Rabat, Morocco Project Center (HUA)
Morocco is a developing Muslim nation located on the far Western tip of North Africa. While the country strives to preserve its historic traditional crafts in rug weaving, wood carving, and mosaic art, it is also seeking to improve through modernization the socio-economic welfare of its citizens. While student project work and educational travel will be conducted throughout Morocco, the project center is based in Rabat, the grand capital of the nation founded in 1146. Morocco has a Mediterranean climate, becoming more extreme in the interior. The northern part of the country is very lush, green and mountainous with the southern part more Saharan. Average temperatures in Rabat in September range from 62°F to 80°F.
All students take an intensive course on the Arabic language. Students are housed in apartments in Rabat. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Moroccan cuisine is influenced by Morocco's interactions and exchanges with other cultures and nations over the centuries. Moroccan cuisine is typically a mix of Mediterranean, Arabic, Andalusian and Berber cuisine. Morocco produces a large range of Mediterranean fruits and vegetables and even some tropical ones. Common meats include beef, goat, mutton, lamb, camel, chicken and seafood. Characteristic flavorings include lemon pickle, cold-pressed, unrefined olive oil and dried fruits. Spices and herbs are used extensively in Moroccan food, such as cinnamon, mint, cumin, turmeric, paprika, coriander, saffron and nutmeg. Common dishes include couscous, tagine, and mint tea. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies (nuts in particular) into account as you consider this site and inform your advisor and IGSD of any health concerns well in advance of your participation in this program.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Students complete three one-third units to earn one unit of academic credit with studies in Arabic language, culture, and history. Their capstone project will involve learning from Moroccans about shared values, Islam, similarities and differences in popular culture, the effects of globalization, and other important contemporary issues. Previous projects have:
- Written a blog exploring the validity, as well as the historical and cultural context, of Morocco’s “destination image”
- Created a podcast studying traditional Berber music styles
- Developed a website with a virtual tour of traditional Moroccan homes
- Evaluated the differences between Moroccan and American wedding traditions
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester).
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Morocco can be found here: Morocco Estimated Expenses
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you, and that you carefully review the published information concerning health, safety, and security at the resources linked below prior to applying to a particular site. Make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccine information, and review all information in relation to your own health and any medical conditions you may have.
Country-specific travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control
Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State