Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, boasts an impressive coastline that stretches for many miles along the Atlantic Ocean, past the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. Slightly larger than the state of California, Morocco’s landscape is rather diverse. The Mediterranean climate makes land near the coastline ideal for farming and agriculture, while the southeast part of the country is in the Sahara Desert. The impressive Atlas Mountains run the length of Morocco, dividing these two landscapes with their towering 13,000-foot peaks. The people of Morocco are even more diverse than the terrain. People have come to Morocco from the East, South, and North, and today a top priority is to preserve the country’s cultural heritage. This diversity translates into many facets of Moroccan culture including literature, multilingualism, music, cuisine, art, architecture, and religion. Morocco has been very successful at combining its Berber, Jewish, and Arabic traditions with French and Spanish lifestyles, making this kingdom a veritable cultural melting pot.
The School for International Training's Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights program is based in the capital city of Rabat, located on the coast of the Atlantic at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. Students on this program study Arabic and have many opportunities outside the classroom to practice their language skills, such as during lectures and field visits, and with their host family. Students also gain a deep appreciation of Morocco's rich and rapidly changing society as they study subjects of a wide range including musical traditions, Moroccan folklore, political challenges, Morocco-U.S. relations, human rights, the role of Islam, Moroccan Judaism, and Moroccan feminism.
Fall semester: early September to mid-December
Spring semester: early February to mid-May.
Fields of Study
Arabic language, Moroccan culture and society, history, politics, religion, gender issues.
A college-level course with Middle East North African content is highly recommended. 7.5 GPA.
Number of Students
Approximately 3 Pomona students; total program enrollment 25 per semester.
The program begins with a one-week orientation at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning located in Rabat’s Old City. After the initial orientation, the following components of the academic program begin: Arabic Intensive Language Study (1.5 Pomona credits); Multiculturalism and Human Rights Seminar (1 Pomona credit); Field Study Seminar (0.5 Pomona credits); and an Independent Study Project (1 Pomona credit).
The program also includes educational excursions to the imperial cities of Fes, Meknes, and Marrakech, as well as the desert area of Zagora. The program also visits universities and non-governmental organizations throughout the country.
There is no P/NC option on this program.
Students live in a homestay in Rabat for eight weeks and spend one week in a homestay in a rural village. Other accommodations during the program include hostels and small hotels.