Study Abroad in Morocco
Morocco is an underrated study-abroad destination for foreign students. We highly recommend you consider this country if you would like to live and study whilst experiecing a totally new culture. There are also a great selection summer, semester, high school, undergraduate and graduate study abroad programs in Morocco open every year to international students.
How to Study Abroad in Morocco
Morocco is a very stable country unaffected by the Arab Spring and will be a facsinating place to study due to the food, culture, geographic, and diversity of people. It is also very affordable with a low cost of living compared to similar study abroad destinations in Europe and the Middle East.
Since the political turmoil in the Middle East and war in Syria, Morocco is now seeing an increase in the number of students coming from overseas to study here especailly from the USA and Europe. You can find universities and institutions throughout the country in places like Rabat, Fes, Meknes and Tetouan. International students can choose from a range of courses, like language, history, culture and religious studies.
Best Universities in Morocco for International Students
- Cadi Ayyad University Marrakech, Morocco
- Mohammed V University
- Al-Akhawayn University
- Moulay Ismail University.
Grants & Scholarships for Studying in Morocco
- The Fulbright scholarship offers help to students wanting to study abroad in Morocco.
Morocco Study Abroad Reviews & Experiences
Wondering what it is like to spend a time in Morocco? Francesca Saunders went to Marrakech in November; she was prepared to be greeted by the chaotic city street scenes and beautiful rural vistas but this ancient city far surpassed any expectations she had. Here is her account of exploring the market square:
I’d never seen anything like it. The bustling square of Jemaa El-Fna demanded your undivided attention from the moment you first stepped foot in it. I remember standing there, feeling that of a foreign interloper, my eyes scanning across the restless sea of people, searching for even the faintest trace of familiarity. I was granted none. Instead I was faced with the sight of snake charmers offering their trade whilst the sultry sunshine ensured the lethargic state of the serpents; an assembly of fortune-tellers ready to hypnotise unsuspecting victims with their mysterious, spellbinding crafts; and a carnival of entertainers and acrobats captivating those who looked in their direction by showcasing their bizarre talents with finesse.
As if this wasn’t enough of a culture shock, you then find yourself getting ushered down one of the ‘side streets’ which actually plunges you into the heart of a warren of vibrant and overwhelming souks – and this is where the real fun begins. You are simply compelled to enter further into this labyrinth, weaving your way through the masses of market traders attempting to sell their goods; the obstreperous motorbikes (which fail to slow for anyone); and the occasional carts, filled to the brim with watermelons or bricks.
The narrow streets aim to disorientate you with every twist and turn. Your senses are left to absorb the enticing array of traditional spices heaped on the ground; throngs of glimmering silk babouche slippers; stacks of cheerful, hand-woven carpets; and clusters of decorative, painted ceramics whilst exotic aromas hang heavily in the air and the intoxicating juxtaposition of colours intensify the vibrancy of the scene. Even the continual hum of voices conversing in Arabic adds to the raw authenticity of this rather simple, yet peculiar experience, allowing the souks of Marrakech to effortlessly enchant you further and make you wonder what else this vivacious city could possibly have in store for you.
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