Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights



The family is the center of life in Morocco and most activities take place in the private sphere. Living with a Moroccan family further contributes to an immersive Moroccan experience. Host families are carefully selected and screened.

Students spend eight weeks living with a host family in Rabat where they can practice language skills and get a closer sense of Moroccan culture and society "at work."

Host families share a passion for building cross-cultural friendships and typically invite their students to participate in the family’s daily life. Activities could include attending family parties, visiting relatives, going to the movies with a host sibling, enjoying long dinners, socializing with neighbors over Moroccan tea, and exploring medina souks, sites, and the city center.

Most host families live in the city’s historic medina and are a short walking distance from the Center for Cross Cultural Learning and downtown area.

Rural stay
Students stay for a few days with a host family in Ait Ouahi, a village of about 400 inhabitants located in the Middle Atlas Mountains. The village is a short distance from Oulmes, a small city known for its mineral water, livestock, and fruit. The middle school, high school, and hospital used by the villagers are located in Oulmes.

Most of the residents of Ait Ouahi speak Tamazight (Berber), and a few speak Moroccan Arabic. Most families work in agriculture for local consumption. Students share in the daily activities of their host families: farming, taking care of livestock, cooking, and singing and dancing in communal ceremonies. Students also contribute to community development activities at the village’s elementary school (e.g., tree planting and teaching English) and engage in group discussions with village residents. Most homes in the village have electricity and Turkish toilets.

Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, or small hotels.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Rabat

Language Study: Arabic

Prerequisites: None; however, students with a background in French will have opportunities for French language practice while also learning Moroccan and Modern Standard Arabic. Read more...


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