Experience Tanzania like a local...not a tourist.
This program offers an opportunity for students to study the Swahili language where it originated. Tanzania is unique to Africa in that it has been relatively untouched by Western Culture. Time spent in the city studying, volunteering and living with a Tanzanian family is combined with opportunities to explore the National Parks as well as the urban environment of Arusha and surrounding northern Tanzanian villages. Students take courses at Mount Meru University (MMU) with Aftrican students from a variety of countries.
The semester and academic year curriculum combines a Swahili Language & Culture course with a wide selection of elective courses (taught in English) that focus on public health, international development and economics, diplomacy, conflict resolution, security, urban planning and education, and international relations, along with substantial opportunities for volunteer service in the community. Students participate in these classes with other African students. Service-Learning™ placements are organized at various NGOs, humanitarian organizations, schools, orphanages, museums, laboratories, and clinics.
Language of Instruction: English
Affiliated institution: Mount Meru University (MMU)
Courses & Credits: Students may take up to 18 credits per semester. Courses are credits. African Culture and Swahili Language - 3 credits - Institutions in Society (The IPSL Service-Learning™ Course - 3 credits) and the IPSL 3-credit on-line Reflections/SL Practicum course - are required.
Electives include courses in areas of: Economic Development, International Relations, Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, Social Justice and Human Rights, Education, Public Health, African History, etc.
Service Opportunities: Opportunities for substantive service (approximately 15 hours per week) are generally available in the following areas:
- Humanitarian Aid
- International Relations
- Social Service
Housing: Students will live in a homestay with a Tanzanian family who live in Arusha. Bedrooms can be either single or double-occupancy and shared with another same-sex family member. Full board is included. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students. Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be part of a different culture.
- Accelerated language learning
- Unique study abroad experience
- Making a difference to people in need
- Full cultural immersion
- Real cultural understanding
- International Work Experience
- Meaningful growth and personal insight
Program Director: Mr. Evans TEMI, M.A., M.S.
Mr. Temi has extensive experience working with international students, graduated in International Studies and Conflict Resolution from the University of Oregon, and is very knowledgeable about his home country. He is a native of Arusha and he and his family have extensive connections (Universities, local government, service organizations, etc.) in Arusha and Tanzania.
Eligibility: The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550. No African language requirement.
What's Included: Fees include all instruction and University fees; orientation; homestay housing, breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days per week; service placement and supervision; volunteer permit fees; health insurance; IPSL driver for in country transportation; pick-up and drop off at airport upon arrival and departure; academic excursions; administrative fees; and pre-departure materials.
What's typically NOT Included: passport, visa and vaccine fees; airfare; books; spending money; local personal transportation; local cell phone and independent travel.,
SPECIAL AUTOMATIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AUGGIES:
Augsburg students automatically receive a scholarship representing 5% of your semester-length program fee (almost $1000!) to use as you see fit. (Scholarships are disbursed after arrival in-country and are for semester-length programs only).
The first three AUGSBURG students who study abroad with IPSL on a semester program, starting Spring 2017, will receive an additional flight scholarship (max $900 value).
If you would like more information about these potential scholarships please do not hesitate to contact Andrea Dvorak ( dvorak @augsburg.edu) and IPSL.
If you need any assistance in applying to study abroad, please contact Andrea Dvorak or one of the Peer Advisors in the Study Abroad/Away Office (Christensen, lower level).
ONLINE OPEN HOUSE:
Join us on October 13th for a free online open house to learn more about IPSL's undergraduate programs! This will be a time to ask questions of an IPSL team member.
What: IPSL Undergraduate Programs Online Open House
When: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Join online from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/899852557
Or Join by phone: 1 (224) 501-3312
Access Code: 899-852-557
$500 Scholarship available to all students accepted for the Spring 2017 semester!
Arusha, Tanzania: - Another semester or summer program option: Students will have the opportunity to get a rich, traditional Tanzanian experience by living in beautiful Arusha--a traditional and less populated city very close to many of the national parks and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub and is the home of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and hosts the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights. This is a great site for health related students as students can serve in a large public hospital and take course work in Women's Health in Tanzania and HIV/AIDS in Africa as well as Sustainable Community Development Courses and more!
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2019||10/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.