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Yale Summer Session in Arusha: Advanced Kiswahili

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Program Information


Arusha, Tanzania




Sunday, May 28, 2017 to Saturday, July 22, 2017



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L5 distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number



2 Yale credits


Kiarie (John) Wa'Njogu 


SWAH 140 (Intermediate Kiswahili II) or equivalent proficiency.


Development of fluency through readings and discussions on contemporary topics in Kiswahili, including its origins, standardization, and spread to different parts of Eastern and Central Africa. The role of Kiswahili in addressing issues such as health, environment, and Human Rights. Introduction to literary criticism in Kiswahili. Materials include Kiswahili oral literature, prose, poetry, and plays, as well as texts drawn from popular and political culture. Classes will be held at MS-TCDC.

The syllabus below is from last summer; participants will receive this summer's syllabus at the start of the program.


Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2017 Budget

Trips and Activities

Zanzibar (stone-town and spice farms), Dar es Salaam, Ngorongoro crater, Olduvai (Oldupai) Gorge, moving sand, and foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. There may be other short trips within Arusha.


Students will spend one to two days at MS-TCDC for orientation then will be placed with a host family for the rest of the program. Homestays are crucial for language practice and cultural experience and therefore a requirement of the program. Students cannot opt out of staying with a host family. All meals are included in the cost of housing. Students must depart their host family’s home on the final day of the program.


This is a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) approved program. FLAS recipients are welcome to apply.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements; additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor Kiarie (John) Wa'Njogu. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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