The winding streets of Fez, the bazaars in Marrakesh, skiing in the North Atlas mountains, the beautiful minarets in small towns and large, and the melancholic streets of Casablanca – all can be explored in Morocco. In addition to great travel opportunities, Morocco is a rapidly changing country in Northern Africa in which students can explore the consequences of European policies and the politics of the Middle East and Arab world in the same place. Opportunities for Arabic and French study are ample, as well as some opportunities to speak Spanish and Berber in some local communities!

Morocco is a pretty large country and you have many options within its borders for your study abroad program. If you're attracted to more natural landscapes and immersion experiences, it may be best to avoid the city streets of Meknes. On the contrary, if immersion sounds frightening, maybe Marakesh or a bigger city will be more enticing!

Rabat: The capital city, a wonderful mix of modern and ancient to explore. It is also home to the country’s first modern university, Mohammed V University.

Ifrane: A small town in the Middle Atlas mountains, home to Al Akhawayn University, Morocco’s first private university where all the classes are held in English because the aim is to export trilingual students. Ifrane is within an hour taxi ride to Fez and Meknes and is near skiing, when it snows. Yes, it snows in Africa!

Meknes: Acity in northern Morocco, Meknes is home to Moulay Ismail University, home to over 20,000 students, where there are some classes offered in English for international students. While there, you can go nearby and check out the archaeological site Volubulis, the remains of a Roman city.

As you’re considering between programs and looking at your finances, here are a few more things to consider when picking a Moroccan study abroad program. Morocco has a sharp divide between the upper class and lower class communities (the same percentages as in the United States, just in a much smaller geographic area). Consider opportunities that allow you to interact with people across classes and perhaps engage in service opportunities when you are not in school.

Language: Language instruction may be in French, Arabic, or English (or a combination of the three!). Consider what your language fluency goal is for your study abroad and plan accordingly. Consider learning both basic French and Arabic while studying in Morocco to take advantage of the immersive environment.

Academic Life: Academics can really depend on the university. Check what language classes are available in and how many of those classes are offered each semester. Universities may be a little more paternalistic than American colleges, so check for attendance policies if you’re planning lots of travel.

Housing: When planning your housing see if you can room with a Moroccan student and get to know someone new! Find out if international students are housed separately or whether they can live off campus. Consider what you want your surroundings to be like and consider options that offer more immersion to let you get to know Moroccan culture better!

Immersion and Cultural Activities: Different provider's overall costs may or may not include added cultural activities or small excursions to further extend your learning experience. Some providers operate under the idea that these activities help strengthen the community among students and enhance their understandings of the country. If organized fun is not your thing, be sure to find a program who gives students more independence on their weekends.

Arranged activities can range from a day trips to nearby gardens or museums to weekend overnight trips to neighboring cities or countries. ISA Study Abroad includes multiple excursions in the overall program costs, such as a trip to Casablanca!

Travel and Shopping Tips
  • Morocco is a great launching point for your other travels while studying abroad. You can take the ferry across the Straight of Gibraltar, and be in Spain, as well as catch short flights into the other Mediterranean countries, Europe, or the Middle East!
  • Need a little taste of the dessert and a camel ride? Head on the train to Marrakesh, the big vacation spot in Morocco. But save your money and buy souvenirs in other cities because the prices in the Marrakesh bazaar are higher!
  • Students may enjoy going shopping for a Moroccan rug, but beware the shopkeeper’s bargaining. Try a few shops to get a sense of prices before trying to buy. Also ask about labor practices, and consider buying from small weaving co-ops if possible.
  • And lastly don’t leave Morocco without visiting Fez, but beware! The twisty streets of Fez demand a human guide, rather than just on a guidebook. It’s worth going with some friends and paying for a guide together!

Does studying abroad sound fabulous but expensive? While it is true, studying abroad can mean added costs, there are still a variety of ways to offset the extra expenses. If you're not up for opening a lemonade stand, I suggest checking out the following scholarships.

Contributed by Hannah Cartwright

Study Abroad Programs in Morocco

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University of New England
University of New England: Tangier Campus, Morocco
Morocco
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Study Abroad in Morocco with Araland Abroad
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Pouchkine Language Center
Study Arabic & French in Morocco
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AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs
Area and Arabic Language Studies in Rabat, Morocco
Morocco
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Seamester
Seamester: Transatlantic, Mediterranean to Caribbean - 90 Days
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Why limit yourself to just one ocean, country or continent? Choose the...

IES Abroad
IES Abroad Rabat – Study in Rabat
Morocco
8.88 •16 reviews

Delve into the fascinating layers of this North African nation as you...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Study Abroad in Meknes, Morocco
Morocco
9.5 •10 reviews

Students will take courses at the ISA Meknes Study Center, which is...

Qalam Center for Arabic Studies
Study Abroad in Morocco with Qalam wa Lawh
Morocco
10 •5 reviews

Morocco is a country with a rich history and a diverse cultural...

CIEE
CIEE Summer Arabic Language in Rabat, Morocco
Morocco
9.8 •5 reviews

Want to gain a highly sought-after skill in the job market? Learn...

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Middlebury School in Morocco
Morocco
9 •7 reviews

The Middlebury School in Morocco is designed for students with high...

SIT Study Abroad
SIT Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism
Morocco
9 •4 reviews

Advance your skills in journalism by studying under the expert...

Center for Cross Cultural Learning
CCCL | Arabic Language & Study Abroad Programs
Morocco
9 •1 review

The Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL) invites students to come...

SIT Study Abroad
Climate Change: Politics of Food, Water & Energy
Multiple Countries
9 •3 reviews

Explore the social impacts of climate change through the political...

CIEE
CIEE Summer Moroccan Studies in Rabat, Morocco
Morocco
10 •2 reviews

Whether your Arabic is basic or advanced, the CIEE Summer Language and...

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