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  • Locations: Rabat, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Academic Programs Abroad (APA) 
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Arabic Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student, 6-other
Housing Options: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Arabic Language & Literature, Communication, Communication Design, Communications, Communications & Journalism, Culture, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Design, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Mass Communications, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Photojournalism, Sociology
Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 3
Click here for a definition of this term Program: Direct
Program Description:

student in Rabat

Focus on your Arabic language studies during this intensive six-week summer program.

Start the program with a comprehensive orientation that includes preparation and guidance for homestays, exploring cultural customs and differences, health and safety overview, and walking tours of Rabat.

Build your course schedule by selecting two classes: one Arabic Language course (intermediate or advanced) and choice of an elective. All courses are taught in Arabic. Receive ongoing academic support and customized, individual Arabic language instruction so that you can get the most out of your classes and leave Rabat feeling confident in the language.

Two-week extension: Remain in Rabat after classes conclude and volunteer with a local NGO for two weeks.

At a Glance
All majors Language of Instruction: Arabic Term: Summer (6 or 8 weeks)
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA Sophomore standing & above A2 starting level (2+ semesters of college Arabic or equivalent)

The program includes:

  • Tuition fees for two courses
  • Dedicated academic and language support
  • Culture package: Excursions to Fez and Volubilis, conversational Darija lessons, calligraphy workshop, music workshop, ceramics painting, performances: concert, theater, dance
  • Housing: Stay with a hand-selected host family with all meals and weekly laundry included in board


  • 2 week extension: Stay in Rabat an additional two weeks to volunteer with a local NGO

Students also receive:

  • Airport pick-up on the program start date
  • On-site orientation
  • Pre-departure support 
  • Liability insurance
  • Dedicated on-site team for support in and outside of the classroom 

Please visit for up-to-date program fees. APA awards two scholarships starting at $300 to participating students. Visit the Scholarship page for more information.


Rabat, Morocco

The walled coastal city of Rabat sports the eclectic influence of its many inhabitants throughout history: Barbary pirates, the Berbers, Spanish Moors, and the French. Morocco’s capital, Rabat has beautiful gardens, world-class museums, traditional markets, and historic architecture that will have you planning your return trip!

About APA

APA is a boutique program provider in Paris, France with a passion to provide a first-rate study abroad experience that unites academic excellence with the beauty and richness of French and Francophone culture. For over 30 years, students from more than 80 US colleges and universities have received a personalized, immersive education abroad in Paris, France; Montpellier, France; Dakar, Senegal; and Rabat, Morocco.


Enroll in two courses from the following:

  • Mandatory: Arabic Language Prior to arrival, students will take a language evaluation and be placed in either an Intermediate or Advanced course according to their level.
  • Advanced Moroccan Dialect: This course introduces more complex aspects of Moroccan culture while enhancing students’ oral proficiency in Darija. The diverse components help participants grasp more cultural practices and skillfully apply what they learn in a variety of daily life contexts.
  • Arabic Literature: From novels and poetry to myths and legends, both classic and modern Arab literature are analyzed during this interactive course. Learn different literary linguistic styles and how literature has contributed to the cultures of Morocco and the greater MENA region.
  • Arabic Media & Journalism: Explore issues and challenges that impose themselves on media and journalism in the Arab world. Discuss how traditional media and social media addresses topics in the Middle East and MENA regions including politics, economy, religion and society.

All courses are taught in Arabic and receive four credits. Access the syllabi on our website.

Extend Your Stay

Continue your study abroad in Rabat and extend your stay two more weeks. The additional time allows you to volunteer at a local NGO.

Customized Language Support

During pre-departure, each student takes a language evaluation and based on the results, is assigned to one of our Arabic language professors. Each week throughout the program, students will meet with their Arabic professor for 30 minutes and one hour separately with a teaching assistant to work on specific areas of oral and written expression and comprehension.

Rabat tourGet to know your host city of Rabat through a curated variety of events and activities that showcase this beautiful culture.

Cultural Events

  • Weekend excursion to Fez and Volubilis
  • Weekend excursion to Tangier and Chefchaouen
  • Conversational Darija lessons
  • Calligraphy workshop
  • Music workshop
  • Ceramics painting
  • Performances: Concert, theater, dance

Connect and live with a local host family for a greater understanding of the Moroccan culture and lifestyle.

Each student is paired with a host family in the historic city center known as the medina. Students are provided with a private bedroom with linens, access to common areas including the kitchen, all meals and weekly laundry. All homestays are vetted to provide the best fit.


The program is open to students with sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate level class standing and a minimum 3.0 GPA. At least an A2 language level (approximately two or more semesters of college-level Arabic or equivalent) will be necessary to follow courses taught in Arabic.


April 15

Application Process

The online application consists of submitting the following parts:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcript

Your application will only be reviewed once these pieces are received. After, a member of the APA team will contact you to schedule a short, friendly Zoom conversation so that we may learn more about you and why you would like to study in Rabat.

Apply online at the APA website

Please note: Your home institution may have its own study abroad application requirements and deadlines. It is your responsibility to make sure they are all completed in the proper, timely manner.


If you have any questions, we welcome you to contact the APA US office at or by phone at 203-883-8200. A team member will respond to you as soon as possible.