Through the Swahili Language & Culture program in Zanzibar, Tanzania provides students with a unique setting to explore issues of religion, ethnicity, race, gender, class, and politics in East Africa. Offered during Summer term, students will study at the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), the premier public higher education institution in Zanzibar. The program includes a Student Language Partner Program in which foreign students are matched with Swahili-speaking students for conversation exchanges. Students take one course on the political and cultural history of Zanzibar and East Africa as well as one Swahili language course. During their time in Tanzania, students live with local families.
Requirements & Considerations
- No previous Swahili language study required; open to all levels of Swahili
- Admission requirements for all programs
All students take the following course:
- CAS PO 205 Religion, Politics, and Identity in East Africa (4 credits)
- Explores the historical role of Zanzibar as a gateway between East Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe, and the complicated identity politics that developed from this history. Concentrates on current issues such as democratization and international economics.
- This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
- Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
- Individual in Community
- This class studies the historical processes and cultural forms that allowed Zanzibar’s diverse population to produce new forms of art, music, religious ritual, fashion, identities, and new forms of social and political engagement. The class combines seminar-style meetings and an community engagement at a local organizations as well as tours of important sites throughout the island.
Students also take one Swahili language course. The course level depends on the students' previous experience with Swahili. Other levels may be available.
- CAS LE 111 Swahili I
- CAS LE 211 Swahili III
- CAS LE 311 Swahili V
Housing & Student Services
- One student per household. Single bedroom, shared home with family, including shared bathrooms. Private key to room and home.
- Kitchen available to use with permission from family
- Board included; all meals taken with host families. There is no stipend.
- No dining hall available
- Laundry facilities in homes; dryers should not be expected. Homes will likely not have hot water or internet access.
- Communal study space at State University of Zanzibar with Wi-Fi access. Local cafés nearby.
- Summer Term: Early-June through Late-July
- Summer Term: March 1
Cost & Financial Considerations
- Summer 2017 Tuition and Fees: $9,175
Costs will include tuition, housing, board, local transportation, excursions, overseas medical insurance, and emergency evacuation coverage
- Summer 2017 budget sheet
- Financial aid available
- Financial assistance is available to Boston University students through the African Studies Center.