Study Abroad

SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

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


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.

The SIT Morocco-Multiculturalism and Human Rights 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 two major excursions, one to southern Morocco and one to Northern Morocco. 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 the Office of International Student Support before applying to the program.

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

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.


Students on the Morocco Multiculturalism and Human Rights Program are required to take ALL of the three following courses:

  1. Multiculturalism and Human Rights in the Context of the Arab Spring
    This course aims to introduce students to the major current debates in Morocco on the question of multiculturalism and human rights. It focuses on the new political, cultural, and transnational context in the wake of the Arab Spring. The course engages students in debates with Moroccan academics, artists, civil society activists, and policy makers on the development of a multicultural society in which Amazighi language and identity, Andalusian customs and traditions, sub-Saharan cultural roots and ethnicities, and Arab linguistic and religious mapping are equally celebrated in the public sphere. The course is divided into four main modules: History and Institutions of Human Rights in Morocco; Gender and Religion in Morocco, Post-Arab Spring; Multiculturalism and Social Movements; and Cultural Representations and the Arts.
  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 in another approved location appropriate to the project in Morocco. The Independent Study Project (ISP) offers students the opportunity to undertake significant, specific, and individualized independent study; students apply the concepts and skills of experience-based learning articulated and learned in all other program components. Although the ISP is largely conducted during the last four weeks of the program, considerable planning and preparation for the ISP is done throughout the term. The Research Methods and Ethics course addresses concepts and rationale, methods and techniques, and evaluation of field study, all designed to introduce the student to the general background of field study and to assist them with ISPs that will be of interest to them and relevant to the program theme. The actual fieldwork for the ISP begins with the ISP preparation sessions and individual sessions on resource search and identification of appropriate contacts and resources. Sample topic areas include: international and local nongovernmental human rights organizations in Morocco: cooperation and activism; inheritance rights and Itjihad in Morocco’s modern society; childbirth in rural Morocco; Sufi poetry; the politics of expression among women in rural Morocco; the culture of volunteering in Muslim countries; code-switching and multilingualism in Moroccan music; fiction and the Moroccan Jewish community.

These are excerpts from the course descriptions found on the SIT website. Full descriptions and sample syllabi can be found under the “Coursework” section:

Course Highlights

Arabic, Human Rights, Independent Research, Justice, Multicultural Studies, Peace, Social Movements

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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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 25-30 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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  • Semester I: Early September to Mid-December
  • Semester II: Late January to early May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 15

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