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  • Locations: Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Areas of study: Anthropology, Arabic, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Human Rights, Humanities, Independent/Directed Research, International Relations, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Minority Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Politics, Psychology, Public Policy, Religious Studies, Social Policy, Social Sciences, Sociology, Urban Studies Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Experiential/field-based, Stand alone GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Human Rights, Social Justice, and Cultural Transformation


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

The challenges and complexities of human rights, social justice, and cultural transformations in today’s Morocco are an outgrowth of the 2011 Arab Spring that took hold throughout North Africa. These uprisings against oppression and marginalization, and the cultural shifts that followed, have expanded the demands and repertoires of current struggles in Morocco. Modern movements have grown in visibility as the state, Islamists, and activists seek to define human rights and social justice on their own terms.

This program explores the present-day characteristics of the struggles for human rights and social justice within regional, national, and international contexts. We examine the resulting cultural transformations through a range of lenses including gender, individual liberties, globalization, and socioeconomic and political changes.

Excursions to the north and south of the country offer a view of the systems of power and privilege that have produced inequality and unjust environmental conditions, as well as the movements and organizations that have emerged in response. We engage with social economies that cross class and gender, including women-owned businesses producing local products and re-connecting their communities to the land and the environment, and local NGOs that are working collectively to create change.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program highlights and details of coursework, educational excursions, and housing.


SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academic costs, excursions, accommodations and meals, airport transfers, and health insurance. Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor and read the website for more specific information.


SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. All scholarships and grants are need-based. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.


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Academic Program
The program begins with a one-week orientation. After the initial orientation, the academic components of the program begin. Students enroll in four courses during the semester for a total of 16 U.S. semester credits (4.0 Pomona credits). The academic program consists of:
  • Human Rights and Social Movements in a Multicultural Context (0.75 Pomona credit)
  • Intensive Modern Standard 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 CR/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

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

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.