Study Abroad

SIT Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity

  • Location: Rabat, Morocco, Morocco
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors

Introduction

The SIT Morocco-Migration and Transnational Identity program is based in Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. The city is on the shore of the Bouregreg River and is known for its landmarks that represent its Islamic and French-colonial heritage. Students will partake in three major excursions, one to southern Morocco, one to Northern Morocco and one to the Netherlands. During these excursions students will explore Morocco’s history, indigenous industries, impacts of tourism, development issues, environmental problems, civil society questions, cultural diversity, and interactions between Berbers, Jews, and Arabs.

  • Visa:

    Not Required for EU or North American citizens. Residency documents completed upon arrival.

    Non-US citizens should consult with Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.

    DAllison@haverford.edu
    610-896-2960

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and board fees directly to Haverford. Haverford is then responsible for making payments directly to SIT.
Requirements

There is no language requirement, however, students with a background in French will find ample opportunity for French language practice while also learning both Moroccan and Modern Standard Arabic.

Academic Credit

Students in Morocco must complete 16 semester credit hours each semester. This is equivalent to four Haverford credits.  Haverford credit can only be granted for grades of “C” or above.

Curriculum

Students on the Morocco Migration and Transnational Identity Program are required to take ALL three of the following courses:

  1. Migration and Transnational Identity
    This course provides the main context for students to engage academically, epistemologically, and intellectually with the theme of migration and mobility. The course is divided into modules, which explore the following themes: culture and the Mediterranean space; sub-Saharan African immigrants in Morocco and trans-Saharan crossings and related issues of human rights and refugee status; Moroccan immigrants in Europe and development; gender and migration, and social movements and transnational identities. Throughout the course, readings and class discussions address issues of religion, race, gender, identity, undocumented and underage migrants, citizenship, and nationality.
  2. Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Modern Standard Arabic
    The course is designed to equip students with a proficiency level in spoken Modern Standard Arabic in order to engage in everyday communication. The course integrates the skills of reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. Students with prior study in Arabic will find reinforcement of Modern Standard Arabic through the media. Homestays, field excursions, and everyday interactions assist in language acquisition.
  3. Research Methods and Ethics
    This course is designed to provide firsthand and experiential knowledge about the richness and challenges of conducting field study in Morocco. It provides the necessary conceptual and methodological thread that enables the student to learn from experience, to apply the knowledge and skills gained in language study and the thematic course, and to prepare the student to undertake field study in Morocco in strict observance of research procedure involving human subjects and the regulatory ethical norms defined by the Institutional Review Board.

In addition to taking the above courses, students will also enroll in ONE of the following two courses:

  • Internship and Seminar
    This seminar consists of a four-week internship with a local community organization, research organization, business, or international NGO. The aim of the internship is to enable the student to gain valuable work experience and to enhance their skills in an international work environment. Students will complete an internship and submit a paper in which they process their learning experience on the job, analyze an issue important to the organization, and/or design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization. A focus will be on linking internship learning with the program’s critical global issue focus and overall program theme.
  • Independent Study Project
    Conducted in Rabat or another approved location in Morocco appropriate to the project. Students work closely with their academic director and a local advisor to design and build their Independent Study Project (ISP). Sample topic areas: creating a common culture among Moroccans and sub-Saharan Africans through Gnawa music; the relationship between the Kingdom of Morocco and its residents abroad; the incorporation of migration into death experiences within and beyond Morocco; the consequences of irregular migration on racial perceptions; the spiritual, geographical, and musical origins of flamenco in the Maghreb; unpacking the social, cultural, and historical aspects of Moroccan migration.

These are excerpts from the course descriptions found on the SIT website. Full descriptions and sample syllabi can be found under the “Coursework” section: https://studyabroad.sit.edu/programs/semester/spring-2019/mom/

Course Highlights

Arabic, Human Rights, Independent Research, Identity, Internship, Justice, Migration, Peace, Resilience

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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Orientation

During the first week of the program, the academic director and other staff conduct academic, cross-cultural, health and safety, and site-specific orientations. Through group discussions, readings, and participatory methods, students are introduced to the host country and develop skills for successful cross-cultural communication. Orientation is also a time to review academic requirements, understand program objectives, and develop relationships within the student group.

Number of Students

About 20-25 students attend this program each semester.

Housing/Meal Plans

Homestay only. Each SIT Study Abroad student studying on the Morocco program lives with a carefully selected host family in Rabat for eight weeks. If students pursue an independent project in Rabat, they can extend their stay by four weeks. A homestay may be arranged in other locations during this period, as well.

During group excursions, the program will stay in hostels and students will share double or triple rooms with friends.

During the homestay period, students will have breakfast and dinner with their host families, while lunch will be served mostly at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning. On weekends, except when there is a group excursion organized by the program, students will have all meals with their homestay families.

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Dates

  • Semester I: Early September – Mid-December
  • Semester II: Late January – Mid-May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: September 21

Faculty Contact

Douglas Davis