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  • Locations: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.7 Language Prerequisite: No
Language(s): English, Swahili Type of Program: Area Studies, GU Faculty-Led, Language Program
Non-GU Students May Apply: Yes Housing Options: Homestay, Off-Campus
Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support) Application Deadlines: December, February
OGE Advisor: Danielle Edmonson Engagement Opportunities: Intern: Credit, Research: Credit
Program Description:

Georgetown in Dar es Salaam

Kiswahili Language and Development Studies

Georgetown in Dar

At a Glance

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Program Length: 6 weeks
Arrive on: May 26, 2018
Depart on: July 7, 2018

Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome), teachers, and professionals.
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
Number of credits: 7 credits

Program Description

Explore the intersection of language, culture, politics, and community development in Tanzania through a rigorous combination of coursework, cultural immersion, and community engagement. You’ll study Kiswahili through intensive courses taught by local faculty from the Institute for Kiswahili Studies at the University of Dar Es Salaam, and apply it in either a research project or internship placement with local community organizations tailored to your academic interests. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit sites of historical and political importance, such as the first capital of Tanzania in Bagamoyo, the historical Stone Town and Sultan’s Palace in Zanzibar, as well as the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha. The program culminates in a four-day safari excursion through Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Park.

Georgetown Faculty Directors: Prof. Ken Opalo (Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service)
Assitant Program Director: Zawadi Daniel (University of Dar es Salaam)  


The purpose of the program is to advance the study of Kiswahili language within the context of contemporary issues in development studies at the global and community level. Students will advance their language skills with trained language professors from the University of Dar Es Salaam, and will apply it formally and informally through structured research or internship experiences and by living with local families. For the first five weeks of the program, students will complete two of the following intensive language courses for a total of 6 credits:
  • INAF-104-62: Beginners Swahili I (3 credits)
  • INAF-105-62: Beginners Swahili II (3 credits)
  • INAF-204-62: Intermediate Swahili I (3 credits)
  • INAF-205-62: Intermediate Swahili II (3 credits)
  • INAF-356-62: Advanced Swahili (6 credits)
Students will also earn an additional 1 credit for successfully completing a research project or internship placement under the supervision of local community partners and the Program Director.
  • INAF-325-62: Development Challenges in Tanzania (1 credit)
All coursework, including grades and credits, earned on Georgetown-administered programs are automatically applied to Georgetown students.

Non-Georgetown participants will receive an official transcript from Georgetown for their completion of academic coursework and should discuss transfer of credit with a dean or academic adviser at their home university.


The Institute of Kiswahili Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam will arrange internship opportunities for students at local organizations in Dar es Salaam. The internships are intended for language practice, as well as to expose students to the work of local governmental and community-based organizations. Students will attend internships Monday through Thursday for for several hours in the afternoon. Transportation to and from the internship sites will be provided. If internship placements do not match students’ interests, they may opt to develop an independent research project, under the supervision of the faculty director, in lieu of the traditional internship.


The program includes several organized excursions designed to engage students with major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of their host country in a direct, hands-on manner. Past excursions have included:
  • Bagamoyo and Zanzibar
  • A four-day overnight safari tour through Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Park.
  • International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha


While in Dar es Salaam, students reside with host families. Depending on enrollments students may be placed in their own homestay family or share a double-room with another Georgetown student. 


Students are provided breakfast and dinner in their homestay families in Dar. Students receive three meals per day while on excursions and safari.

Program Cost

The program cost for summer 2018 will be $10,350.  The program cost includes: tuition, housing, most meals, group excursions, round-trip travel between Dar es Salaam and Arusha.

The program cost does not include: airfare to/from the program destination, passport or visa fees, vaccination, and any personal expenses.


The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000 and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. Students who are currently receiving financial aid are automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.

Eligible students should also consider applying for the African Studies Study Abroad Fellowship. These fellowships are awarded each year in support of study abroad, internship, and research opportunities related to the advancement of African studies at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

OGE advises students to research and pursue a wide range of available funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Your acceptance form and program deposit are considered a good-faith commitment to participate on your Georgetown University summer program. Withdrawal from a summer program must be made in writing to the summer program coordinator. Please note that application fees and program deposits are non-refundable. Georgetown University will refund recoverable tuition and costs as determined by our partner institutions. Refunds will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of your intent to withdraw. Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student, including but not limited to passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs. Georgetown University reserves the right to adjust program fees or cancel any program without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide information on cancellations in a timely manner. In the event of cancellation, Georgetown University will refund program deposits and 100% of recoverable program fees.

The Office of Global Education is committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. OGE hopes that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, OGE is confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with the OGE advisor specializing in your geographic area of interest to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Faculty Contact Information

Office of Global Education
Car Barn, Suite 210
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5687
Prof. Ken Opalo
African Studies Program
Georgetowwn University, ICC 452
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-6034

Student Voices

Read the Dar “A Day in the Life” Blog (2016)

Watch Georgetown student Crystal Bush’s #SummerSnaps Snapchat video from the 2017 Kiswahili Language and Development Studies program!

Dates & Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

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