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African & Kiswahili Studies, Tanzania Multi-site: Spring
Dear Participants,
Thank you for choosing the University of California Education Abroad Program. We hope that you will have an amazing experience in Tanzania and will look back on it as a highlight of your UC education. For this program, UCEAP has partnered with CIEE. As a UCEAP student, the terms of your participation differ from students who are enrolled with CIEE independently or through another university. It is important for you to be aware of these differences and understand your unique responsibilities as a UCEAP student abroad.
The materials that have been provided to you by CIEE should be read carefully; for example, arrival dates and visa instructions should be followed, and the CIEE contact information should be written down and kept with your passport in case of an emergency. Always keep in mind, however, that you are concurrently enrolled at UC while participating through CIEE in Tanzania. This means that, among other things, the grades you earn while in Tanzania will appear on your UC transcript as direct UC credit rather than transfer credit, and unlike other students you may meet in the program, you will pay your fees to UCEAP rather than directly to CIEE. You will also carry an additional insurance policy that is a part of your UCEAP participation. Finally, you will have additional resources and contacts through UCEAP with whom you need to communicate. The details of these separate and unique “UCEAP elements” of your participation are outlined in this short supplement. Please be familiar with them before departing for Tanzania.
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Your first point of contact while abroad will be the on-site CIEE Resident Staff in Tanzania:

CIEE Resident Director in Tanzania

Jenny Venecek T: 011-255-756-954-839


While you will stay in close touch with the CIEE staff, you will also need to keep a list of contacts on hand for the UCEAP Systemwide Office. The UCEAP Systemwide Office establishes and operates programs all over the world, and coordinates UCEAP administration for all UC campuses from its headquarters in Goleta, California. As a participant in this program, you will work closely with the following Systemwide Office staff:
Program Advisor
David Palm
Phone: (805) 893-2831; E-mail:
International Operations Specialist
Amy Frohlich
Phone: (805) 893-6152; E-mail:
International Academics Specialist
Eva Bilandzia
Phone: (805) 893-2598; E-mail:
Student Finance Accountant
Antonette Escarsega
Phone: (805) 893-4023; E-mail:
Academics & Your UC Registration
As a dual UCEAP and CIEE student, make sure you understand all of your academic resources as well as your academic responsibilities. Remember that other students on the program will be bound to different home-university policies. Regardless of CIEE regulations, you must also meet UCEAP requirements.
Read through the following guides now to know what sort of information is in each, and know how to access them easily when you have questions later:
  • The Academic chapter includes UCEAP academic regulations on unit requirements, information on taking fewer units than the program requirement, instructions on the MyEAP Study List registration process, changing courses, petitions, grades, and more. 
  • CIEE Program Handbook (available in your MyCIEE account "Readings" section)
    The Academics section in the CIEE Program Handbook outlines your CIEE academic program. Read this guide closely; you will be held accountable for this information, as well as UCEAP academic policies in the UGSA.
The most important thing to understand is that you will be concurrently enrolled in your courses both through CIEE, and through UCEAP’s MyEAP Study List. Completing your MyEAP Study List is the only way for your UCEAP courses and grades to appear on your UC transcript. See “Credit and Registration” below.
The CIEE resident staff should be your first contact for most issues, but remember if you have significant academic, health, personal, or financial issues that may impact your academic performance, be sure to contact UCEAP staff to discuss options and consequences.
Who Should I Ask About...
  • UCEAP academic regulations/MyEAP Study List: UCEAP Systemwide Office Program Advisor or Academic Specialist 

  • CIEE Tanzania course specifics and concerns: CIEE on-site advisor 

  • UC college or department requirements: your college or department advisor and/or campus EAP advisor
You have the additional resources of UCEAP staff in case of difficulties. The CIEE resident staff should be your first contact for most issues, but remember, if you have significant academic, health, personal, or financial issues that may impact your academic performance, be sure to contact UCEAP staff to discuss options and consequences.
Credit and Registration
Because you will be receiving direct UC credit rather than transfer credit, you will be enrolled concurrently with CIEE and UCEAP.
Registering through CIEE: Signing up for courses
  • You will be required to pre-register for courses before arriving on-site. Your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor will notify you when details about the course registration process are available in your online CIEE account. Please take this pre-registration seriously and act fast—enrollment is first come-first served.
  • Neither CIEE nor UCEAP Systemwide Office can assist you with questions about fulfilling home department requirements. You will need to contact your home UC department advisor.
Registering through UCEAP: Entering your courses into your MyEAP Study List
  • In the first month of the program, you’ll receive detailed instructions from the UCEAP Systemwide Office. It’s critical that you read and respond to all e-mails regarding the registration process.
  • Search the MyEAP course catalog to select courses taken by previous students and enter course information for new course offerings.
  • Include the correct number of UC units in UC quarter units (even for semester campus students).
  • The Systemwide Office reviews courses (especially subject areas and division) and finalizes Study Lists. Check your final Study List carefully, as it determines how your courses will appear on your transcript.
  • If you have concerns about meeting program requirements or other related questions, first consult the relevant sections of the Academic chapter of the UGSA, then contact the Systemwide Office if needed.


Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget

 The UCEAP student budget does not include funds for the purchase of clothing abroad nor funds for recreational travel.



Financial Aid Students:
Your financial aid package is based partly on the UCEAP student budget for the program. The estimated round-trip airfare amount is based on the cost of a changeable student fare to (Country). If your independent travel costs are greater than the airfare estimate in the EAP student budget worksheet, notify your financial aid counselors. Neither EAP nor the Financial Aid Office can guarantee that the additional cost will be funded by financial aid.

Handling Money Abroad
Diversity at UCEAP
Students with Disabilities
​While in Tanzania, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from the United States. The Tanzanian constitution prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. In 2010, the government passed the Persons with Disability Act to address the overall protection of disabled persons. Although the government mandates access to public buildings, transportation, and government services for persons with disabilities, few accommodations exist. Sidewalks are nearly non-existent and there are frequent power outages.
LGBTIQ Students
​Tanzania is a conservative society. Public displays of affection between persons of the opposite gender garner serious disapproval; those between persons of the same gender could risk violence. Consensual same-sex activity is illegal on the mainland and in Zanzibar. On the mainland sexual intercourse and activity between persons of the same sex are punishable by up to five years in prison. Same-sex intercourse carries a prison sentence of 30 years to life. The law in Zanzibar establishes a penalty of up to 14 years’ imprisonment for men who engage in same-sex sexual activity and five years for women. Since the burden of proof in such cases is significant, the law is rarely applied. In the past, individuals suspected of being gay or lesbian have instead been charged with loitering or prostitution.
You will notice that physical contact between two men or two women is not uncommon but it should not be interpreted as sexual in nature.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons face societal discrimination that restrict their access to health care, housing, and employment. There is no openly gay community in Tanzania; discretion will greatly reduce the chance of any problems. Consensual same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in Tanzania. LGBT students should review the US Department of State LGBT Travel Information page and the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Student Life chapter, Diversity section.
UCEAP Insurance Plan
CIEE Insurance
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities

​Medical facilities are limited and medicines are sometimes unavailable.  Medical care is substandard throughout the country. Adequate private medical care for minor-care situations is available in Dar es Salaam.


Refer to CIEE local staff and the CIEE Student Handbook for more information.

Physical Health
Refer to the CIEE Handbook for more information.
Mental Health
Do not try to manage on your own if you feel unwell.  Contact the local CIEE staff immediately and the UCEAP assistance providers.
Health Risks
Unclean food and water can cause travelers' diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.


  • Food that is cooked and served hot
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
  • Pasteurized dairy products

Don't Eat

  • Food served at room temperature
  • Food from street vendors
  • Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
  • Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
  • Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
  • Unpasteurized dairy products
  • ”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)


  • Bottled water that is sealed
  • Water that has been disinfected
  • Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Hot coffee or tea
  • Pasteurized milk
  • Don’t Drink
  • Tap or well water
  • Ice made with tap or well water
  • Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
  • Unpasteurized milk
Prescription Medications
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
Crime & Prevention

​Tanzania faces ongoing economic challenges, with a large segment of the population unemployed and a majority of the population surviving through subsistence farming.  Strong population growth in urban centers, such as Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Mwanza, have contributed to a spike in crime as jobs are unable to keep pace with the inflow of young migrants seeking employment.

Most incidents of crime consist of crimes of opportunity for immediate gain such as pick-pocketing.  Some violent crime has been increasing.  Other crimes that occur frequently in Tanzania are "smash and grab" robberies at major intersections and shopping centers. Although Americans are not specifically targeted due to their nationality, they have become victims of these crimes by not paying attention to their surroundings and making themselves “easy targets.” 

Staying safe and secure on UCEAP is a partnership between you and UCEAP and it requires you to take personal responsibility for maintaining culturally appropriate behavior, exercising sound judgment and abiding by UCEAP policies and procedures. Essential safe behaviors include being aware of the local culture and of your surroundings, understanding how your conduct and actions may be perceived, and being sensitive to the impact that your behavior could have on your personal safety.

  • Safeguard your passports, wallets, and other valuables.
  • Avoid walking alone in unlit or isolated areas at night, or even during the day. Stay in well-lit areas. Walk in pairs or in groups.
  • Be careful and selective regarding with whom you associate.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol is a mind-altering drug, which affects physical coordination and decision making abilities. Alcohol dulls your instincts and awareness of danger.

If you are a victim of any type of robbery, alert the CIEE local staff immediately

Police Response

The most visible police in Tanzania are the unarmed officers who direct traffic and patrol on foot or motorcycle.  Many officers lack conventional police equipment (two-way radios, restraints, defensive weapons, flashlights, etc.) required to be effective in their jobs.  While the abilities of the police are on par with some other African nations, they do not compare to a U.S. police force in terms of capability, responsiveness, or professionalism.  Corruption is a problem throughout the ranks of the police.  Low-pay and morale create an environment in which bribes of even a few dollars can make allegations disappear.

Read the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Safety chapter for more information.
Civil Unrest
​Political demonstrations and rallies are normally peaceful.  During the election cycle, however, there have been sporadic acts of violence during the registration and election periods. 
Traffic & Transportation Safety
​Public transportation, while inexpensive and widely-used, is unsafe and is not recommended.  If forced to use public transportation, use common sense. Avoid all public transportation in rural areas. Hire a private car and driver. Do not travel at night or alone. Road travel in Tanzania is extremely dangerous, especially at night.
Inter-city transportation between major destinations such as Arusha and Dar es Salaam are serviced by a variety of carriers that offer differing levels of safety and comfort.
Select carriers with modern equipment and avoid riding in vehicles that are in obvious disrepair. U.S. citizens have reported to the U.S. Embassy being robbed on long-distance buses in Tanzania after accepting apparently drug-laced food and drink offered to them from other passengers.
Buses and bus stations are crowded and are havens for thieves, pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Do not keep valuables in fanny packs and tummy packs; thieves target them. Keep loose items within a larger securable bag and carry it in front of you or under your clothes. Avoid overland bus travel due to a recent increase in attacks on passenger buses. Groups of armed thieves stop buses in suburban and rural areas and rob passengers; incidents can be violent.  
Use taxis or hire a driver from a reputable source for transportation. People have been victims of robberies when using taxis in Dar es Salaam. A common scenario involves the driver picking up another passenger who then threatens and robs the victim, forcing the person to make a series of ATM withdrawals until reaching the daily limit. If a taxi stops to allow another person to enter, exit immediately. Do not ride in taxis which already carry a passenger.
The U.S. Embassy has reports of assaults originating at the Tazara train station, Ubungo bus station, Dar es Salaam airport, downtown ferry terminal area, and even Msasani Peninsula.
Avoid using dala-dala microbuses and bajaji three-wheeled taxis which are poorly maintained and unsafe. When traveling in a car, lock your doors and hide your valuables from sight.
Most personal crimes, including robbery and assault, occur at night and on low-end domestic service trains. Travel during the day, using the highest class of travel available and the most direct booking. If overnight travel is required, book tickets only on international rail lines, in a lockable cabin, and avoid solo travel. Do not accept food or drink from strangers, as criminals are known to drug unsuspecting travelers, especially foreigners.
Train travel: Tanzania is served by 3,569 km (2,231 miles) of railway, most of it narrow gauge. Tanzania Railways Corp. (TRC) operates 2,600 km (1,625 miles) of track, and the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) manages 969 km (606 miles) of track within Tanzania. First- and second-class service is offered. First-class compartments have four berths, second-class six. First-class travelers may access a special lounge. All trains have a dining car. The cars are old; hot water is not available. Compartments are gender-segregated. Third-class transportation is available, but is very basic and crowded. Contact rail service providers directly for schedule and ticket price information.
Train stations are usually open 24 hours a day and do not have security to control access of travelers or loiterers. Stations and their immediate surroundings are havens for petty criminals, including scam artists, pickpockets, purse snatchers and baggage thieves. Individuals should maintain control of luggage and other possessions at all times. Avoid using the station's public restrooms if they are vacant or not being guarded by an attendant.
Ferries traveling between the mainland and Zanzibar have been known to capsize, resulting in drownings and injuries. Marine rescue and emergency response capabilities are limited. If you travel by ferry to Zanzibar, opt for the high-speed ferry. Purchase your tickets in the ferry terminal, not from vendors outside. Your ticket should include your name, date of travel, and class of travel. Travel during daylight with good visibility, fair weather, and calm water. Avoid overcrowded vessels or those which lack sufficient life vests, easy access to exits, and a functioning communications system. Some vessels are not maintained regularly and may lack basic safety and navigational aids.
UCEAP Contingency Planning
Fire Safety
In An Emergency
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