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By (International Studies, North Carolina State University) for

IES Abroad: Rabat - Study in Rabat

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved Morocco but this program ruined it.

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.

Extremely easy."Women and Society in Northern Africa and beyond" class did not teach anything on women in other Maghreb countries which was extremely important to mention. The professor spent most of the time talking about the difference between American and European culture and telling a guy that he was "handsome" and joking with him. She also spent a whole week on Moroccan dresses. What should have been mentioned was the situation with Algerian women or the rights Tunisian women have. The Arabic placement exam is a joke. They will place you either in a class that is too advanced or too behind.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My expectations were not met at all.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

They were very mindful of food issues.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

As mentioned, the Sahara trip was wonderful.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Use common sense.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced with the locals

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The field trips
* What could be improved?
  • The academic area
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Check into other Morocco programs and if you do chose this program be sure to speak up for the problems you have and if you want to learn anything don't stay in your shell. Don't insult the locals...don't go there to just drink beer and smoke hashish and stick with American students the whole time because many students have done this and it is very disrespectful to local culture.