Arabic language school in Rabat, Morocco
The Council on International
Educational Exchange (CIEE) is an U.S. non- governmental international education
organization, which creates and administers programs that allow high school and university
students and educators to study and teach abroad. The CIEE Study Center in Rabat was
established in 2008.
The program is designed to provide students with intensive Arabic language training and
an academic analysis of Moroccan culture and history. Students wishing to focus a larger
percentage of their studies on Arabic language may opt to take an elective language course
in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic.
Teaching methods involve a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and fieldwork.
Guest lectures, field trips, and excursions are an important part of the academic
The program also includes a series of required and optional cultural activities and
field trips in and around Rabat, such as concerts, group activities in the Medina and
Kasbah, the ancient ruins of Chellah, the Andalucian Gardens, local elementary schools,
government agencies, and festivals. As part of the language courses, students may visit
local markets, music and theater performances, or a Moroccan wedding for practical
language training opportunities. Students also enjoy a multiday stay in another Moroccan
city such as Fez or Marrakech.
Students live with Moroccan families in modern homes in
various neighborhoods throughout Rabat. Most homes combine western and traditional
Moroccan elements, and families are typically multilingual. Host families provide
breakfast and dinner on weekdays and additional meals on the weekend.
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