The Catholic University of America

Area & Arabic Studies Program in Rabat, Morocco


Dates | Introduction | City |  Academics  |  Accommodation  |  Costs  |  Eligibility  |  How to Apply



Spring 2016: January 17 - May 14, 2016
Fall 2015: TBA


Morocco is a gateway to Africa and the Arab world. A meeting point for civilizations and continents situated on the northwest tip of Africa, contemporary Morocco, with its nearly 35 million people, is a fusion of Arab, European, and African cultural influences.
Students participating in the AMIDEAST Area and Arabic Language Studies Program in Morocco have the opportunity to experience life in a Muslim country while exploring the distinct society and traditions of the Maghreb. Whether enjoying a croissant and mint tea at a café, visiting Amazigh (Berber) villages, or wandering through the medinas and their souqs, each experience in Morocco offers rich insight into its remarkable culture. With its striking topography, vibrant culture, and distinctive history, Morocco is an ideal destination for cross-cultural interchange and learning.

The City

Rabat is one of Morocco’s “imperial cities,” as well as its political capital. Situated at the confluence of the Bou Regreg River and Atlantic Ocean, Rabat is a relaxed yet stately metropolis of 1.7 million people. Its medina (old city) is easy to navigate and includes housing as well as shops and traditional craftsmen plying their trades. The modern city, dating to the early 20th century, has wide, pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined boulevards and many green spaces, and houses the political and administrative offices of Morocco’s government as well as its parliament, supreme court, and Royal Palace.

Academics and Curriculum

Students enroll in Arabic studies and two or three other elective courses from offerings in a variety of disciplines taught in English including political science, religion, sociology, women's studies, history, and Amazigh studies.

All courses are taught exclusively for AMIDEAST by highly educated, English-speaking Moroccan professors.

Students will attend their classes both at AMIDEAST’s facilities in the Agdal area of the city and in the buildings of their partner institution, the College of Letters and Humanities at Mohammed V University – Agdal.


Accommodation and Meals

Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat, Morocco have a choice of living arrangements and meal plans:

  1. Living with a Moroccan family: students who select this option will live with a Moroccan family that has been carefully screened by AMIDEAST Morocco from a database of qualified applicants. Students usually are placed with a roommate from the AMIDEAST program into families who have previous experience hosting American students through AMIDEAST. Few, if any, families speak English. Most host family members speak Arabic as a first language and also speak French; a small number of family members also speak Spanish or Amazigh (Berber) as well.

    Host families will provide all meals for students who choose this option.
  2. Living in a student residence with a Moroccan roommate: students who select this option will live in a private Moroccan student residence hall that opened in 2007. Each double room has a private bathroom and toilet, small refrigerator and cooking facilities and internet access. There are separate buildings for male and female students and strict gender segregation is enforced. The residence hall is located in the university quarter of the city and students living there should expect to take public transportation to and from classes. 

    A student cafeteria is located across the street and students may eat there, prepare their own meals in their rooms, or eat in restaurants.

Please note that the availability of residence hall rooms is limited; therefore, AMIDEAST cannot guarantee that students who select this option can be placed there. Students who are not assigned a residence hall room will be placed with host families.

Program Costs

Application Fee: $100 non-refundable, due at the time of application
Program Cost: 
Full-time CUA tuition and a $5,000 program fee to cover most overseas expenses.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due to AMIDEAST upon acceptance and applicable toward the program fee.

  • CUA tuition and balance of program fee ($4,500) is charged to the student's CUA student account.

Students are encouraged to apply for one of AMIDEAST's scholarship opportunities.

Students applying to this program may be eligible for the CUAbroad Diversity Scholarship or the CUAbroad Autumn Advantage Scholarship if applying for the Fall term.

CUAbroad reserves the right to make changes and raise the program cost in light of currency fluctuations or any other unforeseen circumstance.

What's included

• Tuition
• Housing
• On-site orientation
• OPTIONAL field trips and Excursions
• International health & emergency evacuation insurance

Round-trip airfare, additional meals, passport, visa, field trips and excursions, and personal expenses are not included. Contact CUAbroad for an estimated cost breakdown sheet.

View the CUAbroad Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy


For eligibility requirements, please see the general eligibility criteria.
Students must have the equivalent of AT LEAST four college semesters of French in order to take a French course.

How to Apply


Submit your application materials to CUAbroad in 111 McMahon Hall. Applications are due on the due date. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Your application package must include:

General Application Materials

These are the materials that CUAbroad requires any student attending any summer or semester program to submit.
For details, please click on the How to Apply guidelines link.

Program-Specific Application Materials
These are the additional application materials CUAbroad requires from students specifically applying for this program. They are:


111 McMahon Hall


Information Session

Education Abroad 101

Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays

4 p.m. McMahon 111


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester:

  • March 1

Spring Semester:

  • October 1


Why Morocco?

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