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 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. You will be partnered with an English-speaking Moroccan journalism student from the Connect Institute in Agadir.
Produce an original feature story for possible placement in a professional media outlet.
In collaboration with your Moroccan journalism student 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. Students with some previous experience may work in radio, photography, or video.
Learn how to gather news in another culture, find sources, conduct interviews, and tell a compelling story to a global audience.
Democracy needs a new generation of highly trained journalists who understand the stakes. Morocco is ideal for aspiring journalists who want to develop their skills and explore being a foreign correspondent in a globalized world. It is also ideal for those interested in learning about the Arab and/or Muslim world and exploring original stories from this region.
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; carry out reporting assignments throughout the city; and explore different neighborhoods such as Madinat al Irfane, the university city. You’ll also visit pioneering human rights associations, nongovernmental organizations, cultural initiatives, Moroccan media outlets, and international institutions.
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, manage social media channels, post news of the day, and work as a photo editor. This experience will be a great résumé builder, and the magazine will be a great showcase for your work.
Go on a six-day excursion to Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains, and beyond.
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 creating 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
- Weighing the many ethical considerations of reporting in a foreign country
- Practicing journalistic and narrative skills: how to begin your story, how to write a profile, and how to achieve narrative structure, make use of feedback, and revise
- The challenges to freedom of the press in Morocco and North Africa, and the ways local journalists and writers deal with them
- The dominant issues in Moroccan society — and across North Africa — such as youth culture and (un)employment, political participation and inequality, gender issues, identity and ethnicity, urban-rural divisions, religion, education and literacy, culture, and human rights
- The work some of Morocco’s most talented writers, artists, and thinkers such as Mohammed Choukri, Fatema Mernissi, or Nabil Ayyouch
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 academics 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.
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 places journalistic practice in the context of Morocco and North Africa, covering key issues of Moroccan society. Leading Moroccan academics, analysts, civil society actors, and artists give lectures on political mobilization and participation, religion, women’s issues, economy and migration, education and literacy, human rights, and culture. Through excursions, 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 during and after the Arab Spring.
Field Ethics of Journalism in Morocco – syllabus
(JOUR 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This three-part course 1) introduces students to the challenge and particularities of doing journalism in Morocco through lectures with professional local and international journalists; 2) teaches students interviewing and story-telling skills; 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 whose bylined pieces regularly appear in media outlets around the world. 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.
(ITRN3000 / 6 credits / 180 hours)
This seminar consists of a five-week, 180-hour internship with a local community organization, research organization, media outlet, cultural institution, or nongovernmental organization. The aim of the internship is to enable students to gain valuable experience and enhance their skills in journalism, media, and/or communications. SIT will use its extensive network to facilitate an internship placement for students. The organization and the student’s internship activities, including the Internship Learning Agreement, must be approved by the program’s academic director. Weekly two-hour reflection and assessment classes are held with the academic director to review the progress of the internship, including learning associated with the internship experience, and to draw out broader issues related to program themes, positionality, culture, and ethics in the context of the internship.
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.
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.
Southern Excursion: Marrakech, Agadir, and Essaouira
A six-day excursion will take you to southern Morocco, where you will visit Marrakech, Agadir, and Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. This remarkable journey encompasses beaches and mountains, 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.
Rural and Northern Morocco
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. You will also visit the ancient city of Chefchaouen and the Spanish stronghold of Ceuta.
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.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
Daniel Lynx Bernard, MPA, Academic Director
Dan is a former newspaper reporter and online news editor who has worked in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since 2001 as a consultant to projects strengthening media and civil society. He served as Egypt country director for the International Center for Journalists overseeing training and exchange programs in the MENA region emphasizing the use of digital tools for public service journalism. As a consultant to USAID’s Egypt Media Development Program, he designed and evaluated projects to improve the journalistic and business practices of newspapers in Egypt. He oversaw web communications for Johns Hopkins University’s project Communication for Healthy Living in Egypt.
Dan has an MPA from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a BS in communications and news-editorial journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has taught news and feature journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His background as a journalist covering legislatures and elections in the US Midwest led to a specialization in democracy and governance in the Mideast. Based in Morocco since 2017, Dan has produced research on the role of civil society in local governance and social issues for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and Counterpart International.
Abdessamad Ait Dada (Samad), Program Assistant
Samad organizes all logistical aspects of the SIT program. He holds a master’s degree in communication and marketing from the Institute for Leadership and Communication Studies in Rabat and a bachelor’s in English Studies from Mohamed V University in Rabat with a minor in anthropology. He received a certificate in social studies from the Netherlands Institute Morocco and has researched attitudes toward mother tongues in Morocco. Originally from Zagora in southeastern Morocco, Samad speaks English and Arabic in addition to his mother tongue, Amazigh. Previously, Samad worked as coordinator and leader of international programs for several organizations in Rabat. He was a Language and Culture Facilitator for the Peace Corps Morocco teaching Moroccan Arabic and culture to U.S. volunteers. Samad is passionate about traveling, hiking, working in a multicultural environment and meeting people from different backgrounds.
Aida Alami, Senior Advisor in Journalism
You will be working closely throughout the semester with Aida Alami. Aida is a contributor to The New York Times and other publications including The New York Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera English and Middle East Eye. Based in Marrakesh, Aida is frequently on the road reporting from North Africa, France and, recently, the Caribbean on topics including human rights, religion, politics, immigration, and racism. She earned a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University. In addition to delivering several lectures on topics and techniques, Aida will provide feedback on your assignments and story proposals as well as extensive mentoring for those who choose the Independent Study Project in Journalism (ISPJ).
Mosa'ab Elshamy, Photo/video Journalism Advisor
Mosa'ab is an award-winning staff photographer at the Associated Press based in Rabat. He covers daily news stories as well as in-depth cultural and social documentary projects across the Middle East and North Africa. His work has been described as dedicated, humane and intimate. You can view his gallery at www.mosaabelshamy.com. In addition to delivering a class on photojournalism, Mosa’ab will provide feedback on your visual assignments and will advise students who opt for photography or video as the medium of their ISPJ.
Mary Stucky, Journalism Advisor
Mary, a veteran foreign correspondent, founded the Peabody Award-winning journalism nonprofit Round Earth Media, based in the U.S. She directs Round Earth Media, which is now a program of the International Women’s Media Foundation. Mary is a co-founder and former academic director of this program and continues to support it with long-distance instruction and project mentoring.
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 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.
Lecturers for this program may include:
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).
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 seven weeks. You may choose to stay with your homestay family for a further five weeks during the ISPJ period. 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.
Internship and Seminar
Internship and Seminar
This hands-on internship will take place during the last five weeks of the program. SIT academic internships are hands-on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, weekly seminar sessions, and progress reports, you will submit and present a paper reflecting on your experience and relating it to the program’s themes.
The internships offered as part of this program are another great way not only to deepen your understanding of an aspect of the program that you find particularly interesting but also to build experience that will help you define your goals beyond college. Internships may encompass a range of sectors and fields.
- Documenting an active agenda of cultural events and guest speakers and covering youth and education issues in the region at The Connect Institute (Agadir), an alternative higher education institution
- Assisting the publishing of original investigative reporting as well as a blog on literary/publishing/cultural news at En Toutes Lettres (Casablanca), an independent publishing house
- Supporting digital community radio programs at E-Jussour (Rabat/Tangiers/Ouarzazate), a media platform for NGOs
- Performing miscellaneous tasks at Morocco World News, an English-language news site
- Helping Racines, a cultural NGO, set up a site to report on cultural news around Morocco
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. Your feature may ultimately be considered for publication (in print, broadcast, or online) in US news outlets.
Sample Independent Study Project in Journalism topics:
- Women’s fight for inheritance rights
- The desert marathon
- The difficulty of sustaining traditional crafts in Morocco
- Surfers and the economic and cultural impact of the surfing business
- Sexual harassment and legal efforts to combat it
- Alternative energies and sustainable development
- Urban development and mega-projects
- Music festivals as political statements
- The attempts to save endangered species in Morocco
- Access to healthcare for migrants in Morocco
Published Student Work
Published Student Work
- U.S. News and World Report, “Across Morocco, No Doctor to Be Found”
Mary A. Bernard, Notre Dame University
- Atlantic Monthly CityLab, “Demise of Les Abattoirs, a Thriving Artists’ Space in Casablanca
Erika Riley, Knox College
Ryan Terhune, Miami University
- “A ‘Coding School’ Seeks to Create New Opportunities in Morocco”
Megan O’Herron, Gonzaga University (text and photos)
- U.S. News and World Report, “In Morocco, Startups Often Face a Full Stop”
Brionne Frazier, Brown University
- Atlantic Monthly CityLab, “How a Radio Show Gives Unwed Mothers in Morocco a Voice”
Molly Keisman, Denison University (text and photo)
- Middle East Eye, “'Hey, sexy': Long road ahead to combat sexual harassment in Morocco”
Olivia Lewis, Miami University
- USA Today, “Crafting mosaic tile is an endangered tradition. Here are the folks keeping it alive”
Sophie Pollack, Santa Clara University (text and photos), Jeanette Lam, University of Richmond (video)
- USA Today, “In Morocco, Residents Never Know When Water Will Flow so They Leave the Taps On”
Sophie Nunnally, Boston College (text and photos), Lars Brady, University of Denver (audio story)
- Middle East Eye, “Morocco’s Go-It-Alone News Outlets Feel Government Squeeze”
Lara Korte, University of Kansas (text and photos)
- U.S. News and World Report, “Uber Parks Its Service in Morocco”
, Davidson College (text)
- Middle East Eye, “‘Migrants Don’t Exist’: Morocco Struggles with Migration Issues Despite Reforms”
Gillian Coyne, Bates College (text)
- U.S. News and World Report, “Out in the Cold”
Olivia Fore, University of Redlands (text)
- USA Today, “Climate change threatens nomadic life in Morocco”
Perry Demarche, University of Rochester (text), Merry Mathis, University of Iowa (photos)
- PRI, “Shredding the patriarchy – Two Moroccan women just surfed onto the world stage”
David Fuchs, Middlebury College (text) and Mary Mathis, University of Iowa (photos)
- Outside, “A Famous Moroccan Surf Competition Just Opened Up to Women for the First Time”
David Fuchs, Middlebury College (text) and Mary Mathis, University of Iowa (photos)
- Global Health Hub, “Navigating Hearing Disabilities in Morocco”
Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori, Duke University (text)
- Global Health Hub, “One Man’s Death Points to Shortcomings in Morocco’s Mental Health Infrastructure”
Molly Mulroy, Loyola University
- 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
- Al Jazeera, “Morocco harnesses the power of the sun”
Danielle Douglas, University of Rochester (text), Wesley Lickus, Dickinson College (photos)
- 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)
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
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 email@example.com 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 five hours on average per day. You will have a two-hour lunch break. Learning is typically assessed through in-class assignments, written assignments/exams, and individual 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.
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.
The program includes multiday excursions to such destinations as the High Atlas Mountains and Marrakech. Program excursions include standing, walking, and hiking 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.
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, Wi-Fi, cellular service, and a refrigerator for storing medication. 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.
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, 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).
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. Fully 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 Chefchaouen, Agadir, Ourzazate, 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: $3,251
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 (seven to twelve 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:
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.
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.
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.