Located on the Atlantic coast in the north-west, Rabat serves as the modern capital of Morocco. The city retains the rich history of the ancient monuments and archaeological sites interspersed with the architecture, decorative arts, gardens, and public spaces that create a balance with the urban plan of a modern city.
Fall Semester: Late August through mid-December
Spring Semester: Late January through mid-May
*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.
From the program base in Rabat, you will begin thematic coursework in a core course, intensive language instruction in both Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan dialect, and a Research Methods and Ethics course, all taught by SIT faculty. The program is hosted at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL), located in a seventeenth-century neighborhood in the old medina of Rabat. Thematic course lectures and lunch take place in the main CCCL building. Language classes are held at the Marassa Center, CCCL’s annex, an impressive early twentieth-century riad located one block outside the walls of the medina. As part of the program, you will meet with Moroccan journalism students, Moroccan immigrants, or counterparts from Moroccan universities in accordance with your program's theme.
The culmination of your study may be an internship or independent study/writing project that you choose and research. Students will carry a credit load of 16 credit hours. Grading is based on a letter-grade system just as it is at ND. Grades earned on the program will be included in the computation of students’ grade point averages and courses will be listed on the Notre Dame transcript. Courses may not be taken as pass/fail during study abroad
Each track includes a core course that focuses on the specific theme, language study, an independent study project, and program excursions that enrich your understanding of Morocco's history, development issues, cultural diversity, environmental issues, and questions regarding civil society. Through lectures, mapping exercises, interviews, photo essays, and the like, you will explore life in Morocco. Students with a background in French will find ample opportunity for French language practice while also learning both Moroccan and Modern Standard Arabic.
You can choose to participate in one of the following thematic programs in Rabat:
Fall semester runs from late August to mid-December.
Spring semester runs from late January to the mid-May.
All majors are eligible to apply.
Field Studies in Journalism and New Media: Previous college-level coursework in writing, journalism, communications, and/or media studies, or other related fields. Strong writing skills and an interest in journalism are essential. A writing sample may be required as part of the admissions process.
Migration and Transnational Identity & Multiculturalism and Human Rights: No prerequisites; however, students with a background in French will find ample opportunity for French language practice while also learning Arabic.
Students should possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments. Admitted students will be required to participate in pre-departure meetings.
This program is administered by SIT, a Third Party Provider and is a two-stage acceptance program. Once accepted by Notre Dame, there is a secondary application administered through SIT. While it is rare that a student accepted by Notre Dame would not be accepted by SIT, SIT does make the final academic decision. Pre-departure forms and materials will be assigned on both the Notre Dame study abroad website and the SIT accepted student website.
In each thematic track, students have the opportunity to explore other areas of Morocco, to experience the diversity of peoples and cultures, and experience both rural and urban life in Morocco. In the Migration track, you will also be able to visit the Netherlands and discuss with migrants in the Netherlands the social and psychological impact of migration.
Housing and Meals
Cultural immersion is greatly facilitated through an eight-week homestay with a working or middle-class Moroccan family.
Living with a host family is an integral component of the program. Homestays provide you with a unique window into the daily life, values, and perspectives of Moroccan families and with an opportunity to practice language skills, particularly darija (Moroccan Arabic), and in some cases also French. The program contains two homestay experiences in very different environments, illustrating the enormous differences between life in urban and rural Moroccan communities.
All meals are covered through a stipend, or through the homestay.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.
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