Total Moroccan Cultural Immersion Past Review

By (Economics and French, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/26/2015 to 05/16/2015 with

CIEE: Rabat - Language and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. I had no previous experience with Arabic, and was able to learn some basics.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)


* 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

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Program excursions and travel around Morocco in general
  • Moroccan students who came to our activities and outings
  • Supportive program staff
* What could be improved?
  • Host family screening
  • Language instruction for beginners
  • Increased complexity of content covered in courses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I was under the impression that at least one course in French would run no matter what, but it was in fact based on enrollment demand, and no French course ended up running.