Morocco (IFMSA-Morocco) - Rabat
General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery, Cardiology, Pediatric, Traumatology, Biology, Biochemistry, Emergency, Cardiovascular, infectious diseases, Neurology, Cardiology Internal Medecine, Gastrology, Thoracic Surgery, Nephrology, Radiology
All year long (Limited spots on December/January & May due to exams)
Pocket money Or Host Family
Host Family or Student Residency
Badr Srhir

Rabat, is the capital and third largest city of the Kingdom of Morocco with a population of approximately 800,000. The city is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. On the facing shore of the river lies Salé, the city's main commuter town. Together with Temara the cities account for a combined metropolitan population of 1.8 million. In addition, tourism and the presence of all foreign embassies in Morocco serve to make Rabat one of the most important cities in the country.



Basic information

Our patients speak arabic, and our doctors speak french. We advise you to have at least some knowledge of French or Arabic to communicate with patients and doctors. Otherwise, we advise you to opt for a surgical department. Anyway, there will always be a teacher, resident, intern or student who can help you if you ever speak only English.

List of Hospitals

We attend our clerkship in many different university hospitals :

  • 2 in Rabat :

-University Hospital Ibn Sina (Biggest hospital in Morocco) (Pediatric Hospital, Maternity Hospital, Oncology Hpspital, General Hospital, Emergency) 
-University Hospital Cheikh Zayed (Semi-Private hospital, one of the best in Rabat)  

Pocket money or meals at the host families' homes or tickets at the hostel's restaurant.

Lodging is in a student residence for July and August 


For other periods, you will be placed in a host family. If we don’t find one, you’ll be placed in an apartment.


Getting there

  • Rabat is accessible by train through the ONCF system and by plane through the nearby Rabat-Salé Airport. However, landing in Casablanca Airport could be the best option for you.
  • If you land in Casablanca Airport, note that you can take a train from there to Rabat (1 hour and half), for only 6,5 euros. Anyway, your contact person or another member of the LC will pick you up at the airport or the train station.
Getting around
  • The tramway runs between Rabat and Salé. The terminus is close to the hospital, to the student hostel (Bayt Al Maarifa)where you'll live on July/August, and to the Faculty of Medicine of Rabat. You can purchase an unlimited pass for around 300 MAD (around 25 euros). You can donwload the map of the tramway here :
  • Taxis are a popular means of getting around in Morocco, with both short distance (petite) and long distance (grande) services in place. Meters are supposedly obligatory by law, but in reality you will find many cabs don’t use them, making it essential you agree on the fare before setting off on your journey.
  • Buses are particularly useful if you want to save your money.

In Rabat, a Social Program is proposed to the Incomings for July and August for free. Please contact your LEO/LORE or your Contact Person for further information.

For other periods, there is no social program organized. However, the SCOPE Local Team is always available and can help you organizing your trips on your own expenses.


Hassan Tower

Hassan Tower or Tour Hassan is the minaret of an incomplete mosque in Rabat, Morocco. Begun in 1195, the tower was intended to be the largest minaret in the world along with the mosque, also intended to be the world's largest. In 1199, Sultan Yacoub al-Mansour died and construction on the mosque stopped. The tower only reached 44 m (140 ft), about half of its intended 86 m (260 ft) height. The rest of the mosque was also left incomplete, with only the beginnings of several walls and 200 columns being constructed. The tower, made of red sandstone, along with the remains of the mosque and the modern Mausoleum of Mohammed V, forms an important historical and tourist complex in Rabat.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V

The Mausoleum of Mohammed V is a historical building located on the opposite side of the Hassan Tower on the Yacoub al-Mansour esplanade in Rabat, Morocco. It contains the tombs of the Moroccan king "MOHAMMED V" and his two sons, late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. The building is considered a masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture, with its white silhouette, topped by a typical green tiled roof. Its construction was completed in 1971. Hassan II was buried there following his death in 1999.


Chellah, is a necropolis and complex of ancient Roman Mauretania Tingitana and medieval ruins at the outskirts of Rabat, Morocco. First spot of Salé, this latter was completed towards the north of the river. It is the most ancient human settlement on the mouth of the Bou Regreg River.

Kasbah of the Udayas

The Kasbah of the Udayas is a kasbah in Rabat, Morocco located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river opposite of Salé. It was built during the reign of the Almohads. When the Almohads had captured Rabat and destroyed the kasbah of the Almoravids in the town, they began reconstructing it in AH 544 / AD 1150. They added a palace and a mosque and named it al-Mahdiyya, after their ancestor al-Mahdi Ibn Tumart. After the death of Yaqub al-Mansur (AH 595 / AD 1199) the kasbah was deserted.

Important Links:

All times and fares of the Moroccan railways are available online on 
Tourism in Rabat : (In English, French and Spanish) 
Tourism in Rabat : (In English, French, Spanish, German, Italian ...) 
Tourism in Rabat : (French)

Survival book Rabat 2017 :