Great cultural experience in a beautiful country. Past Review

By (Neurobiology and Neurosciences., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor) - abroad from 01/27/2011 to 05/16/2011 with

CIEE: Rabat - Language and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A good understanding of Moroccan lifestyle. It wasn't a crazy party experience at all, there was much more just sitting and absorbing and relaxing. I liked to spend time with my host family and just do what they did on a daily basis with them. I also gained a lot of independence and travel confidence.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The material was interesting, we learned from Moroccan professors and I received a good basis in Arabic language.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was a small program, so administration was very personal.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Most everyone had a great experience with his or her homestay.

* Food:

Moroccan food is amazing, and homestay families cannot wait to feed you!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had been abroad before and didn't need any new vaccinations, but I know the requirements aren't that intense. Also not a malaria zone, so didn't need to take malaria medication. I didn't require any medical treatment when I was there.

* Safety:

Use general common sense, but Rabat is very safe.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

It's possible to live pretty cheaply, be wary of the "tourist price" in the markets.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50-75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Learn how to negotiate prices, taxis are cheap but can add up quickly. Avoid American food - super pricey.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

We had the option to either have a background in Arabic or French, and everyone was required to take Arabic in school. My french language skills were pretty solid but I was a clear beginner with Arabic.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I had taken 6 college semesters of French.
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Host Family
  • Learning Arabic
  • Learning about the religion and being surrounded by it
* What could be improved?
  • Academic structure
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That couscous is incredible. Eat it with your family every Friday.