The SIT: Morocco Migration and Transnational Identity program based in Rabat examines the factors driving internal and international migration.  Students consider how human mobility is shaped by religion, security, youth culture, desertification, poverty, and other pressing issues and how mobility engenders transnational art and multilayered identities.  Excursions to northern and rural areas of Morocco, as well as to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, illuminate many different aspects of migration.

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.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September – December, January – May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Migration and Transnational Identity (3 credits)
Intensive Arabic Language (6 credits)
Research Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Seven-week homestay in Rabat and a 5-day homestay in a village.  Other accommodations during the program include hostels 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.




Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

SIT: Morocco Migration and Transnational Identity