Semester 6 in Morocco

On most degree programmes involving French at Stirling, students will spend their 6th semester on Study Abroad with one of our partner institutions across the Francophone world. Over recent years, we’ve started new exchanges with Laval University in Quebec, with the University of Geneva in Switzerland and Limoges University in France.

We’re delighted that 2013 marks the beginning of our exchange with the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie in Rabat, Morocco. Fiona Hutchinson, a French and Politics student, was the first person to spend her 6th semester living and studying in Morocco and, as you’ll see, she had a fantastic time!

Camel riding in the Sahara
Camel riding in the Sahara

My experience in Morocco
I did my semester six exchange with EGE in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. It was daunting at first, being in a completely different culture, but everyone was very welcoming and the international office at the university did their best to help all the international students settle in and find our way around the city.

EGE Arabic Lesson
EGE Arabic Lesson

Rabat is a truly beautiful city that combines the old town – the medina and the Kasbah – with the new town through an efficient tram system. The food was fantastic and very cheap compared to Europe so if you wanted to you could eat out every night without breaking the bank.

Couscous on Fridays
Couscous on Fridays

Going to Morocco taught me to seize every opportunity and throw myself into new experiences. I was able to get the opportunity to spend a weekend with a Moroccan family and see normal family life in a different culture. Due to the lower cost of living in Morocco I also had the opportunity to travel around the country and visit Marrakech, Fez, Casablanca, Agadir and the Sahara desert.Morocco is a beautiful country with welcoming people. I had an amazing time on my exchange and made so many new friends from all over the world and I would like to go back and visit one day.

The Kasbah in Rabat
The Kasbah in Rabat

If you’re a Stirling student and want to find out more about the possibility of spending your Semester Abroad in Rabat, please contact our Study Abroad Advisor Jean-Michel DesJacques.