African Studies

I have had an extremely rewarding and educating experience doing field research. I feel immensely more prepared for post graduate research and work now that I have the confidence to conduct interviews and to build rapport in a foreign country.  I'm sure that my new abilities in interviewing and building professional relationships will prove vital in my future work in academia.

Kelly Allen, SIT Uganda, Spring 2010


Botswana – CIEE Gabarone (P)

Fall, spring, or academic yearMegan Slavish Botswana

Language: English, beginning Setswana

Eligibility requirements: 2.75 gpa, coursework relative to the understanding of Southern Africa

Housing: shared rooms in university residences with local and international students; students provide own meals, meal plans available in campus dining halls; limited homestay availability

Details: Two required CIEE courses: Setswana, and Language and Culture Practicum; other courses are chosen from the University of Botswana offerings in the faculties of African Languages and Literature, Business, Education, Environmental Health and Science, History, Media, Political Science and Science; opportunities for community engagement; excursions.


Ghana - ISEP: University of Ghana, Legon (D, Ex)

Fall, spring, or academic year

Language: English

Eligibility requirements: 3.0 gpa

Housing: Dorms on campus

Details: Wide selection of courses available to take with local and international students, including recommended Twi language course; full-time on-site coordinator provides added level of program facilitation; volunteer and internship opportunities available.


Kenya & Tanzania – School for Field Studies, Kilimanjaro Bush Camp, Kenya (P)

Fall, spring

Language: English

Eligibility requirements: one college-level course in ecology or biology

Housing: Thatched-roof cabins with common dining building

Details: students are based on two wildlife reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, focusing on comparative wildlife management.  Opportunities for cultural exchange with near-by villages; coursework on Techniques of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values, Swahili language and a directed study.

Namibia – Center for Global Education (Augsburg College), Windhoek, Namibia (P)

Fall, spring

Language: English

Eligibility requirements: none

Housing: dorms and short-term home stays

Details: Program theme, Nation Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind, focuses on the legacy of colonization and racial oppression in southern Africa; courses include Racism and Resistance, Political and Social Change, Religion and Social Change, Development Process, and an internship; educational travel is built into the program.


Senegal - Baobab Center, Dakar, Senegal (D)

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Language: French, Wolof 

Eligibility requirements: 5 semesters college French

Housing: Host family

Details: Collaboration with the Baobab Center provides for field and classroom study. Students take Wolof, Dakar in Transition (explores trends in society through studying the city of Dakar), Health Advocacy and Policy course focusing on responses to HIV and AIDS in Senegal and Africa; and a course on Islam; excursions.


Uganda – SIT: Development Studies, Post-Conflict Transformation, or Microfinance & Entrepreneurship, Kampala, Uganda (P)

Fall, spring

Language: English, Luganda   

Eligibility requirements: Background courses in development recommended, previous independent research.

Housing: Home stays (6 weeks in Kampala, 1 week rural home stay), hostels, guest houses or small hotels.

Details: Study with Americans on the program; limited curriculum designed for non-specialists; student plans 6-week practicum with a development organization; 2 week module, choice of focus: public health, grassroots development, gender and development, entrepreneurship and microfinance, or environment and development; excursions.



D:  Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student

Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student

P:  Provider program.  Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses:  Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider:  airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

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