Develop an understanding of Morocco’s diverse culture, development policy, and youth engagement in civil society activism and social entrepreneurship while gaining meaningful, practical internship experience in your chosen field.
Complete a five-week internship with a local community organization, research organization, business, or international NGO.
SIT will use its extensive networks to facilitate the placement process with an organization. You’ll gain practical, professional experience in a work environment and enhance your skillset and knowledge in an international setting under both academic and professional guidance and supervision. You’ll also learn how to use your internship experience for future professional growth.
Gain professional experience in a supportive environment.
In the first two weeks of the program, you will be prepared for the internship through an introduction to the broader social, cultural, and political context of Morocco as well as key issues in development policy in the country. You’ll also discuss the ethics of the internship and workplace norms in Morocco. Once internship placements are confirmed, you, together with the academic director, will review learning objectives for the internship and discuss expectations. You’ll also be provided with practical tips and strategies for making the most of the experience personally, academically, and professionally.
Reflect on your internship experience.
Regular weekly reflection and assessment meetings are held with the academic director or internship coordinator to review the progress of the internship. You’ll share your personal experiences in the internship and reflect on the professional learning process. You’ll also be expected to keep a work journal in which you document your everyday internship experience, challenges you face, and how you deal with those challenges and reflect on your professional achievements.
Create a final project.
You’ll design a socially responsible proposal for an issue you have observed during your internship. Approved in advance by the academic director, and the internship supervisor, this project may include a proposal for a strategic response to an existing problem, a creation of a sustainable plan, a grant proposal, or research that responds to the need of an organization that links back to the program theme.
You’ll take three credits of French during the program. In addition, you will be exposed to French vocabulary related to the internship through a wide range of venues and regional locales prior to the start of the internship. Though your internship will be conducted in English, you will have opportunities to apply your emerging skills and advance your vocabulary.
Enjoy one long weekend excursion either to Marrakech or Essaouira.
Key Topics of Study
Key Topics of Study
- The ethics of internship in the context of Morocco
- Adjusting to and working collaboratively in a different culture
- Morocco’s diverse culture, development policy, and social entrepreneurship
- Challenges around youth employment, gender equity, and sustainable development in the context of Morocco
- The role and impact of NGOs and local associations in the promotion of gender equity, sustainable development, literacy, environmental protection, microfinance, and poverty reduction
- Youth engagement, civil society activism, and vibrant cultural activity
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.
- French – syllabus
- (FREN1003-1503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- French – syllabus
- (FREN2003-2503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- French – syllabus
- (FREN3003-3503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)
- This course is designed to develop student proficiency and communication in French and to understand cultural practices in Morocco. Cultural context is built into the course and introduced through audiovisual materials and experiential activities accompanying the textbook. Emphasis is placed on the functional use of the language. Students are placed into appropriate language course levels based on oral proficiency interviews conducted during orientation in Morocco.
- Internship and Seminar – syllabus
- (ITRN3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)
- This course consists of a five-week internship with a local community organization, research organization, business, or international NGO in Morocco. The internship enables students to gain valuable work experience in the development field and introduces students to planning, delivery, and management of development projects.
The internship will introduce you to development policy and implementation in Morocco. Internship placements will mainly be at organizations in Rabat but also in other approved locations in northern and rural Morocco.
Throughout the five-week internship, you will keep a daily journal about your experiences and will have regular sessions with SIT faculty to reflect on your experiences.
In addition, you will submit a paper in which you describe, assess, and analyze what you learned during your internship. The paper will outline the tasks you completed throughout the internship, professional relationships you developed, and challenges you encountered and how you overcame them.
Internship fields: Development, microfinance, youth, human rights, environment, green energy, education, social work, and social entrepreneurship
- Teaching at a private kindergarten
- Leading workshops that teach practical skills such as sewing and cooking at a youth center
- Teaching English at a private institution that offers a variety of language courses
- Helping at a news website dedicated to bringing the news of Morocco to a wide audience without bias or political agenda
- Supporting the work of an organization devoted to educating the public on disabilities and improving opportunities for people with disabilities
- Assisting efforts to increase educational and professional opportunities for women at a women’s center
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
Fairouz El Hamdaoui, Program Coordinator
Fairouz holds a BA in English language and literature from the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. She has been working as a program coordinator at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL) since 2007. She is also the secretary general of Thaqafat Association’s executive board. She has coordinated multiple international study abroad programs at the CCCL and Thaqafat Association. Over the past 10 years, she has developed internship placement projects in Rabat and different parts of Morocco for CCCL and Thaqafat. She was instrumental in the launch of the internship component on SIT’s Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity semester program. Fairouz has conducted several orientation sessions on internships and volunteerism in Morocco for students from various US colleges. She has also acquired experience teaching internship seminars, moderating reflection sessions, and supervising research papers and reports of students on service learning in Morocco.
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 has coordinated SIT homestays for around a decade and knows every family with which the program works. 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 brings years of language teaching experience to the classroom. She received a BA in international relations from Mohammed V University, Faculty of Law. 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.
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.
Housing is with homestay families in Rabat. If the internship is located outside Rabat, accommodation during the formal, one-month internship period will be arranged with help of internship site contacts vetted by SIT. Students doing their internship outside Rabat will be given a stipend for meals.
Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.
One of the highlights of the program is the three-day excursion to El-Jadida, Essaouira, and Marrakech. You will get a sense of the country’s cultural diversity and traditional handicrafts as well as the impact of tourism on culture and the arts in Morocco.
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.
This program is eligible for a New Horizons Grant, a scholarship for our new programs. Award amounts are $2,500 for semester and $1,500 for summer programs. Students demonstrating need through their submitted scholarship application will be eligible.
The tuition fee covers the following program components:
- Cost of all lecturers
- Preparation for the internship
- Language instruction in French
- All educational excursions, including all related travel costs
- Internship (including a stipend for accommodation and food)
- Health insurance throughout the entire program period
Room & Board: $1,775
The room and board fee covers the following program components:
- All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes orientation, time in the program base (Rabat), on all excursions, during the 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.
- The homestay
- All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend to the student, 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.
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.