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  • Locations: Arusha, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IPSL: Study Abroad + Service-Learning 
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:


Sustainable Service through the IPSL Service-Learning Plus Program!
IPSL students have an exclusive opportunity to work and live in Moshi City at the base of Kilimanjaro volunteering at a local sustanaible development NGO. The Karanga Techinacal Training Centre has two permanent enviromental initiatives involving educating the local community about preserving their water source and forest lands. Students provide hands-on support to clean the local river, educate the community and establish and implement programs to raise envornmental awareness. Students can also contribute to sustainable forest harvesting initiatives that educate locals on good forest practices as well as community business programs utilizing locally made wood products. By experiencing another region of Tanzania and serving in an organization doing different work from the ones students volunteer with in Arusha, a deeper understanding of the wide-ranging issues Tanzania is grappling with is achieved.
IPSL students return each semester to Moshi and the Karanga Technical Training Centre to help further the goals of the community and engage in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice and sustainable change for local communities.
The IPSL program in Tanzania offers an opportunity for students to study the Swahili language where it originated. The northern city of Arusha, the capital of Tanzania, is an international center for human rights. 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. Situated at the base of Mount Meru (the second highest mountain in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro), the climate is temperate and wildlife preserves and national parks and forests are numerous.
Tanzania is a mixture of more than 120 ethnic groups, the majority of whom speak Bantu languages, including Kiswahili, the official language. Major religions include Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and tribal traditions. Tanzania has much to offer - amazing wildlife parks, unique marine ecosystems, spice islands, tropical beaches, the highest mountain in Africa and a rich cultural heritage. 

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. 


Program Facts

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:

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • International Relations
  • Leisure/Recreation
  • Medicine/Health
  • Social Service
  • Orphanages

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.



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 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).

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

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$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!

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2020 10/01/2019 ** 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.