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Africa

Students wishing to study in Africa should take two courses related to African studies prior to their study abroad.

The southern hemisphere academic year runs from February to June (first semester) and July to November (second semester). A good but underused option for students wishing to take a southern hemisphere year abroad is to begin study abroad in the spring (of the sophomore or junior year) and continue through the fall (of the junior or senior year). For single semester or full-year study abroad, spring entry generally allows the greatest ease of entry both academically and socially.

Scholarship opportunities

NSEP Boren Scholarships provide funding for students studying in various African countries.

Cameroon

SIT Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Dschang and Yaounde
Language of Instruction: French
Prerequisites: Three semesters of French
Program Highlights: Two homestays in Dschang and Yaounde; rural visit in Ngaoundere; educational excursions in the Extreme North Province, Fulani highlands and Coastal Cameroon; four-week independent study project.

Ghana

SIT Ghana: Social Transformation and Cultural Expression
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Accra and Kumasi
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: Two homestays; rural visit; educational excursions to Cape Coast, Elmina Castle, Kakum National Forest, Tamale and Mole National Park; four-week independent study project.

Kenya

Special waivers are required of students electing to study in Kenya. See Smith College's Policy on U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings.

NSEP Boren Scholarships are available for study in Kenya

St. Lawrence Kenya Semester
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Nairobi
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: one course on Africa or diaspora
Program Highlights: Study of Kishwahili (required), homestays, and a four-week independent field study.

Note: Interested students may contact Professor Katwiwa Mule (comparative literature).

School for Field Studies – Wildlife Ecology & Management
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Near Nairobi
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites:
Program Highlights: The SFS Center is located on a ranch 40 minutes outside Nairobi. Students integrate course work with interdisciplinary case studies dealing with wildlife management in areas that are not currently protected. Field work and field trips are integral parts of the program. Students live in rustic on-site housing. Informal study in Swahili is offered.

Note: Interested students may contact Professors Katwiwa Mule (comparative literature) and Elliot Fratkin (anthropology).

Madagascar

SIT Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Fort Dauphin
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: Four semesters (or equivalent) of college-level French. Previous college-level coursework in environmental studies, ecology, biology or related field.
Program Highlights: Four-week homestay; rural homestay; educational excursions to Spiny Desert, Ranomafana rain forest, Great Barrier Reef of Tulear; and a four-week independent study project.
Scholarship: SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Madagascar: Urbanization and Rural Development
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Antananarivo
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: Four semesters (or equivalent) of college-level French.
Program Highlights: Two homestays; rural homestay; educational excursions to Andasibe and Ankarafantsika National Parks, the island Nosy Be, and rural Imerina; a four-week independent study project.
Scholarship: SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

Senegal

Kalamazoo in Senegal
Terms: Year
Location: Dakar
Language of Instruction: French
Prerequisites: Four semesters of college-level French.
Program Highlights: Direct enrollment at the Université Cheikh A. Diop. Lasting from September to December for fall only, mid-June for full year. The academic portion of the program includes a two- to three-week stay in Saint-Louis (Senegal), where students take an interdisciplinary course. Students live in homestays with local families or in program housing during the academic year.

Note: To request an application call Narda McClendon at Kalamazoo College, (269) 337-7133.

SIT Senegal: National Identity and the Arts
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Dakar
Language of Instruction: French
Prerequisites: Four semesters of college-level French.
Program Highlights: Five-week homestay; rural homestay; educational excursions to Saint-Louis, Petite Cote, Goree Island, Lac Rose and eastern Senegal; a four-week independent study project.

South Africa

CIEE: University of Cape Town
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Cape Town
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: Direct enrollment following the southern hemisphere academic calendar: February-June; August–November. The university is set on a steep hillside, and is a highly-selective institution with a traditional arts and sciences curriculum based on English and European models, as well as programs in engineering. All students enrolling through CIEE are required to take one course with a South African focus each semester, and Smith also requires that student study a local language (typically Xhosa or Afrikaans, but students may choose from the 10 official languages other than English). CIEE provides community-service placements, housing, registration and advising. Students live in UCT campus housing with kitchen facilities or in off-campus group houses.

Note: Professors Ellen Kaplan (theatre) and Louis Wilson (Afro-American studies) have visited this program, and interested students may contact them if they wish.

ISA: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Durban
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: Direct enrollment at the Howard College campus (Durban), which is the urban campus of the University of Natal and offers coursework in education, engineering, health sciences, humanities, development and social sciences, management studies, and science and agriculture. Note the southern hemisphere academic calendar: February–June; August–November. Nonwhite students (including Black South African, Indian and others) now make up more than seventy percent of the student population. Predeparture preparation, orientation, advising and excursions provided by Interstudy. Students live in on-campus residence halls.

Note: Professors Ellen Kaplan (theatre—PMB has a notable activist theatre program) and Louis Wilson (Afro–American studies) have visited this program, and interested students may contact them if they wish.

SIT South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Durban
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: Students examine the relationship of health care policy, education and practice in South Africa, and learn about the relationship between traditional healing and western medicine, prenatal care, access to health care and health education. Visits to Johannesburg and Capetown. Various homestays, including rural communities to learn about grassroots-level health care, and shadowing of community health workers. Independent study project required.

SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Cape Town
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: Explore South Africa's multicultural society and history of apartheid; stay with four families to meet and interact with South Africans from different geographic and ethnic backgrounds; complete a four-week independent study project.

SIT South Africa: Social and Political Transformation
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Durban
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: None
Program Highlights: Investigate issues of inequality, poverty, gender and racial and ethnic discrimination; excursions to rural KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town. Homestay in Hlabisa, a rural village. Service-learning project can become part of independent study project.

Tanzania

SIT Tanzania-Zanzibar: Costal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Stone Town, Zanzibar
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework in environmental studies, ecology, biology or related field.
Program Highlights: Swahili instruction; two-week homestay; educational excursions to Mafia Island Marine Park, Pemba Island and Mikumi National Park; and four-week independent study project.

Uganda

SIT Uganda: Development Studies
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Kampala
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: Background in development studies or related field is strongly recommended.
Program Highlights: Luganda instruction; six-week homestay; rural homestay; educational excursions to western Uganda; Rwanda; and Eastern Uganda; and four-week independent study project.