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  • Locations: Tetouan, Morocco
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Fact Sheet:
Area of study: Arabic, Human Rights Language of instruction: Arabic, English
Language prerequisite: None Housing options: Host family
Minimum GPA: 2.6 Class eligibility: Any
Number of credits: 6 Internships: No
Field Placement: No Service learning: No
Volunteer: Yes Independent study: No
Program Description:

I am delighted that you are considering studying in Morocco. At Dar Loughat, you will find that both our teachers and students have diverse educational backgrounds and specialties, including politics, Islam, history, Middle Eastern or North African studies, and world languages and cultures. We are all united, however, by our interest in cross-cultural communication thereby transcending cultural, racial, and religious borders. I invite you to join us. I am confident that you will find the time you spend studying Arabic and learning about Moroccan culture immensely productive and tremendously rewarding.

- Dris El Aattar, BCA Tetouan Resident Director

  • Experience Moroccan hospitality firsthand and live in the friendly and picturesque city of Tetouan. With a small, coastal feel and cultural hot spots, the welcoming city offers many treasures for visitors.
  • Dedicate yourself to jump-starting or improving your Arabic language skills by studying Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and living with a host family.
  • Critically analyze the relationship between human rights in Islam and the policies and practices in modern secular states. In the BCA course, you’ll also discuss topics like the right to freedom of thought as well as rights of minority groups, women and children.

Possible BCA excursions and cultural activities…
  • Tangier and Assilah: Spend a weekend in Tangier, the city that has long served as the gateway between Europe and Africa and rose to fame as a haven for artists from across the world. On this multiday excursion, you’ll also visit Assilah. This town has preserved its colonial Portuguese construction.
  • Chefchaouen: Get lost navigating the narrow lanes of the medina while taking in the beauty of the town’s red-tiled roofs and bright-blue buildings. Sitting atop the Rif Mountain peaks, this town is easily one of the country’s most beautiful and is known as the “Blue Pearl of Morocco.”

Dar Loughat Cross-Cultural Language Center can accommodate students with all levels of Arabic language proficiency. You do not need any prior Arabic experience to participate in the program. Before beginning your studies, you’ll take a placement exam to confirm that you’ll be appropriately challenged in your coursework. All BCA students are also required to take a Human Rights in Islam course. The course includes a general introduction to moderate Sunni Islam before examining relevant issues relating to the nature of both human rights and Islamic law from that perspective.

Weave through the maze-like streets of the five-centuries-old medina (historical town) of Tetouan and shop in the weekly souq (local market) in the Angra Region. The small size of the city allows you to easily become integrated in the local culture, meet residents and call Tetouan home. By living with a host family, you can learn about local traditions and daily life in Morocco as you share meals and spend time together. As part of the program you also have the chance to see demonstrations on henna, music, local arts, pastry and Arabic calligraphy.

Tetouan is a small Moroccan city nestled between Tangier, Morocco and Algeciras, Spain. With friendly, generous residents, the city’s small size allows for true cultural immersion and exciting glimpses of Moroccan life. Nature buffs will also enjoy beautiful beaches that are some of the most noteworthy in the Mediterranean area and are only a few kilometers from the city, and the sprawling Rif mountain range that spreads more than 500 kilometers from Tetouan. With a small, coastal feel and local, cultural hotspots, Tetouan is a welcoming treasure for visitors and students.

Application Deadline: April 15

Program Dates: May – June (4 week program)

Language of Instruction: Arabic and English

Language Pre-Requisites: None. 

Host Institution: Dar Loughat Cross-Cultural Language Center

GPA Requirement: 2.6

Housing: Host Families