A Diversity of Experiences in Morocco December 23, 2023

By (Anthropology, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/05/2023 to 12/18/2023 with

SIT Study Abroad: Morocco - Migration and Transnational Identity

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about Morocco's history and political landscape, as well as methods of conducting research.

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

Communication could be improved. We sometimes felt lost and unprepared for the activities.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I've had wonderful experiences all throughout the program, but I know some other students who got sick from food during the ISP period. I would suggest following common sense and don't be afraid to walk out of restaurants when things don't feel right.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

There haven't been any significant safety threats but students have been followed on the streets. The academic directors helped us deal with them and there were no escalated safety threats.

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

I have learned so much from the people that I have met and was also able to step out of my comfort zone multiple times. I really like Morocco and I'm glad that I came here for a semester.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 30
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Learn to bargain. If you have time, compare the prices from different vendors. Buy train tickets online in advance.


* 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

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? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Try to use it as much as possible in your everyday life, especially with your host family.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • ISP
  • Being in a host family
  • The excursions
* What could be improved?
  • More research methods and ethics
  • Better communication on activities
  • More structure in the lectures
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is really important to take proactive steps in my own learning. Having the mindset of teaching myself along the way would have been more helpful than expecting to be taught and guided through the process.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!