The 2021 African Language Summer Institute is hosted by the Department of World Languages & Cultures and the Center for African Studies at Howard University. Instruction will be virtual, and students will take their classes synchronously. The program is available to Howard and non-Howard students, both undergraduate and graduate. Because the program is dedicated to increasing students’ proficiency in the target language, classroom instruction and activities will be conducted between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm. The afternoons will be focused on practical activities where students practice their language by being assigned language related tasks. Whenever there are guest speakers, they will take place in the afternoons.
May 17 - June 25, 2021
Classes will take place 5 days a week, for 4-5 hours a day. Students are reminded that although these classes are virtual, they meet synchronously via Zoom.
Beginner and Intermediate Classes: 140 hours
Advanced Classes: 120 hours
HU Summer School Registration Deadline for Non-HU Students
April 15, 2021
If you have already been admitted, please register for classes through Bison preferably by Friday May 14 but no later than Monday May 17. Please visit the following page for specific language course registration:
- Amharic – Different levels
- Arabic – Two levels
- Somali – Two levels
- Swahili – All levels: Beginners, Intermediate, & Advanced
- Wolof – Two levels
- Yoruba – Two levels
- Zulu – Two levels
The institute will give up to 6 HU Credits provided the student has paid summer school tuition for 6 credits. 6 credits equivalent to one academic year of language instruction. HU students must register though Bison to get credit and for their tuition to be applied. Non-HU students need to apply as Visiting Students or Students at Large through the following link and follow all the instructions provided: admission.howard.edu/undergraduate/summer
$2940 x 2 courses = $5,880
Apply for a FLAS Fellowship to help cover costs.
Our instructors are well trained in the pedagogy of African languages. They are seasoned instructors who are very knowledgeable about the languages they teach and the cultures of the target communities. Below are the teachers who will teach, advise, and mentor our Institute participants.
Department of World Languages and Cultures - find information on languages offered at Howard.