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If you are looking for an exotic undergraduate experience, a Study Abroad in Morocco Program is likely to captivate you. Geographically, Morocco is characterized by the rugged Atlas Mountains, the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert, so if you are coming from a big urban landscape, this may be the change you are looking for. Known for its biodiversity as well as its multicultural heritage, Study in Morocco abroad programs warrant consideration. Whether you hope to take peace studies courses or study Arabic in Morocco, there are a variety of interesting program options and cities to choose from including Marrakech, Tangiers, and Fes. If you think about your term studying abroad in Morocco as an interactive textbook, you will find that it is a country with many facets and influences including Berber, Jewish, Arabic, French and Spanish legacies. Learn from your courses as you aim to earn academic credits, and take in the music, cinema, festivals and Mediterranean food with the new friends you make while you Study Abroad in Morocco!

The two official languages of Morocco are Arabic and Berber. You can also hear both French and English when you study in Morocco!

Morocco is located a mere hop, skip, and jump across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain. It is one of the three countries (along with France and Spain) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean Coastlines.[ii]There are precious few places in the world that are as shrouded in mystery and magic as Morocco. Indeed, from Rick's Café American, the watering hole run by the Humphrey Bogart character in Casablanca, to the popular western image of Morocco as a country straddling the timelessness of the desert and the complications of modernity, Morocco might be considered one of the alluring countries in the world. So just imagine how exciting and transformative it could be to live there while attending four years of college, or even for a Summer Study Abroad in Morocco. The history of Morocco goes back thousands of years: It 'has been inhabited since Neolithic times, at least 8000 BCE, North Africa and Morocco were slowly drawn into the wider emerging Mediterranean world by Phoenician trading colonies and settlements in the late Classical period. The arrival of Phoenicians heralded a long engagement with the wider Mediterranean, as this strategic region formed part of the Roman Empire.' It wasn't until the 7th Century of the modern era that Morocco as we know it today, as an Islamic state, was officially formed. Of course, this wasn't the end of Moroccan development and change, as over the course of the centuries, many countries tried very hard to control Morocco, most notably France, which considered Morocco part of its official sphere of influence until Moroccan independence finally came in 1956. Today, Morocco is one of the more stable countries in the region, and is governed by a 'constitutional monarchy, with a popularly-elected parliament. The King of Morocco, with vast executive powers, can dissolve government and deploy the military, among other responsibilities. Opposition political parties are legal and several have arisen in recent years.' This, of course, is a very good thing for both the Moroccans themselves as well as for those who visit or live there temporarily, such as students.

There are many potential advantages to an undergraduate Study Abroad Morocco, especially these days when an understanding of the Muslim world is so important to American foreign policy. Indeed, even if you choose to study a subject that is not directly related to the history or culture of Morocco, the mere fact that you are living there, absorbing the culture and hearing the Arabic language, might be of great help to you as you move forward later in life.

Studying in Morocco may be life-changing, as you immerse yourself in new cultures, new cuisines, and new experiences. Continued success as you find the right undergraduate program for your Study Abroad in Morocco experience.

Document Checklist for Study Abroad

  • Passport photo
  • Photocopy of valid passport
  • Photocopy of valid visa
  • Personal ID card
  • Health certificate
  • Certification of no criminal record
  • English language proficiency certificate
  • Letter of guarantee (parent or legal guardian of student signs a declaration by which he/she assumes responsibility for the student to abide rules and regulations of China and of the university)
  • Proof that you can support your studies in Morroco
  • Certificate/diploma from last graduated school
  • Academic transcript from last graduated school
  • More documents may be required, depending on each school’s request.

Entry Requirements: For the pre-Masters courses, typical entry requirements are at least 3 years of higher education and UK IELTS 5.5 (minimum of 5.0 in all skills).

If you do not meet the English language entry level but have at let UKVI IELTS 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in all skills) you can do a course that includes extended English and skills (EES).

Intake:

Students may be able to start in spring (January – April), summer (May – August) or autumn (September – November).

We hope you decide to study abroad with us! Make sure to consider the following items before moving forward:

  • 1. Meet with your study abroad advisor on campus to talk about course approval, initial paperwork needed for your university, and financial aid options.
  • 2. Research courses you'd like to take abroad and bring those descriptions to your advisor for review and preapproval.
  • 3. Check ISA deadlines for the program you're applying to.
  • 4. Contact ISA if you have any questions!

Check the individual eligibility requirements for your program on our website, as they vary per program. Contact ISA for any questions! Review the following requirements:

  • GPA1 - Requirements range from 2.50 to 3.30.
  • Foreign Language Proficiency, if applicable.
  • Academic Classification (e.g. sophomore standing), if applicable.
  • ISA accepts applicants on a rolling basis. ISA recommends submitting your application as soon as possible and preferably one to two months before the application due date See our Prices and Dates page for more information.
  • Due dates do not necessarily coincide with student visa deadlines, and programs may or may not require a student visa. Applicants are responsible for researching visa requirements.
  • Please do not purchase any airfare until you are accepted and instructed by ISA to do so.
  • Review the ISA cancellation policy here.

COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION

1. ONLINE APPLICATION - You will need to have the following information readily available:

  • The Program City, Name and Program Code for the program(s) you are applying to
  • Your passport number (if you currently have one)
  • Your current cumulative GPA
  • A credit or debit card for the $95 non-refundable deposit, which is applied towards your program balance

2. PAPER APPLICATION - If you are unable to complete the online application, you can download the complete ISA application. Print, complete, and mail ALL pages of the ISA application, official transcript(s) and the $95 deposit to ISA.

Requirements

Foreign students wishing to enroll in a Moroccan university must hold a baccalaureate or equivalent issued in the year of entry in university. Students enrolling in Master courses must have the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree. Students enrolling in PhD must hold a Master’s degree and must specify the sector and the selected university. Most university programs are conducted in French, though the number of programs offered in English is growing. Very few are offered in Standard Arabic.

Procedures

To enroll in most public institutions of higher education in Morocco, you have to go through the diplomatic channel of your home country which will help you in your application. Your application will then be sent to the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation. To apply for most private universities, you can send your application directly to the university you wish to attend.

On arrival

Once in Morocco, you will have to report to the Department of Professional Training within the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation to complete the registration form. You will then be able to join the university to validate the final registration. You need to send a certified copy of the registration certificate issued by the training institution to the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation.

Resident permit in Morocco

You need to consult the Moroccan embassy or consulate in your area for more information about visa requirements based on your nationality. You will either need to apply for a student visa before arriving or within 90 days of arrival. For more information on requirements by country, see the article General visas for Morocco.


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