Majida Bargach was born and raised in Morocco. She obtained her education abroad, at the University of Bordeaux-Montesquieu, France (Law and Economics for undergrad and Political science for graduate studies).Bargach immigrated with her family to the US in the Summer 2000.
In Spring 2001 she started teaching at UVa both in French and Arabic before accepting a full time lectureship position at the French Department. In 2002 she started the UVa study abroad program in Morocco. She was hired in June 2009 as Associate Director of the Center for international Studies and in May 2012 as Interim Director. Since December 2013 she’s the inaugural Director of the Office of Global Internships.
She served as interport Lecturer with Semester at Sea at several times:
-Summer 2009 from Alexandria, Egypt to Casablanca
-Summer 2011 from Istanbul to Casablanca
-Spring 2013 from Accra, Ghana to Casablanca
-Mead Endowment Teaching Award for 2007/2008, University of Virginia.
-Study Abroad Teaching Award, 2009, University of Virginia.
-Seven Society Faculty Award, 2010, University of Virginia
-Extraordinary Achievement Award in education, American-Arab Antidiscrimination Committee, 2013
Bargach serves on the Board of Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies and on the Board of the Alliance Francaise of Charlottesville.