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CIEE: Rabat, Morocco Language and Culture (Third Party)

The Program

This program is appropriate for students with a background in Arabic or French who have a strong interest in developing their Arabic language skills while learning firsthand about contemporary Morocco. Through a combination of Arabic language and area studies courses taught in English and French, students gain significant insight into Moroccan society, politics, literature, and religion, and Morocco’s relationships with the West and within the Arab world. The program is designed for a wide array of academic disciplines including Arabic language, Francophone studies, African studies, comparative literature, religion, and international relations.

Rabat, Morocco’s capital and second largest city, has a population of three million and hosts Morocco’s most prestigious universities, as well as many international institutions such as UNESCO and the World Bank. The city offers a combination of the modern and the 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.

The Academics

  • Choose an Arabic language course at your level, beginner through advanced
  • Take elective courses in English and French focusing on Moroccan and Arab studies, and the CIEE core course with one week in Fez or Marrakech
  • Engage the community through local volunteer opportunities
  • Immerse in the culture through trips to local markets and performances at the National Theater and field trips including a visit to the ancient ruins of Chellah and excursions to Chefchaouen and other popular Moroccan cities
  • Intern the second semester

You will study at the Ecole Supérieure de Direction et de Gestion (ESDG), a private business and intercultural communication school with approximately 300 students. ESDG is accredited by the Ministries of Education in Morocco and France. The school was founded to provide high quality education to local and foreign students, and many of its courses have an intercultural communication component.

To receive credit for an internship, the internship experience has to be part of a graded course listed on the transcript from the foreign institution; and before you leave UConn, you must have approval for that internship credit from an academic department faculty evaluator.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title  Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3093 or SOCI 3271 Foreign Study AFST 3001 MORC Contemporary Moroccan Society & Culture 3 6/30/17
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study various levels Moroccan Colloquial Arabic 3 6/30/17
To be determined in consultation with instructor of Arabic before leaving Foreign Study Various levels Modern Standard Arabic 4 6/30/17
ECON 2493 Foreign Study Econ 3001 Business & Economics in the Arab World 3 6/30/17
SOCI 3271 or ANTH 3093 Topics in the Sociology of Culture AFST 3001 Contemporary Moroccan Society & Culture 3 6/30/17
WS 3993 Foreign Study Gender Issues in Morocco 3 6/30/17

The Experience

Click here for participants’ descriptions of student life in Rabat. A central feature of the program are two housing options which offer a very different experience:

Homestays—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. Host families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and additional meals on the weekend. Students use public transportation to commute to and from their housing.

Student Residence Hall—A limited number of rooms in a local student residence hall are available to female students on this program. Students share double rooms in a new residence hall located across the street from the campus of Institut Hassan II and a short bus ride to ESDG. All rooms have bathrooms, kitchenettes, and Internet access. Students receive a monthly meal stipend that is sufficient for two daily meals for use in local markets, restaurants, and cafés. A small cafeteria is located on campus. The residence hall is open to all students, though most of the residents are Moroccans. Students use public transportation to commute to and from their housing.

Click here for information on applying to a CIEE program.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking Finances.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Rabat, Morocco
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/25/2018 05/15/2018
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Economics, Humanities, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: French Prior language study required: 2 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5