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08/16/2014 - 12/12/2014
Deadlines:
04/01/2014
Credit:
16 semester / 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Take part in a unique, comparative exploration of the challenges and issues facing Tanzania today while studying the Kiswahili language in Iringa with CIEE.

Through coursework at a Tanzanian university, a hands-on field research seminar, and multi-cultural community engagement activities, students will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge about current issues impacting urban, peri-urban, and rural Tanzanian communities, as well as the opportunities being created by local organizations, individuals, and companies today.

Study abroad in Iringa and you will:

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

The CIEE Difference

Excursions and Cultural Activities

In Tanzania, you’ll take part in excursions and activities centered on the program’s core themes of community development, language, and culture. You will travel to Bagamoyo to visit the 13th-century Kaole Ruins, 18th-century Muslim burial grounds, and the slave trade caravan route. You might visit the Isimila Stone Age site to examine archeological 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, local tourism, and poverty alleviation.

Community Engagement and Rural Stay

While in Iringa, you’ll engage with local NGOs and other community-based organizations and go on a series of community development site visits to see theory in action. Additionally, as part of the CIEE Field Research Seminar, you’ll spend four weeks on site at a community based NGO in Mufindi participating in development projects in areas such as education, development, public health, vocational training, sustainable agriculture, or NGO management.

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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.
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End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (17 wks)
04/01/2014
08/16/2014
12/12/2014
$14,850

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 **
$12,735
Housing
$1,540
Insurance
$102
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

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Spring 2014 (16 wks)
01/25/2014
05/19/2014
$14,850

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 **
$12,735
Housing
$1,540
Insurance
$102
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

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Spring 2015
11/01/2014
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.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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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.

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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.

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About the City

About The City

Iringa is a small city with a population of 115,000 (compared to Dar es Salaam’s four million), located on the TanZam highway—the main highway leading from Dar es Salaam to Zambia—around 450km inland from Dar es Salaam and 400 km from the border with Zambia at the junction to Ruaha National Park. Iringa was built during the 1890s by the German Army as a defensive base to be used against the Hehe uprising led by Chief Mkwawa. The name Iringa is derived from the Hehe word Lilinga, meaning fort, as the fortress and headquarters of Chief Mkwawa was situated in the nearby village of Kalenga.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Justin Beckham

Justin Beckham has been living and working in Tanzania for the past 15 years, and has lived in Iringa for the past 3 years. He grew up in California but has also lived in Connecticut, Maryland, Germany, and of course, Tanzania. He was himself a study abroad student in Zanzibar in 1999, and led a group of fellow undergraduates in a study abroad program in 2001. That began his study of Swahili, local histories, and his love for the country, as well as a BA in History and African Studies. Soon followed more research trips to TZ, leading to a MA and Masters of Philosophy in history from Yale University and extensive research on experiences of the 1964 Zanzibar revolution on Pemba Island. Also at Yale, he taught several classes, including on the history of Africa, so comes well prepared for the classroom. Fluent in Swahili and now conversant in the local Iringa language of Hehe, he's passionate about language and cultural preservation as tools in development.

He 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 the high HIV/AIDS rates in the region. Through this work, he did everything from securing permissions from government officials to setting up offices, managing staff, and writing 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 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 well prepared Justin for Iringa's Resident Director position. He is excited to share Iringa's wonders, challenges, and opportunities with CIEE students.

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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.

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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 2-3 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. Finally, in Mufindi, students live in NGO-provided volunteer houses with 3-4 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 U.S. 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.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Dar es Salaam even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online 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 pre-departure 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 towards your goals.

The mandatory week-long 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 of will be spent in Bagamoyo (60 km 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 re-entry workshop at the end of the semester are designed to help students with cross-cultural adjustment and adaptation.

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Internet

Internet

You are 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 U.S.

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Academics

Academics

The Community Development, Language, and Culture study abroad 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 field work.

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 may occasionally 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.

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Course Description

Course Description

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 cancelled 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 wide 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 will also 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 the town of 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 pre-departure 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 pre-selection process, faculty availability, and student enrollments. While these courses are taught specifically for CIEE students, University of Iringa students may occasionally join class sessions or activities.

AFST 3005 TANZ / HIST 3002 TANZ

Pre-History, 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 will also cover opportunities 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 pre-colonial times, and the colonial and post-colonial 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, pre-colonial East Africa, East Africa under Colonial Rule, and post-colonial East Africa.

INRE 3002 TANZ / SOCI 3003 TANZ

Poverty Analysis for Socio-Economic 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 on 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.

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