Yale Summer Swahili Program in Tanzania

Language of Instruction: Swahili
Term: Summer

Continue to develop your Swalihi in Tanzania for the summer.

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Please be advised that undergraduate participation in study abroad programs offered by institutions outside of Columbia University (Columbia-approved) are suspended through August 1, 2021.This includes the program on this webpage. For alternative summer opportunities offered by UGE, please see here: https://global.undergrad.columbia.edu/studyabroad/search/columbia-programs.


The Yale Swahili program provides opportunities for you to learn Swahili at the intermediate or advanced level. For a majority of the summer, you live in a homestay to more fully immerse yourself in the language and the culture.


During the summer, you take one course in reading, writing, listening and speaking Swahili.

Program Features

Throughout the summer, you live with a homestay. The program also takes you on various excursions which may include a visit to: Zanzibar, Bagamoyo, Saadan National Park, Pangani (old Swahili town), Amboni caves, Amani Natural Reserve, and Korogwe plantation.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, First Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
2 semesters of language, or equivalent
Africa South of the Sahara

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020