Delve into the fascinating layers of this North African nation as you learn Arabic with courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. IES Abroad courses focus on North African and Islamic Studies and introduce you to the many influential forces shaping the history and culture of Morocco. Courses taught in French give you an opportunity to address these topics while improving your French language skills.
Gain a unique cultural perspective and practical work experience with an internship placement at a local organization, school, or business. Whether learning alongside Moroccan students or sharing a home-cooked meal with your homestay family, you will enjoy regular opportunities to integrate into the community. Coupled with IES Abroad field trips and field study trips that provide first-hand cultural insight, this program will help you to gain a meaningful cultural experience and a deeper knowledge of what it means to be a citizen of the world.
Education Abroad Credits
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 of a Pass/Fail basis. Students are required to take a minimum of 15 credits per semester, and can take up to a maximum of 19 credits. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process, visit our Course Equivalencies page.
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.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live either in a homestay, where 3 meals per day are provided, or in a residence hall, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals (kitchen facilities on site).
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn 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 see Funding Study Abroad.
IES Public School Grant
As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $1500 IES Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has ALREADY been calculated into the above Budget Sheet.
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, the education abroad adviser for this program. For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs 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 at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
1 academic recommendation
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. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.