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  • Locations: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language Prerequisite: No Language(s): English, Swahili
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: 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

Intensive Kiswahili Studies

Georgetown in Dar

At a Glance

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Program Length: 5 weeks
Arrive on: May 24, 2019
Depart on: June 30, 2019

Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome) with good academic and disciplinary standing.

Number of credits: 6 credits

Program Description

Explore the intersection of language, culture, and modern society in the largest Kiswahili-speaking city in the world and one of the fastest-growing cities on the African continent.  On the Intensive Kiswahili Studies program, you’ll study Kiswahili through a combination of cultural immersion experiences and intensive coursework taught by local faculty from the Institute for Kiswahili Studies at the University of Dar Es Salaam. You’ll have the opportunity to visit sites of historical and political importance, such as the first capital of Tanzania in Bagamoyo and the historical Stone Town and Sultan’s Palace in Zanzibar.  The program will conclude with an overnight safari excursion through the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania.

Georgetown in Dar Es Salaam offers two distinct academic tracks: “Intensive Kiswahili Studies” and “Development Challenges in Tanzania (Internship)”.  
*If you wish to apply to the “Development Challenges in Tanzania” community-based internship program, please refer to the Development Challenges in Tanzania brochure page.

Georgetown Faculty Director: Prof. Ken Opalo (Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service)  


The purpose of the Intensive Kiswahili track is to provide an immersive and authentic dive into the acquisition of Kiswahili language within the context of contemporary society in Tanzania. 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 community-based assignments and by living with local families. 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)

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 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
  • Selous National Game Reserve (overnight excursion)


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 fee for Summer 2019 is $7,450. This amount, billable to your GU student account, includes: tuition, academic fees, accommodations, some meals, program excursions, local public transportation, and supplemental insurance.  The program fee listed above does not include: airfare to/from your program site, passport and visa fees (if applicable), and other individual expenses.

For more information on total costs of this program, please visit the program's budget sheet. 


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 20% to 50% of billable program cost 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.

Commitment and Withdrawal Policy

A student’s commitment to a study abroad program confirms his or her intention to participate in that program.  Students who notify the Office of Global Education of their intention to withdraw from their overseas program after the stated Commitment Deadline will be assessed a withdrawal fee of $300, in addition to all non-recoverable costs that have been paid on their behalf, as determined by the Office of Global Education and its overseas partners.  These costs may constitute as much as twenty-five to one hundred percent of the program fee.

A committed student’s decision to withdraw from a study abroad program is effective from the date on which the Office of Global Education receives a written confirmation of the student’s decision to withdraw.  All withdrawal fees and refundable program costs will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of this decision.  No refunds will be given for the education abroad insurance fee.  

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 cancel programs without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide participants with information on cancellations in a timely manner.  In the event of a non-voluntary cancellation, Georgetown University will refund application fees as well as all recoverable program costs.

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 Georgetown in Dar es Salaam program!

Open Application Deadlines & Dates

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