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Yale Summer Session in Arusha: Advanced Kiswahili

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Program Information


Arusha, Tanzania




Sunday, May 24, 2020 to Saturday, July 18, 2020



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L5 distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number



2 Yale credits


MS-TCDC Faculty


Yale College Applicants: SWAH 140 (Intermediate Kiswahili II), or placement exam into L5.

Other Applicants: Completed four semesters of college-level Kiswahili and evaluated by the Summer Kiswahili Language Program Director, John (Kiarie) Wa'Njogu. Please contact Prof. Wa'Njogu (john.wanjogu@yale.edu) prior to the February 15 application deadline.


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 class will meet Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and students should expect about 2 hours of work outside the classroom each day, as well excursions and other program activities.

The syllabus below is from a previous summer and contains dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.


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

Summer 2020 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 the initial first day or two at MS-TCDC for an orientation and then be placed with host families around Arusha. 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. While on longer program trips, like the costal tours of Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, students will stay in local hotels. All meals are included in the cost of housing. Students must depart the program provided housing 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 and are expected to arrive in Arusha on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


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

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