Morocco

Multiculturalism and 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 5 days per week for 3 to 5 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 housed at LangZone Center in downtown Rabat. LangZone Center’s strategic location near the famous Mohammed V Boulevard makes us a stone’s throw from cafés, restaurants, shops, banks, parks, main post office, Rabat Ville train station, tram stations, taxi ranks and roughly a three minute-walk from the lively fortified 17th century old medina, which was established by the Moriscos, who fled from Andalucia in southern Spain. The classrooms at the center are equipped with all the necessary technological tools, and the whole center is provided with excellent internet. There is a waiting hall, a library, and a furnished space arranged for students to take a break, chat, read or enjoy a meal.

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.  It also includes excursions to the Northern cities of Agadir, Tiznit, and Marrakech.  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

You will be placed in a centrally located hotel  in the capital Rabat. The program provides students with an internet device.

Dietary Needs

SIT Study Abroad works with students, program staff , 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

You will be living within a walking distance from your program center. City taxis are considered a reliable, safe, and inexpensive mode of travel in Rabat. So is the tramway network.

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.