Fulbright-Hays Swahili Group Project Abroad in Kenya

Pwani University

The Fulbright-Hays Swahili Group Project Abroad (GPA) is sponsored by the federal government through the Fulbright-Hays program of the Department of Education. It is a language intensive program that includes working with the community. The program offers 8 weeks of over 150 contact hours through intensive linguistic and cultural experience in Kenya.

Program Objective:

The advanced Swahili GPA 2022 in Kenya is an intensive community-based Swahili language and culture program designed to enhance participants’ language proficiency and promote knowledge and understanding of East Africa in a global context through Swahili language immersion. The program is open to all students nationwide.

Program Description:

Participants will spend 8 weeks studying Swahili language and culture in Kenya. Students will spend about two weeks in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya and 6 weeks in Kilifi. participants will also visit the South Coast to learn more about coastal Swahili culture and Indian Ocean trade. Additionally, students will immerse themselves in the local culture through interaction with local people.

Program Dates:

Dates for the 2022 program are June 12 – August 5, 2022.

Apply for the Program:

Applications for the 2022 Swahili GPA Summer Program are now closed. The Application Deadline was extended to February 15, 2022.

    The Program:

    An Intensive Advanced Swahili Group Project Abroad (GPA) will take place in Kenya in the summer of 2022. The program, which will be hosted by Pwani University, will include:

    • Four to five hours of intensive daily Swahili language instruction and interactions
    • Cultural activities 
    • Excursions to historical and cultural sites on weekends
    • Homestay with a Swahili family for eight consecutive weeks

    The Swahili GPA in Kenya is part of the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program of the U.S. Department of Education and is coordinated by the Department of World Languages and Cultures in collaboration with the Center for African Studies at Howard University in Washington, DC. 


    A participant in the Swahili GPA program must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Have had at least three or four semesters of Swahili language instruction
    • Have commitment to a career in African Studies

    Program Costs:

    The Fulbright-Hays Swahili GPA grant covers the following expenses:

    • International travel to and from Nairobi, Kenya from Washington DC
    • Overseas Tuition
    • Accommodation and food for the duration of the program
    • Program-related transportation in Kenya
    • Educational materials during the program

    The grant does not cover:

    • Program Fee of $1000 that covers administrative expenses in the United States
    • Local travel from the participants’ homes to Washington DC airport and return after the program.
    • Mandatory health insurance for the summer abroad in Kenya
    • Passport and visa fees
    • Immunizations and other health-care expenses related to travel
    • Travel done on the student’s own time and initiative in Kenya
    • Personal shopping and gifts

    Important Dates: 

    • February 15: Application deadline
    • February 28: Acceptance Notification
    • March 7: Pre-departure session 1
    • April 4: Pre-departure session 2
    • April 18: Pre-departure session 3
    • June 12 : Departure for Kenya
    • August 5: Return to the U.S.

    Program Dates and Locations: 

    The program will take place in Kenya from June 12 to August 5, 2022. The program will last for eight weeks, with about two weeks in Nairobi, and six weeks in Kilifi on the coast of Kenya. Students will also visit South Coast. Students will be assigned host families but will live at Pwani University and in hotels when traveling.


    Take your payments to Program Director in Locke Hall 348. Checks should be made payable to Howard University and mailed to the address provided below:

    Dr. Leonard Muaka
    Dept. of world Languages & Cultures
    Locke Hall 348, Howard University
    2441 Sixth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20059

    For more information contact:

    Dr. Leonard Muaka
    Department of World Languages and Cultures
    (202) 806-6758

    Program Administration: The program is administered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures in collaboration with Ralph Bunche Center, and the Center for African Studies at Howard University with onsite logistical support provided by Pwani University in Kenya. The program will be led by Dr. Leonard Muaka, Associate Professor of Swahili and Linguistics, Department of World Languages and Cultures at Howard University. On-site coordination will be provided Pwani University in Kilifi, just north of Mombasa.