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Culture and Society of Tanzania and Swahili Language (Beginner and Intermediate)
Butiama, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Language of Instruction: English, Swahili Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Home Stay, Hotel Areas of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Swahili
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-graduate student, 6-other Program Type: study abroad
Program: Faculty-Directed
Program Description:

This course provides a immersive and exciting introduction to Tanzanian culture and society, as well as a contemporary and interactive introduction to Swahili – the lingua franca of the East Africa region and the most international and widely spoken of the indigenous languages on the African continent.

It takes place in Butiama, a beautiful and tranquil village close to Lake Victoria in Northwest Tanzania, where students will be able to progress at a fast pace in a Swahili-speaking environment. Butiama is also the home village of the first president of independent Tanzania, the late Mwalimu (Teacher) Julius Nyerere - an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh - and students will actually be living and taking classes in his family home.

Students of both levels will be encouraged to interact with members of the local community on a daily basis outside the classroom. For example, groups will have opportunities to shop at the local market, learn to cook a range of Tanzanian dishes, visit surrounding primary and secondary schools and participate in a host of cultural activities, such as dancing, drumming and pot making. More information on your daily schedule can be found here.

When each week comes to an end, students will also have the chance to experience some of the wonders of Tanzania available outside of Butiama. Weekends will involve an overnight trip to the fascinating Sukuma museum, a chance to share the sunset with giraffes and zebras on the stunning Rubondo Island and, finally, a spectacular safari adventure at the world-famous Serengeti National Park.
Faculty University of Edinburgh Faculty
Course Credit Various Swahili credit
Prerequisites Grade of "C" or better in previous Swahili course
Program Price $6,025
Program Price Includes Tuition, housing, ground transportation in Tanzania, program-sponsored excursions, cultural activities, study abroad fees, and international health insurance
Program Price Does Not Include UM Study Abroad Application Fee, airfare, personal spending money, passport and visa fees

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.