A challenging and formative experience Past Review

By (Multiculturalism and Human Rights, Northwestern University) - abroad from 08/30/2015 to 12/12/2015 with

SIT Study Abroad: Morocco - Multiculturalism and Human Rights

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
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 geography of the country, visiting many different cities and regions. Over all it was a formative experience where I grew and learned considerably.

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.

Much of the educational rigor was the students' responsibility to determine. Our professor provided us with influential guest lecturers who provided us with inside insight on Moroccan culture and civil society. He trusted students, however, to do a lot of learning independently, giving resources but allowing students to explore on their own.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The host country administration worked a lot to ensure a clean integration into the host culture.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host mother was very kind. It did make me uncomfortable that she was paid, and she could be impersonal at times.

* Food:

Food was clean and delicious. All food provided by my host family and host organization was clean.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was mostly our independent responsibility to engage with the local culture. My host mother provided as a primary access to local culture and language.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

European-quality health care was readily available. Our program coordinator was willing to accompany us to interpret.

* Safety:

The city had rather high rates of poverty but was among the safer cities in the country. Street harassment was a constant problem.

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

There was definitely room for improvement, but our academic director really made the program worth it.

Finances

* 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)

Food was very cheap.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No.

Language

* 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

We would frequently use Arabic in everyday engagements and spent 3 hours a day studying Arabic.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
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 101
How many hours per day did you 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?

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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?
  • Excursions around the country
  • Building relationships with other program participants
  • Exploring Morocco independently
* What could be improved?
  • Mental health services
  • Support from SIT Vermont
  • Host family placement
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will have to be more self reliant than you think.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.