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Launching in September 2016: new minor in Rabat, Morocco

Students interested in the study of Morocco can enroll in the brand new English-taught minor ‘Culture and Society in Morocco’, starting in September 2016 at the NIMAR institute in Rabat. The minor is accessible for all students of the Humanities and Social Sciences in The Netherlands.

The programme

During the minor programme, you will immerse yourself in Moroccan culture during three months and become specialists on contemporary Morocco. Classes, taught by several Moroccan and foreign academics, will cover Moroccan history, society, politics and more. Besides following classes, you will participate in many excursions within Rabat, and also go on a five-day field work trip to the Moroccan countryside. 


Rabat is the capital of Morocco and is a well-organised, safe city on the Atlantic coast. It’s a great place for students to get to know North-African life. Souhaib Ben Kchouh, who studied an earlier NIMAR programme in Rabat, tells about his study experience in the city: “Rabat seems Westernised but it’s not hard to find new experiences. Each day seems to have an adventure of its own and there is an endless amount of cafes in Rabat to explore for socialising with people and for getting the homework done.”

For students: practical information

The English-taught minor is worth 30 EC and runs from September 2016 to December 2016. The programme is accessible for second- and third-year students of Humanities and Social Sciences from all Dutch Universities.

  • Students are granted admission on a ‘first come first served’ basis. There is the option of pre-registration before 1 May.
  • You can register for the minor from 1 May to 1 June. Send an email with a short motivation and cv to nimar@hum.leidenuniv.nl.
  • Come talk to us, and get a taste of the minor at the Minor Information Market on 12 April.
  • More information can be found on the NIMAR website

What is NIMAR?

NIMAR is the Netherlands Expertise Centre for Moroccan Studies, located in Rabat. Starting in 2016, NIMAR is a part of the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University. NIMAR organises lectures, facilitates research and actively contributes to the knowledge of Moroccan languages, cultures and society in the Netherlands.

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