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SIT Study Abroad Morocco: Multiculturalism, Human Rights & Migration
Rabat, Morocco (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Fields of Studies: Anthropology, Geography, History
Language of Instruction: English Experiential Learning: Internships, ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program
Class Standing: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
Program Description:

Morocco: Multiculturalism, Human Rights, & Migration*

*This program has combined coursework from two previous programs in Morocco and will be offered for fall 2020 only.

Examine challenges shaping Morocco and the Arab World since the 2011 Arab Spring. Learn about human rights and social movements and meet with asylum seekers, migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and NGOs working on migration issues.

Morocco is a mix of human and geographic landscapes including the Atlas Mountains, the vast Sahara Desert, and traditional Amazigh villages, where sub-Saharan African cultures are deeply rooted in age-old traditions emphasizing community and family. Against a backdrop of important migration dynamics, this program explores the characteristics, challenges, and complexities of multiculturalism and human rights in Morocco. Excursions will examine social development, international migration issues, gender dynamicsand the role of civil society. Learn the history of migration in Morocco at the ancient Roman site, Volubilis, and the medieval cities of Fes and Meknès. From a base within Rabat’s 16th-century medina, you will discuss migration, human rights and multiculturalism with prominent university professors and visit Moroccan and United Nations agencies and NGOs. In the northern cities of Tangier and Tétouan, you will visit NGOs working for the integration of Moroccan youth and sub-Saharan migrants. A southern excursion will introduce you to the multicultural diversity of Morocco with visits to Amazigh and Sahrawi villages and give you an opportunity to appreciate the efforts of local NGOs to support local development.

Program Highlights

  • Study issues impacting Morocco and the rest of the Arab World following the Arab Spring in 2011.
  • Meet Amazighs, Jews, Arabs, and sub-Saharan Africans to understand Morocco's cultural diversity.
  • Explore the sand dunes of the Sahara on a camel trek.
  • Examine the historical, economic, political, and cultural roots of migration.
  • Meet regularly with Moroccan students to discuss youth issues.
  • Hear from sub-Saharan asylum seekers and migrants.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study & Internships

Conducted in Rabat or another approved location appropriate to the project in Morocco, the Independent Study Project (ISP) offers students the opportunity to undertake significant, specific, and individualized independent study; students apply the concepts and skills of experience-based learning articulated and learned in all other program components. Although the ISP is largely conducted during the last four weeks of the program, considerable planning and preparation for the ISP is done throughout the term. The Research Methods and Ethics course addresses concepts and rationale, methods and techniques, and evaluation of field study, all designed to introduce the student to the general background of field study and to assist them with ISPs that will be of interest to them and relevant to the program theme. The actual fieldwork for the ISP begins with the ISP preparation sessions and individual sessions on resource search and identification of appropriate contacts and resources.
Sample ISP topic areas:
  • Cultural importance of cooking 
  • Fiction and the Moroccan Jewish community 
  • HIV/AIDS in Morocco 
  • Human rights 
  • Informal economy 
  • Inheritance rights and ijtihad 
  • International and local NGO human rights organizations in Morocco 
  • Islam in daily life 
  • Moroccan music and architecture 
  • Moroccan views of the outside world 
  • Multilingualism 
  • Nongovernmental organizations in Morocco 
  • Political pluralism 
  • Rural development projects 
  • Rural schooling 
  • Social organization among tanners 
  • The Arab Spring 
  • The culture of volunteering in Muslim countries 
  • The Sahara question 
  • Women’s issues 
This seminar consists of a four-week internship with a local community organization, research organization, business, or international NGO. The aim of the internship is to enable the student to gain valuable work experience and to enhance their skills in an international work environment. Students will complete an internship and submit a paper in which they process their learning experience on the job, analyze an issue important to the organization, and/or design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization. A focus will be on linking internship learning with the program’s critical global issue focus and overall program theme. 

List of possible placements for Internship:
  • Working within a local NGO advocating migrants’ rights 
  • Teaching English to adult migrants at a local NGO 
  • Participating in the evaluation of migrant startups 
  • Cultural animation with a local NGO 
  • Defending women’s rights within a local NGO 
  • Advocacy and fundraising for a migration NGO 
  • Association Marocaine des Droits Humains 
  • Organisation Marocaine des Droits Humain 
  • Association Marocaine des Droits Humains 
  • Organisation Marocaine des Droits Humain 
  • GADEM (NGOs Network for sub-Saharan migrant’s rights) 
  • Plateforme des Associations et Communautes Subsahariennes au Maroc (ASCOMS) (Platform of Sub-saharan Associations and Communities in Morocco) 
  • Azeta Network for Amazigh Cultural rights 
  • Azeta Network for Amazigh Cultural rights 
  • Association Bayti 
  • Transparency Rabat 
  • Association Tanmia 

Key Topics of Study

  • The interplay between authoritarianism and human rights following Morocco’s Arab Spring
  • Tensions between secular and religious approaches to individual freedoms
  • Liberal reforms in areas such as human rights and cultural diversity
  • Drivers of migration in Morocco, North Africa, and African sub-Saharan countries
  • Effects of human mobility on communities, politics, and the economy
  • Social and psychological impacts of migration
  • Gender and migration

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