Whether your Arabic is basic or advanced, the CIEE Summer Language + Culture study abroad program in Rabat, Morocco is designed to help you develop your Arabic language skills and learn firsthand about contemporary Morocco.
Through language study, an innovative course that explores Morocco’s rich history and culture, and a variety of opportunities for cultural engagement, you will improve your Arabic while gaining greater insight into present-day Moroccan society.
Study abroad in Rabat and you will:
- Learn Arabic at your level, and learn the local dialect through the elective Colloquial Moroccan Arabic course
- Focus on Moroccan society and culture in an innovative elective course
- Live with a local family and immerse yourself in Moroccan culture
- Visit museums, festivals, the Medina, and Kasbah and take field trips to the ancient ruins of Chellah and the Andalucian Gardens; explore another Moroccan city on a multi-day stay
The CIEE Difference
Undertake intensive language study while examining Morocco’s complicated and fascinating culture and contemporary society. Explore Moroccan history, politics, development, economics, education, gender issues, and popular culture. role in the Arab world and its ties to Europe.
The study abroad program includes a series of required and optional cultural activities and field trips in and around Rabat, including concerts and festivals, as well as visits to the ancient ruins of Chellah, the Andalucian Gardens, local elementary schools, and government agencies. Group activities are also held in the Medina and Kasbah. As part of the language courses, students may visit local markets and attend music and theater performances, which provides practical language training opportunities. Students also enjoy a multi-day stay in another Moroccan city such as Fez or Marrakech.
Students may choose from a variety of volunteer activities with local NGOs, schools, and other organizations. In the past, CIEE participants have worked with blind students, mentally challenged youth, women’s groups, Berber groups, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank.
Total recommended credit for the summer is 7 semester/10.5 quarter hours.
Modern Standard Arabic has 60 contact hours with recommended credit of 4 semester/6 quarter hours. Contemporary Moroccan Culture and Society and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic have 45 contact hours with recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
All study abroad students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic Language at the appropriate level. Students who want to focus entirely on Arabic language also take Colloquial Moroccan Arabic, while other students take Contemporary Moroccan Culture and Society.
Rabat, Morocco’s capital and second largest city, has a population of 3,000,000. Rabat hosts Morocco’s most prestigious universities, as well as many international governmental and non-governmental institutions such as UNESCO and the World Bank. The city offers a combination of modern and traditional, and provides a wide range of opportunities for students to experience its culture through art exhibits, music, and theater. Central Rabat has a modern infrastructure with large office buildings, palm tree-lined boulevards, cafés, restaurants, and shopping centers.
Where You’ll Study
Université Mohamed V, Souissi
Université Mohamed V, Souissi offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as several non-degree opportunities, such as the Arabic for Speakers of Other Languages program. This program attracts study abroad students from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East contributing to the internationalization of the student body. CIEE students have access to facilities and services available to UM5-S students, including all student activities, a cafeteria, and library facilities.
All CIEE study abroad language courses are held at the Qalam wa Lawh Arabic Language Center (Qalam Center). The Qalam Center provides programs for the study of Arabic as a Foreign Language to students from around the world. It is conveniently located in Rabat’s prestigious neighborhood of Souissi within minutes from downtown. The campus features 12 large, air-conditioned classrooms, an on-site cafeteria serving Moroccan dishes, a library, and a large garden open space for study and relaxation. CIEE study abroad students have full access to all Qalam Center facilities and language activities.
Housing & Meals
Students live with Moroccan families in modern or traditional homes in various neighborhoods throughout Rabat. Families are carefully selected by local CIEE staff. Most homes combine western and traditional Moroccan elements, and families are typically multilingual. Study abroad host families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and additional meals on the weekend.
Established in 2008, the Language and Culture summer study abroad program gives students the opportunity to take Arabic language courses taught by Arabic language specialists at the at the Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies (Qalam Center) and take the CIEE Contermporary Moroccan Society and Culture course taught by faculty from the Université Mohammed V-Souissi campus.
The program is designed to provide students intensive Arabic language training along with a multifaceted academic analysis of Moroccan culture and history. In addition to the courses offered, students can engage themselves locally through volunteer opportunities. Students wishing to focus a larger percentage of their studies on Arabic language may choose to take an elective language course in Colloquial
The program is suitable for students with a strong interest in Arabic language, as well as a variety of academic disciplines, including Moroccan studies, religion, business and economics, and literature.
Teaching methods involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and fieldwork. Guest lectures, field trips, and excursions are also an important component of the academic curriculum.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
As students gain proficiency in Arabic, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to Arabic language proficiency and understanding of Moroccan society develops.
All courses utilize a continuous assessment model and may include quizzes, exams, individual and group presentations, research projects, and papers. Courses are designed to follow a standard U.S. grading scale from A–F.
Language of Instruction
The Arabic language courses are taught by faculty from the Qalam wa Lawh Arabic Language Center. The contemporary Moroccan culture and society course is coordinated by the CIEE academic director.
Please check the CIEE website for final program dates, and speak with your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor prior to booking airfare.