In Rabat’s centuries-old medina, rapidly develop your Arabic skills through intensive study, homestays, and frequent outings within the community. Bargain with shopkeepers in souks, order mint tea in cafés, discuss current issues with Moroccan university students, and learn about Moroccan history and arts at museums and monuments. You’ll travel to Meknes, Volubilis, and Fes. Explore small towns in the Rif Mountains such as Chefchaouen and Ouezzane, and experience rural life in a nearby village. You’ll also complete a community service project with a Moroccan NGO.
This program provides students with 45 hours of classroom instruction in Modern Standard Arabic in small groups. Students will hone their language skills during weekly office hours with language instructors, homestays, and outings. They'll also receive two sessions of survival Moroccan Arabic (Darija) instruction during orientation, with short lessons provided later, as needed. Additionally, students will explore a specific academic or cultural interest on a topic related to Morocco for their Arabic Writing Seminar.
In addition to in class work, students will also gain practical work experience at an NGO dealing with social, environmental, human rights, education, or healthcare issues. They will also attend a related weekly course focused on ethics and the cross-cultural experience, fieldwork methods, and writing an academic paper. To round out the program, students will also explore small towns in the Rif Mountains, such as Chefchaouen and Ouezzane, and experience rural life in a nearby village.