- Rabat, Morocco
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
- Explore the complex effects of migration on local communities, global politics, and transnational economies.
This program examines the factors driving internal and international migration particularly in Morocco and elsewhere in North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Students consider how human mobility is shaped by religion, security, youth culture, desertification, poverty, and other pressing issues and how mobility engenders transnational art and multilayered identities.
The program is based in Rabat, Morocco's academic, political, and cultural center. In Rabat, students receive thematic lectures and intensive language instruction in both Modern Standard Arabic and the Moroccan dialect. Learn more about the program’s coursework.
Excursions to northern and rural areas of Morocco, as well as to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, illuminate many different aspects of migration. Learn more about these excursions.
Students learn from Moroccan and European academics and policymakers, NGO and human rights activists, artists, and experts in the area of migration as it relates to law, international relations, and development.
The Migration Studies Seminar (MSS) engages with historical, economic, political and cultural underpinnings of migration. The approach is informed by the reality that migration is more dynamic than static push-pull models or simplified economic or demographic interpretations can reflect. Rather, the seminar challenges the student to approach migration from a multidisciplinary perspective in which migration is only one constituent part of more complex economic, development, demographic and cultural processes. The Field Study Seminar addresses culturally appropriate, ethical field methodology in the context of migration issues, in preparation for the Independent Study Project (ISP). Study of darija (Moroccan Arabic) opens windows into the culture and the theme of the program.
Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.
- Setting Description:
- The Migration and Transnational Identities program examines the multifaceted factors—including historical, economic, political, and cultural forces—spurring migration with a particular focus on Morocco. Highlights Include: •Learning in Rabat's Historic Medina The SIT program is located at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning, housed in a beautiful, 19th century Moorish style riad in Rabat's centuries-old medina. Rabat's medina dates back to the 16th century when it was founded by Moorish refugees fleeing Spain after the fall of Granada. The Center is ideally situated near important cultural sites students often wish to explore including the 12th century Kasbah Oudayas and the Ville Nouvelle, established by the French colonial administration at the beginning of the 20th century. From the program base in Rabat, students begin thematic coursework, intensive language instruction in both Modern Standard Arabic and the Moroccan dialect, and their Field Study Seminar. Cultural immersi
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Based on 2 Reviews
- An eye-opening approach to migration03/30/20
This experience was truly eye-opening and I am so grateful for it. The focus of the overall program was migration, however, it brought so much more to light politically, socially, and economically, allowing students to approach it from various lenses.
The program is based in Rabat, allowing us to study within the walls of the Medina (the old city) and also experience life outside of the Medina. Our classes were lectured based, something I was not used to, coming from a smaller college with discussion based classes, however I appreciated having the opportunity to listen and learn from the perspectives of academics and organizations in Morocco. The lectures and themes of the week also led to excursions to different cities in Morocco such as Fez, Tangier, and Chefchaouen, but I will still admit Rabat was by far my favorite city. We also had a one week excursion to Amsterdam when learning about the Moroccan diaspora beyond Morocco. We covered so much in the first two months in classes, so when the Independent Study Project/Internship period arose, we were able to independently work on our chosen projects/sites. I also was not expecting to be able to speak so much Darija! My arabic class would definitely be one of the most engaging and fun classes I've ever taken in my whole college experience. I came in with no knowledge of Arabic, was extremely nervous to take the class, and left wanting to pursue it more! Finally, my host family experience is something I will forever cherish; even months after my return, I have stayed in communication with my host mother and sister almost every week and frequent video calls. This program is for the student that loves to take initiative, ask questions, and critically reflect.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Exploring migration firsthand08/26/19
I thoroughly enjoyed this program run by SIT. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and work with different migrant groups in a country whose politics are being shaped by migration to Europe. Between lectures and site visits, I personally
felt that I learnt a lot in a variety of ways. The homestay also really shaped my experience. I would recommend trying to expand your darija (dialect) because really trying to connect with your family is priceless, and they really want to connect with you as well. One of my favourite memories was having couscous with them everyweek. I really enjoyed that SIT didn't hold our hand for the duration of the program, and we had lots of space to explore and take initiative for our research and our internship.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend