Study Abroad

Off-campus study in Africa

Programs for US students for study abroad in Africa are indexed comprehensively by the National Consortium for Study in Africa (NCSA). 
These include offerings in:

Botswana Kenya South Africa
Burkina Faso Madagascar Tunisia
Cameroon Mali Uganda
Cote d'Ivoire Morocco Zambia
Egypt Namibia Zimbabwe. 
Ertirea Nigeria  
Ghana Senegal  

See their website at 

Another comprehensive index an be found at the website of the Institute of International Education (IIE):

Specific programs include:

  • Brown University, 1- or 2-semester programs in Tanzania at the University of Dar es Salaam; in Ethiopia at Addis Ababa University; and in Egypt, at the American University in Cairo.  Students are required to study the relevant language (Swahili, Amharic, or Arabic) during their enrollment.  The Tanzania and Ethiopia programs begin August 1 with a 5-week intensive language course and introduction to the country. 
  • University of Minnesota, Studies in International Development. 

    • Kenya:  Faculty at the University of Nairobi, supervised by economist Dr. Mohamud Jama, teach courses and oversee individual academic projects.  Field placements and homestays are arranged by Simeon S. Kanani of Technical Study Tours in conjunction with educational, social service, health and environmental projects throughout the country.

    • Senegal:  Individual academic projects and coursework are arranged by Dr. Ousmane Sene, using faculty and experts associated with the Universite Cheik Anta Diop in Dakar.  Field placements and homestays are coordinated by Moussa Seck of Environnement et Development du Tiers Monde (ENDA-TM), a non-governmental agency involved in health, environmental, educational and other social service projects throughout Senegal.  


  • Syracuse University, Division of International Programs Abroad.  Semester study in Harare, Zimbabwe.  Courses are taught by either regular Syracuse University faculty or by local professors teaching for Syracuse University. With the exception of Shona language classes, all instruction is in English.  In Harare, the host institution is the Southern Africa Political Economy Series Trust (SAPES), with linkage to the University of Zimbabwe. Library resources and sports facilities are available through the University of Zimbabwe.


Other potential programs include:

  • Augsburg College Center for Global Education, Southern Africa Program.  Semester programs based in Windhoek, Namibia with visits to South Africa.  Includes family and home stays. 

Aside from semester study for credit, some students may benefit from summer programs or volunteer internships.  Among those recommended are:


  • Crossroads Africa.  Six-week summer projects in eighteen African countries, focusing on community construction and development, community health and medicine, agriculture and reforestation; women's development; and education and training. 

  • Drew University in West Africa (Cote d'Ivoire).  One-month summer program.

  • University of Georgia, Kenya Study Abroad Program and Maymester in Tanzania.  One-month programs in May-June.

  • Student Partnership Worldwide.  Volunteer placement for five to nine months in school-based and environmental grass-roots development programmes in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
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