Niamey West African Studies Program (Summer)
The Niamey West African Studies Program is currently suspended. The status of the program going forward has not yet been determined. Read an announcement about the Niger program.
The Niamey West African Studies Program offers eight weeks of intensive Hausa language study along with an area studies course on Nigerien society and culture in the capital city of Niger. Small classes with ample language-learning opportunities outside the classroom assure immediate chances to practice Hausa on a daily basis. Students will be paired with Hausa-speaking artisans at the National Museum each week. Students will also have the option to be paired with Hausa-speaking families of varying economic levels with whom they can spend most weekends. The elective course, Topics in Culture and Society in Niger, includes excursions and guest speakers to complement lectures and classroom discussions. The summer program offers real insight into the culture and people of Niger and the Sahel region of West Africa. Summer is an ideal time to study in Niger as the intense heat has abated and the mango rains have begun.
Students may choose to enroll in two language courses or one language course and the elective course. Each course carries 4 credits. Students must enroll for a total of 8 credits.
CAS AN 341 Topics in Culture and Society in Niger (4 credits)
Topic for Fall 2009: Course explores Nigerians’ diverse and inter-dependent relationships with the physical and social world in the urban and rural setting. Examines concepts of identity and social values using inter- and intra-cultural analysis.
CAS LA 111 First-Semester Hausa (4 credits)
Introduction to conversational Hausa using orally oriented approach with immersion techniques.
CAS LA 112 Second-Semester Hausa (4)
This four-skill African language course in second-semester Hausa leads toward proficiency in oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, cultural understanding, and writing (using both the Latin alphabet and the Arabic-based script known as Ajami).
CAS LA 211 Third-Semester Hausa (4)
Orally oriented approach supplemented by reading and writing. Culturally oriented text involves students in dialogues discussing aspects of Hausa culture and traditions.
Download a description of the Niamey West African Studies Program.
Program Faculty & Staff
The Boston University Niamey program is administered by staff in both our Boston and Niamey offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Niamey. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Niamey, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.