CIEE College Study Abroad in Rabat, Morocco

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About Program

Morocco’s capital and second largest city is host to prestigious universities, international institutions such as UNESCO and the World Bank, and a wide range of opportunities for students to experience its culture through art exhibits, music, and theater.

Program Highlights
  • CIEE Rabat is located in the prominent neighborhood of Agdal in central Rabat, with easy access to public transportation.
  • Practice your newly acquired language skills by visiting local markets and attending music and theater performances.
  • All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
  • Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer.

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Value
$500 - $2,500

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CIEE College Study Abroad in Rabat, Morocco

Spend your summer in the capital of this Mediterranean country while improving your Arabic, gaining greater insight into present-day Moroccan society, and immersing yourself in the rich Moroccan culture.

CIEE College Study Abroad in Rabat, Morocco

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Program Reviews

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  • Academics 8.1
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  • Fun 9.9
  • Housing 9.8
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nahlah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

most delightful experience

loved CIEE. the staff was so kind and friendly I felt so connected to everyone i met. The trips were once in a lifetime, Moroccan has so many amazing cities its almost impossible to see them all in one trip. CIEE staff made sure that we got to see almost all we wanted and were willing to help plan whatever voyage we wanted to take. You can tell that the staffers treated us like family and were super helpful all across the board. Even our teachers were extremely kind and i loved learning in this environment. I hope to one day return to Morocco, as I know I would receive a warm welcome here by the members of CIEE. Through good food, lasting memories, and amazing views, my time in Morocco will never be forgotten, and I have no one to thank but CIEE.

What would you improve about this program?
more communication on itinerary and what to expect
3 people found this review helpful.
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Yusuf
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Experience I Can’t Forget

First of all; the staff and community of the country your visiting and the program can make or break it. Hands down, both were superb in Rabat, Morocco. The people are unforgettable, always available, super welcoming, and hard to leave after the program. The family I lived with were almost too nice to me, always wanting to serve their guests to the best of their ability. As for the class, I learned so much. My learning according to the assessment increased by 2 levels. I learned so much vocab and I was so excited every single day to go to class. Can’t stress the importance of this experience was to me, highly recommended.

What would you improve about this program?
Teachers are obliged to have syllabus prepared by Day 1.
4 people found this review helpful.
Peter
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience of My Life

If you're remotely on the fence about doing this, I can't emphasize enough that studying at CIEE in Rabat will change your life. The staff does such a fantastic job of making sure that you're not only learning the language but also doing super cool things basically every day. I had such a great time in Morocco and made friends that I still stay in touch with. You end up learning a lot about your self and another part of the world.

3 people found this review helpful.
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Samantha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Experience

The program was well planned. This includes all of the awesome trips we went on and the daily planned activities. The coordinators were phenomenal, supportive, and fun. They were always therefor advice and provided us with apt knowledge about the society we were staying in. The professors were knowledgeable, and class was never boring. The whole experience was definitely one for the books. I can’t wait to visit again!!

What would you improve about this program?
Students should just understand what type of culture they are going to before they get there and experience culture shock.
3 people found this review helpful.
Ahmed
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Phenomenal Program and Experience

This program went above and beyond my expectations. The classes were taught by very knowledgeable instructors that helped me further develop my Arabic language skills. Courses are filled not just with language instruction, but real-world application as well forcing you at times out of your comfort zone for your benefit.
The program coordinators and staff genuinely care about the students and constantly go out of their way to improve the experience both in and out of the classroom. They assist students in so many ways, supplanting the experience even more.
You'll find it really hard to be bored in this program. There are excursions included in the price of tuition nearly every weekend which are planned well and also serve to enhance the educational experience. Cultural activities are planned on most days the rest of the program helping you immerse yourself in unique ways throughout the experience.
I am lucky to have been so fortunate to study with this amazing program with such amazing people.

4 people found this review helpful.
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Farhan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One of the best study abroad experiences out there

I was able to participate in this program the summer after I graduated and was one of the best experiences I have had throughout my college career. The program coordinators genuinely care for you and are willing to go out of their way to help, and this was extremely helpful especially coming into a new setting like Morocco.

Moreover, you are truly able to get your money's worth as the program plans excursions essentially every weekend at no extra cost to you. This was an excellent way for me to really get to see the richness and full-extent of the Moroccan culture while also being able to practice my Arabic out in the streets.

Overall I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in learning Arabic and interested in learning more about Moroccan culture.

4 people found this review helpful.
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Erin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Semester!

I loved my semester in CIEE Rabat's Language and Culture program! The program does a great job in matching students to host families, and between program staff, families, professors, and peers, there is a great support system for students. Field trips to different cities are a great way for students to see a lot of the country. I would definitely recommend CIEE Rabat to students looking for an incredible study abroad experience.

2 people found this review helpful.
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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Things I Lost and Gained in Morocco

I remember it like it was yesterday. Boarding my flight from Paris to Rabat, I was excited and full of nervous energy. This being my first journey outside of my home country, I could hardly wait to step foot on Moroccan soil and meet my host family. Of course, some aspects of my eight-week experience worried me. For one, I didn't speak a word of Arabic. The language of sweeping letters and beautiful calligraphy was at once intriguing and daunting. Secondly, it would be the longest period of time I had spent away from my family, and with a family of a different faith than my own, during Ramadan, no less! As I entered my new home away from home, which was situated in the heart of Rabat's medina (the old part of the city) I was greeted with warm smiles and hot mint tea. It seemed we would get along just fine.

Thus began my two months in the magnificent Maghreb. Morocco chewed me up and spit out a completely different person. The at times grueling, but ultimately rewarding 6 hour school days provided me with just the rigor I needed to build a solid foundation in Arabic. I found myself speaking full phrases in mere days, and when I returned to the States, I had advanced to Arabic III. The excursions I took all enlightened me in unique ways. A trip to an Amazigh village in Marrakech taught me about the native people of the region, and gave me a new appreciation for them. The whistling dunes of the Sahara reminded me of just how small I was, and to be humble in all I do. The blinding white and electric blue of Chefchaouen gave me a glimpse into heaven- and a look at how I could coexist with those around me.

I always say this, but it bears repeating: The best part about Morocco is, by far, the people. Coming home to my host family every night and eating their mouth-watering cuisine (usually tajine!) was something I will never forget. This aspect of my trip was heightened during Ramadan, when, in the evening, the whole house seemed to be on the edge of their seat. In the pregnant pauses before the last call to prayer, signaling that the day's fast had ended, I learned an invaluable lesson about patience. The harira and dates we savored were manna to me, and I wasn't even fasting. In those dinners, I was also able to completely bond with the members of my family. After a while, I didn't even refer to them as my host family, only as family. On Eid, I felt a closeness that I had seldom experienced before or since. It was something I will cherish forever. The CIEE staff are incredible as well. They care so much about the students on the program, and bent over backwards for me multiple times. Between our sometimes seven hour conversations and the excursions we took together, I made what are sure to be lifelong friends. Moroccan kindness even extends to complete strangers, but who is really a stranger in Morocco? If you are willing to drink a pot of tea and have a meaningful exchange, you're as good as family.

The night before I departed, I sobbed uncontrollably. My family was right there with me, my host sister embracing me and crying with me. The bonds we forged will never be broken, and we still contact one another frequently. And so I returned, with a gift the new members of my family had given me, a more advanced understanding of the Arabic language, and a light heart. I had gained compassion, kindness, an open mind, and peace. I had lost my proclivity to anger, my preconceived notions of others, and my unnecessary worry and anxiousness.

My study abroad will be something I will keep with me for the rest of my life, and I will take the lessons I learned on it and apply them at home and elsewhere abroad. I could not recommend this program more.

4 people found this review helpful.

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