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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. In addition to learning colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic, you’ll take 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

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

To expand your linguistic skills and focus on French, you can sign up for a conversation exchange partner and tutoring in French. At least one elective class is taught in French each fall. 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 may take up to a third of your courses pass/no pass.
  • If you’d like to receive major credit for a course, check with your UC department’s policies on this grading option.
  • Attendance is mandatory.

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): Choose from courses in English, French, or Moroccan Colloquial Arabic with subject areas including African studies, Francophone studies, history, international studies, Near East studies, political science, religious studies, and women's and gender studies.

Catalogs and resources

  • Course syllabi: Scroll down to the section titled "Curriculum" and click on the fall term to see courses.
  • 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.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Courses follow a standard US grading scale of A-F (with pluses and minuses, converted from a 100 point scale). Grades are assigned based on a mid-term and final exams. Depending on the course, additional assignments such as a research paper or a class presentation will influence your grade. Attendance and class participation are also incorporated into the final grade.

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