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ACM Botswana: University Immersion in Southern Africa

The ACM Botswana program is designed for students with interests in politics, political economy, economic and social development, public health, and environmental studies. Housed at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital, the program is offered each spring semester, and combines formal class study with site visits to places in and around Gaborone and a credit-bearing independent study project. Classes include Setswana language, a course taught by the ACM faculty director, and an elective course at the University of Botswana. All students also participate in service activities with organizations and non-governmental organizations in Gaborone, with these community engagement opportunities typically related to their independent study projects.
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African/African-American Studies, Political Science, Public Health/Pre-Med StudiesAfrica Winter/Spring

ACM Tanzania: Ecology and Human Origins

The ACM Tanzania program is designed specifically to take advantage of this unique combination of resources. It is offered each fall semester, and the focus of the program is paleontology, cultural anthropology, and savannah ecology. It combines rigorous classroom instruction at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) with six weeks of field courses and fieldwork in northern Tanzania. At the heart of the program are the individual research projects in the natural and social sciences, which students develop, carry out, and present over the course of the semester. In the program director’s Research Methods course, taught by a visiting faculty member from an ACM college, students are guided in the development of their projects and learn the techniques that will be needed during their field research in Tarangire National Park.
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African/African-American Studies, Archaeology, Biology, Environmental and Technology Studies, Sociology and AnthropologyAfrica Fall

Arcadia CGS in South Africa

Arcadia offers students an extraordinary opportunity to study for a semester, year, or summer at one of three universities in the Cape Town area. South Africa's evolution to democracy has seen the implementation of a new constitution, new educational policies, new economic priorities, new health challenges, and a reintroduction of South Africa to the world stage. Arcadia's mandatory core course highlights current challenges and events, features guest lecturers drawn from national leadership, and offers students a chance to analyze South Africa's actions in the arenas of culture, public policy, and politics.
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African/African-American Studies, Development Studies, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology and AnthropologyAfrica Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring, Summer

Arcadia CGS/Butler IFSA: The School of Oriental and African Studies in London

Enrollment through Arcadia CGS/Butler IFSA.
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African/African-American Studies, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Music, Political Economy, Sociology and AnthropologyEurope/UK & the Middle East Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

Augsburg CGE Namibia: Nation Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind

Learn about Namibia and South Africa as they struggle to build nationhood, deal with the legacies of apartheid and colonialism, and the challenges posed by the rapid process of globalization in today's world; the challenges posted by under- and unequal development; and the long-term project of decolonizing the mind. Gain hands-on work experience in a development agency. Earn credit in Political Science, Religion, Interdisciplinary Studies, or History.
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African/African-American Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, Women's and Gender StudiesAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

Carleton History in Ghana - Winter Break

The Winter Break Program is a 15-day field trip that integrates three kinds of learning: content, intercultural, and experiential. Content learning occurs in gathering and recording information to complete history or social science projects initiated in the Fall preparation course. Intercultural learning happens during structured and serendipitous opportunities as an outsider negotiating public spaces in three distinctively different historic Ghanaian cities. Core experiential learning comes about during a short stay with local families who will welcome you as a guest in their home. The three kinds of liberal arts learning in Ghana will provide an international context for you to grow personally, emotionally, and intellectually.
African/African-American Studies, HistoryAfrica Winter Break

CIEE Botswana

The CIEE Study Center at the University of Botswana offers students from a wide range of academic disciplines the opportunity to live and study in Botswana, learning firsthand about the country and its people, while pursuing an intensive curriculum in classes with local students. Through courses at the university and a variety of community engagement and field-based research opportunities, participants will explore Botswana and learn about its important role in the Southern African region.
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African/African-American Studies, Biology, Economics, Environmental and Technology Studies, History, Public Health/Pre-Med StudiesAfrica Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

CIEE Ghana

This program is designed for a wide variety of students, including those interested in studying the political and economic challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa and developing nations, and those interested in studying West African cultural practices in various musical and dance forms. This program also offers wonderful opportunities, in the classroom and in the community, for students interested in critical issues of public health, development, and African history and culture. Through these mechanisms students become participants in, and contributors to, Ghanaian intellectual, cultural, economic, and social life.
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African/African-American Studies, HistoryAfrica Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

CIEE Senegal: Language + Culture

If you are interested or majoring in French/Francophone studies, African studies, international relations, or development studies and are seeking an opportunity to live and study in a French-speaking West African country considered by many to be one of the most developed and democratic nations in that region, then this program is right for you. The program is geared toward students interested in continuing French language study and learning Wolof, while taking other courses in English and having a cultural immersion experience.
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African/African-American Studies, History, Sociology and AnthropologyAfrica Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

CIEE Tanzania

This program is designed for students who want to study Kiswahili language and learn firsthand about Tanzania and its people through CIEE courses at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). Through a combination of CIEE and UDSM language and area studies courses and CIEE excursions and community-engagement opportunities, students gain a better understanding of Tanzania and its important role in East Africa.
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African/African-American Studies, Biology, Sociology and AnthropologyAfrica Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring

Francophone Seminar in Dakar, Senegal

Founded in 1857 by French colonial settlers, Dakar is a vibrant modern city with an interesting veneer of colonial culture. It is home to the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), one of the finest institutions of higher learning in French-speaking West Africa. Nene teral ganam yi. Def be bu nene sa ker mum el kerem. Always receive a stranger like a brother. Make him feel at home in your house. (Wolof adage) The Senegalese refer to their country as the land of hospitality (Senegal rewu teraanga). Prior to departure for Dakar, the Baobab Center (African Consultants International) makes arrangements with Senegalese families with whom students live for the duration of their stay in Senegal. Former participants in the program have thoroughly enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of their host families. The Baobab Center (ACI) is a resource center that works with a number of American university programs in Senegal, providing language instruction in French and Wolof. It also organizes cultural orientation workshops designed to prepare participants for an understanding of Senegalese lifestyle and ease their integration into the society. Students attend classes at the center and can rely on its faculty to answer questions or concerns throughout their stay. Cultural activities Students take part in a variety of cultural excursions in Dakar and other cities and towns in Senegal, including an optional weekend village stay. In the past, students have made trips to Gorée (the historic slave fort), Saint-Louis (for the annual jazz festival), Touba (Senegalese Islamic Holy City), Toubab Dialaw, Lac Rose, and the Women’s Museum (Le museé des femmes), as well as a five-day trip to The Gambia. Program costs The program fees cover tuition, room, and board, including: * round-trip airfare * home stay * transportation from the airport to the home of the host family * all cultural excursions and hotel accommodations Participants are responsible for their passport fee, immunizations, and personal expenses (books, gifts, etc.)
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African/African-American Studies, Cross-Cultural Studies, French and Francophone StudiesAfrica Spring

NYU Accra, Ghana

At NYU Accra, the capital city of Ghana, you'll have an exciting opportunity to experience firsthand the diversity and complexity of West Africa. In virtually any field of study, you'll find courses that challenge and inform, question and reveal. The academic program in Accra is unique among our sites because in addition to taking courses at the NYU Center you will have the opportunity to enroll directly in the local university to complete part of your course work. As you sit in class with the best and the brightest of Ghana's youth, you'll be taught by the nation's finest scholars.
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African/African-American Studies, Cross-Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Urban StudiesAfrica Full Academic Year, Fall, Winter/Spring, Summer

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) in South Africa: African Ecology & Conservation

South Africa’s rich biological and cultural diversity makes it an exceptional location in which to examine issues related to ecology and conservation. Based in Kruger National Park, field study and research exercises will expose you to different types of savanna as you view the park’s abundant wildlife.
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African/African-American Studies, Biology, Environmental and Technology StudiesAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development

Examine social, economic, and political development patterns in one of West Africa's most ethnically and geographically diverse countries. Cameroon is home to more than 200 ethnic groups and even more languages and dialects, and finding common ground for its national agendas poses an ongoing challenge. Famous for its folklore, art, and diverse environments, Cameroon is striving to preserve its cultural heritage and diversity in the face of globalization and pressing socioeconomic needs. Students have access to cultural activities, academic resources, and many of the international development organizations headquartered in the city. A two-week stay in the northern town of Ngaoundéré and excursions to western and coastal Cameroon give insight into how social change is manifested in different regions.
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African/African-American Studies, Development Studies, Economics, French and Francophone Studies, History, Women's and Gender StudiesAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Ghana: Social Transformation and Cultural Expression

Examine Ghanaian social, political, and economic structures through the lens of Ghana's artistic and literary expressions. A country of approximately 20 million people, Ghana boasts an outstanding artistic heritage that manifests itself in all aspects of cultural performance and craftworks. Students explore this rich heritage through deep and meaningful engagement with Ghanaian scholars, artists, dancers, musicians, painters, sculptors, weavers, writers, and other in-country experts. Interdisciplinary coursework, held in the classroom and in the field, reveals to students the historical and contemporary circumstances that have shaped Ghanaian society and the artistic outputs of this complex and highly diverse West African country.
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African/African-American Studies, Art History, Literary and Cultural Studies, Music, Sociology and AnthropologyAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Kenya: Health and Community Development

Explore the intersections of economics, health, and social development in Kenya. Kenya is home to more than 40 ethnic groups, each retaining a strong sense of cultural identity. Students will learn about Kenya’s advances in educational training, infrastructure, and technical development, and gain an understanding of the vibrant private sector and successful coalition-building efforts that have helped to strengthen Kenya’s economy. Homestays and educational excursions help illustrate that access to health care remains an issue for this predominantly rural population. Students interact with a wide array of local contacts in cosmopolitan, multiethnic Nairobi, the regional base for numerous local and international nongovernmental organizations engaged in development and health-related projects.
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African/African-American Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Public Health/Pre-Med StudiesAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Madagascar: National Identity and Social Change

Explore identity formation and socioeconomic and political transition in the context of Madagascar's remarkable ethnic and geographic diversity. Through immersion in the country's dynamic capital city, Antananarivo, and the west coast town of Mahajanga, as well as on excursions in the country's eastern and northwestern regions, students develop an in-depth understanding of the domestic and external influences that continue to shape this island nation today. Students spend the semester uncovering the many layers of Madagascar's rich cultural heritage to discover why Madagascar prides itself on unity amidst diversity. The program's core academic components include a thematic seminar, a field study seminar, language instruction in both French and Malagasy, and an Independent Study Project (ISP). Field-based activities throughout the semester as well as urban and rural homestays complement the academic program. These components are designed to reveal the complexity of contemporary Malagasy culture and society while opening doors that allow students to participate in the daily life of host communities.
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African/African-American Studies, Development Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Sociology and AnthropologyAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights

Examine Islam as a system of thought, Morocco’s political system and monarchy, and the country’s place in the Middle East and in African, Berber, and Arab cultures. Additional studies focus on women’s place within Moroccan society and contemporary development challenges. This nation’s history and culture reflect the influence of a long succession of invaders and settlers as well as the indigenous Berbers, who make up half of Morocco’s population. Based in the cosmopolitan city of Rabat, students study Arabic and acquire an in-depth appreciation of a rich and rapidly changing society in Morocco. Excursions include the four imperial cities of Fès, Meknès, Rabat, and Marrakech. Students also travel to Zagora and Essaouira to explore the roles Morocco has played in Africa and southwestern Europe, both as a medieval and post-renaissance empire and as a contemporary society.
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African/African-American Studies, Arabic, Political Science, Sociology and AnthropologyAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Senegal: National Identity and the Arts

Experience the enormous contribution to African arts and culture made by Senegal, a nation that has inspired three centuries of poets, novelists, and artists. Led to independence by internationally acclaimed poet and philosopher Leopold Senghor, this West African nation has long emphasized the role of art and culture in society. With the capital city of Dakar as home base, students examine topics such as the role of Islam in Senegalese life, contemporary development and poverty, and the history of the slave trade. Arts workshops focusing on areas such as batik making, ceramics, and sand painting, or musical training ranging from Senegalese dance to traditional instruments, add a hands-on component. Homestays, a rural visit, and educational excursions to Sine-Saloum Delta, Gorée Island, Saint-Louis, and Petite Côte complement field and classroom instruction.
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African/African-American Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Dance, French and Francophone Studies, Music, Sociology and Anthropology, Studio Art, Theater ArtsAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy

Students will focus on topics such as the relationship between traditional healing and western medicine, prenatal care, access to health care, and health education. Building on a multidisciplinary and historical analysis of health in South Africa, the program explores critical issues and initiatives in a nation where health policies have achieved mixed results in addressing health problems.
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African/African-American Studies, Educational Studies, Public Health/Pre-Med StudiesAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism & Human Rights

South Africa is truly a multicultural society, with 11 national languages and numerous ethnic groups. While South Africans have seen tremendous change since the first multiracial elections in 1994, they anticipate a long road before achieving the stated goal of equality. Cape Town, the program base, was one of the first South African cities to voluntarily promote racial integration. In a typical semester, students complete four homestays —each providing the opportunity to meet and interact with South Africans from different geographic and ethnic backgrounds. The strong emphasis on the homestay as experiential learning complements lectures, discussions, field-based assignments, and excursions to provide a multidisciplinary analysis of the country.
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African/African-American Studies, Political Science, Sociology and AnthropologyAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT South Africa: Social and Political Transformation

Explore the dynamic socioeconomic, political, and cultural processes of South Africa, an extraordinarily diverse country in transition. Similar to other countries around the world, South Africa is striving to free itself of a legacy of racial discrimination, economic exploitation, and political authoritarianism to build a new democratic and equitable regime. Through coursework and community engagement, students discover the significant role that Durban, the program's base, has played in South African history, particularly its role in apartheid. To provide students with learning opportunities in many different contexts, the program also includes field visits to Johannesburg, Cape Town, rural parts of both KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, the Umfolozi and Hluhluwe Game Reserves, and the Drakensberg Mountain range.
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African/African-American Studies, Economics, Political Economy, Political Science, Sociology and AnthropologyAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology

Develop insight into the delicate balance between socioeconomic goals and ecological concerns in the vast wilderness expanses of Tanzania. Home to Serengeti National Park—the site of the largest wildlife migration on earth—Tanzania features tropical, temperate, and alpine forests. Ngorongoro Crater, a 12-mile-wide extinct volcano, is one of the wonders of the natural world. Within these disparate ecosystems, issues of population growth, land use, and tourism development are in tense juxtaposition with wildlife conservation efforts. From the program base in the heart of Tanzania's most renowned wilderness parks, students explore the country’s diverse human and natural environments through seminars and field visits to nature reserves and conservation areas. Swahili language study and a rural stay with a Maasai community complement classroom work and field research.
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African/African-American Studies, Biology, Environmental and Technology Studies, Political Economy, Political Science, Sociology and AnthropologyAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Tunisia: Emerging Identities in North Africa

Examine contemporary social movements and identity formation in Tunisia and North Africa. As emerging economies, Tunisia and its neighbors are in a transitional phase, and while they share much in common—particularly with respect to large populations of youth—each country is addressing current political, economic, and cultural challenges in distinct ways. Students consider how factors such as western-style capitalism, Maghreb relations in North Africa, local and national politics, and engagement with Europe are intersecting to shape identity in states across the region. Outstanding learning opportunities in Tunis and beyond. SIT students are able to take full advantage of the unique learning opportunities offered in the capital of Tunis. They attend lectures by academics from Tunis University and interact with local artists, experts from civil society, and activists from local NGOs and community organizations.
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African/African-American Studies, Arabic, Development Studies, Sociology and AnthropologyAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

SIT Uganda and Rwanda: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin

This groundbreaking study abroad program, offered during the summer, engages students with the active peace-building and NGO community in the Lake Victoria Basin. Students experience two homestays, one in each country, as well as multiple educational excursions to carefully selected sites including the Rwanda Genocide Memorial. The program combines coursework in the classroom with experiential field visits to historical and cultural sites as well as to communities, NGOs, and government departments working in peace-building, reconstruction, and recovery. Students have lectures, classroom discussions, readings, and de-briefings on history, contemporary politics, and the role of the state.
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African/African-American Studies, History, International RelationsAfrica Summer

SIT Uganda: Development Studies

Work closely with faculty and students from Makerere University to study complex issues of social and economic development in Uganda, a once-turbulent nation with a fast-growing economy. A custom two-week module with a choice of focus on public health, grassroots development, or gender and development provides opportunities to work with organizations such as the Kasangati Health Center, the Uganda Change Agent Association, and the women and gender studies department at Makerere University. Based in Kampala, Uganda's thriving capital, the program also offers an in-depth, hands-on practicum with one of the country's many international or grassroots development agencies to provide a deeper understanding of the practice of development work. Field visits to rural areas explore what lies beyond the rhetoric of the "development industry" as students learn about the diverse strengths and needs of this changing nation.
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African/African-American Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Political Economy, Political ScienceAfrica Fall, Winter/Spring

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