Study journalism under the guidance of award-winning foreign correspondents. Learn from Moroccan scholars and experts in politics, art, freedom of the press, health, education, migration, human rights, women’s issues and more.
Collaborate with Moroccan journalism students and learn from Peabody award–winning Round Earth Media journalists reporting for top-tier media outlets such as the Associated Press and The New York Times.
Under the supervision of experts, you’ll engage in ongoing reporting in the format(s) in which you have the most experience: print, video, audio, photography, and/or multimedia. Via Round Earth’s groundbreaking model, you will be partnered with an English-speaking Moroccan journalism student from the Higher Institute of Information and Communication, Morocco’s only public school for journalism.
Produce an original, full-length feature story for possible placement in a professional media outlet.
In collaboration with your Moroccan journalism partner, you’ll report on a topic affecting Morocco, ultimately creating a full-length feature. Past students have placed stories with Newsweek, Al Jazeera, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, and Reuters, among other news outlets.
Learn how to gather news in another culture, find sources and conduct interviews, and execute an original feature for a global audience.
Democracy needs a new generation of journalists trained to the highest standards. Morocco is ideal for aspiring journalists who want to develop their skills and for students who want to explore being a foreign correspondent in a globalized world.
Live and study in Morocco’s capital, Rabat.
Most classes are at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning, SIT’s in-country partner, in a 19th-century Moorish-style riad in the city’s historic district. The center is near sites like the 12th-century Kasbah Oudaya and the Ville Nouvelle, established by the French in the early 1900s. Here, you will live with a working- or middle-class Moroccan family; execute reporting assignments throughout the city; and explore different neighborhoods such as Madinat al Irfane, the university city.
Gain new competencies in Arabic or French.
Take Modern Standard Arabic at the beginning or intermediate level, or French or Arabic at the intermediate high or advanced level. (Although Arabic is Morocco’s official language, French is used in business and government settings.)
Help produce the online magazine Reporting Morocco.
You’ll write articles, engage in social media, post news of the day, and work as a photo editor. This experience will be a great résumé builder.
Visit human rights associations, nongovernmental organizations, major Moroccan media outlets, and international institutions.
You’ll learn more about Morocco through site visits to some of the most important groups shaping current debates on the dominant issues in Moroccan society, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Go on a six-day excursion to 14th-century imperial cities Meknes and Fes, the High Atlas Mountains, and Marrakech.
Critical Global Issue of Study
Media | Arts | Social Change
Previous college-level coursework in writing, journalism, communications, and/or media studies, or other related fields. Strong writing skills and an interest in journalism are essential. A writing sample may be required as part of the admissions process.
Key Topics of Study
Key Topics of Study
- Identifying original stories, determining newsworthiness, and developing techniques for executing an original, well-researched feature of interest to a global audience
- Finding sources, gaining their trust, and conducting interviews in an unfamiliar country and culture
- Reporting in a manner that adheres to the highest standards of journalism
- The main challenges affecting the practice of journalism in Morocco and North Africa.
- The dominant issues in Moroccan society, such as youth culture and (un)employment, gender issues, identity and ethnicity, urban-rural divisions, mass and social media, religion, education and literacy, art, film, and music, and human rights.
- The demands of news gathering in another culture
- How Arabic and French function in Moroccan culture
The Contextual Studies in Journalism course provides an intense introduction to vital aspects of Morocco and covers a wide range of topics via lectures from prominent academicians and subject-area experts. Students are expected to plumb these lectures for story ideas especially for the full-length feature that will be generated during the Independent Study. Some of the program’s coursework is designed by acclaimed journalism educators at the US-based Poynter Institute.
The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.
Contextual Studies in Journalism: Morocco and North Africa – syllabus
(JOUR 3000 / 4 credits / 60 class hours)
This interdisciplinary course combines lectures on journalism in the context of Morocco and North Africa and key issues of Moroccan society. Lecture topics from leading Moroccans in the artistic, social, and political realms including established academics include religious values, women’s issues, economy and migration, education and literacy, human rights, and artistic culture. The course covers the history of journalism in the region since Morocco’s independence (in 1956), the role that journalism and broadcast media play in the development of individual and public liberties and a democratic mode of governance, and the role of social media.
Field Ethics of Journalism in Morocco – syllabus
(JOUR 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This three-part course 1) introduces students to the intricacies of doing journalism in a Moroccan cultural context; 2) provides an overview of the Press Code unique to Morocco and the legal milieu in which Moroccan journalists practice; and 3) covers the ethics of conducting a journalistic assignment in a regional environment. Throughout the course, students learn techniques for accessing local resources, which will aid in gathering information for news and feature stories. Students produce an online magazine, Reporting Morocco, with opportunities to write articles, engage in social media, post news of the day, and work as photo editors.
Independent Study Project in Journalism – syllabus
(ISPJ 3000 / 6 credits / 180 class hours)
Students propose, research, and execute a full-length feature (in the media format of their choosing), which will be considered for publication or broadcast in a media outlet. Students have the rare opportunity to work alongside journalists from Round Earth Media, whose bylined pieces regularly appear in media outlets around the world. Round Earth Media professionals provide hands-on advice and mentoring at every stage of story development, sharing expertise gathered from years in challenging global reporting situations. Story topics are assessed based on originality, richness, and appeal to a broad global audience. Students learn what it means to organize a story, select sources, question deeply, work toward balance, be alert to bias (and clichés), respond to an editor’s feedback, check facts, rework and rewrite, strive for clarity, and achieve accessible, flowing prose along with, in many cases, images and sound.
Language Study — French or Arabic
Students may choose between Modern Standard Arabic for beginning or intermediate levels or, alternatively, French or Arabic for intermediate high or advanced levels. Students who enter the program with intermediate high or advanced skills in French or Arabic may be able to produce their Independent Study projects in French or Arabic.
Beginning Modern Standard Arabic – syllabus
(ARAB 1003–1503 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic – syllabus
(ARAB 2003–2503 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Advanced Modern Standard Arabic – syllabus
(ARAB 3003–3503 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
The Arabic courses are designed to prepare students to engage in everyday communication. They integrate reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. Students with prior study in Arabic will notice the use of Modern Standard Arabic throughout the media. Homestays, field excursions, and everyday interactions assist in language acquisition.
French for Media and Communications: Intermediate High – syllabus
(FREN 2503 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
French for Media and Communications: Advanced – syllabus
(FREN 3003–3503 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
These courses aim to enhance students’ skills in French, with emphasis on written and spoken competency. The courses combine communicative exercises, comprehension, presentations, and debates with grammar learning, translation, and composition. The focus is on the French lexicon used in the fields of journalism, media, and communications.
Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.
Imperial Excursion: Meknes, Fes, Marrakech, and Beyond
A six-day excursion will take you to the imperial cities Meknes and Fes before going southeast to Errachidia, Rissani, and Merzouga. You will spend time in Ouerzazate, the High Atlas Mountains, and Marrakech. This remarkable journey encompasses beach, mountains, and desert, with much in between. You will visit NGOs and local associations and learn about the challenges individuals face in the outer regions of Morocco. The excursion may help you identify potential stories for the Independent Study Project in Journalism.
You’ll compare rural and urban lifestyles by spending a week in a rural village. Potential stories here include girls’ education, dreams of migration, the importance of water, and infrastructure needs such as hospitals and markets. You will participate in village life, becoming close to the family with whom you are staying. Many students say their time in this beautiful place with welcoming people goes much too quickly.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
You will work in collaboration with journalists affiliated with Peabody award–winning Round Earth Media, reporters who cover Morocco for top-tier media outlets such as the Associated Press and The New York Times, and high profile Moroccan journalists. This is a rare opportunity to be mentored and educated by some of the world’s best journalists. Instruction is supplemented by university professors, researchers, NGO leaders, and subject-area experts from Morocco.
Anna Jacobs, MA, Academic Director
Anna Jacobs has an MA from Oxford University, where she researched media in Morocco. Anna studied foreign affairs, government, and French at the University of Virginia, specializing in migration in Morocco and Algeria. She received a Fulbright scholarship to research migration, civil society, and political reform in Morocco and developed a pro-bono legal aid clinic for refugees in Casablanca.
She has worked as an SIT student advisor in Morocco, advising projects on migration, refugees, and human rights. Her specialties include political Islam, North African politics, and subaltern studies. Anna speaks French and Arabic and has presented at conferences in the Middle East. She recently co-authored Mediterranean Racisms: Connections and Complexities in the Racialization of the Mediterranean Region (2014). She has worked with Middle East– and North Africa–focused news outlets in the US.
Mary Stucky, Senior Advisor in Journalism
Co-founder of Round Earth Media, Mary is also its executive director and lead journalist. She is a long-time contributor to national shows on radio and television, including National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media, CBS Radio, FRONTLINE/World, NBC-TV and ABC-TV affiliates, Telemundo, and Univision. Mary covers social and cultural issues, foreign affairs, public policy, the environment, and immigration, focusing on under-reported issues in neglected regions.
Her reports on Chinese and Hmong immigrants were part of the documentary series Crossing East, which won a 2006 Peabody Award. Her reporting awards also include the New York Festival’s Gold World Medal. Prior to founding Round Earth Media, Stucky was a reporter/anchor for NBC in Minneapolis. She is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
In 2012, Stucky launched the Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program in Morocco and was its academic director through 2015.
Badrdine Boulaid, MA, Program Assistant
Badrdine has a BA in English studies with a major in linguistics and translation from the University Ibn Tofail in Kenitra and an MA in cross-cultural studies from Mohammed V University in Rabat. He joined the Center for Cross Cultural Learning in 2005 to teach Modern Standard Arabic and the Darija dialect. He has filled many roles, including director, with other SIT programs. Since 2007, Badrdine has trained staff members in cross-cultural education and teaching Arabic. He has rich experience and knowledge in intercultural learning, gender dynamics, leadership, and cross-cultural dialogue.
Abdelhay Moudden, PhD, Senior Advisor
Abdelhay earned his PhD in political science from the University of Michigan and has been professor of political science and international relations at Mohamed V University since 1978. He was academic director of SIT’s Multiculturalism and Human Rights program in Morocco from 1992 to 2013. In 1995, he founded the Center for Cross Cultural Learning and is its academic director. In 2013, he became senior advisor to SIT programs in Morocco. Abdelhay is a member of the Consultative Council on Human Rights and was a member of the Moroccan Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2004–2005). He has published articles on Moroccan politics and culture and two novels, the latest of which, The Farewell Sermon, won the Morocco book award for 2004.
Doha Lmachichi, Homestay Director
Doha holds a BA in Arabic language and literature from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. She has taught Modern Standard Arabic and the Darija dialect at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning since 1997. She is the homestay coordinator for all the programs at the center. Doha was raised in Rabat’s medina, where most of the program’s host families are located; she knows every family with which the program works. She has coordinated SIT homestays for around a decade. She studies the profile of students and families before making assignments, and remains a resource on homestay issues throughout the semester.
Bouchra Sahimda, Language Director
Bouchra brings years of language teaching experience to the classroom. She received a BA in international relations from Mohammed V University, Faculty of Law. She joined the Center for Cross Cultural Learning in 2003 as an Arabic instructor and became language coordinator in 2005. She supervises the Moroccan Arabic language placement test, meets regularly with language instructors and teaches when needed, and oversees the Moroccan Arabic program.
Lecturers for this program may include:
Mike has been a photojournalist for nearly four decades. He has worked at the Star Tribune and freelanced for The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Business Week, Forbes, and Geoworld, among other publications. He was embedded with marines in Iraq, covered all but one of the US presidents from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, tracked a dogsled expedition to the North Pole, covered human rights struggles in Lakota Sioux villages in South Dakota, and documented racial strife in South African townships. Mike teaches at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching visual communication and electronic photojournalism. He has also taught at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the University of Missouri. He was an associate director of the University of Missouri’s first and second international photojournalism workshops in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Budapest, Hungary, and was faculty at the University of Miami’s Somosfoto workshop in Quito, Ecuador.
Driss is a Moroccan journalist and writer. He directs the Centre d’Etudes Sociales, Economiques et Managériales, the research body for Morocco’s first business school, and is publisher of the website Economia. He was editor-in-chief of the Moroccan French language magazine Tel Quel. In 2006, he became editor-in-chief of the magazine Nichane. In the same year, Driss and another journalist were prosecuted for the publication of stories authorities considered to be against religion and the monarchy. He was defended by press freedom organizations and received a three-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay fines of $8,000. Kiskes is well known for his plays and novels and is influential in Moroccan theater as part of DABAteatr.
Abdessamad Dialmy, Doctorate of State
Abdessamad is a sociologist of sexuality, gender, and religion. He was professor at Fez University from 1977 to 2005 and visiting professor at Rabat University from 2006 to 2013. He was on the board of Social Compass, an international journal of sociology of religion, and a member of the World Association for Sexology. He is an expert for WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, UN Women, Population Council, USAID, and Moroccan ministries and NGOs. He has published in international journals, including Social Science and Medicine, Global Health, and more.
Farah Cherif D’Ouezzan, MA
Farah received a BA in Arabic language and literature and an MA in comparative literature and religion from Mohammed V University. She holds a postgraduate certificate from the International Women’s University in Hanover, Germany. She founded and directs the Center for Cross Cultural Learning. Farah has taught Arabic since 1989, including at Marlboro College and French and Moroccan schools in Morocco. She has taught for SIT since 1992 and wrote the textbooks used on SIT’s Morocco programs. Farah co-directed the SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights program, lectured on gender and religion, and advised students on ISPs. She was academic director of SIT’s summer Morocco program from 2004 to 2013.
Stephanie Willman Bordat, JD
Stephanie was a Fulbright fellow at Mohammed V University and has a JD with honors from Columbia University, a maîtrise en droit with honors from Paris I-Sorbonne, and an undergraduate degree with honors in sociology/anthropology and women’s studies from Swarthmore College. She promotes women’s rights in collaboration with NGOs, development associations, and lawyers. She is a founding partner at Mobilising for Rights Associates, where she oversees women’s rights programs, including grassroots human and legal rights education, legal accompaniment, monitoring and documentation of the justice system, and more. Stephanie teaches community-based learning and social action seminars at several study abroad programs, and lectures on women’s rights and NGO history and management.
Souad Eddouada, PhD
Souad holds a PhD in cultural and gender studies from Mohammed V University. She has worked with SIT since 2006. In 2004, she researched women’s NGOs in Tunisia and in 2007 was a postdoctoral research associate in Sweden. In 2008 and 2009, Souad was a Fulbright Fellow. She has spoken at international symposiums and conferences and in 2015 began two years of gender research training led by Suad Joseph at University of California, Davis. Souad is completing a book, Women and the Politics of Reform in Morocco.
Youssouf Amine Elalamy, PhD
Youssouf is a professor of media studies at Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, and a novelist and artist. He is the author of A Moroccan in New York and Sea Drinkers (published by Lexington Books) and of a transnational project, Un roman dans la ville (A Novel in the City).
For aspiring foreign correspondents, this boots-on-the-ground program is unparalleled.
For aspiring foreign correspondents, this boots-on-the-ground program is unparalleled. You’re working with veteran media professionals with access to some of the country’s most valuable sources. That’s not to mention the location: Morocco is a gold mine for stories on immigration, public health, women’s rights, conservation, ultra marathons, and more. I’d strongly recommend this program to anyone pursuing a career in international reporting who’s comfortable stepping outside the academic bubble for a semester.
The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program. Read more about SIT homestays.
The program’s two very different homestay experiences—in Rabat and a small village—reveal the enormous contrast between life in urban and rural Morocco.
You will live with a family in Rabat’s 17th-century medina for eight weeks. Accompanied by your host family, you may shop in the souk, visit local cafés, and buy bread at the neighborhood faran (bakery). You may also visit the hammam (public bath). Homestays often provide an opportunity to participate in family events such as weddings, newborn naming ceremonies, and community soccer matches.
The homestay in Rabat is coordinated by the program's host institution, the Center for Cross Cultural Learning, which has been working with Moroccan homestay families for more than a decade.
You will live with Moroccan families in an inland village near the northern city of Ouezzane for five days. Here, you will meet with rural youth to discuss topics such as education, employment, and prospects for the future. As you experience daily life far from the coast, you will acquire a stronger sense of rural gender dynamics as well as many of the development challenges faced by rural Moroccan communities.
Other accommodations during the program could include hostels or small hotels.
ISP in Journalism
ISP in Journalism
Craft an original, feature-length story for a global audience.
You will spend the majority of the semester finding, researching, and executing a story topic of your choosing under the expert guidance of journalists from Round Earth Media. Your feature may ultimately be considered for publication (in print, broadcast, or online) in US news outlets with which Round Earth Media works.
You may find stories for the Independent Study Project in Journalism within these sample topics:
- Music and politics
- Women’s fight for inheritance rights
- Spanish migration to Morocco
- The desert marathon
- Social change and youth movements
- Morocco’s place within the Arab Spring
- Women’s health issues in rural Morocco
- Alternative energies and sustainable development
- Music festivals as political statements
- Global health issues
- The attempts to save endangered species in Morocco
- Issues of refugees and migrants in Morocco
A diversity of students representing different colleges, universities, and majors study abroad on this program. Many of them have gone on to do amazing things that connect back to their experience abroad with SIT. Recent positions held by alumni of this program include:
- Journalists in the United States
- Foreign correspondents abroad
- An Overseas Press Club Fellow in India
- Interns at major media outlets such as National Geographic and National Public Radio
- Fulbright scholars
Cost and Scholarships
Cost and Scholarships
SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students.
SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding for the term during which they are studying with SIT. This award can be applied to any SIT program. Qualified students must complete the scholarship portion of their application. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.
The tuition fee covers the following program components:
- Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in:
- Journalism in context
- Cultural representation in Morocco
- Field Ethics of Journalism in Morocco course
- Intensive language instruction in Arabic or French
- All educational excursions to locations such as the cities of Meknes, Fes, Errachidia, Rissani, Merzouga, Ouerzazate, the High Atlas Mountains, and Marrakech, including all related travel costs
- Independent Study Project in Journalism (including a stipend for accommodation and food)
- Health insurance throughout the entire program period
Room & Board: $3,035
The room and board fee covers the following program components:
- All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes during orientation, time in the program base (Rabat), on all planned educational excursions, during the Independent Study Project in Journalism, and during the final evaluation period. Accommodation is covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.
- All homestays (eight weeks in Rabat and four days in a rural village)
- All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay.
Estimated Additional Costs:
International Airfare to Program Launch Site
International airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.
Books & Supplies: $120
International Phone: Each student must have a phone in each country. Cost varies according to personal preferences, phone plans, data plans, etc.
Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.
Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.
Published Student Work
Published Student Work
- Al Jazeera, “The fall and the rise of Morocco’s left”
Nora Kipnis, Oberlin College
- Al Jazeera, “Morocco: A two-speed country”
Danielle Douglas, University of Rochester
- U.S. News & World Report, “Bigger, but Not Necessarily Better”
Darren Spirk, Gettysburg College (text)
- Al Jazeera, “Morocco's Colonial Heritage in Higher Education”
Jennifer Kwon, Carleton College (text and some photos)
- The Global Health Hub, “Traditional Medicine Popular in Morocco”
Katherine McMillin, University of Colorado Boulder (text and photos)
- Newsweek, “Prostitution in Morocco? Shocked! Shocked!”
Kayla Dwyer, Ithaca College (text and photos)
- Newsweek, “Why Domestic Violence Still Plagues Morocco”
Daria Etezadi, Georgetown University (text)
- Al Jazeera, “Moroccan Medical Students Decry Working Conditions”
Aida Alami, Moroccan partner, and Simeon Lancaster, University of St. Thomas Minnesota (text) and Trey Strange, University of Houston (photos)
- USA Today, “Willing to Break”
JP Keenan, Ithaca College and Sutton Raphael, University of Oregon
- Al-Fanar Media, “Student Protests for Western Sahara Independence Draw Crackdowns”
Brennan Weiss, Marist College (text)
- The Global Health Hub, “Broken Promises: The Fight to Educate Children with Disabilities in the Middle East and North Africa”
Sarah Ford, University of Denver (text) and Emma Hohenstein, Maryland Institute College of Art (photos)
- U.S. News & World Report, “Christians in Morocco: A Crisis of Faith”
Kacie Graves, Illinois Wesleyan University (text) and Julia Levine, Ithaca College (photos)
- Al Jazeera, “Morocco’s Teachers Battle Urban-Rural Education Divide”
Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, Knox College (text) and Julia Barstow, Bennington College (photos)
- Zester Daily, “Beloved Cheesemaker’s Cart a Secret Moroccan Treat”
Zoë Hu, New York University Abu Dhabi (text) and Eloise Schieferdecker, Bennington College (photos)
- McClatchy DC, “Aging Adventurer Runs and Runs—To Show He Still Can”
Ben Bartenstein, Macalester College (text) and Kirsten Marie Kortebein, University of Michigan Ann Arbor (photos)
- Thomson Reuters Foundation, “In Morocco, Illegitimate Children Struggle for Rights”
Lauren Kopchik, St. Michael’s College (text) and Rachel Woolf, Ithaca College (photo)
- Zester Daily, “Syrian Refugees Find Tastes of Home in Morocco”
Ben Bartenstein, Macalester College (text) and Julia Barstow, Bennington College (photos)
- Al Jazeera, “Morocco’s Tcharmils ‘Consider Jail Home’ ”
Frankie Stiles, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (text)
- Al Jazeera, “Another Shore: Morocco’s Child Migrants”
Zoë Hu, New York University (text) and Eloise Schieferdecker, Bennington College (photos)
- Ensia, “Saving Morocco’s Endangered Barbary Macaques”
Olivia Poblacion, Oregon State University (text) and Dev Dharm Khalsa, College of Wooster (photos)