Language Programs

The Center for African Studies provides FLAS Fellowships for the study of African languages and works closely with the Department of World Languages and Cultures, which provides African language instruction.

African language instruction at Howard University is done in the Department of World Language & Cultures, which offers courses in Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu, at the university and abroad. The Center for African Studies offers fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students who wish to study these languages. Below find a list of the Spring 2021 African Languages courses offered a Howard.

The Howard African Language Institute will run from May 17 - June 25, 2021. 

There will be a new African Language Lab when the Founders library reopens.

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships  support students taking African languages (Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu) and area studies coursework. The Fellowships are supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Title XI Program.  Find out more about FLAS fellowships.

Also below are African Language Study Abroad Programs at Howard University that include Swahili and Yoruba. There are also opportunities for study abroad in the Amharic and Wolof languages. For more information, please contact Leonard Muaka, African Languages Program Coordinator at

African Language Summer Institute 2021

The 2021 African Language Summer Institute is hosted by the Department of World Languages & Cultures and the Center for African Studies at Howard University from May 17 to June 25, 2021. Instruction will be hybrid - online and face-to-face. The program is available to Howard and non-Howard students. 

Learn more about the Institute.

African Language Study Abroad Programs

Spring 2021 African Languages Courses at Howard


Amharic I / 3:10PM– 4:00PM / MWF
Amharic II / 4:10PM– 5:00PM / MWF
Amharic III / 5:10PM– 6:00PM / MWF
Amharic Independent Study - AMHR190 / TBA


Arabic I / 2:10PM– 3:00PM / MWF
Arabic II / 12:10PM–1:00PM / MWF
Arabic III / 1:10PM– 2:00PM / MWF
Arabic IV / 11:10AM-12:00PM / MWF
Oral Expression 1 - ARAB 050 / 9:40AM - 11:00AM / TR
Oral Expression II - ARAB 051 /11:10AM - 12:30PM / TR


Somali I / 3:40PM– 5:00PM / TR
Somali II / 5:10PM - 6:30PM / TR


Swahili I - SWAH 001-01 / 9:10AM -10:00AM / MWF
Swahili II - SWAH 001-02 / 11:10AM -12:00PM / MWF
Swahili III - SWAH 001-03 / 3:40PM -5:00PM / TR
Swahili II - SWAH 002-01 / 12:40PM -2:00PM / TR
Swahili II - SWAH 002-02 / 12:10PM -1:00PM / MWF
Swahili III / 11:10AM - 12:30PM / TR
Swahili IV / 10:10AM - 11:00AM / MWF
Oral Expression I - SWAH 050 / 3:40PM -5:00PM / TR
Contemp. Swahili Lit in Transl - SWAH100 / 3:40PM - 5:00PM / TR
Swahili Independent Study - SWAH 190 / TBA


Wolof II / 9:40AM - 11:00AM / TR
Wolof III / 11:10AM - 12:30PM / TR
Wolof IV / 11:10AM - 12:30PM / TR


Yoruba I / 12:10PM– 1:00PM / MWF
Yoruba II / 1:10PM– 2:00PM / MWF
Yoruba III / 3:10PM– 4:00PM / MWF
Yoruba IV / 4:10PM - 5:00PM / MWF


Zulu I / 2:10PM - 3:30PM / TR
Zulu II / 12:40PM - 2:00PM / TR
Zulu IV / 11:10AM - 12:30PM / TR
Zulu Independent Study - ZULU 290 / TBA

Experiences of FLAS Fellows