Assalam Alaykoum, Merhaba bikoum fl Maghrib (Hello, Welcome to Morocco)
Join us and discover the mystical beauty of our kingdom.
Please, read carefully this Explore page so that you can learn more about our country, our traditions and customs, our health care system and our social program.
1. About the country
Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is located in Northern Africa. It is bordered by Spain to the north, Algeria to the east, and Mauritania to the south. It has a population of over 32 million and an area of 710.000 Km².
The political capital of Morocco is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca. Morocco has both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, and many of the large towns are also coastal, including the fabulous trading cities of Casablanca, Agadir and Rabat. In land, on the edge of the Atlas Mountains, lie the equally enticing towns of Fés, Marrakech and Meknès.
Morocco is a safe and moderate country that offers a fascinating taste of Africa and gives you the opportunity to learn more about the Arabic and Islamic influences that are shaping the world. Almost all Moroccans speak either Berber, Moroccan Arabic (Darija) or French as mother tongues.
At present, Morocco is looking into ways and means for the setting up of a health system liable to satisfy the requirements of the end of this century while taking into account the socio-economic constraints. The current health system comprises three sectors: a public sector consisting of the structures of the ministry of public Health together with those of the Health services of the Royal Armed Forces, a semipublic sector, and a private sector.
There are 10 medical schools in Morocco :
- Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Rabat (Which is the first one created, in 1962)
- Abulcasis International University of Health Sciences (Rabat)
- Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Casablanca
- Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences (Casablanca)
- Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Marrakech
- Private University of Marrakech
- Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Oujda
- Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Fès
- Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Agadir
- Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Tangier
Medical students from Rabat attend their clerkship in 11 University Hospitals (9 in Rabat, and 2 in Salé, which is a city seperated from Rabat by a river : Bouregreg)
Medical students from Casablanca attend their clerkship in 2 different University Hospitals.
We have 10 universities in Morocco that provide medical studies: 2 in Rabat, 2 in Casablanca, 2 in Marrakech, and one in Fès, Oujda, Agadir, and Tangier.
Getting a general doctor's degree takes up to 8 years in Morocco. As for specialization, you should add 3 up to 6 years
In first and second years, students learn about fundamental sciences, human and social sciences, cellular and molecular biology, physiology, anatomy, immunology, bacteriology, and some other sciences. At the end of our second year, we start our clerkships in hospital by 3 weeks of nurse training.
In the third year we treat semiology, parasitology, hematology, dermatology, pathologic anatomy, infectious diseases, radiology...
We also have during all the year and for the rest of our studies clerkships in the hospital in the morning, and classes in the afternoon.
In our sixth year, we can start our internship (2 years), and then we can choose residency (4 to 6 more years).
Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, on the west coast of Morocco, is the country’s main air gateway.
It operates frequent domestic flights as well as European connections to mainly French and Spanish airports and some North American, Middle Eastern and African destinations. There is also a smaller airport, Casablanca Anfa Airport, to the west of the city, which offers flights to Sydney, Tunis and Damascus. Airlines operating from here include Air France, Emirates, GB Airways and Lufthansa. Facilities at the airport are adequate, with waiting lounges, eateries and limited shopping and banking facilities.
Other primary air hubs are stationed at Rabat, Marrakech, Al Hoceima, Fez, Laayoune, Nador and Tangier, but they invariably only offer international connections to France and other limited European cities.
Travelling by train is an excellent way to get around the country, with all major cities well linked and they have major train stations with services across the country. The larger train stations have good facilities including left luggage, newsstands and cash machines. A ticket for the train ride Marrakesh-Rabat costs 101 Dirhams (About 9 euros) in second class, from Rabat to Fes it is 72 Dirhams (About 6 euros). First class costs half more. There is not so much difference in luxury. The main difference is actually that you are sure of a seat in first class, as there is a seat number on your ticket; on busy days and hours, there is a big chance you will have to stand a long part of your trip in the hall when choosing second class. All times and fares of the Moroccan railways are available online on http://www.oncf.ma
Around the edge of the Jamaa el Fna you will find the Koutoubia Mosque which is the largest mosque in Marrakech. The minaret was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184-1199) and was used as the model for the Giralda of Seville and for the Hassan Tower of Rabat.
Finally, you have to visit the Majorelle Garden which is a twelve-acre botanical garden and artist's landscape garde designed by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s.
As well as the beach there is also plenty to experience in the town, which is typical of many small fortified Moroccan townships. At one time it was a very important port, it is still a fishing port, and it was a trading post in 400 BC; it is now a World Heritage City.
In the Fes el-Bali you will take a trip back in time, you will find yourself in a place that is unique to your experience and which others have described as life changing. Many of the houses to be found in the labyrinth of tiny streets can only be accessed by drop ladders; you will find Royal gardens, Mosques, the workshops of local artisans, fountains and several monuments; but most of all your senses will be overwhelmed by the variety of things you will experience.
Tangiers and north wild beachs
You can find all infos and best destinations in our survival books (send by mail to every IC and NORE).
After your exchange in Morocco, you will have tasted almost all the moroccan dishes/drinks.
Drugs, alcohol and smoking
In Morocco it is illegal to take any kind of recreational drugs. The legal drinking age is 18 for alcoholic drinks. Note that smoking is usually allowed in public places, unless explicitly specified otherwise, and drinking is prohibited in public .