SIT Study Abroad: Morocco - Multiculturalism and Human Rights

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Examine challenges shaping Morocco and the Arab world: authoritarian rule, human rights, democratic transition, economic liberalization, civil society, Islamic movements, multiculturalism, and constitutional reforms following Arab Spring.This prog... read more

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Competency as a foreign correspondent. Good friends. Confidence in my journalism abilities. Great clips for my portfolio. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
June 13, 2016 What An Experience!
I learned so much about Morocco; its history, where it stands now on so many issues, and about what the future holds for this country. Definitely a worthwhile experience. - Skidmore College View Entire Review
My semester in Morocco through SIT's Multiculturalism and Human Rights program was absolutely worthwhile, not only because of the engaging academics and fascinating subject matter, but also because of the invaluable cultural knowledge and personal growth I gained from living in Rabat and traveling Morocco. - University of Oregon View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Morocco - Multiculturalism and Human Rights
June 08, 2016 Morocco
During the time span of this program, I learned a wealth of knowledge about Morocco's history, culture, religion, and language. I was extremely surprised with how hospitable the people were, and how many good friends I made outside of the program. - Emory University View Entire Review
June 03, 2016 Interesting
too much to give an exhaustive explanation on this forum - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
This experience opened me to a new and fascinating part of the world that challenged myself to see the world through different perspectives. I made deep and lasting friendships and fond memories, and grew immensely as a person. - George Washington University View Entire Review
During that time, I learned a great deal about Moroccan culture, history and politics, but also about self reliance, overcoming challenges and confronting others. We had the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of members of Moroccan civil society and academia. We were also able to explore and get to know the diverse geo... - Northwestern University View Entire Review
Just living in a culture that's so vastly different from American culture changes the way you look at the world. The lifestyle becomes a part of you, and you'll find yourself getting angry at the news for portraying the Muslim world in such a simplistic and usually inaccurate way. Learning to understand perspectives that in many... - Northwestern University View Entire Review
This program helped me solidify the topic for my major thesis and has lead me to pursue a Fulbright fellowship in Morocco so I can continue my research. This program really was life reaffirming for me. - Georgetown University View Entire Review
I gained a better awareness and love for the multicultural realities that exist in our world and gained a lot of self confidence by speaking Arabic daily and stretching myself by traveling and living in a place so different from what I defined as familiar five months ago. In other words, now the medina in Rabat and the US feel b... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism & Human Rights
This experience was definitely worthwhile. I learned a tremendous amount about Moroccan lifestyle and culture, Islamic traditions and life as a practicing Muslim, and gained new, unequivocal skills as a traveler. I also made long-lasting friendships both with fellow Americans on my program and with local Moroccans. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
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I learned to live where my feet are and enjoy and appreciate the moment; Family is central to societal functioning and a very important unit; You cannot push your own cultural assumptions on others; Cultural relativism is critical; There are bigger things to worry about than sweating the small stuff - Ithaca College View Entire Review
It was an incredible experience and I would not change anything about it, My study abroad experience has completely changed my outlook on Morocco and the Middle Eastern culture as well as allowed me to learn so much about a culture so completely different to our own here in the US - Fordham University View Entire Review
I learned how to be aware of my surroundings, and learned to take in all the good and even the bad at times. I gained memories and friendships that will last for a lifetime. - Oregon State University View Entire Review
I left Morocco with a new awareness of my own capabilities. I was able to thrive in a country where I didn't speak the local language fluently, but I still had the best semester I've had yet. I would go back to Morocco in a heartbeat. I think studying abroad, wherever you go, is a great way to learn about the world and yourself.... - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
This program was very worthwhile. It was a wonderful cross-cultural experience that gave me a new perspective on the world. The people that I met (both Americans and Moroccans) were amazing and taught me so much about the world. I also learned a lot about myself, especially regarding what makes me happy and what is important to ... - Bates College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Morocco - Multiculturalism and Human Rights
. The most important thing I learned while abroad was how to interact with and integrate into another culture. Living in a different country where I didn’t speak the native language taught me about my own strengths and weaknesses. I became aware of my own capabilities as I pushed myself into unfamiliar places and situations. My ... - Oregon State University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and my limits through pushing myself constantly out of my comfort zone. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Although I did not learn much Arabic throughout the program, I obtained a lot of information about the multicultural identities of Moroccans, and the wider picture of Islam. The experience in Morocco definitely introduced me another portal to know a world that hidden from western medias. - Skidmore College View Entire Review
I learned how I best absorb languages, and now know that I need to travel more to keep working on my Arabic. I learned that I loved challenging myself to meet new people and go to new places, even if it was scary at first. I learned that while I won't always agree with everyone I meet socially, religiously, or politically, it is... - University of Puget Sound View Entire Review
I learned about what interests me. (Public Health) I learned about a whole different world outside the United States. I learned about the kindness and hospitality that most Moroccans exude. I gained an enriching experience traveling the country and seeing the different regions of Morocco. I learned how to express myself. I... - Oregon State University View Entire Review
January 27, 2016 Please Don't Enroll
Morocco and Rabat itself are fantastic; please direct-enroll into Mohammad V University if possible. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Very worthwhile! I highly recommend this program. I learned a lot about myself and more than I could imagine through the experiential aspects of the program. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I could write a book about that. It was absolutely worthwhile. Not everything was perfect, but I learned more about myself and the world in a semester there than I usually learn in a year. As everyone knows, study abroad is about experiential learning, and SIT did a fantastic job with the difficult task of integrating academics ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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Examine challenges shaping Morocco and the Arab world: authoritarian rule, human rights, democratic transition, economic liberalization, civil society, Islamic movements, multiculturalism, and constitutional reforms following Arab Spring.

This program examines human rights, religion, politics, and cultural diversity in Morocco contextualized within the broader region and beyond. You will consider Morocco’s cultural, historical, and ecological diversity and the role Morocco has played — historically and to the present day — in relation to Africa and Europe. A particular focus on gender issues includes looking at women’s roles in contemporary Moroccan society and Moroccan feminism.

Major topics of study include:

- The interplay between authoritarianism and human rights
- Tensions between secular and religious approaches to individual freedoms
- Liberal reforms (proposed and enacted) in areas such as ethnicity, women’s rights, and state violence 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Arabic
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
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