Location
Multiple Locations +2
  • Morocco
    • Rabat
  • Netherlands
    • Amsterdam
Term
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Anthropology Conflict Studies Geography Global Studies Human Rights International Relations Middle Eastern Studies Political Science
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
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Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Bachelors
Housing
Host Family
Language
Arabic

Pricing

Starting Price
18893
Price Details
SIT Study Abroad is committed to ensuring that international education is within reach for all students. Our Scholarship awards, ranging from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs, reflect our dedication. Applying for a scholarship is easy: simply express your interest in a scholarship when completing your admissions application and follow the provided instructions.

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What's Included
Some Activities Airport Transfers Classes Travel Insurance
Apr 23, 2024
Mar 14, 2024
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About Program

Get an introduction to the history of migration in Morocco at the ancient Roman site, Volubilis, and the medieval cities of Fes and Meknès. In Rabat, discuss migration issues with prominent university professors and visit Moroccan and United Nations agencies and NGOs dealing with migration. In the northern cities of Tangier and Tétouan, you’ll visit African NGOs working with migrants and the border with Spain, where sustained undocumented migration takes place.

On a seven-day stay in the Netherlands, you’ll discuss transnationalism, identity, and integration with Moroccan migrants, Dutch professors, and NGO workers. You will also spend a day with a Moroccan-Dutch community in Amsterdam. You will have the option of either interning with an organization focused on issues related to migration or carrying out an independent research project.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Program Highlights

  • Examine the historical, economic and political roots of African migration to Europe.
  • Meet with scholars and professionals working on migration.
  • Hear directly from undocumented and documented migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees about their experiences and resilience
  • Observe civil society organizations’ support for migrant groups, including adults, women, and children
  • Explore the impact of migration in the European Union and related issues of integration politics, transnationalism, and identity during a seven-day excursion to the Netherlands

Program Reviews

4.25 Rating
based on 4 reviews
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  • 3 rating 25%
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  • Academics 3.75
  • Support 4
  • Fun 4.5
  • Housing 4.5
  • Safety 4.5
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Iman
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Most Amazing Place

I had such a wonderful time throughout the entirety of this program. The best part was staying with the host family. I went in with some Arabic knowledge but no knowledge of Moroccan Arabic or French, and my host family spoke no English, but by the end of the program we grew quite close and I still speak with them frequently.
I loved walking around the neighborhood where all the students lived, sitting at cafes, exploring other cities in Morocco, and the week excursion to Amsterdam! I also really appreciated that we got the chance to connect with students from the SIT program in Amsterdam. All the staff of SIT as well as at the center where we studied were so kind and helpful. Truly the best time ever.

What would you improve about this program?
In terms of academics, I loved learning Arabic, but would have liked to learn more Moroccan Arabic in the classroom as standard Arabic isn't that helpful outside of the classroom. I appreciated that the lectures included many guest speakers such as professors, local artists, people working in the community; however, I would have enjoyed the lecture class to be more engaging and fruitful. We did many site visits to NGOs and sometimes the people there didn't speak English, and so if you don't know French, there could be a lot of information lost in translation.
16 people found this review helpful.
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Christina
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An Eye-Opening and Reflective experience

This experience was truly eye-opening and I am so grateful for it. The focus of the overall program was migration, however, it brought so much more to light politically, socially, and economically, allowing students to approach it from various lenses. The program is based in Rabat, allowing us to study within the walls of the Medina (the old city) and also experience life outside of the Medina. Our classes were lectured based, something I was not used to, coming from a smaller college with discussion based classes, however I appreciated having the opportunity to listen and learn from the perspectives of academics and organizations in Morocco. The lectures and themes of the week also led to excursions to different cities in Morocco such as Fez, Tangier, and Chefchaouen, but I will still admit Rabat was by far my favorite city. We also had a one week excursion to Amsterdam when learning about the Moroccan diaspora beyond Morocco. We covered so much in the first two months in classes, so when the Independent Study Project/Internship period arose, we were able to independently work on our chosen projects/sites. I also was not expecting to be able to speak so much Darija! My arabic class would definitely be one of the most engaging and fun classes I've ever taken in my whole college experience. I came in with no knowledge of Arabic, was extremely nervous to take the class, and left wanting to pursue it more! Finally, my host family experience is something I will forever cherish; even months after my return, I have stayed in communication with my host mother and sister almost every week and frequent video calls. This program is for the student that loves to take initiative, ask questions, and critically reflect.

What would you improve about this program?
One thing I would improve is for classes to be half lectures, half discussion. I think the lecturers that come in are really valuable, but I think having the opportunity to discuss afterwards either with them or after they leave would be beneficial for students to think even more critically about its relation to its larger application to that week's theme or the course description.
77 people found this review helpful.
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Maeve
3/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Learning Arabic Abroad

My absolute favorite part of the program was learning Arabic. Our Arabic teachers were wonderful and taught us so much, not only about the language and culture of our environment, but about life as well. I went in as a beginner, not even knowing the alphabet, but by the time the semester ended I was able to speak with other Moroccans and navigate a Moroccan city entirely on my own with my language skills. There are a million opportunities to practice it with the people around you as many who you interact with will not speak English. This immersion is a unique experience.

While we had three hours of Arabic class every day, it did not feel like too much because we were constantly changing activities and being asked to go out into the city and practice what we were learning. For example, when we were learning the alphabet, we took pictures of signs and tried to read them together in class. When we were delving deeper into vocabulary, we went to the national library to write about what we observed.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You must be extremely independent and self sufficient to do this program successfully. It requires interviewing other people who you find in the community and is not for the faint of heart. However, students who are highly motivated and have skills in research and languages can do very interesting research and learn a lot.
74 people found this review helpful.
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Basel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Turkish-style Toilets

The place I was staying in was extremely small, and privacy was almost non-existent. There was one bathroom in the house, with a Turkish-style toilet. Basically, it was a small hole in the ground. These differences from my comfortable home in America were very surprising and overwhelming for me at first.
After a couple of weeks I was getting used to the unfamiliar lifestyle I was in thanks to the help of my host-family. My brother and I shared lots of laughter while he taught me the best techniques to use the new toilet. He would prepare me a meal or snack every night, and he even taught me how to cook some traditional Moroccan dishes. We would listen to rap music everyday, our favorite genre of music, and alternate between Moroccan and American rappers. Our love for music brought us together and I could always count on him to cheer me up.

75 people found this review helpful.

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