Tanzania Term Abroad
In winter terms in even years (e.g., 2012, 2014, 2016), the Department offers a term abroad in Tanzania. The East African nation of Tanzania has long been famous for both its rich cultural heritage and its iconic natural wonders like the Serengeti plains, the Ngorongoro Crater, and Mt. Kilimanjaro. In this program, students explore the ways that culture and nature are connected, by studying cultural ecology and economic development in the heart of Tanzania's booming international tourism scene. The program is based in Moshi, a pleasant town of about 150,000, located at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, in a region of the country known for its relatively cosmopolitan and educated population. Important amenities like good medical care and internet access are readily available, but the region is also the cultural heartland of the Chagga people, and students have many opportunities to learn about contemporaryAfrican ways of life.
After a week together at an orientation center, students spend the remainder of the term living in homestays with Tanzanian families. Although English is widely spoken (Tanzania was a British colony from 1918 until 1961), the lingua franca is Swahili, an African language spoken by more than 50 million people in 11 countries. Students on this program are required to take introductory Swahili in the term prior to their departure, and will continue with intensive language study while in country during the program. Additional coursework will consist of weekly seminars; guest lectures by local researchers, officials, and activists; an independent ethnographic research project; and severalfield trips, including a week-long educational safari to the region in and around Serengeti National Park.
Students on the program will receive credit for the following three courses:
Culture, Environment, and Tourism
Field Research Methods