Learn about migration through discussions with asylum seekers, Syrian refugees, Moroccan immigrants in Europe, and the communities impacted by migration.

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  • Live and study in Rabat’s centuries-old medina.

    The program is hosted by the Center for Cross Cultural Learning, housed in a beautiful, nineteenth-century Moorish riad in Rabat’s sixteenth-century medina, founded by Moorish refugees fleeing Spain after the fall of Granada. The center is near the twelfth-century Kasbah Oudayas and the Ville Nouvelle, established by the French colonial administration at the beginning of the twentieth century. Your immersion in Moroccan culture is greatly facilitated through a eight to twelve-week homestay with a working- or middle-class Moroccan family.

  • Travel to the Netherlands to see the impact of migration on a host country.

    You’ll spend seven days in the Netherlands. Here, you’ll visit Moroccan immigrant neighborhoods and Dutch Parliament. You’ll meet with academics, Dutch students, NGO activists, and Moroccan immigrants to gain an understanding of migration issues from a variety of perspectives.

  • Earn six credits of Arabic.

    Based on in-country evaluations, you will be placed in beginning, intermediate, or advanced classes and receive 90 hours of intensive instruction in Modern Standard Arabic, focusing on developing your reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation skills so you can participate in everyday communication. You will practice your language skills in homestays, on excursions, and during daily interactions with Moroccans. You will also receive 15 hours of instruction in Moroccan dialect.

  • Travel to Morocco’s northern region, a melting pot of cultures and crossroads of Spanish and Moroccan history.

    Discover the Mediterranean region near the strait of Gibraltar as you visit the cities Tangier and Tetouan. Visit the border to observe the reality of illegal international migration, and visit nearby Moroccan communities affected by emigration to Europe since the mid-twentieth century. Visit the Meknes-Fes region to observe the remains of migrating dynasties (the Romans, the Idrissids, the Merinids, and the Alawits) and the impact of contemporary migration on rural and urban areas.

  • Meet regularly with Moroccan students to discuss the issues you’re studying.

    You will have regular discussions, in and out of the classroom, with Moroccan university students at Mohammed V University in Rabat. Topics for discussion may include youth and migration, gender issues, religion, human rights, and the influence of Europe. You will also have the opportunity to attend lectures at Mohammed V University with your Moroccan peers, and Moroccan students are invited to attend select lectures and field visits organized by SIT.

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    Choose between an Independent Study Project and an internship.

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    Hear the experiences of sub-Saharan asylum seekers and Syrian refugees.

Critical Global Issue of Study

Migration | Identity | Resilience

Migration | Identity | Resilience

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There are no prerequisites; however, students with a background in French will find ample opportunity for French language practice while also learning Arabic. Students with a background in Spanish will also have the opportunity to practice their Spanish language skills in northern Morocco.

Key Topics of Study


Key Topics of Study

  • The experiences of sub-Saharan African asylum seekers and Syrian refugees and related issues of human rights
  • Factors driving internal and international migration in Morocco and elsewhere in North and sub-Saharan Africa
  • The impact of remittances on rural communities in the High Atlas and Rif Mountains
  • NGOs’ roles in promoting human rights for immigrants and integrating Syrian refugees in Moroccan society
  • Moroccan immigrants in Europe, the cross-border labor force, and Morocco-European Union relations
  • Effects of human mobility on communities, politics, and economies
  • Perception of Moroccan immigrants and Islam in the Netherlands
  • Social and psychological impacts of migration
  • Immigrant youth and identity
  • Gender and migration




Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

students in amsterdamOn an seven-day excursion to Amsterdam, you will consider the growing presence of Moroccans in Europe, particularly the Netherlands, and examine the impact of migration on the host country. You will be immersed in many of the central debates surrounding the growing Muslim presence in Europe, including the varied reactions of Dutch politics and the rise of anti-immigrant/anti-Muslim parties, “success stories” of Muslim migrants and issues surrounding “integration,” and ideological constructions of Muslim identity.

To do this, you will meet with Moroccans living in the Netherlands, including first-generation women immigrants and second-generation Moroccan/Dutch elected officials, and with Dutch students and politicians. You will hear lectures from academics and NGO activists on the history of Moroccan migration to the Netherlands and examine Dutch patterns of integration and transnational activism between northern Morocco and the Netherlands.

Excursions highlights may include:

  • Roundtable discussion with Dutch students at the University of Amsterdam
  • Lecture by the Dutch-Moroccan novelist and 2013 Goncourt Prize winner Fouad Laroui
  • Visits to Dutch-Moroccan labor migration associations
  • Learning about Dutch-Moroccan women’s activism in the Netherlands
  • Guided tour of Dutch Parliament, where you will meet Dutch politicians learn about Dutch politics and migration policies, including the rise of right-wing politics and Islamophobia
  • Visits to Moroccan immigrant neighborhoods

The program may also spend some time in Leiden and The Hague. During the excursion, you will stay in hostels.

Northern Excursion: Tangier, Tetouan, Fnideq, and Chaouen

Visit Morocco’s Mediterranean zone and observe aspects of transnational identity and learn about international migration. During this week, you will visit organizations working with young people from marginalized urban neighborhoods to empower them and prevent illegal migration and with NGOs dealing with refouled migrants (including underage migrants). At the border, you will observe the importance of illegal migration and meet NGOs providing relief services to migrants. In Tetouan and Chaouen, you will see the impact of migration and remittances on urbanization and rural development.

Meknes and Fes

You will also spend three days visiting the imperial city of Meknes, the ancient Roman city Volubilis, the town of Moulay-Idriss Zerhoun, and the ancient city of Fes. On this excursion, you’ll learn about historical migrations in Morocco and get a firsthand look at the impact contemporary migration has on local economy and culture. You will also engage in a roundtable discussion with people from local communities on the issues of migration and development.




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The Migration and Transnational Identity course examines the historical, economic, political, and cultural underpinnings of migration. The approach is informed by the reality that migration is more dynamic than static push-pull models or simplified economic or demographic interpretations can reflect. Rather, the course challenges the student to approach migration from a multidisciplinary perspective in which migration is only one constituent part of more complex economic, development, demographic, and cultural processes. The Research Methods and Ethics course addresses culturally appropriate, ethical field methodology in the context of migration issues, in preparation for the Independent Study Project. Study of Arabic opens windows into the culture and the program’s theme.

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.

Migration and Transnational Identity – syllabus
(AFRS3000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
This course provides the main context for students to engage academically, epistemologically, and intellectually with the theme of migration and mobility. Students utilize a multi-level and multi-disciplinary approach that considers core issues of local and global cultural politics, development policies and their implications on national economies, local communities, and human rights, all in the context of transnational mobility. The course facilitates the student's development of critical perspectives capable of assimilating the reality of interconnectedness and transnationalization not only of problems, but more important, of viable alternatives. The course is divided into modules, which explore the following themes: culture and the Mediterranean space; sub-Saharan African immigrants in Morocco and trans-Saharan crossings and related issues of human rights and refugee status; Moroccan immigrants in Europe and development; gender and migration, and social movements and transnational identities. Throughout the course, readings and class discussions address issues of religion, race, gender, identity, undocumented and underage migrants, citizenship, and nationality.
Beginning Modern Standard Arabic – syllabus
(ARAB1006-1506 / 6 credits / 90 hours)
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic – syllabus
(ARAB2006-2506 / 6 credits / 90 hours)
Advanced Modern Standard Arabic – syllabus
(ARAB3006-3506 / 6 credits / 90 hours)
The course is designed to equip students with a proficiency level in spoken Modern Standard Arabic in order to engage in everyday communication. The course integrates the skills of reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. Students with prior study in Arabic will find reinforcement of Modern Standard Arabic through the media. Homestays, field excursions, and everyday interactions assist in language acquisition.
Research Methods and Ethics – syllabus
(ANTH3500 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
This course is designed to provide firsthand and experiential knowledge about the richness and challenges of conducting field study in Morocco. It provides the necessary conceptual and methodological thread that enables the student to learn from experience, to apply the knowledge and skills gained in language study and the thematic course, and to prepare to undertake field study in Morocco in strict observance of research procedure involving human subjects and the regulatory ethical norms defined by the Institutional Review Board. At the end of the course, the student should have the cultural understanding and the methodological tools to successfully complete an Independent Study Project. The course is also designed to answer specific concerns that research on migration generally raises. Migration involves minors, undocumented migrants in transit, friends and families of victims of clandestine migrants, policy makers, and international organizations. The lectures address issues that pertain to research methods, confidentiality and anonymity of informants, data gathering and interviewing, and safety and migrant psychology. Individual meetings are scheduled throughout the course to address research objectives and expectations of each student.

In addition to taking the above courses, students will also need to enroll in one of the following two courses:

Independent Study Project – syllabus
(ISPR3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)
Conducted in Rabat or another approved location in Morocco appropriate to the project. Students work closely with their academic director and a local advisor to design and build their Independent Study Project (ISP). Sample topic areas: creating a common culture among Moroccans and sub-Saharan Africans through Gnawa music; the relationship between the Kingdom of Morocco and its residents abroad; the incorporation of migration into death experiences within and beyond Morocco; the consequences of irregular migration on racial perceptions; the spiritual, geographical, and musical origins of flamenco in the Maghreb; unpacking the social, cultural, and historical aspects of Moroccan migration.


Internship and Seminar – syllabus
(ITRN3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)
This seminar consists of a four-week internship with a local community organization, research organization, business, or international NGO. The aim of the internship is to enable the student to gain valuable work experience and to enhance their skills in an international work environment. Students will complete an internship and submit a paper in which they process their learning experience on the job, analyze an issue important to the organization, and/or design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization. A focus will be on linking internship learning with the program’s critical global issue focus and overall program theme.

Faculty and Staff


Faculty and Staff

Et-Tibari Bouasla, PhD, Academic Director

Et-Tibari BouaslaEt-Tibari holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Anglia’s School of Development Studies and a doctorate in anthropology from Paris-Sorbonne University. He has undertaken extensive field research in migration and local development, identity and integration of Moroccan immigrants in Europe, rural development and household income, and socioeconomic integration of youth. He has worked as an expert on migration with the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies, contributed to the development of Morocco’s National Strategy on Migration and Asylum, and served as a youth expert in a midterm evaluation project for a USAID-funded program for marginalized youth in northern Morocco. He coordinated a five-year academic program for training social development workers and facilitated the internships of trainees in various public social institutions and civil society entities, which allowed him to develop an impressive network of Moroccan NGOs involved in local development projects, migration, and social development. He has taught sociology and anthropology at University Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco and abroad and was a member of the scientific committee of the International Review of Sociology (1991–2004). Over the last five years, he has been a regular lecturer and ISP advisor on SIT’s migration program in Rabat.

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 2004 Morocco book award.

Doha Lmachichi, Homestay Director

Doha LmachichiDoha 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 throughout the semester on homestay issues.

Bouchra Sahimda, Language Director

Bouchra received a BA in international relations from Mohammed V University’s Faculty of Law and brings years of language teaching experience to the classroom. 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. She also supervises the training programs that are offered to new teachers on how to teach language to non-native speakers and is a certified ACTFL OPI tester from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Badrdine Boulaid, MA, Program Assistant

Badrdine BoulaidBadrdine 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.

Key lecturers for this program include:

Ahmed Abadi, PhD

Ahmed is a professor of theology and comparative religions and general secretary of the Mohamedan League of Ulemas (Muslim Scholars). He is an expert in Sufi philosophy and thought and has organized and participated in international conferences and roundtable discussions on interfaith issues and cross-cultural dialogue.

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 book project: Un roman dans la ville (A Novel in the City).

Khadija Elmadmad, PhD

Khadija is an attorney with the Rabat Bar Association of Law and holder of the UNESCO Chair in Migration and Human Rights at the University Hassan II in Casablanca. She is president of the Casablanca Center on Migration and Humanitarian Laws; legal coordinator for Morocco of the Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration in Florence, Italy; a member of the scientific board of the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project; and UNESCO chair on women’s rights. She is a consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNESCO, the International Labor Organization, the International Organization for Migration, and the Moroccan Red Crescent. Her books include Asile et réfugiés dans les pays afro-arabes (Asylum and Refugees in the Afro-Arab Countries) and Les migrants et leurs droits au Maghreb (Migrants and Their Rights in the Maghreb).

Driss Maghraoui, PhD

Driss is a professor of history and international relations at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and teaches North African immigration in Europe, modern imperialism and its culture, history of the Arab world, and history and memory in twentieth-century Europe. He has been a visiting professor at Yale and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His most recent publications include “Secularism in Morocco: A Stagnant Word in Motion,” “Northern Africa: Historical Links with Sub-Saharan Africa,” “Perceptions of External Pressure to Democratization: The Moroccan Case,” and “The ‘Grande Guerre Sainte’: Moroccan Colonial Troops and Workers in the First World War.”

Fouad Laroui, PhD

An engineer, Fouad studied at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. After working for a phosphate mining company in Morocco, he lived in England, then Amsterdam, where he teaches econometrics and environmental science. He has written novels, short stories, and essays. He often critiques Morocco, particularly its corruption and bureaucracy. He was born in Oujda in 1958. His father disappeared when he was eleven, presumably arrested by the Moroccan authorities, and was never seen again.

Nadia Bourass, PhD

Nadia holds a PhD in history and specializes in gender and Moroccan immigration and transnationalism in the Netherlands. She is a member of the governing bodies of the Euro-Mediterranean Migration and Development Centre and Gresen Links Amsterdam (Green Left Party).




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.

Living with a host family is an integral component of the Migration and Transnational Identity program. Homestays provide you with a unique window into the daily life, values, and perspectives of Moroccan families and let you practice language skills, particularly darija (Moroccan Arabic) and, in some cases, French.



You will live with a middle- or working-class family in Rabat for eight to twelve weeks. You have a choice of living arrangements during your four-week ISP period. You can either continue to live with your host family, or receive a stipend to arrange your own accommodation. Homestay families live in the city's seventeenth-century medina, a captivating and historic area with an original architectural style. With your host families, you will experience Moroccan daily life, accompanying family members on regular activities such as shopping in the souk, going on café outings, and visiting the neighborhood bakery. You will also have the opportunity to see the public bath. You may take part in family weddings, newborn-naming ceremonies, or a soccer match.

The homestay is coordinated by the host institution, the Center for Cross Cultural Learning, which has collaborated with homestay families for more than a decade.

Other accommodations during the program include hostels, guest houses, or small hotels.

Alum presents research at 2016 Human Development Conference

Alum presents research at 2016 Human Development Conference

Independent Study Project


Independent Study Project

You will work closely with your academic director and an advisor to design an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic that pertains to migration, mobility, or transnational identity. The ISP provides you with an opportunity to pursue original research on a specific aspect of migration that pertains to your academic interests or personal inclination. The ISP is conducted in Rabat or in another approved location in Morocco appropriate to the project.

Sample ISP topic areas:

  • Creating a common culture among Moroccans and sub-Saharan Africans through Gnawa music
  • The relationship between the Kingdom of Morocco and its residents abroad
  • Consequences of irregular migration on racial perceptions
  • Syrian refugees in Morocco
  • LGBT refugees in Morocco
  • Transnational dimensions of Sufi Islam
  • Migrant images in Moroccan media
  • Youth and emigration
  • Causes and consequences of clandestine migration
  • Sub-Saharan immigrants and their integration in Moroccan society
  • European immigration laws and their impact on migration trends in Morocco
  • Migrant remittances and local development
  • Life narratives of migrants
  • Migration and youth protest movements
  • Sub-Saharan migration and access to healthcare
  • European economic crisis and return migration
  • Moroccan diaspora in Europe and modernization policies in Morocco
  • Female sub-Saharan activism in Rabat
  • Morocco and the transnational “War on Terror”
  • Refugees and labor rights in Rabat and Casablanca
  • Masculinity and returning migrants from Italy

Browse this program’s Independent Study Projects / undergraduate research.




You can choose between an ISP and an internship.

If you choose to complete an internship during the last four weeks of this program, you will be placed with an organization in Morocco to gain work experience and develop professional skills. SIT internships are hands-on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper about your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with. You may also design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.

Sample internships:

  • Providing aid to women and children, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups living in poverty with Caritas Morocco
  • Supporting a UN refugee agency’s efforts to protect the rights and well-being of refugees in Rabat
  • Helping Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World) provide healthcare to migrants
  • Participating in anti-racism campaigns in Morocco with GADEM

Career Paths


Career Paths

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:

  • Intern at an immigration law firm
  • Intern at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Fulbright scholars
  • Education volunteer with the Peace Corps working with a Haitian immigrant community in the Dominican Republic




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.


During the coursework phase of the program, you will generally be in class five to six days per week for three to five hours per day. You will have breaks between classes. Learning is typically assessed through take-home assignments, oral presentations/exams, and group work. 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 program office is accessible by a short set of exterior stairs. Classroom space is currently located on the first floor. The program computer space currently has a 10 cm. threshold in the doorway to the space. The library in the program center is located on the basement level and is accessible by stairs.


The program includes multiday educational excursions, including an eight-day trip to Amsterdam, tracing the path of Moroccans emigrating from northeast Morocco to the Netherlands. Program excursions include standing and walking for prolonged periods of time. Good walking or hiking shoes that are comfortable, waterproof, and rubber soled are essential. To take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.


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 to charge devices. The physical accessibility of homestay options is currently 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 the Student Support section of the Student Health, Safety, and Support web page.


In Rabat, you’ll typically travel between your homestay, classes, and/or placement sites by walking (5 to 15 minutes). 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).


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.

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.

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.

Tuition: $16,560

The tuition fee covers the following program components:

  • Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in the modules on migration, culture, and the Mediterranean space; Moroccan residents and sub-Saharan immigrants in Morocco; migration and development; and migration and human rights
  • Research Methods and Ethics course on research methods and Human Subjects Review to prepare you for successful completion of primary field research in Morocco for the Independent Study Project
  • Intensive language instruction in Modern Standard Arabic
  • All educational excursions to locations in Northern Morocco such as Tangier, Tetouan, Chefchaouen, Fnideq, Meknes, and Fes and to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, including all related travel costs
  • Independent Study Project or internship (including a stipend for accommodation and food)
  • Health insurance throughout the entire program period

Room & Board: $3,315

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 excursions, during the Independent Study Project or internship, 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.
  • Homestay (eight to twelve weeks in Rabat)
  • 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:

Airfare to Program Site

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.

Immunizations: Varies

Books & Supplies: $120

International Phone: Each student must bring a smart phone that is able to accept a local SIM card with them to their program, or they must purchase a smart phone locally.

Discretionary Expenses

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.

In order to make study abroad more accessible, SIT's partner colleges and universities may charge home school tuition fees for their students participating on an SIT Study Abroad program. If your institution has an agreement with SIT and charges fees different from those assessed by SIT, please contact your study abroad advisor for more details. The SIT published price is the cost to direct enroll in the SIT program. Tuition fees may vary for students based on your home college's or university's billing policies with SIT.



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