Kristen Wang, SEAS'18

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SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

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

Examine the Morocco's cultural diversity while studying abroad for a semester. 

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The SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights program is a field-based study option. Through the program, you examine issues facing the Arab world, Morocco's political system & monarchy, and the country's place in the Middle East.

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 take courses that highlight the following topics: multiculturalism and human rights, Arabic language, Research methods and ethics as well as complete an independent study project (ISP). The ISP gives you the unique opportunity to apply your learning from earlier on in the semester to an independent field-based research project supervised by a local adviser.

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 participate in several excursions throughout the semester which could include visits to Meknes, Volubulis, Fes, and Casablanca.

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, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, 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