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By (Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2015 to 12/17/2015 with

SIT Study Abroad: Morocco - Multiculturalism and Human Rights

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Morocco and Rabat itself are fantastic; please direct-enroll into Mohammad V University if possible.

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.

Poor experience; many hours in class, but not solid language instruction. Busy work with lack of quality-- exact opposite of what I wanted and expected of a cultural immersion experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program


* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Predatory of both local families and students as many homes seem dependent on the income from housing students

* Food:

Very sweet, attentive cook

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not at all. Students were not required to have previous language skills or knowledge, so we were an obvious hoard of Americans.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Not at all. I tried calling the program leaders 10 times during a health emergency. No support in reality/ far too many students with no RD equivalent to an on-campus experience. All the infantilization of high school without any actual outreach to students.

* Safety:

Fairly safe. Pick-pocketing is likely.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 20


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Arabic 202 from a Moroccan instructor
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? Go to Middlebury in Jordan instead, or to the CLS center in Meknes

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • Location (Rabat)
* What could be improved?
  • Health support
  • Mental Health Support
  • Academics
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the program really doesn't offer more safety or comfort than living in an airbnb apartment and attending a university there.

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!