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African & Kiswahili Studies, Tanzania Multi-site

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study abroad in Tanzania to  begin to understand development, competing priorities, limited resources, and regional disparities through coursework, lectures, and community engagement. This program offers a unique opportunity to learn and live alongside those directly involved in local service initiatives, and to contribute to efforts which support the training, empowerment, and services for the nation and its people.  
This program takes place in three locations:
  • arrival and orientation starts in Dar es Salaam, with its active seaports, distinct neighborhoods, and welcoming markets, located on the warm coast of the Indian Ocean.
  • Iringa, the program's home base located in central Tanzania, provides courses and field methods training. 
  • the village of Mufindi, where community service is with a long-standing tradition, with services for orphans, vulnerable children and the region's underserved population.
Through coursework, field trips, excursions, and community service projects, gain a deep understanding of this nation and its unique role within East Africa.
Visit the CIEE blog for more program details and photos.
This program can fulfill multiple requirements for the UCEAP Peace Corps Prep program​.Given its location and service opportunities in support of the local community, it could be an excellent first step toward one's post-graduate goals in development studies, governmental or non-governmental service, or global studies.  

Students attend classes with international students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

Kiswahili ​language study is required and is offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Spring :  
early January to late April 









This multi-site program has housing in hotels, university student hostels, homestays, and shared rooms in the non-profit organization's volunteer homes. Visit the CIEE Iringa YouTube channel for a tour. More information on housing.

Extracurricular Activities

Excursions and activities are centered on the program’s core themes of community development, language, and culture. While in Dar es Salaam, students travel to the historic coastal city of Bagamoyo, an 18th-century Muslim burial grounds, and a slave-trade caravan route. Students might also visit Ruaha National Park, Matema Beach, and Ngozi Crator Lake. There is also an excursion to the Isimila Stone Age site to examine 70,000 year-old archaeological artifacts and a Cultural Heritage Conservation site visit. Check out the CIEE blog post titled "Excursions, Excursions, Excursions" for photos and details.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with host universities throughout the world.
CIEE resident staff abroad help students integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.

Course Opportunities

Students enroll in a required Kiswahili language course, a field research seminar or internship, and other courses from a set list that may include history, education, community studies, ​development, and other related topics. 

The program currently includes a month-long village stay.  During this time students conduct their own research study and work alongside locals in activities that may include educational training, day-care, agricultural development​, improved access to water, etc..
Use the following resources to learn more: 
This program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Program participants take courses offered through CIEE that are taught by local and international faculty.​


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 22.5 quarter/15 semester UC units (usually five courses).​

Research and Independent Study

Independent research, service-learning, and volunteer opportunities are arranged with local staff. Examples include:

African & Kiswahili Studies, Tanzania multi-site

The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)
This program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Local teaching methods typically are a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and, in the sciences, laboratory classes. Courses are usually three to four contact hours each week, with additional hours for classes with tutorial sessions or laboratories.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


  • Education
  • Public health
  • Community development
  • Social services
  • Conservation
  • NGO management
  • CIEE Tanzania blog
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.

Setting Up Your Internship

  • All internships are arranged and secured once you are on-site.

Student Experiences

  • Be among the first to tell us about your internship abroad in Tanzania.

Additional Information

  • Internships are for credit and offered Pass/No Pass.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition  
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​
Pell Grant recipients may be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship! The Gilman program gives additional funding for students who will study in Tanzania. Application information can be found on the Gilman International Scholarship website.
Study abroad scholarships through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
CIEE offers scholarships for students attending CIEE-affiliated UCEAP programs, based on academic merit and/or need-based scholarships. Find out more.


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:



2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by CIEE.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: