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African & Kiswahili Studies, Tanzania Multi-site

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Dear Participants,
Thank you for choosing the University of California Education Abroad Program. We hope that you will have an amazing experience abroad 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. Be aware of these differences and understand your responsibilities as a UCEAP student abroad. You are concurrently enrolled at UC while participating through CIEE abroad. This means that the grades you earn while abroad will appear on your UC transcript as direct UC credit rather than transfer credit; that unlike other students in the program, you will pay your fees to UCEAP rather than directly to CIEE; and that you have UCEAP Travel Insurance, which will be your primary insurance policy while abroad.
Review and read the CIEE materials carefully. Follow all CIEE pre-departure and onsite information and instructions; for example, arrival dates and visa instructions. Write down the CIEE contact information and keep it with your passport in case of an emergency. 
Finally, you will have additional resources and contacts at UCEAP. The details of the separate and unique UCEAP elements of your participation are outlined in this short supplement. Be familiar with them before departure.
While UCEAP endeavors to keep all information in this guide updated and accurate, it should be considered in conjunction with program-specific correspondence, which may be more updated. There may be times when information relayed via such correspondence may supersede the online information. Students are responsible for reviewing all information shared through the program guides, and by UCEAP staff in California and abroad, and partners abroad.
UCEAP reserves the right to make changes to its programs whenever, in our sole judgment, local conditions so warrant, in response to local circumstances that could substantially change some parts of the program, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of our program participants.

While UCEAP endeavors to keep the information updated and accurate, all program information should be considered in conjunction with program-specific operational correspondence which may contain the most up to date information. There may be times where UCEAP will need to change this information and it will often be updated online. Student is responsible for reviewing all information shared through the program guides and by UCEAP staff in California and abroad, and partners abroad. UCEAP reserves the right to make changes to its programs, whenever, in our sole judgment local conditions so warrant, in response to local circumstances that could substantially change some parts of the program, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of our program participants.

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Local UCEAP Support

Campus EAP Office

The Campus EAP Office coordinates recruitment, student selection, orientations, and academic advising; and serves as your primary contact during the application process.

UCEAP Systemwide Office

The UCEAP Systemwide Office establishes and operates programs and coordinates UCEAP administration for all UC campuses from its headquarters in Goleta, California. You will work closely with the following Systemwide Office staff:
Program Advisors provide academic and operational program information to you and your campus as well as administrative support for all aspects of your participation.
Program Specialists manage the logistics of the program. They coordinate document requirements, visa application instructions, health and safety precautions, acceptance and placement by host institutions, arrival and onsite orientation, and housing arrangements.
Academic Staff advise on academic policies, review courses taken abroad for UC credit, and document your registration, grades, petitions and academic records.
Student Finance Accountants assist primarily with UCEAP statements, program fee collection, and financial aid disbursements (in conjunction with your campus Financial Aid Office).


Your first point of contact while abroad will be the on-site CIEE Resident Staff in Tanzania.
CIEE Staff in Portland, Maine
Mary Morrissey, Enrollment Advisor
300 Fore St.
Portland, ME 04101
Tel: 1-800-40-STUDY ext. 4108


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
Cheryl Batac
Phone: (805) 893-2831; E-mail: 
International Program Specialist
Amy Frohlich
Phone: (805) 893-6152; E-mail:
International Academics Coordinator
Jessica Brown
(805) 893-2598; E-mail:

International Academics Specialist
Eva Bilandzia
Phone: (805) 893-2598; E-mail:
Student Finance Accountant
Christine Rehage
Phone: (805) 893-8459; 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.

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
It is important that you carefully read all of the information available in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and discuss it with the person who will assist you with your finances while you are abroad.
Understanding your finances before, during, and after your program is crucial to having a successful time abroad. The following list outlines just a few of the many things you will need to know before departure.
Detailed information on the following topics can be found in the Money Matters chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad:
  • Contact information for finance questions
  • How to estimate the cost of your program
  • Budget instructions and information
  • Who Can and How to make payments to UCEAP
  • UCEAP student account information(what fees do I pay to UCEAP and what fees do I pay out of pocket?)
  • Banking before and after arrival
  • Fees and penalties
  • Loan information
  • How financial aid works while abroad (how do I get my financial aid from my home campus and how are my fees paid?)
  • Various forms (e.g., direct deposit, etc.)
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Your MyEAP Student Account is similar to your UC campus financial account. It will be available as soon as you are selected for your program in MyEAP. You can make payments through this account using e-checks or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover). The fees that you owe UCEAP will be applied to your account after your program pre-departure withdrawal date, which is listed in MyEAP. For the amount due to UCEAP prior to fees being posted on your account, refer to the UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule located on the second page of your UCEAP Program Budget. Program fees are subject to change.

Refund of Credit balances and Financial Aid Disbursements:

If you are signed up for Direct Deposit on your UC campus, it is not linked to your MyEAP account. You must sign up for eRefund with UCEAP to receive direct deposits from your MyEAP account. For more information, see the UCEAP eRefund Instructions.
Carefully review your UCEAP Program Budget.
The UCEAP Program Budget does not include funds to purchase clothing or recreational travel abroad.
Your UCEAP Program Budget lists the fees you will pay to UCEAP and an estimate of the personal expenses you will need to plan for. It does not include the cost of recreational travel or personal entertainment. Review your UCEAP Program Budget frequently. The Payment Schedule is on the second page of the UCEAP Program Budget.
  • Download and print your UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule.
  • Note the deadlines on the Payment Schedule.
  • Give the UCEAP Program Budget and Payment Schedule to the person responsible for paying your UCEAP bills. Sign this person up for Third Party Authorization on MyEAP so they can make payments online.
For further information see the Money Matters chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and the Money Matters tab of your Participants Portal. If you will be receiving financial aid, see also the UCEAP Financial Assistance web page.


The UCEAP program budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
UCEAP strongly recommends purchasing changeable round trip tickets, which will allow you to make changes to your return flight for a fee. UCEAP discourages purchasing one way tickets, as your Program Budget is based on a changeable round trip student fare, which is generally less expensive. Carefully research airfare rules prior to purchasing a flight. Standby and courier fares are not appropriate. Plan for this expense. Neither UCEAP nor the Financial Aid office will reserve or pay for your ticket. If you are on financial aid, you will need to purchase a plane ticket before you receive a financial aid disbursement.
Most airline tickets are good for one year only. When buying round-trip tickets, purchase tickets that allow changes to the return date. If you do not make round-trip arrangements, be sure to book a return flight with plenty of lead time once abroad. Flights to the U.S. fill up fast and economy-fare seats are booked early.

Financial Aid Students

Your financial aid package is calculated using your specific UCEAP Program Budget. The estimated round-trip airfare amount is based on the cost of a changeable student ticket to your host country. If your independent travel costs are greater than the airfare estimate in the UCEAP Program Budget, notify your financial aid counselors. Neither UCEAP nor the Financial Aid Office can guarantee that the additional cost will be funded by financial aid.
Pre-Departure Withdrawal Fees
Diversity at UCEAP
LGBTIQ Students
​Tanzania is a conservative society.  Some Tanzanians deny that homosexuality exists in their culture, while others note that it is against the law. Public displays of affection between persons of the opposite gender garner serious disapproval; those between persons of the same gender could risk violence. 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.
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.
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. 
​For more information,
Students with Disabilities
​Unlike the U.S., there is little of the infrastructure to accommodate individuals with disabilities. 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. Sidewalks are nearly non-existent and there are frequent power outages.
For more information:
UCEAP Insurance

Know Before you Go

While abroad you are automatically covered by the UCEAP Travel Insurance Policy.  Coverage begins 14 days before the official start date of your UCEAP program term. Coverage ends 31 days after the official end of the UCEAP program term.
The UCEAP travel insurance does not include coverage for preventative care, checkups, and vaccinations. Read details in Benefits at a Glance. Familiarize yourself with the coverage, exclusions, and eligibility criteria. Your travel insurance policy number is ADDN 04834823.  It is underwritten by Chubb Insurance Company.
There is no deductible or co-insurance but the travel insurance works on a reimbursement basis.  You can submit a claim for a refund consideration of covered expenses.  For more information about the medical claim proces or about non-medical claims.
Do not assume that if you seek medical care abroad for a covered illness or injury that the local hospital will bill your insurance.  Generally, hospitals around the world, including the US, do not bill insurance companies (unless there is a special arrangement with a local hospital in your UCEAP country).  It is your responsibility to inquire with the hospital, at the time of service, and make arrangements to pay any outstanding bills. Payment for medical services abroad is ultimately your responsibility.
For more information refer to your Pre-Departure Checklist, Insurance tab, or the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Insurance chapter.

For Questions about Coverage, Benefits and Claims Status

ACI at

CIEE Insurance

Know Before you Go

In addition to the UCEAP Travel Insurance policy (your primary coverage anywhere in the world), you will also be covered by the CIEE supplemental travel insurance (your secondary coverage) while abroad. 
If you have questions about the UCEAP travel insurance coverage, benefits, and claims, contact, ACI at
If you have questions about the CIEE insurance policy, visit  Or refer to your MyCIEE/Polaris account under the “Readings” section.
Staying Healthy

​Inform Yourself. Know Before you Go.

Meet with a travel health specialist before departure from the U.S. to get any vaccines and advice you need before your trip. Going at least 4–6 weeks before you travel is best, so that any travel vaccines you need have time to take effect and you have plenty of time to get vaccines that require more than one dose. You are responsible for preparing yourself and reading about health risks in the country or region. Read about endemic diseases and travel immunization recommendations, US CDC Travelers' Health.
If you need travel vaccines, your campus health insurance plan may cover them while you are under the plan.  Talk to your insurance office at Student Health. The UCEAP travel insurance does not cover travel vaccines or preventive care.

If there has been any change in your health---physical, mental, or dental--- since you submitted the UCEAP Health Clearance Form, it is your responsibility to immediately notify UCEAP.  Failure to disclose new illnesses, injuries, allergies, or pregnancy, can endanger your health and may jeopardize your program eligibility.
Local Medical Facilities
Medical care is extremely limited throughout the country. Adequate evacuation coverage for all travelers is a high priority. Any serious medical condition will usually require evacuation. 
Adequate private medical care for minor-care situations is available in Dar es Salaam.  Upfront payment by cash, up to the total of all anticipated charges, is generally required by hospitals catering to foreigners prior to services or treatment.
Refer to CIEE local staff and the CIEE Student Handbook for more information.
Physical Health

You must accept considerable responsibility for your own health.  Proper precautions will significantly reduce your risk of serious illness or injury.

Watch what you eat. Avoid raw or undercooked foods. Drink only bottled water. Only brush your teeth and clean your contacts with filtered or bottled water.

The most common health problems in Tanzania include colds, diarrhea, skin infections, headaches, minor injuries, sexually transmitted infections, and adjustment disorders. These problems may be more frequent or compounded by life in Tanzania because environmental factors in-country raise the risk of, or exacerbate the severity of, certain illnesses and injuries. Illnesses specific to Tanzania are those typical of other tropical countries, such as malaria, schistosomiasis, gastrointestinal disorders, typhoid fever, and hepatitis. All of these are preventable with appropriate knowledge and interventions.

Tanzania is one of the countries most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which can impact anyone, regardless of sexual orientation.

Read more in the Health Risk section in this guide and refer to the CIEE Handbook .​

Know Before you Go

Inform yourself before you travel.  Just as language and currency vary around the world, so does medical care.  Know what to do if you get sick.
Read the Health chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad and your Program Guide for important information to plan for a healthy stay abroad.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler's Health web page has important information about health risks present in the country where you will be studying.
Prescription Medications


  • Understand your UCEAP travel insurance terms of coverage.
  • If you need a refill while abroad, you must see a local doctor. US prescriptions are not valid in other countries.  Note:​ If the visit to the local doctor is considered preventive care, it will not be covered by the UCEAP travel insurance; your campus or private insurance plan may cover it.  You must travel with a letter from your prescribing explaining your diagnosis, treatment, and medication regimen, including the generic name. 
  • If you need to find out if this appointment would be covered by the UCEAP travel insurance, contact ACI at For more information about the UCEAP travel insurance, refer to your UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, or your pre-departure checklist, Insurance tab.
  • Two classes of medicines – narcotics and psychotropics – are under the control of international law. This covers any medicine that can have an effect on the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the potential to be abused. The narcotic class mostly relates to analgesic opioids and their derivatives (e.g. morphine and codeine) which tend to be highly regulated. Psychotropics are all those medications likely to be used to treat mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, and psychotic conditions.

Before Departure

  • If you plan to purchase medication using the UCEAP Travel Insurance coverage, you must fill and pay for medication when coverage is effective (14 days before the official start of the program).  Do not assume that your local pharmacy knows about the UCEAP travel insurance policy.  It is not the same as your campus health insurance coverage. You will need to pay for the medication and submit a claim to the UCEAP insurance.
  • Find out whether your medication is legal in your UCEAP country.
  • If traveling with a prescription containing controlled substances, review international agreements governing the transportation of medications across borders check the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) website. The INCB is responsible for international drug control. If traveling with controlled substances, you must have a letter from your doctor. Generally, amphetamines (e.g., Adderall, Vyvanse) are illegal in other countries. Talk with your doctor to switch you to another medication.
  • Talk to your doctor to see whether he/she can prescribe an adequate supply of your prescription medication to last through the end of the program.  Ask your doctor how to adjust your dosage depending on time zone changes.
  • Get a letter from the prescribing physician, on letterhead, indicating your diagnosis, treatment, and medication regimen, including the generic name as brand names vary considerably around the world.

Traveling with prescription medications

  • Keep the medication in its original packaging clearly labelled with your name, doctor’s name, generic and brand name, and exact dosage. Carry it in your carry-on luggage, provided it is in pill or solid form. For more information, particularly if your medication is in liquid form, consult the US Transportation Security Administration., Traveling with Medications.
  • Carry copies of all original US prescriptions.
  • Carry the letter on letterhead from the prescribing physician for all prescribed medications, indicating your diagnosis, treatment, and medication regimen, including the generic names. This is extremely important in case you need treatment or a medication refill abroad.

Why is a letter from your treating physician necessary? 

If your particular medication cannot be taken into the country, talk to your doctor.  If you need to switch prescriptions, your doctor may need to make changes to your medication at least 3-6 months before departure to monitor side effects and dosage.  The letter from your doctor indicating condition, treatment and medication regimen, can help a local physician to assess you and to consider reissuing your prescription provided it is licensed in your UCEAP country. Note that the local doctor's appointment for medication refill may not be covered by the UCEAP travel insurance.

Consult with ACI, Read more in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Health section.

Mental Health
Being aware of one’s emotional health is very important. You may react in unusual ways to your environment abroad. Do not try to manage on your own if you feel unwell. Contact the local CIEE staff immediately. They are an important source of support for you in making a successful adjustment to a new way of living.

If you are currently in treatment in the U.S., discuss your UCEAP program details with your doctor so you can work on a plan in case you need to reach out for care. If you are taking a prescription medication, talk with your prescribing physician before departure about getting the supply you need for going abroad.  For information about traveling with medications, refer to the Prescription Medications section in this guide.​

Your mental health is important to us all. Create a plan with your treating doctor. Managing your mental health while studying abroad – whether or not you have a pre-existing condition – is something every person must think about when going abroad. Being away from usual stress at home can sometimes be a relief when abroad; experiencing new adventures can be a useful distraction. You will also have times when you feel confused, uncomfortable, annoyed, and many of the same emotions that you manage in your daily life at home.
Cultural adjustment and homesickness are normal. They are usually transitory—lasting a couple of weeks—and do not imply mental illness or an inability to cope. Most students who experience culture adjustment function reasonably well under the stress and are able to keep up with the responsibilities of school and everyday life.

You may feel homesick or sad. Feeling down, anxious, homesick, depressed or stressed might be your body’s reaction to the new environment and different life away from your usual support network. Don't cope alone.  Reach out for help to the local UCEAP program staff and your friends.  If you have been feeling unhappy for longer than a few days, or it is staring to affect your enjoyment of life and/or your studies, then you should see a doctor immediately.
The UCEAP travel insurance policy covers outpatient visits as any other illness up to $500,000; there is no co-pay or deductible, and you can make an appointment with any doctor. Budget for this expense as you must pay up front and submit a claim to the insurance company for a refund consideration.  Doctors, hospitals, and clinics will require you to pay bills at the time of treatment. You must then submit a completed claim form and paid receipts to the UCEAP insurance company. For information about the claims process, access Insurance Claims Process. If you have questions about your UCEAP travel insurance benefits contact ACI at
Health Risks
  • The HIV virus is now pandemic, meaning it is present everywhere.  The HIV rate in Iringa Region is very high---10% of the adult population lives with HIV. Understand STD concepts and risks for HIV transmission. Abstinence is the only certain choice for preventing infection with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. You are taking risks if you choose to be sexually active. To lessen risk, use a condom every time you have sex. Whether your partner is a host country citizen, or anyone else, do not assume this person is free of HIV/AIDS or other STDs.
  • Schistosomiasis: It is a parasite that can be contracted by swimming or wading in infected water.  Highest risk exits in Lake Victoria, Lake Malawi, and surrounding regions.  Most other freshwater bodies in the country harbor the parasite.  
  • Malaria is endemic throughout the country. Significant risk exists throughout the year and is highest during the rainy season from November through May. Highland areas in the far west of the country are subject to infrequent epidemics. The disease can kill you if left untreated so prevention and early recognition of infection are extremely important.  CIEE will not accept you or retain you on the program if you do not agree to take anti-malaria medication as prescribed unless your doctor certifies that you cannot take malaria prophylactic due to medical reasons.
  • Rabies:  Significant risk from dogs exists throughout the country, especially in the northeastern regions of Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Manyara, and Tanga.
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

  • Untreated water.
  • Ice made with untreated water. 
  • Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
  • Unpasteurized milk
Food Allergies
Students with severe food allergies should take precautions, as the cuisine may include ingredients that can cause anaphylaxis in those affected. A language barrier increases the risks associated with severe food allergies. 
Precautions to take include:
  • Research the local cuisine. Be aware that some popular local sauces may contain nuts.
  • Discuss the risks with your doctor six to eight weeks before departure to discuss your treatment plan while abroad.
  • Carry the medications you need to prevent an adverse reaction like antihistamines or epinephrine injectors with refills. Pack it in your carry-on, not your checked luggage. Your medication must be in its original packaging, with your name.
  • Have a letter from your physician to present to airport security that states your need to have the epinephrine auto injector with you at all times.
  • Wear a medical alert bracelet or tag with instructions for assistance in both English and the local language. Wearing medical identification at all times can help should a life-threatening reaction occur.
  • Tell others about your food allergy.
  • Carry a card written in English and the local language explaining what foods cause allergies and possible reaction. Make several copies in case you lose one. Be sure to have a native speaker verify that you have written everything correctly.
For more information, read the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Health chapter, Allergies section.
Air Quality
Staying Safe

Be responsible for preparing before departure.  ​Do additional reading about the region/counry and the customs of the host culture.

Living and traveling in an unfamiliar environment, a limited understanding of the local language and culture, and the perception of being a wealthy American are some of the factors that can put you at risk. Property theft and burglaries are not uncommon. Incidents of physical and sexual assault do occur,

Be mindful of your safety and aware of your surroundings. Crime is a serious problem in Tanzania. After you arrive in Tanzania, you will receive more detailed information.

Exercise judgment and personal responsibility to protect your health and safety and that of others.

To ease the transition and adapt to life in Tanzania, you may need to make some temporary, yet fundamental compromises in how you present yourself as an American and as an individual. For example, female students may not be able to be as independent as in the United States; political discussions need to be handled with great care; and some of your personal beliefs may need to remain undisclosed. You will need to develop techniques and personal strategies for coping with these and other limitations.

Working effectively in another culture requires a certain level of sacrifice and flexibility that can be difficult for some people.  UCEAP expects you to behave in a manner that will foster respect within your community and reflects well on University of California. If you have reservations about your ability or willingness to make these accommodations, re-evaluate your decision to study in Tanzania.

Minimize Risk

You play an active role in protecting your personal health, safety, and well-being. Consider an action plan.

With the right information - and by thinking ahead - everyone can play a part in minimizing or preventing personal risks. Take time to assess the risks, plan ahead to reduce them, and think how you would lessen the consequences if things go wrong. Start by outlining activities you plan to engage in through your program and/or during independent travel; label the risk and rate it based on the likelihood of harm and the severity of consequences. Consider measures you can take to reduce the severity and chance. Plan your itinerary carefully, let your friends and relatives know where you will be, and research the safest way to travel.
The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) has established policies and procedures and has contracted with emergency assistance and security providers, to help you minimize your risk exposure and enhance your safety. 
Be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate and unpredictable terrorist attacks, which make it impossible to protect yourself from. Remain vigilant in all public areas in your UCEAP city and country and wherever you travel. Many terrorist groups, seeking publicity for political causes within their own country or region, are not looking for student or higher education targets.

Terrorist attacks using vehicles are very hard to prevent and appear to be on the rise. If you are in a crowded public place, know how you can exit quickly, identify barriers or safe places where you can shelter-in-place, and watch out for any vehicles that appear to be going at very high speed.

Report anything suspicious to local authorities.  Read all security-related correspondence and advice from local staff.  Schedule direct flights, if possible.  Avoid stops in high-risk airports or areas. Minimize time spent in the public area of an airport, which is a less protected area.  Keep a mental note of safe havens, such as police stations, hotels, and hospitals. Have a plan for what you will do in the case of an emergency.  If you are ever caught in a situation where somebody starts shooting, follow the active shooter guidelines: drop to the floor, get down as low as possible, and hide if possible.  Cover yourself behind a solid object. Silence your phone. Do not move until the danger has passed.

Steps to manage or minimize risk and enhance your personal safety

  • Familiarize yourself with all UCEAP resources and emergency support services while on UCEAP.

  • Assess your surroundings.  Learn to recognize danger.
  • Remain aware at all times. Do not walk around talking on the phone or listening to music on your headphones.

  • When entering larger venues, always decide on a meeting place with those you are with just in case you get separated. Always identify possible exits.

  • Be attentive to what is unusual or threatening. Assess reasonable and safe options. Trust your "gut feelings"; if you feel threatened, act if safe to do so and leave the area immediately. Find somewhere more secure.
  • Research potential risks you can encounter before you travel. 
  • Increase your safety and reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime by staying on top of your drinking. Know your limits. In many countries beer, wine and liquor in some countries contains a higher alcohol content than similar products in the U.S. Know what you are drinking and how much alcohol it contains.
  • Practice the buddy system, which promotes safety.  This system helps ensure that you, and a partner, will look out for each other.  Choose your buddy wisely.  The ideal buddy should feel that the buddy system is very important. If you are having a problem, your buddy can help to alert others and get you to safety.
  • Have a communication plan. Who will you call on site if you are facing an emergency? Do your friends and relatives know how to reach you when you are traveling?
Register online with the U.S. embassy through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.
Read the UCEAP the Guide to Study Abroad, Safety Chapter  for more information on how to prepare to have a safe experience and access the U.S. Department of State Students Abroad website for updated travel information.
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.” 
Banditry is a problem in national parks and border areas with Rwanda, Burundi, and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Violent crime occurs throughout the country. Travelers should exercise extraordinary vigilance and strict adherence to personal security strategies at all times.
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.

You must be willing to work hard and adapt your lifestyle to minimize the risk of being a target for crime. As with anywhere in the world, you can reduce your risk by avoiding situations that place you at risk and by taking precautions.

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.
Civil Unrest
​Avoid political rallies and public gatherings throughout Tanzania. Peaceful demonstrations can turn violent with little or no warning, not only when riot police clash with demonstrators, but also when crowds gather.
Traffic & Transportation Safety
​Roadways are extremely poor. Paved national highways are in fair to good condition with a few exceptions country-wide. Most other roads in the interior are in poor condition. When traveling long distances, travelers should anticipate mechanical problems.
Travelers are much more likely to be injured in a traffic accident than by crime or political violence. Emergency rescue and quality medical care are not readily available, leading to a high traffic accident mortality rate.
Vehicular bag snatchings warrant special mention, as they are quite common and dangerous. Few sidewalks exist so pedestrians walk on the street. Assailants drive near the victims, and a passenger grabs any visible bag and drags the victim down the street until the strap snaps. Many tourists, expatriates, and Tanzanians have been dragged and suffered minor road rash to extensive injuries, including broken bones. In at least one case, a foreign visitor was killed in such an incident.
Modes of public transport, including buses and boats, are often in poor condition and overcrowded, and they generally travel at unsafe speeds. In addition, many roads are in disrepair. Traveling alone, even during the day, may pose risks. Near the Rwandan border on segments of the Rusomo-Kahama road, U.S. Embassy officials are required to request police escorts because of armed bandit attacks. 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.
Traffic laws exist but are randomly enforced and generally not followed by the majority of drivers. Buses are often overloaded, poorly maintained, and drivers are exhausted. Three-wheel taxi vehicles, locally referred to as “Bajaji,” and motorcycles are also poorly maintained and offer little protection to passengers. 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.
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 traveling at night. 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.
Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment
Every member of the UCEAP community should be aware that the University prohibits sexual violence and sexual harassment, retaliation, and other prohibited behavior (“Prohibited Conduct”) that violates law and/or University policy. The University will respond promptly and effectively to reports of Prohibited Conduct and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates this Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. Report to the local UCEAP staff and/or partners if you suspect one of these behaviors has occurred.
Note to Female Students

Many Tanzanians do not understand that the U.S.-style familiar manner with strangers is merely a gesture of friendliness.  Outgoing behavior may be misconstrued as something more. A smile at a stranger could possibly be misunderstood as an invitation to spend the night together.  Give your address and phone number only to people you know and trust.

As a foreign woman in Tanzania, you can expect to be propositioned quite often by men in ways you are not used back in CA.  Be firm, yet polite. If someone is pushing too far, tell the person firmly to stop and remove yourself from the situation immediately.  Report any behaviors that make you unsafe or uncomfortable to the local CIEE staff.

Fire Safety
Follow these general fire safety tips. Most college-related fires in the U.S. are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. Educate yourself about fire safety standards in your UCEAP country. Fire safety standards differ drastically around the world.
  • Know where emergency exists are located and check whether exits are passable.
  • Know how to call the local fire department.
  • Do not stay in housing above the sixth floor so you are within range of most fire department rescue ladders.
  • Print and take with you the UCEAP brochure, Fire Safety 101 for Students.
  • Purchase and use a smoke detector. Before departure contact the Fire Safety Foundation. Choose from a variety of battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, including models with sealed, 10-year batteries. Once purchased, the alarms and a multilingual installation manual – written in English and the host country’s native language - will be shipped to the address where you are residing.
  • Have an escape plan and practice it.
  • Treat every smoke alarm activation as a likely fire and react quickly and safely to the alarm.
  • Check for fire hazards. Make sure exit routes are not blocked.
  • If you have a disability, alert others of the type of assistance you need to leave the building.
  • Refer to the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Fire Safety section for life-saving information.
UCEAP Contingency Planning
If a local situation requires increased caution or a program suspension and evacuation of participants, UCEAP will activate contingency plans. For security reasons, contingency plans are not public and cannot be shared with anyone except UCEAP officials.

Program Suspension Policy

If the U.S. Department of State or CDC issues a Travel Advisory after the start date of the program term, UCEAP may suspend the program. If time and local security conditions permit, UCEAP will consult with the UC Study Center Director, UC security provider, U.S. Embassy, U.S. Department of State regional and security analysts, other organizations that offer programs in the same country, and area experts to determine the appropriate timeframe for suspending the program and/or for the evacuation of the students from the host country.

Security Evacuation

The UCEAP required security evacuation will override any host institution, or local US Embassy evacuation on U.S. government-arranged flights, that require U.S. citizens to sign a promissory note with the government. The safe evacuation of UCEAP students, managed by UCEAP and its security providers, is covered by UCEAP itravel nsurance. UC students are required to follow UC safety directives in the event of an evacuation.
In An Emergency

What Is an Emergency?

An emergency is a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. The following are considered emergencies:
  • Any life/death situation
  • A traumatic event requiring immediate assistance
  • An arrest
  • Civil unrest or natural disaster in the host country

In an Emergency

Contact local emergency services first and then contact the following:

If you are in the U.S.

  • During office hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m. Pacific Time): Contact your Program Specialist at the UCEAP Systemwide Office at (805) 893-4762.
  • After office hours: Call the 24-hour emergency phone numbers at (805) 893-4762 or (805) 882-2086.
U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam
American Citizen Services​
686 Old Bagamoyo Road, Msasani
Dar es Salaam
The Consular Section is open to U.S. citizens for routine consular services from: 
•Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
•Friday 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
telephone: [255] (22) 229-4122
fax: [255] (22) 229-4721
Our email address for American Citizen Services inquiries is
In case of an emergency, please contact the Embassy at +255-22-229 4000 (022-229 4000 local dialing). We have a 24-hour duty officer who can provide emergency services.
For our contact information, click here.

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