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  • Locations: Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IES 
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Arabic, English, French Major: African and African Diaspora Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Economics, French, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Relations, Literature, Philosophy, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology
Program Description:

IES Rabat

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About the Program | Rabat,Morocco | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
About the Program
With courses taught in French, Arabic, or English, the IES Rabat program has a little bit for everyone. All students are required to take Colloquial Moroccan Arabic during week-long orientation in Fez. Students then proceed to Rabat, where they enroll in Modern Standard Arabic  and three or four more classes from a broad curriculum of English and French taught IES Abroad Courses. Advanced students have the option of choosing courses taught in French or Arabic at the Université Mohammed V - Agdal. Field trips to other destinations in North Africa and Spain compliment the course materials. Students also have the option of completing a for-credit internship (linked with an Internship Seminar) at one of several local business, NGOs, museums, or schools.

Rabat, Morocco
Rabat is one of four Moroccan Imperial cities and has been the capital of the kingdom of Morocco since 1912. As the political center of the country, Rabat is home to numerous NGOs, international organizations, and Morocco's leading university, Université Mohammed V, and boasts a cosmopolitan mix of European modernism and North African and Islamic tradition. This complex cultural identity is visible throughout Rabat--from its modern Ville Nouvelle and grand boulevards, to the narrow streets of the ancient medina and clifftop kasbah. Rabat’s unique combination of old and new, paired with its close proximity to ancient ruins, beaches and the mountains, make it a fascinating place to which to live and study.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Two semesters French or Arabic including French 2030 or Arabic 1020
  • ***Students who have a higher level of French (five semesters or above) are expected to take all of their courses in French
Fields of Study
African Studies, Arabic, Communications, Culture Studies, Economics, French, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Literature, Political Science, Religion, Sociology

Academic Culture
As an IES Rabat student, you will take courses that explore Moroccan Language, history, and culture with an in-depth and hands-on approach. IES professors coupled with course options at prestigious local institutions enhance the academic experience and provide new perspectives each day in class.

Depending on your language level, students may be able to enroll in courses at Université Mohammed V alongside local Moroccan peers. Students must take 16–19 credits per semester. Modern Standard Arabic (6 credits, semester long) and colloquial Moroccan Arabic during orientation (1 credit) are required. All other courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Student Life
Orientation begins with a brief stay in Rabat to meet the IES Abroad Rabat staff, visit the Center facilities, and tour some sights in the city. The second portion of orientation takes place in the city of Meknes, where you will live with a host family in the Medina, take intensive Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (Darija), and attend lectures on Moroccan culture and history. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during orientation. Before returning to Rabat, you will explore ancient Morocco with a field trip to Fez and Volubilis, the site of well-preserved ancient Roman ruins.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
During the semester, IES Rabat students engage in daily life by partaking in cooking classes, conducting visits to artisan workshops and religious schools and attending henna parties and calligraphy lessons. They also participate in cultural debates on current issues with local university students and traditional dance workshops and attend topical guest lectures.

Live with a local family in the Medina within walking distance of our Center and experience Moroccan traditions and family life, while practicing and improving your Arabic and/or French. You will receive three meals daily. In some cases, more than one IES Abroad student may be placed in each home. 

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IES Rabat, Morocco

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