By Discipline

By Region

  • Africa
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Northern America

Featured

close
Quick Info

Quick Info

By Term

  • Fall 2014
  • Fall 2015
  • Spring 2015
  • Spring 2016
close
Dates:
08/16/2014 - 11/29/2014
Deadlines:
04/01/2014
Credit:
16 semester / 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

Map:
View Map
Dates:
TBA
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
15 semester / 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

Map:
View Map
Dates:
01/10/2015 - 05/03/2015
Deadlines:
Extended to: 12/01/2014
Credit:
15 semester / 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

Map:
View Map
Dates:
TBA
Deadlines:
11/01/2015
Credit:
15 semester / 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

Map:
View Map
Close
Loading
CIEE Scholarships & Grants

Places to Visit

Get Started

Compare ProgramsCompare Programs
Print Program OverviewPrint Overview
Share

Program Blog RSS

Photos
Video
open slider navigation
close slider navigation
  • iringa,tanzania,africa,community,development,language,culture,study,abroad,main
  • iringa,tanzania,africa,community,development,language,culture,study,abroad,main
  • iringa,tanzania,africa,community,development,language,culture,study,abroad,main
  • iringa,tanzania,africa,community,development,language,culture,study,abroad,main
Study Abroad in Iringa
open slider navigation
close slider navigation
Loading
Program Overview

Program Overview

Take part in a hands-on exploration of the challenges and issues facing Tanzania today, including sanitation, malaria, hunger, and deforestation. And study the Kiswahili (Swahili) language in Iringa. Through fascinating coursework and activities with locals, you’ll learn about issues impacting urban, peri-urban, and rural Tanzanian communities. You’ll also participate in a four-week field study with an organization serving orphans, vulnerable children, and underserved populations in rural Tanzania.

Study abroad in Iringa and you'll:

  • Explore three distinct communities in Tanzania: The economic epicenter, Dar es Salaam; the small town of Iringa; and the rural village, Mufindi
  • Participate in an intensive, four-week, embedded field study experience at an NGO that addresses public health, and educational and social welfare issues in rural Tanzania
Close
Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
Apply now

Close
The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Excursions

In Tanzania, you’ll take part in excursions and activities centered on the program’s core themes of community development, language, and culture. You’ll travel to Bagamoyo to visit the 13th-century Kaole Ruins, 18th-century Muslim burial grounds, and a slave-trade caravan route. You might visit the Isimila Stone Age site to examine archaeological artifacts from human habitation more than 70,000 years ago. You may even go on a cultural heritage conservation site visit to explore the work of the University of Iringa’s anthropology department to support sustainable community development and poverty alleviation.

Community Engagement and Rural Stay

Witness theory in action. In Iringa, you’ll work with organizations such as Doctors with Africa (CUAMM) and Iringa Development of Youth, Disabled and Children Care (IDYDC), and go on a series of community development site visits. As part of the CIEE Field Research Seminar, you’ll spend four weeks on site at a community-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Mufindi, participating in projects in areas such as education, development, public health, vocational training, sustainable gardening, or NGO management.

Close
Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (15 wks)
04/01/2014
08/16/2014
11/29/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

More Information
Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,804
Housing
$1,460
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$173

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,500
International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,600

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

More Information
Spring 2015 (16 wks)
Extended to: 12/01/2014
01/10/2015
05/03/2015
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,804
Housing
$1,460
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$173

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,500
International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,600

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

More Information
Spring 2016
11/01/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

More Information
Close
Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
Close
Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 16 semester/24 quarter hours and 31 semester/ 46.5 quarter hours for the academic year.

The Kiswahili Language and Culture Practicum has 20 contact hours and recommended credit of 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours. The Kiswahili courses and the CIEE electives have 45 contact hours and recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Close
Program Requirements

Program Requirements

CIEE students enroll in a semester-long Kiswahili language course, the Managing Community Development Programs course, the CIEE Field Research Seminar, and two additional elective courses taught by University of Iringa faculty specifically for the CIEE program. All area studies courses are taught in English.

Close
About the City

About The City

Charming, beautiful Iringa is the administrative and political capital of the Iringa Region of Tanzania in East Africa. With a population of 115,000, it was originally built as a defensive base in the 1890s by the German army against the Hehe uprising led by Chief Mkwawa. The name, Iringa, is derived from the Hehe word, lilinga, meaning fort. The fortress and headquarters of Chief Mkwawa was situated in the nearby village of Kalenga. The city stretches along a hilltop overlooking the Ruaha River to the south and spreading along soft ridges and valleys to the north. It’s famous for its woven baskets, made from local reeds, which are used across the country and exported internationally.

Close
Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

Staff Image

Justin Beckham

Resident Director

Justin Beckham has lived and worked in Tanzania for 15 years, and has lived in Iringa for three years. He grew up in California, and also has lived in Connecticut, Maryland, and Germany. Justin studied abroad in Zanzibar in 1999, and led a group of fellow undergraduates on a study abroad program in 2001. This experience started his study of Swahili, local Tanzanian histories, and his love for the country. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in history and African studies. This was followed by more research trips to Tanzania, leading to two master’s degrees in history from Yale University and extensive research into the 1964 Zanzibar revolution on Pemba Island. Also at Yale, he taught several classes, including one on the history of Africa, preparing him well for the classroom. Fluent in Swahili and now conversant in the local Iringa language of Hehe, Justin is passionate about language and cultural preservation as tools in development.

Justin moved to Iringa in 2011 with his wife Sarah and son Juma as a project manager and field coordinator for a Johns Hopkins University research study on the biological, behavioral, and structural drivers of high HIV/AIDS-rates in the region. Through this work, he secured permissions from government officials to set up offices, manage staff, and write research reports. He also did extensive mapping of the region to aid implementation of HIV-prevention research, interventions for high-risk populations in bars, and targeted programming of medical male circumcision. This work has taken him to every health facility and every beautiful corner of the Iringa region, and has put him in contact with teachers and students at the University of Iringa, as well as the dedicated staff at Foxes' NGO. All his varied work and travel experiences over the past 15 years have prepared Justin well for the Resident Director position. He is excited to share Iringa's wonders, challenges, and opportunities with CIEE students.

Read More
Close
Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The University of Iringa (formerly Tumaini University) is a small, private university with 4,000 students located in the Southern Highlands municipality of Iringa. It was founded in 1996 with the mission to engage its faculties and students in studies of higher learning committed to the pursuit of truth through scientific research and inquiries. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees and consists of the Schools of Arts and Social Science, Business and Economics, Law, Science and Education, and Theology.

Close
Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

While in Dar es Salaam for orientation, CIEE students share double rooms in a hotel. In Iringa, students live in on-campus residence halls segregated by gender with two or three other students at the University of Iringa. The university has two cafeterias on campus that provide affordable meals. Students also have easy access to small, informal food stands near the university, as well as easy access to the city of Iringa, which features a variety of restaurants and stores. In Mufindi, students live in NGO-provided volunteer houses with three or four other students. Each house has shared kitchen and restroom facilities. Students will have their meals prepared for them by NGO home staff. Depending on the project, some students may be placed in shared volunteer housing in nearby villages associated with Foxes NGO projects.

While housing is clean and safe in all locations, students should understand that the facilities and amenities are typically quite different from those found in the United States. Students should be prepared for limited access to Internet, limited/regulated electricity (i.e., no electricity after 10 p.m.), cold-water showers, and Turkish/Indian-style toilets.

Close
Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Dar es Salaam even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The resident director meets online with students and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the predeparture orientation is simple – to help you understand more about the program, and to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress toward your goals.

The mandatory weeklong orientation session conducted in Dar es Salaam at the beginning of the study abroad program will introduce you to the city, country, culture, and the academic program, and provide practical information about living in Tanzania. The orientation includes a variety of sessions and activities focusing on health and safety, local transportation, and survival Kiswahili. The final two days will be spent in Bagamoyo (60 kilometers north of Dar es Salaam), where you’ll go on an educational and cultural tour of historical slave trade sites and ancient burial ruins before traveling as a group to Iringa.

Ongoing orientation discussions in Iringa and Mufindi and a reentry workshop at the end of the semester are designed to help students with cross-cultural adjustment and adaptation.

Close
Internet

Internet

You're encouraged to bring your laptop as you will have wireless Internet access through the CIEE Study Center at Iringa and will be able to purchase low-cost monthly Internet bundles. You’ll also have access to the Internet at the numerous Internet cafés in Iringa. During your rural stay in Mufindi, you’ll have limited Internet access through your personal Internet bundle and occasional access to wireless Internet at the main Foxes NGO house and Foxes Lodge. You should, however, anticipate that Internet access and speed will be significantly different than you are accustomed to in the United States.

Close
Academics

Academics

The Community Development, Language, and Culture program allows students to gain a background in community development while taking Kiswahili language and additional CIEE courses taught by faculty from the University of Iringa. The use of Kiswahili will allow students to communicate more effectively and openly with members of the communities in which they are completing their fieldwork.

While the courses are for CIEE students only, participants live in university residence halls and are paired with a Tanzanian student roommate as often as possible. Participants can also interact with local students through immersion into the cultural and social life of the university and surrounding community.

Academic Culture

CIEE students enroll in courses taught by University of Iringa faculty as well as the CIEE resident director.

Courses at the University of Iringa include traditional lectures, exams and essays, and student presentations. The CIEE Field Research Seminar will include a field research methodology component, an intensive practical component, reflection activities, journal, and a final presentation.

Nature of Classes

Students take classes with CIEE participants only, although local students occasionally may join a course or participate in joint service projects with CIEE students at local NGOs.

Grading System

Final grades in CIEE courses are based on a combination of attendance, participation, papers, presentations, and a final paper, exam, or presentation.

Language of Instruction

English
Kiswahili (language course only)

Faculty

All area studies courses with the exception of the CIEE Field Research Seminar are taught by local Tanzanian faculty, all of whom have faculty appointments at the University of Iringa. The CIEE Field Research Seminar is taught by the CIEE resident director. The Kiswahili language courses are taught by a veteran language instructor for the U.S. Peace Corps and faculty from the University of Iringa.

Close
Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Courses

SWAH 1001 TANZ

Beginning Kiswahili

SWAH 2001 TANZ

Intermediate Kiswahili

SWAH 3001 TANZ

Advanced Kiswahili

Kiswahili (Swahili) language courses are offered at all levels, from beginner through advanced. Students with prior Kiswahili training are given a placement exam upon arrival in Tanzania. The courses include a combination of classroom and field-based lessons.

DEVE 3001 TANZ / INRE 3003 TANZ

Managing Community Development Programs
This course is designed to equip students with integrated knowledge to be applied in a range of community development situations. Students will gain basic understanding of the concept of community, participatory development methods, community generating activities, role players in community development – government, NGOs, CBOs, and donors – and factors influencing the outcomes of community development initiatives intended to improve the quality of life in Tanzania and other developing countries. It also will focus on processes of community development.

DEVE 3004 TANZ / SOCI 3002 TANZ

Field Research Seminar
The Field Research Seminar will begin with a series of lectures and discussions in Iringa as well as sessions on field research methodology. However, the majority of the course will occur over an intensive four-week embedded experience at an NGO in rural Tanzania near Mufindi. Foxes NGO manages a variety of projects in the areas of education, public health, community development, NGO management, and vocational training. Students will be required to submit a CV during the predeparture phase of this program to help CIEE and Foxes NGO staff coordinate appropriate projects.

While in Mufindi, students will take part in a combination of daily work in ongoing development projects, a seminar course coordinated by the CIEE resident director, guest lectures by NGO staff and local professionals, and reflection activities. Students will live together with other volunteers in the Mufindi area for an innovative and rewarding community development experience. Upon returning to Iringa after completing the Mufindi portion of the program, students will be required to deliver final presentations related to their field research projects. Total hours: 130 hours of work at the NGO site, plus 25 hours of classroom instruction for a recommended credit of 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

University of Iringa Elective Courses

All students must enroll in two elective courses taught by University of Iringa faculty specifically for CIEE. Final course offerings will be determined through a course preselection process, faculty availability, and student enrollments. While these courses are taught specifically for CIEE students, University of Iringa students occasionally may join class sessions or activities.

AFST 3005 TANZ / HIST 3002 TANZ

Prehistory, Myths, Legends, and Beliefs of East Africa
This course presents the world view of the ordinary people of East Africa in contrast to the system of philosophy known in the Western world. It includes ideas about the beginning of the world, the role of gods and spirits in daily life, and the celebrations and rituals for each season of the year.

DEVE 3002 TANZ / ENVI 3002 TANZ

Sustainable Rural Development
This course aims at providing students with comprehensive knowledge on sustainable rural development. Specifically, it will critically discuss the concept of sustainable rural livelihood. The course also will cover opportunities for and obstacles to sustainable rural development.

EDUC 3001 TANZ / AFST 3006 TANZ

Contemporary Educational Issues in East Africa
This course introduces students to pertinent issues of concern in education systems of East African countries. Topics include educational funding, poverty, access to education, gender inequality, shortage buildings teachers, supply of textbooks, appropriate curriculum, teacher preparation, professionalism, and access to university education.

HIST 3001 TANZ / AFST 3003 TANZ

History of East Africa
This course is divided into two parts: a survey of the region in precolonial times, and the colonial and postcolonial period. It is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of East Africa and the main themes and issues in East African history from antiquity to the present. Topics covered include the physical geography of East Africa, precolonial East Africa, East Africa under colonial rule, and postcolonial East Africa.

INRE 3002 TANZ / SOCI 3003 TANZ

Poverty Analysis for Socioeconomic Development This course is designed to explain, discuss, and apply different definitions and measures of poverty, to analyze different approaches commonly used in defining poverty, and to evaluate and discuss the role of basic capabilities in explaining poverty outcomes. Students will conduct community participatory poverty analysis, evaluate and discuss the complex interconnection of growth, inequality, and poverty, and critically assess poverty reduction policies.

GEND 3001 TANZ / DEVE 3003 TANZ

Gender and Development
This course is designed to introduce students to general knowledge about gender and its significance in bringing about development. It also equips students with knowledge and skills on analyzing and mainstreaming gender issues in the development process.

Close
Program Blog

Program Blog RSS

Close
Videos

Videos

  • CIEE Study AbroadDiscover the world
Close
Photos

Photos

  • iringa,tanzania,africa,community,development,language,culture,study,abroad,main
  • iringa,tanzania,africa,community,development,language,culture,study,abroad,main
  • iringa,tanzania,africa,community,development,language,culture,study,abroad,main
  • iringa,tanzania,africa,community,development,language,culture,study,abroad,main
Close
Compare ProgramsCompare Programs
Share
CIEE Scholarships & Grants
Top