HU Zulu in South Africa (HUZISA) Study Abroad Program

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 140 credit hours in isiZulu language and culture while in the beautiful and dynamic country of South Africa. 

NB: Students may apply for the FLAS Fellowship to fund their participation in the program.

Program Dates:

Dates for the 2024 program are June 1 – July 14, 2024.

Program Objective

HUZISA 2024 will be an immersion into the dynamic world of the Zulu language (isiZulu) and the people who speak it (amaZulu). In a world of changing global dynamics, the Zulu language is one of the African languages that are at the center of significant cultural and economic trends. Through hands-on participation and observation of both urban and rural use of the Zulu language, you will be fully immersed through organized community service that addresses local needs, while developing Zulu language skills. HUZISA will be an important introduction (for beginners) and/or further immersion (for intermediate learners) emphasizing an intensive and culturally-based approach. 


HUZISA is open to all Howard University and non-Howard University students of any major.

Program Description

The HUZISA program will last for 6 weeks and take place in the provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, to include both urban and rural settings. Activities for the program will focus on the language, history, and culture of the Zulu people in the following location-specific phases: 

  • Gauteng: cosmopolitan phase (Johannesburg and Pretoria)
  • Kwazulu-Natal: rural and semi-rural phase (Dundee, Ulundi, and KwaNongoma)
  • KwaZulu-Natal: urban and peri-urban phase (Durban and surrounding areas) 

Apply for the Program

Applications are now open. Apply via the Application Form below.

The Application Deadline is January 31, 2024.

Program Highlights

This program enables you to:

  • Enjoy the world-famous natural attractions of South Africa 
  • Get hands-on experience in the country’s dynamic culture
  • See what South Africa has to offer to you as an international scholar
  • Work towards fulfilling HU foreign language requirement
  • Strengthen your Zulu language skills through being immersed into the native context
  • Learn about King Shaka Zulu and all the other storied kings as well as see their palaces
  • Learn about the diversity within South Africa and compare it to the USA
  • Earn up to an equivalent of 6 hours of Zulu language credits

Estimated Program Cost

Non-HU credit option: $7,200
FLAS students: $6,800 + HU Tuition.  

Both options include: 

  • Tuition and full board accommodation
  • Round-trip airfare, airport pick-up & drop off
  • Administrative, fieldtrips & local transport fees
  • Excursions
  • Travel insurance

The program fee does not include:

Personal expenses, HU tuition, passport, visa (US passport holders do not need to apply for a visa to enter South Africa), and extra luggage.

*Eligible students may fund their participation through FLAS, apply here for the FLAS Fellowship.

Important Dates

  • January 31, Wednesday: Application deadline
  • February 7, Wednesday: Notification of acceptance
  • February 20, Tuesday: FLAS Notification of acceptance
  • February 29, Thursday: Deadline to secure a passport
  • March 14, Tuesday: Mandatory Orientation - Session I
  • April 2, Tuesday: Pre-departure orientation - Session II
  • April 25, Thursday: Pre-departure orientation - Session III
  • May 17, Friday: Final payment deadline
  • May 20, Monday: HU Summer Session I begins
  • June 1, Saturday: Departure for South Africa
  • July 14, Sunday: Return to the United States

Program Dates & Locations

The HUZISA program will take place during Summer Session I in South Africa from June 1 to July 14, 2024. Participants will spend a one week in Johannesburg, another week in rural KwaZulu Natal province, and then four weeks in the coastal city of Durban, on the Indian Ocean. Students will stay in hotels.

Suggested Payment Schedule

PROGRAM FEES: $7,200 or $6,800

If you do not have a scholarship, please submit your payments to HUZISA Coordinator in Graduate School Building Room 126. Checks should be made payable to Howard University per each payment you make as recommended below:

  • February 29: Application fee - $449
  • March 15: First payment - $2,275
  • April 5: Second payment - $1,492
  • April 26: Third payment - $1,492
  • May 10: Final payment - $1,492


Coverage of the 2023 HUZISA program by South African news channel, Newzroom Afrika


Sipho Sithole, Ph.D.

Department of World Languages and Cultures
Department of African Studies
Howard University
4th St NW & College St NW, Room 348
Washington, DC 20059