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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
African Studies, Arabic, Culture, French, History, Literature, Political Science, Sociology
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
Arabic, French
Language Requirement:
0 - 4 semesters
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Africa and Latin America Grant-in-Aid, Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Specific Scholarships:
IES PSU Scholarship
Program Description:
Bags full of color in Morrocco

Program Overview     

As the capital of Morocco, Rabat is home to numerous non-profit organizations, international organizations, and Morocco's leading university. The city boasts a cosmopolitan mix of European Modernism and North African and Islamic tradition. Its unique blend of cultures, religions, languages, and identities creates a perfect backdrop for studying issues in the francophone world and for studying Arabic language. Rabat's coastal location, moderate weather year-round, and blend of the old and new make it a fascinating city in which to live and study in the summer.

Students in the Francophone Studies and Arabic Language Program must choose between one or two tracks:

  • Francophone Studies
  • Arabic Language
Regardless of which track you choose, students are required to take a 1-credit Colloquial Moroccan Arabic to help you communicate with locals. 

To visit a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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Education Abroad Credits

Students at mosqueStudents must take a minimum of 7 credits for the summer.

Francophone Studies

Advanced students of French enroll in a 1-credit Colloquial Moroccan Arabic course and two 3-credit electives for a total of 7 credits. All area studies courses are taught in French.

Arabic Language

Student enroll in a 6-credit course in Modern Standard Arabic and a 1-credit course in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic.

Further information about the range of IES courses can be found on the IES website.

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Rabat Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Students must satisfy the requirements established by the program:

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Sophomore standing or higher at time of study
  • Four semesters of college-level French or the equivalent is required for the Francophone Studies track including enrollment in a French course within the year prior to the program start date.
  • No prior Arabic language study is required for admission to the Arabic language track.

Housing and Meals

Your housing will be arranged by IES Abroad. You will live with a Moroccan family in a homestay to experience the culture, traditions, and cuisine of Morocco first-hand. Three meals per day will be provided.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major, class standing, and number of credits that you take on the summer program.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Shoe store in MoroccoPenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

IES Public School Grant

As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $2,000 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.

IES-PSU Scholarships

IES has generously provided scholarships for specific programs. These funds are intended for students who, for financial reasons, may not otherwise be able to participate on a IES program.

Summer 2017

Scholarships for the summer 2017 programs listed will be issued for $500 or $1,000 per student.  There is no application for this scholarship, and the University Office of Global Programs will notify scholarship recipients via email.  Eligibility for theses scholarships vary, but students must study abroad in the determined semester and location, in addition to being a full-time degree seeking Penn State undergraduate student and establishing financial need.  Applicants must also be a United States citizen/permanent resident and have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Student Aid.  Financial need is established via the FAFSA on file with Penn State.  Scholarships are not guaranteed and will be competitive.

IES: Buenos Aires, Language and Argentine Studies
IES: Rabat, Francophone Studies & Arabic Language
IES: Santiago, Internship Program 
IES: Santiago, Health Studies
IES: Tokyo 

Please contact your Education Abroad adviser for more information.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on of this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. 


Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.


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Cost & Funding
Health & Safety
Parents & Family
Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/01/2017
02/15/2017 05/29/2017 07/18/2017

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