Kristen Wang SEAS'18

Moroccan pots

SIT Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity

Language of Instruction: English, Arabic
Multiple locations,
Term: Spring, Fall

Complete an independent research project while studying migration and transnational identity in Morocco.

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
See other program dates


This SIT Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity program examines the factors driving migration in Morocco and elsewhere in North and sub-Saharan Africa. During the program, you consider how human mobility is shaped by aspects of culture including: religion, security, youth culture, desertification and poverty.

Though this program has no language requirement, you are still strongly recommended to have taken at least four semesters of Arabic, or one semester of Arabic plus four semesters of French before attending. Courses will be taught in English.


You are enrolled in courses that focus on themes such as: migration and transnational identity, Arabic language, research methods and ethics as well as have the chance to complete an independent study project.‚Äč

Program Features

Based in Rabat, you study Arabic and the rapidly changing society in Morocco.

However, because SIT believes that you learn from experience, you also participate in several excursions throughout the semester which may include a village visit as well as a trip to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Because of the highly mobile nature of the trip, you live in a combination of homestays , hostels, hotels or private homes.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Multiple locations,
The Middle East and North Africa
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021