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  • Locations: Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Academic Programs Abroad (APA) 
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 1-first year, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student, 6-other
Housing Options: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Communications, Culture, Gender Studies, Global Studies, Government, History, Human Rights, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Design, International Relations, International Studies, Liberal Arts, Mass Communications, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Minority Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Peace Studies, Policy and Society, Political Science, Politics, Public Policy, Religion/Theology, Social Policy & Administration, Social Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women's Studies, Womens Studies
Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 3
Click here for a definition of this term Program: Direct
Program Description:

Class in Rabat

Three weeks of experiential learning in the host city of Rabat, Morocco: Across the centuries, Morocco has seen influences from African, European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern civilizations, including a time under French colonial rule. Because of this melting pot of societies, beliefs and feelings across a multitude of topics range widely. Unravel these debates during the three week Rabat: June Short-Term program.

Students follow one English-taught course with site visits across the city and knowledgeable guest speakers incorporated into class time. Receive a crash course in the Moroccan Arabic dialect of Darija, live with a local host family in the medina and take part in a variety of cultural activities and events.

At a Glance
All Majors Language of Instruction: English Term: Short-Term (3 weeks)
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA Freshman standing & above  

The program includes:

  • Tuition fees for one course
  • Dedicated 24/7 on-site support
  • Culture package: Day trip to Casablanca, visit of Rabat and tea at the Kasbah of the Udaya, museum visit, Moroccan cooking workshop, Arabic calligraphy workshop, Moroccan drumming lesson, one concert and one cultural performance
  • Housing: Stay with a hand-selected host family with all meals and weekly laundry included in board

Students also receive:

  • Airport pick-up on the program start date
  • On-site orientation
  • Pre-departure support
  • Liability insurance

Please visit for up-to-date program fees.


Rabat, Morocco

The walled coastal city of Rabat sports the eclectic influence of its many inhabitants throughout history: Barbary pirates, the Berbers, Spanish Moors, and the French. Morocco’s capital, Rabat has beautiful gardens, world-class museums, traditional markets, and historic architecture that will have you planning your return trip!

About APA

APA is a boutique program provider in Paris, France with a passion to provide a first-rate study abroad experience that unites academic excellence with the beauty and richness of French and Francophone culture. For over 30 years, students from more than 80 US colleges and universities have received a personalized, immersive education abroad in Paris, France; Dakar, Senegal; and Rabat, Morocco.


Enroll in one course from the following:

  • Language, Identity and Nationalism in Contemporary Morocco: Explore the cultural and linguistic diversity of Morocco where a variety of Arabic and Berber dialects, French, and standardized Arabic are spoken as well as more recently, English. What are the attitudes of Moroccans towards various languages, how does gender shape language use, and does choice of a language partake in the construction of social classes?
  • Postcolonial History of the Maghreb: Issues and Debates: What did the transition from a colonial state to postcolonial state look like and what did it mean to Moroccans? Examine the historical overview, past and current relations between Morocco and France, and how literature has played an important role in voicing the questions and feelings of the Moroccan people during this time period.
  • Social Movements in the Middle East and North Africa: Organized social movements can serve as the catalyst for speedier social change. Dig into the demographics of who is likely to participate in social movements, the tools they use such as social media, and recent movements in Morocco and the larger MENA region.

Each course incorporates site visits, guest speakers, and field trips for a hands-on learning experience. All courses are taught in English and receive four credits. Access the syllabi on our website.

Rabat tourGet to know your host city of Rabat through a curated variety of events and activities that showcase this beautiful culture.

Cultural Events

  • Day trip to Casablanca
  • Visit of Rabat and tea at the Kasbah of the Udaya
  • Museum visit
  • Moroccan cooking workshop
  • Arabic calligraphy workshop
  • Moroccan drumming lesson
  • One concert and one cultural performance

Connect and live with a local host family for a greater understanding of the Moroccan culture and lifestyle.

Each student is paired with a host family in the historic city center known as the medina. Students are provided with a private bedroom with linens, access to common areas including the kitchen, all meals and weekly laundry. All homestays are vetted to provide the best fit.


The program is open to students with freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate level class standing and a minimum 3.0 GPA.


April 15

Application Process

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcript

Your application will only be reviewed once these pieces are received. After, a member of the APA team will contact you to schedule a short, friendly Zoom conversation so that we may learn more about you and why you would like to study in Dakar.

Apply online at the APA website

Please note: Your home institution may have its own study abroad application requirements and deadlines. It is your responsibility to make sure they are all completed in the proper, timely manner.


If you have any questions, we welcome you to contact the APA US office at, by phone at 203-883-8200, or schedule a Zoom. A team member will respond to you as soon as possible.