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.

Program Curriculum

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.

Elective Course

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.

Language Courses

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.

Program Details

  • Students must be able to meet the considerable physical challenges presented by the program without undue risk to themselves or others.
  • Program recommended for students who are mature and independent
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Summer Term: May 20 to July 15, 2012
    • Depart U.S.: TBD
    • Program Arrival: May 20, 2012
    • Program End: July 15, 2012
    • Depart Niger: TBD
  • 2011 Tuition and Fees: TBD

The cost for Summer 2011 has not yet been announced and will be subject to approval by the Board of Trustees at Boston University. BU Study Abroad arranges a trans-Atlantic group flight that is not included in the program fee. It is recommended that students take this flight.

  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.
  • The Centre de Formation des Cadres d’Alphabétisation (CFCA), located four blocks from the Niamey city center, houses classrooms as well as communal apartments for program participants. Household staff provide lunch and dinner each day, and students manage a budget for their meals and the cost of household items. This communal living arrangement, a truly Sahelian experience, forms the core of the program and provides one of its greatest learning experiences. Students and scholars from Niger, other West African countries, and Europe also reside at CFCA while doing research or training in Niamey.
Application Deadlines
  • Summer Term: March 1

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.