Summer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

A six-week, intensive Kiswahili program-- includes language study, homestay, local internship, safari, and more!

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 2019: INTensive Kiswahili studies and internship

The application for the Summer 2019 program is now open. Applications are available here, or at the OGE website and the deadline is February 14, 2019.

Program Length: 5 weeks
Arrive on: May 24, 2019
Depart on: June 30, 2019


Georgetown University offers a five-week, six-credit intensive academic program combining language classes and area studies in Dar es Salaam with extended travel to Arusha and a three- to four-day safari in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Park. For five weeks of the program, participants study intensive Kiswahili taught by experienced fac-ulty. Depending on final enrollments, the program can accommodate beginning, intermediate, and advanced Kiswahili students (no prior Kiswahili is required to apply). During that time, students will also participate in internships, selected based on each student’s field of study and interests. A wide range of national, regional, and international organizations are located in Dar es Salaam.

Students live with host families in the university neighborhood during their time in Dar. Host families are selected by Georgetown and local faculty. In addition to providing two meals per day, they offer partici-pants important insights into Tanzanian daily life and culture and a valuable opportunity to develop friendships with local residents. The university setting is quiet and friendly; most area residents speak Kiswahili and English (Kiswahili is the language of business and everyday life, which integrates the different groups into society). The campus is easy to navigate and conveniently located near the post office, bookstore, Western Union, and Internet cafes. While based in Dar, students may also travel to important area sites such as Bagamoyo, Dodoma, and Zanzibar.

During the program, students travel to Arusha with possible visits to such important political and historical sites as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights, and meet with rep-resentatives of local non-governmental organizations such as the Maasai Women’s Economic Development Organization (MWEDO). From Arusha, the group embarks on a three- to four-day safari in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Park.



While in Dar es Salaam, students reside with host families, who provide two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). They may be in two-person rooms with another GU student, or they may be placed singly, depending on enrollments. Students reside in two-person rooms in a conveniently located hotel in Arusha, where they are provided breakfast and dinner. Students receive three meals per day while on safari.


Students receive a total of seven (7) Georgetown credits for the program. For their intensive Kiswahili studies, students receive a total of six (6) credits. Students receive an additional one (1) credit for successfully completing the internships and preparing a summative essay for the Faculty Directors.


Georgetown welcomes participation in this program from Georgetown and non-Georgetown students. The program requires that participants have a minimum 2.7 GPA. A $35 non-refundable application fee (made payable to Georgetown University) must accompany the application. 

Check out more pictures from previous trips below!