"We started Araland with the idea of empowering leaders and expanding education to the school of life.
We found in immersion activities a concrete translation of our vision.
Host family: Homestay is the key to full cultural immersion. You will live with a Moroccan family, share meals with them, and build up life-long lasting relationships. You will get the chance to discover the Moroccan culture through their lenses, attend traditional parties, socialize with friends, and explore a unique blend of identities.
Since your comfort is our priority, we meticulously select the family that matches your personal interest
Private apartment: Our students can choose between an immersive host family experience and a private apartment. All of our apartments are located in the center of the city, nearby transportation, and traditional monuments. They are well-equipped and provide you with the privacy, safety, and comfort you need.
The first glass is as gentle as life, the second is as strong as love, the third is as bitter as death.
Our trips are a unique opportunity to discover Morocco's eclectic mix of different cultures. Excursions will be organized to the most attractive sites in Morocco.
Template trips include:
Tetouane-Chefchaouen, the famous blue city. It is the chief town of the province of the same name, and is noted for its buildings in shades of blue.
Rabat-Marrakech-Essouira, the “Red City”,is a magical place brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. Exploring the intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day. Find inner peace at the serene Jardin Majorelle or take in the beauty of one of the city’s historic mosques. -Trip Advisor.
Our programs are flexible and change depending on the session.
Fes: Only about a two to three-hour drive from Rabat, Fes is one of the ancient imperial cities of Morocco. Fes is home to the largest medina in the kingdom, which is also the world’s largest urban car-free zone and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Meknes: Not far from Fes is the city of Meknes, another UNESCO World Heritage site. While slightly smaller than Fes, Meknes is also brimming with culture, and only about a 40-minute drive from the ruins of the Roman city Volubilis (Walili or وليلي in Arabic).
The Sahara Desert: What study abroad experience in Morocco would be complete without a trip to the Sahara Desert? This journey is longer than most other trips, but it is completely worth it! Complete with camel rides, traditional Moroccan music around a campfire, and star-gazing, this trip is sure to be a memorable adventure.
Tangier: is on the northern tip of Morocco, only 14 km across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain. Tangier was the favorite vacation spot of many great writers and artists, including William Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg, and Jack Kerouac. Even Winston Churchill visited some of the Tangier cafes overlooking the view across the water to Spain!
Cinema in Morocco has a well-established history of films stretching back over a century. During your study abroad, you will have the opportunity to watch well-known Moroccan movies, either in local cinemas or our partner centers. This activity aims at immersing you into local arts and how Moroccan producers translate social phenomena into the arts.
Morocco is home to some of the best studios in the world such as Studio Al Atlas. Films influence populations by determining the benchmarks and principles of society. As a student learning Arabic abroad, watching Moroccan movies is a gateway to understanding psychology, culture, and movements in society. Another important aspect of this activity is being introduced to Moroccan humor and comedy.
Fine Arts & Calligraphy
The artistic workshop aims at immersing students in the Moroccan Culture, through calligraphy and fine arts. As part of your study abroad program, you will have the opportunity to taste the beauty of Arabic. You will have the chance to meet up with a professional artist and build a solid artistic foundation. We hope that you will enjoy this introduction to Moroccan art.
The curriculum and activities are designed to help students experience the beauty of the alphabet, and ignite their interest in the language and culture. The language and its characters evolved throughout history to become a complete art pursued by people around the world. The arts are very central to understanding a foreign culture and we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Moroccan cuisine is one of the most developed and admired cuisines around the globe. It finds its origins in the influence of different cultures and civilizations. The original Berber cuisine is still found in many dishes like Tajine and Sikok. The Arab brought new dishes, marked by the extensive use of dry fruits and exotic combinations of lamb with dates. During your study abroad program you will have the chance to have hands-on experience with cooking under the supervision of chefs or your host family.
Volunteering & leaders society
We strongly believe in the idea of serving others and doing good. Students have the opportunity to engage in fulfilling volunteering activities within NGOs and orphanages. Our students are leaders and they are fully aware of the importance of empowering communities and societies. You can participate by teaching your native language, visiting children's hospitals, or meeting with seniors. We aim at incorporating a social component in everything we do.
Communication and media society
This club is centered around current news and current events. The members of the club take part in cultural excursions and discuss the latest news. This is accompanied by a thoughtful analysis of different perspectives along with what they mean in the context of Arab society. In our study abroad programs, we encourage the art of thoughtful disagreement as it is an opportunity for you to learn from your peers and formulate a well-rounded opinion on certain events.
We provide students with a language partner who is a native speaker and will show you around the city and assist you in navigating the country socially. This is an important part of your study abroad program as it will allow you to discover the city and practice the language. Some of the
places you will visit include the Botanic garden, Marina Bay, Museums of Rabat and different historic sites.
Visiting a souk is a must in Morocco. It's an integral part of Moroccan culture and society. In remote villages and cities, the souk is held every week. In big cities, It's a major attraction for travelers. You can purchase jewelry, clothes, djellabas, food, wood products, and artifacts. You will learn the art of bargaining and how Moroccans purchase things. You will be amazed by the variety of products and the unique way commerce is conducted. During your study abroad stay, we hope that you will have a fully immersive experience.
Experiencing hammam is on the bucket list of most travelers. Hammams are divided between an area for men and another one for women. Traditionally, Moroccan Hammams were extensively used by people. You will usually be accompanied by your host family to one of the nearby hammams. The "Kassal" is the person who is in charge of helping you have a unique experience in the Hammam. It is usually a weekly ritual and is considered a social activity in villages and towns, with men, women, and children all participating
Henna is a traditional symbol in Morocco that is widely used in different events and ceremonies. It has various meanings depending on where it's applied and when. Originally, it means red in Arabic and is used as a substitution for the banned permanent tattoos. For example, If you see a young girl with henna applied on the hands and legs, this most likely means that she has married recently. These beautiful tattoos are part of the premarital ritual. People around the world are attracted to the beauty of this artwork and get a henna tattoo while in Morocco.
The fabulous Moroccan wedding is an intricate tradition that has several parts and includes several well-structured practices. It sometimes lasts from 1 day to an entire week. It's a great opportunity to gather extended family members. Upon your request, we can arrange to help you assist a real wedding and participate in some of the traditions. You can observe the richness of Moroccan culture through clothing, art, music or cuisine which is represented via a cocktail of delicious dishes. This optional experience of the study abroad program will help you be immersed in the culture.
The Moroccan Kaftan is differentiated by being a long-sleeved, front-buttoned robe. During the study abroad program and upon your request, we would place you within a traditional workshop where you can observe how the Caftan is made. It fascinates people from all over the world and finds its roots in the ottoman empire. It's a symbol of the Moroccan culture and is crafted by unique artisans and designers. It used to be a symbol of hierarchy and prestige, however, it's widely used currently in ceremonies and marriages. The higher the rank of the wearer was, evidently, the more elaborate and embellished was her Kaftan and vice versa.
El Oulja is a unique place for contemplating the wonders of Moroccan art. The beautiful artwork exposed in local markets will introduce to the history of Morocco and how people express their interest through art. Artists are creative and focus on intricate details to translate ideas into art. If you are interested in arts, the study abroad program will be able to help you to observe artists creating their products in some of the world-know markets. It is a skill that has been passed down over many generations and many of the works today are still created with traditional work tools.
The Arabic Language Café is a weekly social event hosted by one of our partner's center. It's an opportunity for students to meet up and engage in meaningful conversations to exchange ideas, experiences and chat about current events.It’s an excellent opportunity to make new friends and practice Arabic, all while enjoying Moroccan tea and snacks. Topics vary greatly and sometimes include a guest musician or scholar!
If you are conducting research or you are interested in a specific topic, we invite you to reach out as we will try to connect you with a professor conducting research in the same field. We believe that immersing yourself academically during your study abroad program is important to our students. Our vision at its core revolves around the unique interest of each student. It's a great opportunity to collect data, interview people, and observe social cases.
The main religion in Morocco is Islam, around 90% of the population is affiliated as a Muslim. The Majority are Sunni and belongs to the Maliki school of jurisdiction. However, Morocco is characterized by a unique ability to practice other religions freely. Government policies and social attitudes encourage dialogue between faiths. There are many other religious institutions in the country, and it's a unique opportunity to learn about it while you are abroad. Many students come to study hadeeth along with Arabic.
You will have an amazing opportunity to engage in sightseeing while in Rabat.
During your time abroad, your housing will be nearby the following touristic attractions: Kasbah Oudaya, Hassan tower, Chellah, the king's Palais, Andalusian gardens, Tazi Palais, Rabat beach, cafe Maure and Abu Al Hassan Mederassa. Sightseeing will immerse you in cultural tourism and enhance your engagement with the culture. You will be able to solidify your own culture by observing other cultures.
Rabat has a rich history and background. It's home to the Kasbah of Udayas, the remains of the Romans from the Chellah necropolis, and many other stunning discoveries from the Middle Ages. You will be able to visit the following as well: Le mausolée Mohammed-V + tour Hassan, Kasbah des oudaïas, Visite de Chellah, Zoo de rabat, Jardin d’essai botanique, Jardin exotique, Musée Mohammed 6, Villa des Arts, Musée Bank al Maghreb, Musée archéologique, Musée Maroc Telecom
Rabat is the cultural capital of the country. Various events covering arts, history, social issues are presented throughout the year. You will have the opportunity to engage with locals and build strong bonds with them. Rabat is home to the National library, theater of Rabat, Chellah, Musee Mohammed 6 and the old medina. It's a wonderful city to live in and learn about Morocco.