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Morocco (Rabat): Language and Culture (CIEE)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Whether your Arabic is rudimentary or advanced, the CIEE Language and Culture program in Rabat will help you improve your Arabic and French, enrich your understanding of contemporary Morocco, and give you insight into the country's role in the Arab world and Europe. Through a combination of coursework, fieldwork, homestays, community engagement, and excursions, you will be immersed in Morocco's complex culture.

Study abroad in Rabat and you'll:

  • Choose an Arabic language course at your level, beginner through advanced
  • Participate in elective courses taught in English and French focusing on Moroccan, Arab, and French studies
  • Engage in the community through local volunteer organizations offering opportunities to work with refugees, immigrants, women and children
  • Immerse yourself in the culture by staying with a local host family, connecting with Moroccan Language and Culture peers, and taking trips to places like Fez, Marrakesh, Ourika, Chefchaouen, Casablanca, Tangiers, Meknes and Asilah.

In addition to studying Arabic, you'll take electives in English, Arabic, or French that expand your views on the Koran, literature, politics, history, business in the Arab world, and gender dynamics, race and ethnicity in Morocco. Guest lectures, seminars, fieldwork, and field trips are part of coursework hours. Interested and eligible students may take an internship for credit, typically with a local NGO or private institution. You may also learn from your host community by volunteering with a local NGO, school or other organization. You might lead games and art or dance projects with local students, participate in a language exchange with local students, work with sub-Saharan African migrants, or shadow a doctor at a local children's hospital. 

Students enroll in Intensive Moroccan Colloquial Arabic during the first two weeks of the program. During the regular academic session, all students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and choose three CIEE elective courses. Students interested in furthering their language skills may choose to enroll in the optional Moroccan Colloquial Arabic course as one of their electives if sufficient enrollment allows. The majority of CIEE elective courses are taught in English, although at least one elective course is offered in French each semester. Study abroad students participating in the academic year program take Modern Standard Arabic and three elective courses, one of which may be the organizational internship.

Credits - 4.5 Knox credits for the fall or spring semester or 9 for the full year.

Learn more about the CIEE Morocco: Language and Culture program.

Advisor: Professor Danielle Fatkin

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