East Africa/Tanzania Semester


The East Africa/Tanzania semester program offers students the opportunity to study ecology and human culture in several locations, beginning in Arusha, near the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and traveling to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (including Ngorongoro Crater) and various national parks, the most well known being the Serengeti National Park.

Students will gain insight into how cultural systems in various Tanzanian cities such as Arusha and Zanzibar shape local perspectives on the environment and on social and population issues. In addition to experiencing life in the area around Arusha and on the island of Zanzibar, students will have the opportunity to spend time in natural settings. The program will include homestay experiences as well as group living arrangements.


Students accepted to the program are required to participate in the orientation sessions prior to leaving for the program. The sessions are designed to prepare the student for cross-cultural experiences, and will include passport, visa, and travel information, readings, films, lecutres, and discussions with former participants. Students will receive 1 semester hour credit for successful completion of the orientation.

Students will earn a total of 18 semester hour credits for successful completion of the program. Courses include:

  • Perspectives on East Africa
  • Conservation Biology and Preserve Management
  • Social Cultures of East Africa
  • Kiswahili
  • AWPE: Walking and Trekking

Academic Programs



The cost of the program is equivalent to one semester of on-campus tuition, room, board and fees. Program charges cover academic and educational costs, room, board, cultural events, and required group excursions.

A $350 deposit is required after acceptance into the program to reserve your spot. This deposit is part of the total fee. Students on financial aid are eligible to apply their aid to one off-campus program.

Additional Cost

Program charges do not include roundtrip transportation, passport and visa fees, health costs, personal expenses, and costs incurred during independent travel periods.


Students are required to travel together as a group on a flight arranged by the College. Flight arrangements will be discussed during the orientation sessions.


Students in good standing with the college may apply. Majors from all disciplines are welcome. Selection for the program will be conducted by a student and faculty committee.



Students and faculty share stories and photos about the Tanzania experience.

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