Morocco 2019: Arabic & Social Justice in Rabat


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Laura Bier

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Morocco 2019: Arabic and Social Justice in Rabat is a unique two-track Study Abroad collaboration between Modern Languages’ Arabic program and the Department of History and Sociology. Co-directed by Dr. David Marcus (Arabic) and Dr. Laura Bier (History), the 7-week program allows students of Arabic to complete a year of Arabic and a semester of Middle Eastern History, while others can take 9 hours in Middle Eastern History, Moroccan State and Society, and a Social Justice internship with a Moroccan nonprofit organization. The program can even accommodate advanced (4th year) Arabic study, appropriate for Tech’s many Arab students.

These two tracks are designed to help complete either the Middle East and North African Studies Minor (Arabic track) or the Social Justice Minor (LMC/HSOC). The intensive Arabic language coursework includes 20 hours a week of language instruction for seven weeks, as well as an 8-hour Survival Moroccan Arabic Course and individual 1-on-1 tutoring provided by Qalam Institute on a daily basis.

The program is housed at the Qalam Institute in the city of Rabat, the capital city of Morocco, North Africa. In addition to great language instruction, the Qalam Institute provides the following:

  • Housing and meals in in the home of a Moroccan family, vetted by the Qalam Institute.
  • Extra cultural activities - calligraphy, field trips, guest speakers, and music
  • Four overnight trips around Morocco, from the Sahara desert to the storied cities of Tangiers, Fez, Casablanca, and Marrakesh
  • A terrific cohort of fellow students from great universities in the US and Europe
  • Numerous field trips around the city of Rabat, with its Madina (old city), modern industry, universities, and cultural institutions
  • Transportation to and from the airport, opening and closing banquets, and cell phones for each student


Classes are held at the Agdal Campus of Qalam Institute, in the city of Rabat, Morocco. Homestays are in the surrounding neighborhood. The Social Justice Internship will be administered by the International University of Rabat


June 8 - July 27, 2019

Host Institutions


Students will live with a Moroccan family, with opportunities to practice Arabic, English, and French, to make friends, and to absorb a new culture. The cost of the program includes breakfast and dinner with your host family, while hot lunches are provided at the Qalam Institute. The Homestay families are organized and vetted by the Qalam Institute.


Arabic Track

  • Two courses of Modern Standard Arabic. Course options include ARBC 1002, 2001, 2002, 3001, 3002, 4813, & 4823. Course level determined by placment test. Courses taught by Moroccan Instructors at Qalam. 
  • HIST 3501: Women and Gender in the Middle East (Dr. Bier)

Social Justice Track

  • HTS 2695/4695: Social Justice Internship (through the Université Internationale de Rabat)
  • HIST 3501: Women and Gender in the Middle East (Dr. Bier)
  • HTS 3802: State and Society in Morocco (Dr. Bier)

Total credits: 9


Social Justice Track: none

Arabic Track: ARBC1001 with a "C" or better (to be be offered at Georgia Tech in Spring 2019). Heritage speakers of Arabic may test out of this prerequisite course, but they must be able to write in Arabic. Contact Dr. Marcus for more information.


  • The application fee (non-refundable) is $250.
  • The program fee is $3,950.​  Fee includes housing, all meals, overnight field trips to Tangiers, Fez, Marrakesh, and the Sahara, cultural and business site visits, a short course on Survival Moroccan Arabic, Moroccan cell phone, transport to and from airport, and opening and closing banquets.
  • Program Fee does not include: round trip airfare, 9 hours tuition at Georgia Tech, nonrefundable application fee, visa (if applicable) and other Tech fees.
  • A complete list of estimated costs can be found here:

Cancellation Policy

Program descriptions and fees are subject to final approval by educational units and the Office of International Education.  Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances.  Once Georgia Tech has made payments to service providers, or if Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants' safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants.  If a student withdraws from the program, the student will be responsible for the payment of all fees.

Informational Meetings

Two pre-departure meetings will be held in February and March 2019 (dates TBD). They will include pizza, Moroccan guests, and a briefing on Moroccan Arabic.