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A Guide to Studying Abroad in Morocco

With incredible ruins, breathtaking architecture, and a diverse culture, the better question is — why not?! Find elements of history from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as you take the chance to do things you’ve never done before. Ride a camel through the Sahara Desert to see the incredible orange sand of the Erg Chebbi dunes, rev a 4x4 engine, and camp overnight in a luxury tent under the stars. Through a Morocco study abroad program, you’ll get a glimpse of the Islamic worldview, Arabic AND French language, and traditional customs that are a part of life here — and that’s just scratching the surface.

Where to Study Abroad in Morocco

From the North Atlas Mountains and the winding streets of Fez to the Saharan oases, Morocco offers landscapes and scenery that will make you giddy with delight. Here are the best places to study abroad in Morocco.

The largest city in Morocco, Casablanca, is a port city that acts as an economic, business, and financial hub for the country. It boasts Mauresque buildings — a blend of French colonial architecture and traditional Moroccan style. Mosey through sights as you enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate and take your mind off your studies.

You’ll find Marrakech to the north, a city brimming with landmarks. Practice your Arabic and bargain your way to a good deal in the labyrinth of souks (marketplaces). Sip a cup of green tea with mint, sashay through the Menara gardens, and relish the spicy and flavorful cuisines.

Most study abroad programs in Morocco are in the capital city of Rabat, with plenty of opportunities to study Arabic or French. Here you can watch a show at Theatre Mohammed V, explore Chellah Necropolis, and stroll along Ville Nouvelle's palm-lined boulevards. We recommend spring and summer study abroad programs here!

Costs of Studying in Morocco

Compared to the U.S., Morocco is a fairly affordable country, with a basic lunch being around $6 and a cappuccino being around $2. Your Morocco study abroad program fee will vary based on the length of time and number of courses you’re taking. The fee usually covers the cost of food, housing, transportation, and excursions — not to mention peace of mind with them organizing just about everything (which leaves you ample time to enjoy yourself!). 

Programs usually will expect you to take care of the airfare cost and other personal expenses; however, scholarships and fundraising can also help you minimize expenses.

Student Housing in Morocco

Your housing options vary from apartments/flats, guest housing, student dormitories, and homestay arrangements depending on the study abroad Morocco program and placement. Living with other students offers you the chance to gain international perspectives, but living with a host family allows you to immerse yourself in the Moroccan culture, gaining more insight into the traditions, customs, mannerisms, and cuisines. Both are great options depending on your needs and program goals.

Student Visas for Morocco

The visa requirements vary depending on your citizenship and length of the Morocco study abroad program. For U.S. citizens studying in Morocco for less than 90 days, you’ll need a valid passport but no visa. If your program exceeds 90 days, you’ll need to apply for a Morocco student visa, which involves submitting an application form, photos, and an admission letter. Requirements can change, so be sure to reach out to your Morocco study abroad coordinator and GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory for further assistance.

GoAbroad's Insider Tips

Culture. If you’re thinking about studying abroad in Morocco, it’s important to remember that Western newspapers and TV shows 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.

Exploration. For charmers, magicians, jugglers, storytellers, and other characters of a North African carnival, visit Djemma el Fna in Marrakech. This square is home to a bright market during the day and chaotic spectacle at night. Visit the whitewashed city of Chefchaouen, with its startlingly blue walls. Stop by Aït Benhaddou, a fortified city you may have seen in the films “Gladiator” or “Lawrence of Arabia.” For a scenic drive, head to the Draa Valley.

Be sure to listen to Chaabi or trance music, sample couscous, and visit the local hammam, a public steam bath. We’re just getting carried away now — get there already! Find YOUR study abroad Morocco program.

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