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PIIRS African Studies Seminar 2019
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: PIIRS Program Type: Study Abroad (summer)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Program Features: Academic Study Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel Program Group: PIIRS
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Program Description:
African Studies Seminar
AFS 305T Ideology, Nationalism and Development: An Experiential Study in Tanzania's (R)evolution
June 08 - July 20, 2019

(Classes begin June 10, 2019. Students are expected to arrive in Dar es Salaam on Saturday, June 8, 2019)

Directed by Mahiri Mwita, Lecturer in the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
The United Republic of Tanzania is one of the best examples of how African states have struggled to reinvent themselves from a colonial experience and pursue a nationalistic development agenda. Tanzania's initial postcolonial trajectory attempted to ignore the power of neo-colonial capitalism, but failed due to both local and global forces. This course will explore the political, cultural, linguistic and economic experience of Tanzania since its colonization (first by Germany, and then by Britain after World War II), its postcolonial experiment with African Socialism through the contemporary state of reinventing a new state and society.  Class instruction and all coursework will be in English at the Institute of Kiswahili Studies, University of Dar es Salaam Monday-Friday for 6 weeks. Students will be required to volunteer for a minimum 3 hours/week in community activities. There will be local field trips to historic sites, museums, and government offices within Dar es Salaam and weekend trips to Zanzibar and Ngorongoro National Park.

The tuition for the African Studies Seminar is approximately $4310, which includes:

  • Tuition and affiliated institutional fees are $1050
  • Hotel accommodations for 23 days are $920
  • Home stay for three weeks is $540
  • 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 6 weeks (airport pick-up/drop-off, daily commute from hostel to class, and to Mwenge Youth Center, incidental local travel).

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 (about $182), and Shuttle Transportation ($200). 

Student tuition comes through the Dean's Fund for Summer Study Abroad. Students are also encouraged to search Princeton’s Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE), which connects students with University funding for activities, including summer study abroad. 

Students who require further funding should consider a Princeton Subsidized Student Loans, which are available from the Office of Financial Aid and are highly recommended over charging seminar costs to a credit card. Please consult Financing Options for Students and Parents 2018–19, specifically pages 1–2 and Table 3, and contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

For additional information, please contact the program administrator, Tim Waldron,

Students admitted to the program will be notified by email on or before February 15, 2019. Admitted students should confirm their participation by email by March 15, 2019. 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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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 12/14/2018 02/15/2019 06/08/2019 07/20/2019
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