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  • Locations: Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Arabic, English Housing options: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Areas of study: African Studies, Arabic, Culture, Gender and Women's Studies, Geography, History, Human Rights, Independent/Directed Research, Indigenous Studies, International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, Minority Studies, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Experiential/field-based, Stand alone GPA: 7.5
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Multiculturalism & Human Rights

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Examine challenges shaping Morocco and the Arab world since the 2011 Arab Spring. Learn about human rights and social movements in a multicultural context.

 

Overview

Morocco is a mix of geographic and human landscapes including the Atlas Mountains, the vast Sahara Desert, traditional Berber villages, and the modern cities of Rabat and Casablanca. Amid modernization and democratization, diverse Arab, Berber, and sub-Saharan African cultures are deeply rooted in age-old traditions emphasizing community and family. Explore the present-day characteristics, challenges, and complexities of multiculturalism and human rights in Morocco. Excursions north and south will examine economic development, gender issues, environmental problems, and the role of civil society.
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Study issues impacting Morocco and the rest of the Arab World following the Arab Spring in 2011
  • Discuss current issues with Moroccan University students and get their perspectives
  • Meet Amazighs, Jews, Arabs, and sub-Saharan Africans to understand Morocco's cultural diversity
  • Explore the sand dunes of the Sahara on a camel trek
 
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS OF STUDY

  • The interplay between authoritarianism and human right following Morocco’s Arab Spring
  • Tensions between secular and religious approaches to individual freedoms
  • Liberal reforms in areas such as women’s rights, ethnicity, and state violence

 

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following: 
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions 
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration 
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions 
  • Health and accident insurance 
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
 

CONTACT SIT STUDY ABROAD

 
 
 



Academic Program
The program begins with a one-week orientation at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning located in Rabat's Old City. After the initial orientation, the following components of the academic program begin:
  • Human Rights and Social Movements in a Multicultural Context (0.75 Pomona credit)
  • Intensive Arabic Language Study (1.5 Pomona credits)
  • Research Methods and Ethics (0.75 Pomona credit)
  • Independent Study Project (ISP; 1.0 Pomona credit) or Internship and Seminar (1.0 Pomona credit)

The program also includes educational excursions to the imperial cities of Fes, Meknes, and Marrakech, as well as the desert area of Zagora. The program also visits universities and non-governmental organizations throughout the country.

There is no P/NC option on this program.


Living Arrangements
Students live in a homestay in Rabat for eight weeks and spend one week in a homestay in a rural village. Other accommodations during the program include hostels and small hotels.

Number of Students
SIT enrolls 25 students per semester.

Host Institution
School for International Training (SIT)

Faculty Liaison
Ken Wolf

Eligibility
A college-level course with Middle East and North African content is highly recommended. 

Travel Advisories

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/19/2021 10/08/2021 TBA TBA