The islands and islets that make up the region of Zanzibar are steeped in history, beauty, and magic. Their role as a crossroads of the spice trade dates back millennia: interwoven languages, backgrounds, and histories create the unique cultural fabric that makes present-day Zanzibar such a fascinating setting in which to study the history, politics, and language of East Africa. Considered the birthplace of Swahili, Zanzibar is also cited as the home of the purest form of the language.
Students are housed with local host families in and around the central district of Stone Town, often called the “only modern ancient city” in Africa. Excursions are integrated into the academic program and will include visits to local heritage sites, spice plantations, and other islands in the Zanzibar archipelago.
All courses are taught by either BU faculty or faculty from the Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign Languages at the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA). All classes take place at SUZA. Located in the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Center of Stone Town, SUZA is the premier public institution of higher learning in Zanzibar. As part of SUZA, the Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign Languages has a long tradition of teaching Swahili as a foreign language. The program includes a Student Language Partner Program in which foreign students are matched with Swahili-speaking students for conversation exchanges.
Not your average study abroad experience, this program immerses students in the study of contemporary East African culture, religion, politics, and Swahili language.
Tags: English Speaking, Summer, Undergraduate
Focus: African Studies, Anthropology, History, Islamic Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, Swahili Language