Program Overview

SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation.  

The Migration and Transnational Identity program explores the complex effects of human mobility on local communities, global politics, and transnational economies. You will be encouraged to consider migration both in the cultural context of Morocco as well as in relation to North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the European Union.

The program is based in Rabat, Morocco's academic, political, and cultural center. In Rabat, you will receive thematic lectures and intensive language instruction in both Modern Standard Arabic and the Moroccan dialect. Time outside the program base—through field work, independent study, and educational excursions—is another essential component of the Migration Studies program. You will enjoy three major excursions: Marrakech to Essaouira; Khouribga and Boujad; and Northern Morocco and the border Spanish enclave Ceuta and Malaga in Andalusian Spain. Each excursion illuminates a different aspect of migration through firsthand exposure to the topic in a field-study context.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Migration and Transnational Identity

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to the Migration and Transnational Identity program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20204/15/2020Early SeptemberMid-December
Spring Semester202110/1/2021Late JanuaryMid-May

Travel Advisories

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