About Culture and Society of Tanzania with Swahili Language Summer Program
This course provides a contemporary, exciting, immersive and intensive introduction to the culture and society of Tanzania with Swahili language – the most international and widely spoken of the indigenous languages on the African continent.
It takes place in Butiama, a beautiful and tranquil village close to Lake Victoria in Northwest Tanzania, where students will be able to progress at a fast pace in a Swahili-speaking environment. Butiama is also the home village of the first president of independent Tanzania, the late Mwalimu (Teacher) Julius Nyerere - an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh - and students will actually be living and taking classes in his family home.
When applying for this course, you choose one of the streams depending on your level of Swahili: either Beginners level or Pre-intermediate level.
The intensive Beginners level course will equip students with more than 500 key items of vocabulary and a clear grounding in the concepts of Swahili grammar necessary for daily communication.
Pre-intermediate level students will be taught a range of more advanced vocabulary and grammar items by native speakers of Swahili.
Both levels students will be encouraged to interact with members of the local community on a daily basis outside the classroom. For example, groups will have opportunities to shop at the local market, learn to cook a range of Tanzanian dishes, visit surrounding primary and secondary schools and participate in a host of cultural activities, such as dancing, drumming and pot making. More information on your daily schedule can be found here.
When each week comes to an end, students will also have the chance to experience some of the wonders of Tanzania available outside of Butiama. Weekends will involve an overnight trip to the fascinating Sukuma museum, a chance to share the sunset with giraffes and zebras on the stunning Rubondo Island and, finally, a spectacular safari adventure at the world-famous Serengeti National Park.
£2300 per 4 weeks
Tuition fee covers the following components:
- University of Edinburgh lecturers with a wealth of expertise in a region
- Trained local Tanzanian teachers and teaching assistants
- Books and other educational materials
£500 per 4 weeks
The provided accommodation is in the village of Butiama. Students will have the opportunity to stay in this tranquil and beautiful area close to Lake Victoria in north-west Tanzania. Our students will reside in the home village of the first president of independent Tanzania, the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. The house is equipped with all appliances like running water and 24/7 electricity. The accommodation cost covers following components:
- 4 weeks accommodation
- 3 meals per day + regional snacks
- Internet access
£800 per 4 weeks
Additional cost covers the following components:
- Transport: all internal flights, private buses
- 2 days trip to Serengeti
- 3 days trip Rubondo Island National Park
- 1 day trip to the Sukuma Museum
- Cultural activities:
- Drumming lessons
- Dancing lessons
- Cooking lessons
- Clay pot making
- Storytelling sessions
- Work experience on a local farm
- Learning local games
- Visit to the witch doctor
- Trips to the local schools with the opportunity of language exchange
- Film screening
- Local walk and cycle
- Sim card with additional credit
Individual expenses during your time in Tanzania vary based on specific spending habits and budgets.
Estimated extra cost:
- International flights from your country of residence to Tanzania
Please note that you will be obliged apply for visa yourself in your country, seek advice on this before booking the flights as visa requirements vary depending on country.
NHS UK usually advise to courses or boosters: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid. Other vaccines to consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Meningococcal Meningitis; Rabies; Yellow Fever. Yellow fever vaccination certificate required to enter Tanzania.
Please check with your country of residence the requirements regarding the immunisation.
- Pre-payment for tuition fees: £300
Your application will not be processed until we have received the appropriate pre-payments.
Scholarship - Scottish Summer Endeavour
Scholarship application opens on 1st December
Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarships are offered to students from all countries who can display evidence of outstanding academic merit.
The scholarship equates to a partial tuition fee waiver for any course listed on www.summerschool.ed.ac.uk.
The scholarships are competitive and awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit. A minimum of 3.3 GPA or equivalent is required and evidence of this must be provided along with your application.
In order to apply, you should be a full-time university/college student who can demonstrate that you meet the academic and language requirements of your preferred course.
1. Choose the course you are interested in.
2. Go to your preferred programme page and select ‘click here to apply now’, located towards the top right of your screen. This will enable you to request an application form and further guidance regarding the application process.
2. Fill out the application form and attach the documents required in order to support your application. This will include the following:
- one letter of recommendation provided by your academic referee (no longer than 500 words)
- (interim) degree transcripts
- Evidence of an internationally recognised English language qualification (if appropriate).
4. Send back the application form stating in your email that you would like to apply for the Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarship.
5. Remember to enclose any other documents that will support your application.