About the Location
A country with an area slightly larger than the state of California, Morocco borders the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara. Morocco is a constitutional monarchy and home to 32 million people. The late Hassan II, king of Morocco, compared the country to a tree with roots spreading deep into the heart of Africa, a trunk solidly set in the Arabo-Islamic world, and branches reaching beyond Spain, Portugal, and France, into the heart of Europe. The program is based in Rabat, the capital and second largest city of Morocco with an urban population of approximately 620,000 and a metropolitan population of over 1.2 million.
SIT Study Abroad programs are small, theme-based, and utilize an experiential, interdisciplinary curriculum. Classroom instruction and field study are incorporated into each course. Program components form a logical progression whereby students advance from a structured learning environment to a more independent one. The semester culminates in the completion of the Independent Study Project (ISP) during the final month of the program.
This Multiculutralism and Human Rights program examines human rights, religion, politics, and cultural diversity in Morocco contextualized within the broader region and beyond. A particular focus on gender issues includes looking at women’s roles in contemporary Moroccan society and Moroccan feminism. Students examine current challenges shaping Morocco and the Arab world: authoritarian rule, democratic transition, economic liberalization, civil society, Islamic movements, and the constitutional reforms following the 2011 Arab Spring.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
To view information on course offerings for the Morocco, Rabat: Multiculturalism and Human Rights program, click here.
Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
General Program Dates
Fall Semester: Late August to mid-December
Spring Semester: Late January to mid-May
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
SIT offers need-based scholarships to students studying on SIT programs, including a Pell Grant Match Program. Details are on the SIT website. Students apply for scholarships at the time of application to SIT.
Students participate in two different homestays during their semester in Morocco. Students spend eight weeks living with a host family in Rabat where they can practice language skills and get a closer sense of Moroccan culture and society "at work." Most host families live in the city’s historic medina and are a short walking distance from the downtown area. Students also stay for a few days with a host family in Ait Ouahi, a village of about 400 inhabitants located in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Host families
provide a safe and welcoming environment, allowing students to experience the different facets of Moroccan home life firsthand. Many students consider the homestay experience to be one of the most meaningful parts of the program.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by SIT Study Abroad.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule for the semester programs.
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