HU Swahili Study Abroad (HUSSA) in Tanzania and Kenya

All 2020 Swahili summer programs have been postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please contact Dr. Leonard Muaka for more information at

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

*In order to fund this program, you can apply for the FLAS Fellowship. Go to FLAS page


Program Objective:

The HUSSA Summer 2019 in Tanzania and Kenya is an intensive community-based Swahili language and culture program designed to enhance your language proficiency and promote knowledge and understanding of East Africa in a global context through Swahili language immersion. The program is open to students in all HU schools and departments as well as non-HU students.

Program Description:

Students will spend 6 weeks studying Swahili language and culture in Tanzania and Kenya. Students will spend about wo weeks in Kisiwani, a rural setting, one week in Kenya, and three weeks in Dar es Salaam. Students will also visit Zanzibar to learn more about coastal Swahili culture and Indian Ocean trade, including the historical Arab slave trade. Additionally, students will immerse themselves in the local culture through interaction with local people.

Program Dates:

The program will take place from May 31 – July 12, 2020.

Program Highlights:

This program enables students to:

  • Begin or complete your foreign language requirement
  • Earn up to an equivalent of 6 credit hours of Swahili language
  • Enhance your language proficiency skills through total immersion
  • Get hands-on exposure to East African arts and crafts
  • Use Swahili language with local people on a daily basis
  • Engage in cultural and Educational excursions
  • Tour and enjoy the rich cultural and historical island of Zanzibar
  • Take a tour of one of the local national parks

Apply for the Program

HUSSA Applications for Summer 2020 are now closed. Online Applications for Summer 2021 will be available in the Fall of 2020.


For more information contact:

Leonard Muaka Ph.D.
Department of World Languages and Cultures
(202) 250-6514
(202) 806-4121


Esther Lisanza Ph.D.
Department of World Languages and Cultures


The program is jointly administered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Ralph Bunche Center, and the Center for African Studies at Howard University with logistical support provided by Flight Masters and the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. The program is limited to 12 students and will be led by Dr. Leonard Muaka, Associate Professor of Swahili and Linguistics at Howard University. On-site coordination will be provided by Flight Masters.