Iringa, Tanzania

Community Development, Language + Culture

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

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

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 22 – Dec 10, 2020 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 11 – May 4, 2020 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Explore the challenges facing Tanzania, including sanitation, disease, education, gender inequality, climate change, and deforestation. Take courses in English at CIEE Iringa, conduct research to explore community development needs, and volunteer at an NGO that addresses public health, education, and social welfare issues in rural Tanzania. Come away knowing how to speak basic Kiswahili, and that you made a difference in the lives of others. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

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.

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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.

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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 international development while taking Swahili language and additional development-related 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.

CIEE Iringa is situated on the Ruaha Catholic University campus conveniently located within the Iringa Municipality. CIEE students enroll in courses taught by qualified and subject-matter-expert faculty from universities in and around Iringa as well as the CIEE center 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, a field component, and a final paper, exam, or presentation.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Courses include traditional lectures, exams, essays, and student presentations.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.

Curriculum

Program Credit
Total credit: 15 U.S. semester/22.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 120 internship placement hours
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits;  45 seminar hours, 80 research hours

Language of Instruction
English

Requirements

  • Swahili language course
  • CIEE Field Research Methods and Proposal Writing 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 2019 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

All students must enroll in two required courses: Field Research Methods and Proposal Writing Seminar and one Swahili class.

FIELD RESEARCH METHODS AND PROPOSAL WRITING SEMINAR

This class will turn you into a trained social researcher. You will learn about research ethics, qualitative and quantitative methods, data analysis, and writing. You will come up with your own development-related research question and you will follow appropriate research protocols to write and submit a research proposal. In addition to the proposal, you will also be embedded for a month with a nonprofit organization in Tanzania to learn how the organization works to further development in the region.

LANGUAGE 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 but reach basic proficiency very quickly.

ELECTIVE COURSES

All students must enroll in three elective courses taught by faculty specifically for CIEE students. Final course offerings will be determined by faculty availability and total student enrollment. While these courses are taught specifically for CIEE students, Ruaha Catholic University students occasionally may join class sessions or activities.

  • INDR 4903 TANZ : Independent Research: This class will allow you to actually carry out the research project you designed in the required proposal-writing class.
  • INSH 3803 TANZ : Internship Seminar: Work with an NGO in Iringa to learn how development projects are carried out on the ground.

Spring 2020 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

All students must enroll in two required courses: Field Research Methods and Proposal Writing Seminar and one Swahili class.

FIELD RESEARCH METHODS AND PROPOSAL WRITING SEMINAR

The field research seminar will turn you into a trained social researcher. You will learn about research ethics, qualitative and quantitative methods, data analysis, and writing. You will come up with your own development-related research question and you will follow appropriate research protocols to write and submit a research proposal. In addition to the research project, you will also be embedded with a nonprofit organization in Tanzania to learn how the organization works to further development in the region.

  • DEVE 3004 TANZ / SOCI 3002 TANZ: Field Research Methods and Proposal Writing Seminar

LANGUAGE 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 but reach basic proficiency very quickly.

  • SWAH 1001 TANZ: Beginning Kiswahili
  • SWAH 2001 TANZ: Intermediate Kiswahili
  • SWAH 3001 TANZ: Advanced Kiswahili

ELECTIVE COURSES

All students must enroll in three 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, local university students occasionally may join class sessions or activities.

  • INDR 4903 TANZ : Independent Research: This class will allow you to actually carry out the research project you designed in the required proposal-writing class.
  • INSH 3803 TANZ : Internship Seminar: Work with an NGO in Iringa to learn how development projects are carried out on the ground.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

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 & Fees

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Dates & 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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular 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 2019 16 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 24, 2019 Dec 16, 2019
Spring 2020 16 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Jan 11, 2020 May 4, 2020
$17,950
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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 = $15,226 **

Housing = $2,085

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $172

Total Fees = $17,950

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 = $1,000

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $50

Visa Fees = $250 ††

Personal expenses = $500

Total Estimated Costs = $3,100

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

Fall 2020 16 weeks May 1, 2020 Aug 22, 2020* Dec 10, 2020*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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