The École de Gouvernance et D'Économie de Rabat (EGE Rabat) was founded in 2008 to develop students with in-depth expertise in the political, economic and cultural realities of emerging and developing economies. EGE Rabat uses a comparative approach which advocates the application of the same criteria when studying any subject, so that the African and Arab regions are studied in the same way as any other region of the world.
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is a Moroccan institution whose main campus is the fundamental building block for developing the green city of Benguerir, a town located 70 kilometers away from Marrakech whose economy has been since today strongly mining-oriented. Backed by the State-owned mining and industrial leader OCP group, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is now forging a new model of Company-to-State partnership to bolster national investment in Superior Teaching and Research in Morocco. University offers superior teaching, and fundamental and applied Research in the field of Engineering, Mining, Chemicals and in the field of Human and Social Sciences.
Rabat, capital of Morocco, hosts the Faculty of Governance, Social Sciences and Economics offering a wide array of teachings in Social Sciences, in Political Science, in Law and Economics. The Faculty proposes an undergraduate program reachable through an entrance examination which is designed to bring cross-over knowledge’s on societies, on economics and on political analysis with a strong focus on Africa and the Mediterranean region. Four graduate programs built with partnering international institutions offer specialization in each of the main fundamental disciplines taught at the faculty. International students from our partnering institutions have the opportunity either to choose a designed curricula among the undergraduate teachings or to apply to the «Arabic program for Social Sciences » (PEASS).
Marquette students interested in learning about the Middle East or the Arab world, specfically the economics and political development of the region should consider EGE Rabat. This program is a very affordable option for students, especially those interested in being immersed in a new culture. EGE Rabat is a smaller university, of about 300 students, allowing international students a more personalized experience. Courses are taught in English, French, or Arabic.
The ideal study abroad student at EGE Rabat will having the following qualities:
Desire to learn social sciences from a cross cultural perspective
Strong interest in an cultural immersion experience
Interest in the North African and/or Middle Eastern region
French and/or Arabic langauge interest
Orientation is held at Marquette prior to departure. There is also a week-long orientation for international students upon arrival in Rabat. There will be talks on practical information, including health and safety, as well as an “Introduction to Morocco” lecture. Current EGE Rabat students help new international students to get settled and arrange student activities. These local students will be available to introduce international students to life in and around Rabat, including where to find cafés, supermarkets, and information on the cultural aspects of the city.
Throughout the first week, a variety of activities will be set up for both the Moroccan and the international students so that they can get to know one another. These activities include “meet and greets” as well as games and sporting events.
Students take a full semester load of courses, at least 12 credits to stay full time. The majority of courses at EGE Rabat are worth 3 Marquette credits and students normally take 12-15 credits. EGE Rabat courses focus on the areas of political science, government, international affairs, and economics social sciences.
Courses are lectured in English, French, or Arabic. Students are able to take courses in English and will also enroll in at least one language course (either Arabic or French). We recommend students have completed at least two semesters university-level French OR Arabic language to apply for this program. To research more courses offered, please visit their website
Please note that students are responsible for finding and arranging their own housing when coming to Morocco. However our international office will be glad to advise you and support you in this process.
Campus Residence « Bayt al Maarifa »
This Campus residence hosts students coming from different cities, foreign students from all superior Teaching institutions located in our neighbourhood.
Fees: 3000 MAD deposit, 1000 MAD for file review + 4 months' rent in advance (1 996,50 MAD per month for a single room ; 1 300 MAD for a double room).
Please note that there are certain rules and restrictions which are applied for students who decide to live at Bayt al Maarifa residence (curfew every day at 23h00). Internet is provided, the rooms have a private bathroom and small kitchen, you will need to buy your sheets, pans etc.
During application procedure some documents which have to be officially stamped by the Moroccan administration are mandatory. This may take time and you might not be able to move into the room upon your arrival in Rabat provided that the procedure might be unusually long. You will have to get in contact directly with Bayt al Maarifa.
Renting a private housing might provide you more options.
This is the solution we would advised the most. It is allowed to share a flat with others students .
Our international office can provide you some contacts of others students looking to rent a flat or sharing a room. Rents amount from 2000 MAD to 4000 MAD for a room and 3000 to 8000 MAD/month for a flat.
If you have no housing option by the time you arrive to Morocco below is a list of hotels where you can stay in the meantime until you will find accommodation:
Hotel de la Paix located in Rabat downtown area << Medina >>
00 212 537 72 29 26.
Hotel d'Alsace located in Hassan area
00 212 537 72 26 11
Hotel Velleda located in Rabat downtown area
00 212 537 76 95 31
Hotel Le Gaulois Located in Rabat Downtown
00 212 537 72 30 22
Meals are not provided and students are responsible for their own food. Student housing includes kitchen facilities and the cost living (including food) in Rabat is less expensive than in the US. An average meal in the city can be purchased for approximately $3-$7.
Please see budget sheet above.
Morocco is a country where African, Arab, and European cultures intersect. Located at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco is the closest point of contact to Europe for Africa as a continent. Morocco is a land of tolerance, a blend of cultures and religions, and a country known for its sincere hospitality. The fascinating mixture of history, art, food, languages, music and architecture makes Morocco an unforgettable destination for study abroad.
Rabat is one of Morocco’s “imperial cities,” and its modern capital. It is home to the country's leading educational institutions and offers students the shops and cafes of the “European” city only a few minutes' walk to the winding alleys and affordable, exciting markets of the old “medina”.
VISA and TRAVELIf you hold a European or North American passport you do not require a visa to enter Morocco. If you have a different nationality, please contact the Moroccan embassy in your country. A valid passport must be held for entry to and exit from Morocco. Passports should be valid for the duration of your stay in Morocco. Entry is permitted for 90 days. Upon arrival to Morocco, visitors are required to fill out a landing card with an address of residence while staying in Morocco. Exchange students can use the address of our institution.
If you wish to stay in Morocco for more than 90 days, you will need to register with the police and apply for a resident’s permit (Certificat d’Immatriculation). Applications should be submitted to the Bureau des Etrangers of the Préfecture de Police or Commissariat Central.
There is a fee for all applications. The fee is paid directly to the officer receiving your application. You will be given a receipt and told when to return to collect your “Récépissé” which is a temporary Residence card valid for 3 months. During that time your “Certificat d’Immatriculation” will be prepared.