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Rabat, Morocco (Outgoing Program)
Rabat, the capital of Morocco, is perched on the Atlantic Ocean, in proximity to Gibraltar, Spain, and Portugal. Its white buildings, shimmering against the blue sky and sea, make a dazzling impression. In the 12th and 13th centuries Rabat became the key fortified center of the Almohad Empire, and imposing monuments and ruins of this age remain to this day. The Moroccan royal family still resides there in a splendid palace complex. The oldest quarter of the city (the “medina”) is a maze of shops, with a plethora of items on sale, including pottery, leather goods, fabrics, jewelry, antiques, and the most beautiful vegetables in the world! Here, you will also find here traditional coffee and tea houses.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the AMIDEAST Morocco website.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to AMIDEAST and Rutgers University. That means that you will need to take 14-17 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between AMIDEAST and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at AMIDEAST will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late August – Late December
Spring Semester: Mid-January – Mid-May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the AMIDEAST Morocco web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by AMIDEAST and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Rabat, Morocco have a choice of living arrangements and meal plans.
Homestay – students who select this option will live with a Moroccan family that has been carefully screened by AMIDEAST from a database of qualified applicants. Students usually are placed with a roommate from the AMIDEAST program into families who have previous experience hosting American students through AMIDEAST. Most host family members speak Arabic as a first language and also speak French; a small number of family members also speak Spanish or Amazigh (Berber) as well. Students living with host families will be given a stipend for lunch, as often class schedules prohibit students from return to their host families for lunch.
Student residence with a Moroccan roommate – students who select this option will live in a private Moroccan student residence hall that opened in 2007. Each double room has a private bathroom and toilet, small refrigerator and cooking facilities and internet access. There are separate buildings for male and female students and strict gender segregation is enforced at all times, as well as a curfew before midnight. The residence hall is located in the university quarter of the city and students living there should expect to take public transportation to and from classes. A student cafeteria with limited options is located across the street and students may eat there, prepare their own meals in their rooms, or eat in restaurants. Please note that the availability of residence hall rooms is limited; therefore, AMIDEAST cannot guarantee that students who select this option can be placed there. Students who are not assigned a residence hall room will be placed with host families.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
AMIDEAST Education Abroad Scholarships- Available to all students participating in a Center for Global Education AMIDEAST program. For more information and application instructions please visit the AMIDEAST website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.