Morocco

Multiculturalism & Human Rights

Accessibility

This information is provided to assist you in identifying possible accessibility barriers and preparing for an accessible educational experience with SIT Study Abroad. You should be aware that while in-country conditions and resources vary by site, every effort is made to work collaboratively with qualified individuals to facilitate disability-related accommodation. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact SIT Disability Services at disabilityservices@sit.edu for additional information related to access abroad and to discuss possible accommodations.

Academics

During the coursework phase of the program, you will generally be in class three to four days per week for six to eight hours per day. You will have breaks every two hours. Learning is typically assessed through take-home assignments, in-class assignments, oral presentations/exams, and group assignments. Course readings and in-class materials are typically available in a digital format.

If you have questions about alternate format materials, testing accommodations, or other academic accommodations, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Program Center

The program is hosted by the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL) in a 19th-century house in the Medina (ancient city). The architecture and spatial organization of the CCCL building is typical of centuries-old Moroccan architecture. Language classes and morning lectures take place at the CCCL while other lectures and activities are scheduled at the Marassa Center, CCCL’s annex. The Marassa Center is approximately a seven-minute walk from the CCCL.

The SIT program office, including its classroom and study/library space, is accessed by stairs. The building does not have an elevator. The exterior entrance, doorways, and pathways/hallways are at least 32 in. (82 cm.) wide. Threshold bumps of 2 in. or higher are located in the doorways of the classroom space and study/library. The program does not currently have a separate computer space or lounge for students.

Activities/Excursions

The program includes excursions to the cedar forest of the Middle Atlas, the Southern Palm Tree Valleys, the Erg and Hmada Deserts, the High Atlas Mountains, and Marrakech. Hiking, planting trees, helping care for livestock, and cooking are some of the activities you’ll participate in on excursions and during rural homestays. Program excursions include standing and walking for prolonged periods of time.  A pair of comfortable, rubber-soled, waterproof shoes is recommended. Program excursions may occasionally vary to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities.

Housing

The program’s homestay coordinator will be responsible for placing you in your homestays. These placements are based, first, on health concerns, including any allergies or dietary needs, to the extent possible. Homestays offer regular access to electricity and a refrigerator for storing medication. The program provides students with an internet device to use during the program. Physically accessible homestay options are limited. If you have questions about homestay accessibility, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Dietary Needs

Homestay families decide on mealtimes and can accommodate a vegetarian diet but are not able to provide for kosher or vegan diets. SIT Study Abroad works with students, program staff, homestay families, home colleges and universities, and others to accommodate dietary needs whenever possible. For more information on dietary needs and dietary preferences, please review the Student Support section of the Student Health, Safety, and Support web page.

Transportation

In Rabat, the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL) is located in the Medina and therefore is only a few minutes’ walk from your homestay. The Marassa Center, the CCCL’s annex where some Arabic classes take place in the mornings, and the Lagza Center, where the CCCL’s library is located, are a seven-minute walk from the CCCL. The medina is also only a few minutes’ walk from Rabat’s city center and main railway station.

Buses are used for transportation on local excursions; however, they are generally not equipped with wheelchair lifts or ramps and have limited room to stand or stretch. City taxis are considered a reliable, safe, and inexpensive mode of travel. General routes of travel in Rabat have limited accessibility due to cobblestones, potholes, and steep paths. Some areas have curb cuts and traffic signals (but no auditory signals).

Technology

You are advised to bring your own academic technology, including laptop computers, thumb drive, audio-visual recording devices, plug adapters, voltage converters (for other electrical devices), and assistive technology. Insuring all personal electronics against loss or theft is highly recommended. The program computer space currently has the following: Wi-Fi, printer, scanner, copier, and desktop computer with word processing and spellcheck. If you have questions about assistive technology, note-taking accommodations, or other academic accommodations, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Health Resources

The program has compiled a list of recommended doctors and health clinics in Rabat, most of whom speak English. Most ordinary prescriptions and over-the counter medicines are widely available. Specialized prescriptions may be difficult to fill. Payment for medical services is covered by your health insurance if the provider is notified prior to or during the medical service. During the village stay, health services are available only in the next town several miles away. You will be briefed on health issues before each excursion.

Admitted students are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns about accessing health services or medication while abroad during the health review process. Read more about the health review process and the summary of benefits for student health insurance.

Requesting Disability-Related Accommodations

To request disability-related accommodations, admitted students should contact the Office of Disability Services. For more information about the accommodation process, documentation guidelines, and a link to the accommodation request form, please visit the Office of Disability Services website.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Services at disabilityservices@sit.edu or 802 258-3390 as early as possible for information and support.

Additional Support Resources

MIUSA (Mobility International USA) is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health, physical, systemic, vision, and other disabilities. It offers numerous resources for persons with disabilities who wish to study abroad and/or engage in international development opportunities.

Abroad with Disabilities (AWD) is a Michigan nonprofit organization founded in 2015 with the goal of promoting the belief that persons with disabilities can and should go abroad. AWD works diligently to empower clients to pursue study, work, volunteer, and/or internship opportunities outside of the United States by creating dialogue, sharing resources, and spreading awareness.