Rabat, the capital of Morocco, has a population of nearly 600,000 people (with over a million in the metropolitan area). The city was founded in the 12th century and experienced significant growth due to the influx of refugees from the Iberian Peninsula during the Spanish Inquisition in the 1600’s. France invaded Morocco in 1912 and established a Protectorate until independence was granted in 1956. Rabat’s buildings and landmarks reflect the region’s unique Islamic and French colonial past.
Located on the coast, Rabat boasts a pleasant climate and is a popular destination for tourists. As the country’s capital, modern amenities and quality health care are readily available. The crime rate is considered low and standard precautions are recommended.
About the Program
The Rabat, Morocco program is offered through Hobart and William Smith Colleges' affiliation with the School for International Training (SIT), an organization that has placed U.S. students in rigorous, highly specialized programs throughout the world for decades. HWS students will join other students from colleges throughout the U.S. to share coursework, excursions, and the study of place. A unique feature of the program is that all students will design and carry out, in consultation with SIT and HWS faculty, a four-week long independent field study project in a broad range of academic areas that connect to one of the two program tracks: Multiculturalism and Human Rights or Migration and Transnational Identity (students in the latter may pursue an internship instead of the independent project).
All students will enroll in three courses PLUS the independent field study project for a total of 4 HWS course credits. For a detailed description of the courses and the full academic program please visit:
https://studyabroad.sit.edu/programs/semester/fall-2018/mor/ (Multiculturalism track)
https://studyabroad.sit.edu/programs/semester/fall-2018/mom/ (Migration track)
This location and these themes are suited to students in many fields, but will be of particular interest to those studying anthropology, international relations, gender studies, politics, religious studies, social justice, and sociology. It is ideal for students with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies.
This program is open to juniors and seniors (sophomores may be considered in exceptional cases) in good academic and social standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Due to the challenging nature of study abroad, and this location in particular, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened. Preference in admission will be given to students who have already undertaken one or more courses in Middle Eastern studies. All admitted students will be required to take an additional Middle East content course prior to departure for Morocco and encouraged to study Arabic.
All students will live in family homestays for 8 weeks. Students may also choose to remain with that family for an additional 4 weeks, during the ISP period. Most host families live in the city’s historic medina and are a short walking distance from the Center for Cross Cultural Learning and the downtown area. Host families will provide daily meals and will provide each student with the experience of modern Moroccan family life. In addition, students in the Migration track will undertake a one-week homestay experience in a rural community during the semester, where accommodations will be more modest.
Students in both program tracks will participate in excursions throughout Morocco that will highlight the country’s natural history and unique culture and show the contrasts between urban and rural, modern and traditional. Multiculturalism track students will visit a variety of locations on an excursion through southern Morocco, including the Atlas Mountains and the desert, and will also travel to sites in the north including the city of Cueta. Those in the Migration track will visit Marrakech and Fez, meet with members of the Berber, Arab and Jewish communities in and beyond Rabat, and travel to the Netherlands to learn about the impact of migration on host countries.
Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and fees plus a $600 administrative fee. This will cover tuition for a four-course semester, health insurance, and all program-related activities and excursions. Note that no room and board charge is included. Students will pay room and board fees directly to SIT.
Additional expenses not covered include airfare, books, visa, immunizations, and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, ground transportation and independent travel). We estimate airfare for this program at $1200-$1400 from the East Coast, books at $120, and immunizations at $300. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of personal expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1200 above and beyond meal and accommodation expenses. However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. If you are concerned about finances, we strongly encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on our specific situation.
HWS students must complete all components of the Global Education application in order to be considered for admission to this program.
This program is offered every semester.
All components of the application must be submitted online by the published deadline. Specific deadline dates are set each semester and typically will be in October (for Fall programs) and March (for Spring programs).
IMPORTANT: The handbook(s) below is/are the most recent handbook(s) published for this program. A new version, with updated information, will be made available each semester. Program participants will receive their updated handbook approximately 2-3 months prior to their program’s start date.
(New program, handbooks coming soon)
Please DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS until you have received final confirmation of the program start/finish dates for the specific semester you are attending. Dates included in versions of the program handbook intended for previous semesters do not necessarily apply to future programs.
NOTE: The information above is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.
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