Rabat boasts a cosmopolitan mix of European Modernism and North African and Islamic tradition. Its unique blend of culture, religions, languages, and identities creates a perfect backdrop for studying issues in the francophone world and for studying Arabic language. Rabat’s coastal location, moderate weather year-round, and intermingling of old and new make it a fascinating city to live and study in during the summer. As the capital of Morocco, Rabat is home to numerous non-governmental and international organizations, and Morocco’s leading University.

Students in the Arabic Language Program are required to take a 1-credit course in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic to help you communicate with the locals.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Rabat
  • City: Rabat
  • Country: Morocco
  • Program Credits: 7 credits
  • Language of Instruction: Arabic
  • Language Prerequisites: No prior Arabic required for beginning level, prior Arabic required for intermediate and advanced levels

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

May 27 - July 17

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

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Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

Arabic Language

Students enroll in a 6-credit course in Modern Standard Arabic and a 1-credit course in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic. Courses in Modern Standard Arabic are available in levels beginning through advanced; the 1-credit course in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic is at the beginning level.

The language prerequisite for this program varies based on your intended level of study.

  • Beginning Arabic – no prior study required
  • Intermediate Arabic – 2 to 3 semesters of college-level Arabic
  • Advanced Arabic – 4 or more semesters of college-level Arabic


Arabic Language/Studies

  • AB 100 - Intensive Introduction to Colloquial Moroccan Arabic Language in Context: Novice Abroad (Formerly AB 100A Intensive Introduction to Colloquial Moroccan Arabic) (Summer)
  • AB 101 - Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Novice Abroad (Summer)
  • AB 301 - Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad (Summer)
  • AB 351 - Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Independent Abroad (Summer)
  • AB 401 - Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad (Summer)
  • AB 451 - Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Competent Abroad (Summer)


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Rabat, it will feel like home.


Live with a Moroccan family in a homestay to experience the culture, traditions, and cuisine of Morocco first-hand. Three meals per day will be provided. You may share a homestay placement with another student.

Student Life

Orientation Upon arrival in Rabat, you participate in a two-day orientation, which includes an introducution to the IES Abroad program, the city of Rabat, and basic language instruction in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic. During orientation, the IES Abroad staff discuss the following subjects:

  • Academics
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Health & Safety

You take part in guided tours by Moroccan students, lectures, tours, and excursions related to the history, art, and culture of Morocco, and an introduction by IES Abroad faculty to IES Abroad courses.

Additionally, IES Abroad's Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience (CORE) begins during orientation and continues throughout the summer with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

All of these activities are designed to prepare you for living and studying in Rabat and to help you adjust to speaking Arabic every day.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Many cultural activities are scheduled throughout the summer such as:

  • Cooking lessons
  • Debates
  • Visits to the Archaeological Museum, Chellah, and Oudaya

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins
  • No prior Arabic language study is required

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.

U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Morocco. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $5,295
  • Housing: $1,095
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $6,525

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • Arabic
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