Summer in Morocco

The Morocco program is ideal for students who want to study the French language and have never traveled to North Africa. It will also benefit students with more knowledge of the French language by providing them with an immersion in the civilization and culture of a North African Francophone country.

Specially designed by UVA faculty to complement the UVA curriculum, the program allows students to earn UVA credit and UVA grades rather than transfer credit. These credits can be counted towards major or minor requirements at UVA. Non-UVA students are welcome to apply.


At the crossroads of civilizations, Morocco and its capital city of Rabat are located in the North West corner of Africa, only 9 miles from Europe. The capital of a modern nation, Rabat embodies the variety and contrasts of Morocco. Rabat is an ideal location for experiencing a successfully functioning multilingual society (Arabic, French, and Berber are all spoken there).

The country is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea on its northern coast,dthe Atlantic Ocean on the western coast and the Sahara desert to the south. The port city Tangier faces the southern most point of Spain, just across the Strait of Gibraltar.


Students will generally attend classes four or five days a week (Monday through Thursday), and will participate in group field trips and excursions. Field trips will include museums and monuments. Expected excursions will include: Marrakech, the Atlas mountains, the sand dunes desert, visits to Berber villages, Fes (the cultural capital), Meknes (imperial city), Volubilis (Roman Ruins), Casablanca (the economic capital), and Tangier and Tetouan on the Mediterranean Sea. Some students have lunched at Rick's Cafe during the one day trip to Casablanca!


To facilitate immersion into Moroccan culture, students will be housed with host families. Students will have breakfast and dinner with their host families and have lunch near the AMIDEAST center.

Students will stay in hotels during overnight excursions.

Course Information

As part of the program application, students will be asked to list the courses they are interested in taking. Each student on the Morocco program will enroll in three courses, only one of which may be a 4000-level French course. Students who take two French courses and one Arabic course will receive a total of 10 credits.

FREN 3034 - Advanced Oral and Written French (3 credits)
FREN 3747/FREN 4547 - Moroccan Francophone Literature (3 credits)
     (choose either the 3000 or 4000 level).
FREN 3570/4546 - Topics on Moroccan Civilization (3 credits)
     (choose either the 3000 or 4000 level)
ARAB 1010 - Elementary Arabic (4 credits)
ARAB - 2010 - Intermediate Arabic (4 credits)
(minimum enrollment of 5 students)

To complement the course offerings, guest lecturers who are experts in diverse fields will meet with students.  Topics include the politics of development in Morocco, the French protectorate in Morocco and Moroccan Judaism, human rights, foreign policy, Islam, the health system in Morocco and Moroccan architecture.




In-state           TBA
Out-of-State     TBA

View the program Budget Sheet online for additional details.   In addition to these costs, students are also responsible for the following expenses:

  • International airfare
  • Local transportation
  • Personal travel
  • Insurance
  • Meals
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses.

To Apply:


  1. View the Education Abroad Workshop
  2. Complete the program application

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Director: Majida Bargach
Director, Global Internships and Special Projects
University of Virgina
Charlottesville, VA 22904