Study Abroad

Study Abroad at HU operates at several levels. Undergraduate and graduate scholarships, fellowships, and travel awards, as well as funds from the Office of the Provost and Honors Programs in various schools enable HU students to take advantage of HU study abroad program as well as programs offered at other institutions. FLAS fellowships at Howard support the study of African languages abroad.

Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center

The Bunche Center operates a study abroad program and facilitates study in other programs outside HU. The Center has arrangements with the Fajr Center in Cairo, Egypt where students undertake six to eight weeks of intensive Arabic training.

College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences (COAS) at Howard also operates a summer and semester-long study abroad program. Over the past two years, over 250 HU students in almost all disciplines and professional schools have taken part in student exchange, research/study and service learning abroad projects in over 70 countries, including 15 African countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. These range from 10 day study tours to summer and 1-2 semester long immersion programs.

Study African Languages Abroad with Howard

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support students taking African languages (Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu) and area studies coursework.

The Fulbright-Hays Yoruba Group Project Abroad Program offers students taking Yoruba language courses a rare opportunity to learn the language and culture at an advanced level among Yoruba native speakers in Nigeria during the Summer. 

The Fulbright-Hays Swahili Group Project Abroad Program is an intensive advanced Swahili Group Project Abroad (GPA) in Tanzania. The program is held at the University of Dar es Salaam with homestays with Swahili families for eight consecutive weeks during the Summer.

The Howard University Swahili Study Abroad (HUSSA) Program is a language intensive program in Tanzania and Kenya that includes working with the community. The program offers 6 weeks of over 144 contact hours through intensive linguistic and cultural experience during the Summer.

The Howard University Zulu in South Africa (HUZISA) is a 6-week study abroad program for immersion in both the language and the culture of the Zulu people of South Africa. Using instruction and experiential learning of Zulu culture within diverse Zulu communities, participants in HUZISA may look forward to receiving 120 contact hours in isiZulu language and culture while in the beautiful and dynamic country of South Africa.


The West African Research Association (WARA) provides various fellowships for African scholars. WARA’s overseas office, the West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal, regularly hosts HU students doing research and summer language and culture study abroad projects.

HU School of Law in South Africa

South Africa Program of the HU School of Law, in partnership with the Law School of the University of Western Cape in Cape Town. For more information visit Howard School of Law Summer Study Abroad in South Africa page.

Alternative Spring Break Programs

Engineers Without Borders in Kenya - Since March 2009, an average of 10 students and faculty advisors of the HU chapter of Engineers Without Borders travel to Choimim, Kenya, to assist in local rehabilitation efforts, in partnership with local organization Build the Village, and to several villages in Nandi Hills, a tea farming community, in order to establish rainwater harvesting and biosand treatment systems. EWB-Howard University is a student chapter of EWB-USA. For more info contact Prof. John Tharakan, Faculty Advisor, Find our blog at

Alternative Spring Break Ghana Program - Launched in 2017, the program invites students to engage in service learning and career/major related scholarly projects through a lens of Pan-Africanism. For more information contact: Dr. Beverly Booker Ammah at or Mr. Glen Vinson at

Spring Break with the School of Social Work - During Spring break at HU, the Dean of the School of Social Work and at least 5 faculty and 20 students undertake a two-week Service Learning project in Cape Town, South Africa and other areas, building on a new course on International Social Development (50% Africa content) that was introduced in 2008-2009.

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program

The interdisciplinary Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT) at HU, under the direction of Winston Anderson, operates an all expenses paid 8-10 weeks training and research program for HU and other students in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana and Mali, in partnership with Addis Ababa University, Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathology, ICIPE, and BioEconomy Africa; University of Gondar and the Leishmania Research Center (Ethiopia); Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (Ghana); and University of Benin Teaching Hospital Microbiology Research Laboratory (Nigeria). For more information contact Dr. Winston Anderson at