Activities in Rabat besides studying
Rabat is the capital city of Morocco and its second largest city with a population of approximately 5800,000. The city is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bouregreg. The Minor “Culture and Society in Morocco” is taught at the Netherland Institute of Morocco (NIMAR), that focuses on the study of Morocco from a social science and humanities perspective. The aim of the minor is to gain an in-depth understanding of Moroccan society along with the acquisition of skills in doing ethnographic research in a North African society. NIMAR provides students with in-depth knowledge about Moroccan culture and society through weekly guest lectures. However, in order to become an expert on Morocco, you have to immerse yourself in its exotic culture and adapt to the Moroccan lifestyle in your everyday life. However, besides studying make sure to fully benefit from Morocco’s thrilling capital city and everything it has to offer.
Rabat has a lot to offer in terms of cultural and social activities to make your semester abroad an exciting and unforgettable time. First of all, surfing should be on your list of activities because Rabat is a perfect place to learn surfing if you aren’t already an expert. Morocco’s various surf schools offer surf lessons and provide you with the necessary equipment. Getting started might seem difficult at first, but overcoming the initial difficulties will definitely be worth it. You might find that Surfing is more than a sport; it is somehow a lifestyle that you will quickly adopt. Being part of this community enables you to discover new friendships with people from all kind of different backgrounds, that you will now share your new passion with.
Besides surfing, Rabat is known for its cultural activities and events which are for example organized by French or German institutions. Make sure not to miss out on cultural events such as performances at the national theatre Mohammed V. Surely, just strolling through the medina and practising your bargaining skills should also become part of your weekly activities. Rabat’s bustling medina offers basically everything you might need, although it is not always easy to find what you are looking for.
Lastly, Rabat’s favourable location enables you to explore nearby cities such as Fes and Casablanca on the weekends!
Thus, besides studying, Rabat and its surrounding has a lot to offer that you wouldn’t want to miss out on during your semester abroad at NIMAR. Certainly, your time in Rabat will be eventful and rememberable. So, make sure to plan your time studying well so you can make the most out of your semester in Morocco and benefit from everything Rabat has to offer while intensely immersing in Moroccan culture and society.