Program Details

Students have the option of learning Swahili/Kiswahili (classified as a critical language by the U.S. State Department) in small classes taught by local Tanzanian instructors at the University of Dar-es-Salaam. Students may also explore the history of Tan
Location:
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
The KIIS summer program in Tanzania offers students a great opportunity to explore the rich historical, cultural, and linguistic traditions of this Sub-Saharan African nation. Popularly referred to as the Land of Kilimanjaro (Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain rise in the world), Tanzania is a stable and peaceful country of over 40 million people. The four-week program is based in Dar-es-Salaam (Haven of Peace), Tanzania’s largest city and its economic, political, and cultural center. This program is designed to expose participants to a broad range of topics including Swahili culture and history, East African politics, and public health efforts in the management of AIDS. There are no prerequisites for this program.

Students have the option of learning Swahili/Kiswahili (classified as a critical language by the U.S. State Department) in small classes taught by local Tanzanian instructors at the University of Dar-es-Salaam. Students may also explore the history of Tanzania, paying close attention to the evolution of Swahili society and Kiswahili as a trade and later administrative language. Students learn why Tanzania's neighbors- Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and even Kenya- have all experienced episodes of ethnic violence, genocide, and civil war, yet Tanzania has been spared these trials and upheavals and remains a model of stability in East Africa. Unfortunately, like its neighbors, Tanzania has not been immune to the AIDS scourge that continues to devastate Sub-Saharan Africa. One of the program's courses examines the role of Kiswahili in the spread and management of the AIDS epidemic in Tanzania. Visits to AIDS management organizations, the Clinton Foundation offices, and select AIDS projects located in Dar-es-Salaam enable students to better understand the disease and the role played by language, politics, culture, and economics over the past two-plus decades.

Setting Description:
The KIIS Tanzania program is based in the capital city of Dar es Salaam. Students are housed in the student-friendly facilities at the University of Dar es Salaam. Rooms are either doubles or quadruples and the housing and campus environment is very secure. Transportation, dining, shopping, and internet access are conveniently located near your residence hall. During group outings to Zanzibar (two days, one night) and Arusha (three days, two nights), students stay in well-situated and comfortable hotels. Participants have opportunity to taste local delicacies as well as American-style meals from a range of food vendors on campus and in major cities and towns.
Cost:
Program fee includes:Up to 6 credit hours,Round-trip airfare (Option 2 only), Airport transfers in Tanzania, Accommodations, Two meals per day, Group excursions to Zanzibar, Arusha & Bagamayo, City transportation in Dar Es Salaam, Comprehensive medical insurance and, Security evacuation protection.

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