Iringa, Tanzania

Community Development, Language + Culture

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Dates: Aug 24 – Dec 16, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

December 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 6, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Embark on an exploration of challenges facing Tanzania, including sanitation, disease, hunger, poor education, gender inequality, climate change, HIV, water issues, and deforestation. Through fascinating coursework and activities with locals, you’ll learn about issues impacting Tanzanian communities, design and carry out an original research project, volunteer at a local non-governmental organization, and gain a basic proficiency in Swahili.

Unique Experiences

  • Explore the economic epicenter

    Dar es Salaam; the mid-sized town of Iringa; and the rural district of Mufindi or Kilolo.

  • Participate in a four-week field study

    homestay during your field study experience at an NGO that addresses public health, education, and social welfare issues in rural Tanzania.

  • Carry out your own research

    project studying a topic that you are passionate about.

  • students at Ruaha Catholic University

    4,000
  • districts in the Iringa region

    6
  • species of birds in Ruaha National Park

    571

Location & Culture

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Charming, beautiful Iringa is the administrative and political capital of the Iringa Region of Tanzania in East Africa. Originally built as a defensive base in the 1890s, today the city stretches along a hilltop overlooking the Ruaha River to the south and spreading along soft ridges and valleys to the north. Because it’s a mile high in elevation, the climate is pleasant year-round.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Travel to Lake Nyasa to see the Livingstone mountains plunge into the Rift Valley.
  • Visit the Isimila Stone Age site to examine archaeological artifacts from human habitation more than 100,000 years ago.
  • Go on safari within the Ruaha National Park to see ecological preservation in action.
  • Visit the Udzungwa Mountains, where the highest waterfall in Tanzania plunges into a protected wetland next to miles of sugar plantations.

PROJECTS

Volunteering. Spend four weeks volunteering at an NGO that addresses public health, education, and social welfare issues in rural Tanzania.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    While in Dar es Salaam for orientation, CIEE students share double, triple, or quad rooms in a hotel. In Iringa, students live in on-campus residence hall rooms at Ruaha Catholic University. In the village setting, students live with local families in homestays during the week. On weekends, they live in NGO-provided volunteer houses. While housing is clean and safe, students should understand that the facilities and amenities are more basic than those found in the United States. 

  • MEALS

    Residence hall: The university has one large cafeteria on campus that provides affordable meals. Students also have easy access to small, informal food stands near the university, and in and around the city of Iringa, which features a variety of restaurants and stores. Homestay: Students will have their meals prepared for them by either their homestay families or by NGO staff.

Iringa, Tanzania

Where You'll Study

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    MUFINDI

    Iringa

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    RUAHA CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

    Iringa

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    Getting Around

    Students can walk and use buses to get around.

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What you need to know

The program details

The Community Development, Language, and Culture program allows students to gain a background in community development while taking Swahili language and additional CIEE courses taught by qualified faculty from universities in and around Iringa. Basic Swahili will allow students to communicate effectively with locals during their fieldwork. Most students come to Iringa with no knowledge of Swahili, but leave with basic proficiency.

Ruaha Catholic University is a private university with 4,000 students located in the Southern Highlands municipality of Iringa, RUCU was founded in 2005.

CIEE students enroll in courses taught by qualified and subject-matter-expert faculty from universities in and around Iringa as well as the CIEE resident staff.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    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

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

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

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

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours The Swahili courses and the CIEE electives have 45 contact hours and are 3 semester credits/4.5 quarter hours.

Students enroll in:

  • A semester-long Swahili language course
  • CIEE Field Research Seminar
  • Three additional elective 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.

Fall 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

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.

ELECTIVE COURSES

All students must enroll in two elective courses taught by 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, Ruaha Catholic University students occasionally may join class sessions or activities.

Spring 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

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. Most students arrive with no Swahili knowledge.

ELECTIVE COURSES

All students must enroll in two elective courses taught by 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, Ruaha Catholic University students occasionally may join class sessions or activities.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Tanzanian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host country and city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 16 weeks Aug 25, 2018 Dec 17, 2018
$16,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,126 **

Housing = $2,085

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $172

Total Fees = $16,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,500

International Airfare = $1,650

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $250 ††

Personal expenses = $1,600

Total Estimated Costs = $5,300

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

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

†† cost of residence permit

Spring 2019 16 weeks Dec 1, 2018 Jan 12, 2019 May 6, 2019
$17,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,726 **

Housing = $2,085

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $172

Total Fees = $17,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,500

International Airfare = $1,650

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $250

Personal expenses = $1,600

Total Estimated Costs = $5,300

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Fall 2019 16 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Dec 16, 2019

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