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Arabic Language & Culture, Rabat

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study Arabic at the CIEE Study Center in Rabat. Homestays are an integral part of this exciting new program, giving you a genuine, behind-the-scenes understanding of Moroccan life. Take advantage of this chance to prepare yourself for countless job openings in diplomacy, international business, NGO work, education, health services, and more.
Orientation in Rabat: CIEE provides an introduction to the culture of Morocco and the survival skills you will need to enjoy both your homestay and your classes. Students should be aware that late arrivals cannot be approved and participation in all orientation sessions and events is mandatory.

Scholarships are available for this program! See the Cost page for details.  

Students attend classes with international students.

Language of Instruction

Arabic; English

Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
​beginning of September to late December









​All students are required to participate in homestays with host families who are carefully matched with students based on a variety of factors including family makeup, language background and proximity to campus. Whether located downtown, the older part of the city, or in newer quarters, homestays provide clues to understanding Moroccan culture and a glimpse into the generosity, tolerance, and diversity of the Moroccan family.

More Information on Housing

Extracurricular Activities

​The program includes a series of required and optional cultural activities and field trips in and around Rabat. Examples of local cultural activities include concerts and festivals; group activities in the Medina and Kasbah; field trips to the ancient ruins of Chellah and the Andalucian Gardens, and visits to local elementary schools and government agencies. As part of the language courses, students may practice their newly acquired language skills by visiting local markets and attending music and theater performances.

There is a 4-day academic visit to Marrakesh and Essaouria (a town on the Atlantic coast) where students partake in a seminar and a 3-day visit to Chefchaoune where students participate in community development activities. Other trips will include Fez, one of the medieval cities of Morocco. Trips and cultural events provide students with an opportunity to learn more about these culturally rich and diverse regions.

From Carthaginian settlement to Roman city to various Islamic rulers to French and Spanish protectorates to constitutional monarchy, the capital Rabat exhibits multiple influences while all of Morocco has a wealth of historical sites and famous gardens to visit.  UCEAP students are encouraged to take part in as many optional activities as possible to gain a broad and informed understanding of their host country.

You may choose from a variety of volunteer activities with local NGOs, schools, and other organizations. Possible examples include projects with students who are visually impaired, mentally challenged youth, women’s groups, Berber groups, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local CIEE staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Morocco and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
​See the EAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).

Course Opportunities

​The program provides you with intensive Arabic language training along with a multifaceted academic analysis of Moroccan culture and history. In addition to classroom study, you have the opportunity to experience different aspects of Morocco through a variety of cultural activities, field trips, day trips, and overnight excursions. Courses are held at the CIEE Study Center in Rabat.
During the first two weeks, you enroll in Intensive Moroccan Colloquial Arabic. During the regular academic session, you enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and three elective courses. Some elective courses, such as Contemporary Moroccan Society & Culture, include excursions to different Moroccan cities, such as Fez or Marrakech.

You will take the following courses on this program (CIEE provides full syllabi for their courses. Scroll down to the section titled "Curriculum"):
  • Moroccan Colloquial Arabic (first two weeks) – 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units
  • Modern Standard Arabic – 6 quarter/4 semester UC units
  • Three Elective Courses – 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units
    • Choose from courses in English or Moroccan Colloquial Arabic with subject areas including African studies, business, economics, Francophone studies, international relations, literature, Moroccan studies, political science, and religious studies.
 Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
This program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Program participants take courses offered through CIEE and taught by faculty from various local and international institutions.​​


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester, five courses.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Internships, research, and independent study for academic credit are not possible through this program.​​

The Kasbah, Rabat

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This program provides a rare opportunity for students to be in a multilingual academic setting in North Africa. In addition to the required Arabic language and culture classes taught at the CIEE Study Center, you will choose from specific elective courses taught in English and French. The CIEE Study Center is located in Agdal, a prominent neighborhood in central Rabat with easy access to public transportation. Courses are taught by faculty from various local and international institutions. Language courses are taught by qualified language instructors from local universities and other organizations, such as the Peace Corps. At least one elective class is taught in French each fall.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
Fall1524 - 25.516 - 17$18,475$3,225
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:

  • UC fees
  • Tuition at partner institution
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
  • On-site orientation
  • Predeparture expenses (visas, etc.)
  • Room and Board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​



​All participants in this program may receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year! See which program terms are eligible

Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page​ to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships. ​​​​​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:



2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by CIEE.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: