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Program Overview

Program Overview

Take part in a hands-on exploration of the challenges and issues facing Tanzania today, including sanitation, disease, hunger, poor education, gender inequality, climate change, HIV, water issues, land issues, and deforestation. Through fascinating coursework and activities with locals, you’ll learn about issues impacting 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. Lastly, you’ll gain a basic proficiency in the Swahili language.

Study abroad in Iringa and you'll:

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

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 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:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

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. You’ll also visit a rural, basket-weaving cooperative and learn to cook ethnic Hehe foods. 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. You’ll design and carry out your own research project studying a topic that you are passionate about.

Excursions

In Tanzania, you may take part in excursions and activities centered on the program’s core themes of community development, language, and culture. You might travel to Lake Nyasa on the border of Tanzania and Malawi to see the mighty Livingstone mountains plunge into the rift valley. You might visit the Isimila Stone Age site to examine archaeological artifacts from human habitation more than 100,000 years ago. You may also go on safari to Ruaha National Park to see ecological preservation in action. You may even visit the Udzungwa Mountains, where the highest waterfall in Tanzania plunges into a protected wetland next to miles and miles of sugar plantations.

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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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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (16 wks)
06/01/2016
08/27/2016
12/19/2016
$16,650

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 **
$13,975
Housing
$2,085
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$172

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

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

** cost of residence permit

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Spring 2017 (16 wks)
11/01/2016
01/07/2017
05/01/2017
$16,850

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 **
$14,126
Housing
$2,085
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$172

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

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

** cost of residence permit

More Information
Fall 2017
06/01/2017
TBA
TBA
$16,850

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 **
$14,126
Housing
$2,085
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$172

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

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

** cost of residence permit

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for one semester is 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.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

CIEE students enroll in a semester-long Swahili language course and CIEE Field Research Seminar, along with three additional elective courses taught by faculty specifically selected to teach for the CIEE program. All area studies courses are taught in English.

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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 150,000, 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. The region is famous for its woven baskets, made from local reeds, which are used across the country and exported internationally.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Justin Beckham

Resident Director

Justin Beckham has lived and worked in Tanzania for 17 years, and has lived in Iringa for six 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 German. 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. This work has taken him to every health facility and every beautiful corner of the Iringa region, and has put him in contact with the dedicated staff at many local non-profit organizations. All his varied work and travel experiences over the past 17 years have prepared Justin well for the Resident Director position. He is excited to share Iringa's wonders, challenges, and opportunities with CIEE students.

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Paulo Kateme

Program Coordinator

Paulo has been the CIEE Program Coordinator for over two years. He has been a veteran Swahili language and cross cultural facilitator with foreigners in Tanzania for more than 15 years. As a language program coordinator and certified language teacher, he has authored several Swahili training manuals. Paulo loves helping American students to learn the beautiful Swahili language and to adjust to Tanzanian culture.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Ruaha Catholic University is a private university with 4,000 students located in the Southern Highlands municipality of Iringa. It was founded in 2005 with the mission to "be a committed institution of higher learning which provides: demand driven quality education to students so as to enable them become responsible professionals with moral and ethical values in the society; quality teaching, research and consultancy for quality manpower output for services and leadership."

The university offers both undergraduate, graduate and PhD degrees in Information and Technology (ICT), Law, Business and Management Sciences.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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 segregated by gender at the Ruaha Catholic University. 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. In Mufindi, students live with local families in homestays during the week and then in NGO-provided volunteer houses with three or four students per room on the weekends. Students will have their meals prepared for them by either their homestay families, or by NGO staff. During the homestay portion of the village stay, students will live with trusted families in nearby villages associated with our NGO partner.

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.), bucket showers, and Turkish/Indian-style squat 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. 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 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 toward your goals.

The mandatory, three-day 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 Swahili. You will then travel as a group to Iringa where you will attend more orientation sessions and activities to help you adjust to the town and the university.

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.

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Internet

Internet

You're encouraged to bring your laptop, as you will have somewhat regular wireless Internet access through the purchase of a low-cost modem and monthly Internet bundles. You’ll also have access to the Internet at a few Internet cafés in Iringa. During your month-long, rural stay in Mufindi, you’ll most likely have no internet access. You should, however, anticipate that Internet access and speed in Iringa will be significantly different than you are accustomed to in the United States, with much slower speeds and only intermittent access.

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Culture

Culture

Interact with roommates at the university from all over Tanzania. During the field portion, live with a local Hehe family in a very rural setting and experience Hehe cultural traditions first-hand. Experience life as lived by most Tanzanians and help with everything from carrying water to the house to fetching firewood and cooking local meals.

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Academics

Academics

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 and subject matter expert faculty from universities in and around Iringa. The use of Swahili will allow students to communicate more effectively and openly with members of the communities with which they are completing their fieldwork.

While the courses are for CIEE students only, participants live in university residence halls and are paired with Tanzanian student roommates 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 qualified and subject-matter-expert faculty from universities in and around Iringa as well as the CIEE resident staff.

Courses at Ruaha Catholic University 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, 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
Swahili (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 local universities. The CIEE Field Research Seminar is taught by the CIEE resident director, who has 17 years of research experience in Tanzania. The Swahili language courses are taught by a veteran language instructor for the U.S. Peace Corps.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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