Type of Program: Semester
City: Rabat, Morocco
When offered: Fall
Cost: See Program Costs page
This program examines the factors driving internal and international migration in Morocco and elsewhere in North and sub-Saharan Africa. Students consider how human mobility is shaped by religion, security, youth culture, desertification, poverty, and other pressing issues and how mobility engenders transnational art and multilayered identities.
The program is based in Rabat, Morocco's academic, political, and cultural center. In Rabat, students receive thematic lectures and intensive language instruction in Modern Standard Arabic that includes 15 hours of Moroccan dialect. Learn more about the program's coursework.
Excursions to northern and rural areas of Morocco as well as to Amsterdam in the Netherlands illuminate many different aspects of migration. Learn more about these excursions.
Students learn from Moroccan and European academics and policymakers, NGO and human rights activists, artists, and experts in the area of migration as it relates to law, international relations, and development. Lecturers are drawn from institutions such as:
- The Research Group on Migration and Culture, University Mohammed V in Rabat
- Fondation Orient-Occident
- Advisory Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad
- Moroccan Association of Human Rights
- Institut des Etudes Africaines, University Mohammed V in Rabat
- Association de Développement Local de Chefchaouen
- Euro-Mediterranean Center for Migration and Development in Amsterdam
- Universty of Amsterdam (UVA)
- Pro-DEMOS (House of Democracy) in The Hague
- Association Ouled Ghanem Fqih Ben Saleh
- Association Memoire du Rif Al-Hoceima
- Dutch-Moroccan Association in Berkane
- The Democratic League of Moroccan Women in Rabat
- Research Group and Women's Rights in Islam
- The League of Moroccan Religious Scholars in Rabat
- Islamic University in Rotterdam
Throughout the semester, students are deeply immersed in Moroccan society and culture. Homestays give students exposure to different Moroccan perspectives and daily life.
2015 Academic Dates
Spring 2015: January 25 - May 9
Fall 2015: Late August - Mid-December
Eligibility and Prerequisites
Students must have declared a major and taken prerequisite courses. Students must have completed three semesters in college-level residence. Students must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA to apply.
Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines
For Study in Spring 2015
For Study in Fall 2015
Application and $500 deposit
September 26, 2014
February 27, 2015
Please note that both the application and fee are due in the Office of International Studies. All students must attend an advising session at least one week prior to the deadline in the Office of International Studies to obtain an application.
For more information on Financial Aid, Housing, and Health and Safety for this program, click here.