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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

The program provides you with intensive Arabic language training along with a multifaceted academic analysis of Moroccan culture and history. In addition to classroom study, you have the opportunity to experience different aspects of Morocco through a variety of cultural activities, field trips, day trips, and overnight excursions. You’ll take colloquial Moroccan and Modern Standard Arabic, along with three elective courses taught in English.

Unique study opportunities

  • Practice your new Arabic language skills with trips to markets, cultural sites, and music and theater performances.
  • Go for trilingual skills and sign up for a conversation exchange partner or tutoring in French.
  • Get to know modern Morocco’s people and culture through class field trips to different cities.
  • Examine recent social and political changes in the Arab world.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Arabic Language Study: Required

While this program focuses on Arabic language learning, studying in Morocco also affords a chance to take a course taught in French in addition to English-taught electives.

Arabic Language Study

During the first two weeks, you’ll take a crash course in colloquial Moroccan Arabic. During the regular academic session, you’ll take a Modern Standard Arabic class and have the option to take an additional colloquial Moroccan Arabic course.

Course taught in French

At least one elective class is taught in French. To expand your linguistic skills and focus on French, you can sign up for a conversation exchange partner and tutoring in French.

Courses taught in English

All other electives are taught in English.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Five courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units.
  • You can take up to one-third (33%) of your courses pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

You will take the following courses on this program:

  • Moroccan Colloquial Arabic (4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units): First two weeks of program.
  • Modern Standard Arabic (6 quarter/4 semester UC units): During the academic term.
  • Three elective courses (4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units): Elective courses include an additional Colloquial Moroccan Arabic course, an elective course taught in French, and a range of elective courses taught in English. Elective courses discuss topics including African studies, Francophone studies, history, international studies, Near East studies, political science, religious studies, and women's and gender studies, and include an optional Directed Independent Research course.

Catalogs and resources

  • Language and Culture: Review program highlights and current courses (scroll to the bottom) on the CIEE website.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

At the CIEE study center, you’ll be in class with other students from the US. Courses are taught by prestigious faculty drawn from various local and international universities. Their teaching methods combine lectures and interactive styles such as tutorials, seminars, and fieldwork. Guest lectures, field trips, and excursions are an important part of the academic curriculum. Classes are held five days a week during the first two weeks, and Monday through Thursday during the regular semester. You can expect extensive bibliographies. As you gain proficiency in Arabic, resident staff members will encourage you to use your language skills in everyday settings.

Attendance and class participation are required.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework.

The grades on your UC record will appear exactly as they are on your CIEE record. Fall grades are usually available early February.