Location: Rabat, Morocco

Semester: Summer

Students on this program will study one year of Arabic in two months while in Morocco. This program is centered in the capital city of Rabat, which is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco and is the second largest city after Casablanca. Rabat is situated on the Atlantic coast and located across from the city of Sale, separated by Bou Raqraq river. 

Students will cover two semesters of Modern Standard Arabic (at any level) while discovering Morocco’s rich history and culture. MSU partners with Qalam wa Lawh Center, an acclaimed Arabic language center, which features seasoned professors, a range of content courses, a library and language labs, workshops, guest lectures, and many extracurricular and cultural activities such as Arabic calligraphy and Moroccan cooking. Students will have a chance to study in Qalam’s center and live in its residence in the heart of Rabat, which hosts Arabic students from all over the world. 

We will have weekly local excursions to local historical and cultural sites in/around Rabat, the oldest of which are from the 12th century. Students will be accompanied by a teaching assistant or tour guide. In addition, the group will take three road trips. We’ll camp in the sand dunes of Merzouga located in the Sahara desert. We will also visit the blue city of Chefchaouen and Tangier, which is on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Lastly, we will visit Casablanca and explore the historic city of Marrakech and its famed Jemaa el-Fnaa square and medina. This trip will also include a hike in the Atlas Mountains.  Students can also participate in optional field trips organized by the Qalam Center, at an additional cost.