re looking to get out of the car and hike around, the High Atlas is a great part of the famous mountain range to explore with a guide. You’ll also want to check out the Ourika Valley for beautiful waterfalls. For climbing, the Todra Gorge is a beautiful canyon with picturesque walls.

Studying in Morocco

Humanities courses, such as history, culture, religious studies, and language, are going to be the primary offerings to study-abroad students in Morocco. For many professors, the city and countryside are just another place for students to learn, and you’ll probably be encouraged to travel (sometimes during class as activities). 

You may find that courses here are not as rigorous as your home university, which gives you a chance to practice Arabic with your host family or explore on your own. Most study abroad programs in Morocco are in the capital city of Rabat, but there are also options in Meknes, Tetouan, and several other locations. 

You can find different levels of involvement and planning depending on what you want from a program. If you’re someone who likes to be independent and have a lot of free time, you’ll want to choose a study program provider in Morocco who is primarily there just for emergency support and questions. 

If you’d like to have a site director in charge of what you’ll be doing most weekends, pick a program that will support this with organized trips and excursions. Most organizations that offer study abroad in Morocco choose to host courses at high-caliber schools such as Mohammed V University, Al-Akhawayn University, or Moulay Ismail University. You can also find universities or organizations that hold courses in their own buildings. There are summer, semester, trimester, and academic year programs in Morocco. Most classes are in English, unless they are Arabic or French courses.

Be sure to research the facts, news, and different programs in Morocco before you go. Check out a map, learn some basic Arabic, and pick some top places you want to see while you’re there. Look over reviews of programs so you know what to expect and can get a better idea who you should go with. You’ll be glad you chose to study abroad in Morocco!

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