Kristen Wang, SEAS'18

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SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

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

Learn about human rights, social movements, and the development of individual liberties in a multicultural context

The next application deadline is Mar 1, 2023
See other program dates


The SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights program examines the challenges shaping Morocco and the Arab world since the 2011 Arab Spring. You will discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion issues with Moroccan University students and get their perspectives. Although there is no language requirement, students with a background in French will find ample opportunity for French language practice while also learning Arabic.


On this program, you will explore the present-day characteristics, challenges, and complexities of multiculturalism and human rights in Morocco. You will take courses that focus on the following themes, Human Rights and Social Movements in a Multicultural Context, Arabic (all levels), Research Methods and Ethics, and Independent Study Project (ISP).

The ISP gives you the unique opportunity to apply your learning from earlier in the semester to an independent field-based research project supervised by a local adviser.

Program Features

The program is based in Rabat; however, because SIT believes that you learn from experience, you also participate in several excursions throughout the semester, which could include visits to Marrakech, Zagora, and Chaouen.

Because of the highly mobile nature of the trip, you live in a combination of homestays and 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
Language of Instruction:
Multiple locations,
The Middle East and North Africa
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2023