Swahili Language Study

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Swahili Language Study

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program or Non-Academic Group Travel


This exciting program provides students with the unique opportunity to study and use Swahili language among Swahili speakers in East Africa in order to improve their current language skills and intercultural competence - the program also promotes knowledge and understanding of East Africa in a global context through Swahili immersion language.

The Swahili language, also known as Kiswahili, is one of the most widely spoken African languages. It is the national language of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the lingua franca for as many as 150 million people in Central and East Africa. It is also one of the official languages of the African Union and the East African Community and is also listed as a critical need language under the USA Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program. For centuries, Swahili has been a key language of trade and culture across East Africa and continues today to be the key language for some of the fastest growing countries in the world. Today African languages, especially regional languages like Swahili, are more in demand than ever before as international businesses look to expand into the African markets as a result of modern globalization.

The Opportunity

Our language program offers a chance to get a foothold into the pearl of Africa and the opportunity to communicate with people across a broad spectrum of Ugandan tribes and cultures. We provide intensive immersion learning and in-depth cultural and linguistic experience to support learning and use of the language with native speakers. There are very many reasons why you would want to study this thriving and rapidly growing language. Mastering the Swahili language can count towards college credit and your degree completion, provide you with intercultural insights needed for careers in federal government, global business, nongovernmental organizations, and other fields, and a great way to connect to Swahili speakers spread across the world. Students who have studied Swahili and other languages say Swahili is easier to learn as compared to many of the other world languages. "Hakuna Matata’’!   

This program is ideal for students currently enrolled in college (any major) looking to add a foreign language credential to their learning experience and education. It is also a great opportunity for any university thinking of adding an international dimension to its university curriculum. This language program is also available to individuals or groups that have an interest in Swahili and want to learn in a native environment under a well structured program. Depending on the duration of the study, students will be able to acquire basic to intermediate Swahili proficiency which they can develop over time to become fluent Swahili speakers. Karibu Uganda!              

Our team of instructional designers is also able to adapt activities and learning outcomes to meet your specific requirements.

Apply today to get started on a challenging and rewarding experience.

Program Highlights

  1. Enjoy the opportunity to learn a new language in an unfamiliar, multilingual society taught by native speakers.
  2. Experience deep cultural and language immersion and practice your new language skills with local native speakers.
  3. Go on an excursion that will allow you to get up close and personal with Uganda’s wildlife.
  4. Watch thrilling cultural events and performances that will show you why Uganda is called the Pearl of Africa.

Customize Your Program

Contact us to learn more about how our team of knowledgeable program consultants can help you develop and execute a bespoke faculty-led study abroad learning journey for your students.

Apply today to get started on a challenging and rewarding experience.

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