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Should I Study Abroad in Morocco?

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Nicole Adams

Located in North Africa, Morocco is a culturally rich and ecologically diverse country that sits at the crossroads of Middle Eastern, African, and European cultures. Morocco boasts a mystical essence that is palpable throughout the country. From the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains to the imperial cities of Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Fes, this Arab country is diverse in its land and its people. 

What’s it Like to Travel in Morocco? 

This region along the western-most edge of the Arab world boasts warm hospitality, stunning natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich traditions. Morocco is known for its unrivaled hospitality, whether traveling in urban centers or small villages. Families welcome guests into their homes as if they are relatives, making sure everyone feels at home. Travelers feel boundless generosity from Moroccan people, and when staying with a Moroccan family, it’s common to always have a full belly of food and tea.

Moroccan Arabic (Darija) is spoken by the majority of the population, and Berber, is a native language spoken in informal settings. Islam is the most dominant religion in Morocco, and Islamic culture and faith can be both seen and heard throughout city centers and small villages. Travelers can witness the beauty of ornately decorated mosques that draw locals as their place of worship, and experience the impact of religion on daily activities, culture, and traditions among both the indigenous Amazigh and Arab peoples. 

From the beaches along the North Atlantic Ocean to the mountain peaks of the Atlas and down to the Sahara desert, the terrain is as diverse as the people of Morocco. The country has three unique ecosystems in the ocean, mountain, and desert landscapes. Moroccan arts and culture is a melting pot of inspiration from North African, Mediterranean, French, Indian, Italian, and Swedish influences. Morocco is known for its vibrant colors and intricately detailed artwork, design, decor, and architecture styles. 

Trek Abroad in Morocco Where There Be Dragons

Why Study Abroad in Morocco? 

Morocco has a unique and fascinating cultural heritage that reflects the influence of Berber, Arab, and European civilizations. From the vibrant souks of Marrakech to the ancient medinas of Fez and Meknes, Morocco is home to some of the most stunning examples of Islamic architecture in the world. The country is also famous for its traditional music, dance, and cuisine. Arabic and French are the two main languages spoken, and studying here can provide you with an opportunity to learn or improve your proficiency in one or both of these languages.

Home to a diverse range of landscapes, from the rugged mountains of the Atlas range to the sweeping sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, the country is home to beautiful beaches, dramatic gorges, and lush oases, making it a paradise for nature lovers. Morocco is a great destination for adventure seekers, with opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, surfing, and camel trekking. Whether you want to explore the Atlas Mountains on foot or embark on a desert safari, Morocco has something to offer for every type of adventurer.

Morocco has a varied climate depending on the region, but is generally hot and dry in summer and cool and wet during winter. The coastal areas have mild temperatures ranging from 15-25°C (59-77°F) in the winter and 20-30°C (68-86°F) in the summer. Inland areas, like Marrakech and Fez, have hot summers where temps can reach 40°C (104°F) and cold winters. The southern part, including the Sahara Desert, has extremely hot summers up to 50°C (122°F) and cool winters. 

Morocco is a great destination for a unique and immersive travel experience that combines culture, nature and adventure. Where There Be Dragons hosts two programs in Morocco, a four-week summer abroad program and a three-month gap year program. Want to learn more? Contact us anytime. 

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