The SIT: Morocco Migration and Transnational Identity program based in Rabat examines the factors driving internal and international migration.  Students learn about migration through discussions with asylum seekers, Syrian refugees, Moroccan immigrants in Europe, and communities impacted by migration.  Excursions to northern and rural areas of Morocco, as well as to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, illuminate many different aspects of migration.

“This program provided me with an opportunity to study one of the most relevant social issues in the world, in a place where it is an integral part of everyday life and politics. I got the chance to speak with people that draft legislation around immigration law, and immigrants themselves. We met with refugees from Sub-Saharan African countries living in Morocco. This will stay with me forever.” - Chris H. '18

Student Blog:

Chris Hankin | Fall 2016

Fields of study:

Migration studies/North African studies, Arabic


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); ability to live in a culture very different from one’s own and to adjust to the living conditions of the developing world.

Language Prerequisite:

None, but students with a background in French or Spanish will have opportunities for French/Spanish language practice while also learning Arabic.


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Migration and Transnational Identity (3 credits)
Modern Standard Arabic (6 credits)
Research Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (4 credits) or Internship and Seminar (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Students choose between an ISP and an internship. Student interns are placed with an organization in Morocco focused on migrants and other marginalized groups.


Twelve-week homestay in Rabat.  Other accommodations during the program include hostels, guest houses, or small hotels.


All meals for the entire program period are covered either by SIT directly, or through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September – December, January – May


Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

SIT: Morocco Migration and Transnational Identity