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UVA in Morocco (Summer)
Chefchaouen, Morocco; Fez, Morocco; Imlil, Morocco; Marrakesh, Morocco; Merzouga, Morocco; Ouarzazate, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco; Tangier, Morocco (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
2000 level
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Homestay, Hotel Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: French
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty directed, Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Margaret Walter
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Arabic, Cultural Studies, French
Program Description:

Students will take courses in French and English along with an Arabic language course. Students will learn about  many facets of Moroccan civilization, language, and culture. All courses will be supplemented by local guest speakers and field trips. Students will be integrated into the local community and culture.

This program is ideal for students who want to study French language, Moroccan civilization, and Arabic, and have never traveled to North Africa. This program will also provide a deeper immersion in a Francophone country and provide insight into North African civilization and culture.

This program is 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.


15th Century Tower of Hassan, Rabat

At the crossroads of civilizations, Morocco is 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).

The country is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea on its northern coast, and the 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 attend classes four or five days a week (Monday through Thursday, or Friday), and will participate in group field trips and excursions.

Field trips will include museums and monuments. Examples of past excursions: 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, including lunch at Rick's Cafe), Tangier and Tetouan on the Mediterranean Sea, and the blue city of Chefchaouen.

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 on campus.

Students will stay in hotels during overnight excursions.

Students may have the opportunity to intern after the conclusion of the program. Please see the Global Internships brochure page for more information.


Castle on the coast in Asilah


Intensive French Language and Moroccan Civilization Studies

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 all three 3-credit courses, only one of which may be a 4000-level French course. Students have the option of taking a 1-credit Colloquial Arabic course as well.

WGS 3140 - Border Crossings: Women, Islam and Literature in the Middle East and North Africa (3 credits)

FREN 3747/FREN 4547 - Littérature et Culture Francophone au Maroc/Moroccan Francophone Literature (3 credits) (choose either the 3000 or 4000 level)

FREN 3570/4546 - African Literatures & Cultures/Topics on Moroccan Civilization (3 credits)
(choose either the 3000 or 4000 level)

ARAB 1559 - Colloquial Arabic (1 credit)


On Sand Dune of Merzouga

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Further Information
Program Director
Majida Bargach
Director of Morocco Programs
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904

This program is currently not accepting applications.