United Kingdom, Edinburgh

Culture and Society of Tanzania with Swahili Language (Beginners and Intermediate)

when 3 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
duration 4 weeks
fee GBP 2300

This course takes place in the beautiful village of Butiama situated near Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Students will spend four weeks immersed in the culture and language of Tanzania with the help of University of Edinburgh academics and local guides. Students will rapidly learn the Swahili language, which is the most international and widely spoken of the indigenous languages on the African continent alongside participating in a wide range of cultural activities designed to give them a holistic and authentic overview of life in Tanzania.

More information on the daily schedule can be found here. http://www.summerschool.ed.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Swahili%20in%20Tanzania%20week%20schedule.pdf

Course leader

Tom Molony

Target group

1 year of undergraduate study.

Course aim

By the end of the course students will acquire:
• An understanding a further 500 items of Swahili vocabulary, including more complex verbs, compound adjectives and some specialised terminology in fields such as academia, technology and politics.
• An ability to communicate using a number of more complex tenses and verb extensions.
• Confidence in using all Swahili noun classes, including those related to location.
• An ability to discuss and understand certain relevant themes in greater depth, such as mobile banking, tourism and literature.
• Confidence in communicating in a range of situations and on a variety of themes relevant to everyday life in East Africa.

Credits info

20 credits or 10 ECTS or 4 US

Fee info

GBP 2300: Tuition Fee:

£2300 per 4 weeks

Tuition fee covers the following components:
•University of Edinburgh lecturers with a wealth of expertise in a region
•Trained local Tanzanian teachers and teaching assistants
•Books and other educational materials


£500 per 4 weeks

The provided accommodation is in the village of Butiama. Students will have the opportunity to stay in this tranquil and beautiful area close to Lake Victoria in north-west Tanzania. Our students will reside in the home village of the first president of independent Tanzania, the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. The house is equipped with all appliances like running water and 24/7 electricity. The accommodation cost covers following components:
•4 weeks accommodation
•3 meals per day + regional snacks
•Internet access

Additional costs:

£800 per 4 weeks

Additional cost covers the following components:
•Transport: all internal flights, private buses
◦2 days trip to Serengeti
◦3 days trip Rubondo Island National Park
◦1 day trip to the Sukuma Museum

•Cultural activities:
◦Drumming lessons
◦Dancing lessons
◦Cooking lessons
◦Clay pot making
◦Storytelling sessions
◦Work experience on a local farm
◦Learning local games
◦Visit to the witch doctor
◦Trips to the local schools with the opportunity of language exchange
◦Film screening
◦Local walk and cycle
•Sim card with additional credit

Discretionary Expenses:

Individual expenses during your time in Tanzania vary based on specific spending habits and budgets.

Estimated extra cost:
•International flights from your country of residence to Tanzania

Please note that you will be obliged apply for visa yourself in your country, seek advice on this before booking the flights as visa requirements vary depending on country.

NHS UK usually advise to courses or boosters: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid. Other vaccines to consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Meningococcal Meningitis; Rabies; Yellow Fever. Yellow fever vaccination certificate required to enter Tanzania.

Please check with your country of residence the requirements regarding the immunisation.


Scholarships will be made available on the summer school website when announced

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