Study Abroad in Arusha, Tanzania
Anthropology in Context: Rural and Urban Populations in Northern Tanzania
- Spend three weeks, from early to late January, in-country taking part in a variety of academic and co-curricular activities, with classes held at the Nyerere Center in Arusha, Tanzania.
- Anthropology in Context is collaboratively taught by Prof. David Iyam, Department of Anthropology, Whittier College; and Prof. Roland Adjovi, Academic Director in Tanzania.
- The course is offered in collaboration with Whittier College and The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
- Program size is limited and early application is encouraged.
Anthropology aims at getting people familiar with practices other than their own, understanding why people’s cultural behaviors and practices differ from one society to another, and knowing the functions those behaviors and practices perform for the people and their society. The ambition of this course which will take place in Arusha, Tanzania, and the surrounding region, is therefore to study local population with a comparative perspective between urban and rural societies. Not only students will learn about societies which are new to them, but they will also be able to compare those societies with others - including their own.
The program is designed to help you gain an understanding of cultural and experiential exchange. Lessons both inside and outside the classroom will be invaluable.
When students arrive in Tanzania, they will take part in a two-day orientation, with a focus on the program objectives and on the societies of Northern Tanzania. In class, they will learn the basics of Anthropology, of the way in which it applies to common elements of African society in general and to Northern Tanzanian society within the larger context.
Students will discover a comparative basis for urban to rural societies, learn about migration, participating in a homestay with members of a Maasai Choir, and completing a specific unit focus on Arusha itself, which will include a day-long field excursion. A second weekend homestay to a local village will familiarize students with various regional practices which may include birth celebrations, traditional dance or other local observances.
The group will meet for a final day to debrief from their homestay observation and take part in a concluding activity, consisting of a one-day safari to the Ngorongoro Crater.
Students will complete reflection papers each day throughout the course, with a 10-page reflective essay due upon return to the U.S.
The group will be joined by a delegation of East African students studying at the Nyerere Center under the auspices of the East African Community (EAC).
Credits and Grades
- You will earn 3 credits for the 16-day program.
- GPA Requirements: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.
- You need to submit a complete application before your application will be considered.
This program fee includes:
- Pre-departure advising
- Health insurance
- Orientation (two days)
- Use of Arcadia classroom facilities
- Student accommodation in Arcadia student house while in Arusha
- Two student meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
- Maasai society field trip weekend (Loruvani Choir visit)
- Arusha community visit (one day)
- Homestay in Kimandolu (two days)
- Day safari to Ngorongoro Crater (one day)
- Ground transportation for program-related activities while in Tanzania
- Internet service in Arcadia facilities
- Cell phone supplied in Tanzania for each student with 5,000 TZS credit per phone
- Program assistant support for the duration of the program
This program fee does not include:
- Visa processing
- Airfare to and from Arusha
- Personal expenses or books
- Travel insurance
Passport, Visa and Pre-departure Information
Please refer to the visa page for Tanzania and the Ready to Go section for more information.
For More Information and To Apply
To apply for this program, please complete our application. The program is Arcadia in Tanzania, January Term.
For more information, please contact Margaret Walter, Program Manager, email@example.com.