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Princeton in Dar es Salaam - PIIRS 2018
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: PIIRS, Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (summer)
Language of Instruction: Swahili Language Prerequisite: Yes
Program Features: Intensive Language Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel Program Group: PIIRS
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Princeton in Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
June 11, 2018 - August 3, 2018

Students should arrive on Saturday June 9th, 2018.
Princeton in Dar es Salaam is an intensive eight-week course in intermediate level Swahili language instruction. Students who successfully complete the program will receive credit for Intermediate Swahili I (SWA 105T) and Intermediate Swahili II (SWA 107T). The two courses and the final course grades will appear on the Princeton University transcript.

In addition to in-class language instruction in Kiswahili, students have the opportunity to use their free time to volunteer in the local community through activities in local schools, youth programs, and non-governmental community services. In the past, Princeton students have taught English and other subjects at Burney's Academy at Mbezi, taught English and Chinese at the Mwenge Woodcarvers youth group, cared for children at Chakuwama orphanage and at SOS Children's Village at Dar es Salaam, and tutored entrepreneurs in business skills at the University of Dar es Salaam's (UDSM) local chapter of the International Association of Students in Economics and Business Management.

Dar es Salaam literally means "haven of peace” and was founded in 1862 by the Sultan of Zanzibar. It is Tanzania's largest city and its commercial capital. Located on the coast, it is an ideal seaport with a European-style center and residential areas and marketplaces along the outskirts. Dar es Salaam is a main industrial center and was the seat of government until the recent transfer of parliament and major government departments to the new capital city of Dodoma. Culturally, Tanzania is a mixture of over 120 different ethnic groups. The majority of the people speak Bantu languages, but almost everyone uses Kiswahili, the national and official language, as their medium of communication. Major religions include Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, and traditional African religions. Tanzania provides students with a unique view of the cultural, political, and economic issues of a developing African society. A study abroad experience in Tanzania at this time in history allows students to witness the country in the formative stages of its transformation from a socialist state (that resisted Western influence through three decades of President Julius Nyerere’s radical socialist ideology) to a capitalist economy with all the challenges of a post-colonial African state.

The program will also include weekend trips to Zanzibar Island and Ngorongoro National Park.

Language prerequisite: Successful completion of Elementary Swahili, SWA 101 and SWA 102.

The tuition for the African Studies Seminar is $5240, which includes:
  • Tuition and affiliated institutional fees are $1820
  • Hotel accommodations for 23 days are $920
  • Home stay for three weeks is $900
  • Cultural trip to Zanzibar Island  (3 days, 2 nights – transportation, lodging, entry permits, guided tours of cultural heritage sites) costs $600
  • Trip to Arusha/Ngorongoro Game Park (4 days, 3 nights - transportation, lodging, guided safari) costs $700
  • Local field trips within Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo etc (Transport, Museum entrance fees, local guides) costs $300
  • Shuttle transportation for 8 weeks (airport pick-up/drop-off, daily commute from hostel to class, and to Mwenge Youth Center, incidental local travel) $300.
ADDITIONAL COSTS: Students are responsible for round-trip airfare (approx. $1,900), their own personal expenses/meals (approx. $420), pre-travel vaccinations (approx. $500), travel visa fees.

For additional information about the Princeton in Dar es Salaam program, please contact the program administrator, Tim Waldron,

Students admitted to the program will be notified by email on or before March 10, 2018. Admitted students should confirm their participation by email by March 21, 2018. A non-refundable deposit payment of $500 (which will go towards the program fee) will be charged to their student account. Students who accept a place an then, before the program begins, withdraw or cannot participate because they are no longer enrolled at Princeton will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable cost. There are no refunds after the start of the program.

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Summer 2019 04/01/2019 04/15/2019 TBA TBA
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