Maymester Study Abroad Program

Program Dates:
May 7 – June 4, 2023

Estimated Cost:

Program Contact:
Dr. Jill Newton, janewton@purdue.edu

Application Deadline:


Program Information

Maymester in Tanzania is a study abroad experience open to all Purdue students to earn 7-9 credits. The four-week program offers a range of unique and exciting opportunities, including teaching in local schools, immersion in Tanzanian language and culture, living on the Indian Ocean, and a four-day camping safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Tanzania is located on the east coast of the African continent. It borders Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia, and its eastern border lies on the Indian Ocean.

Interested students should attend callouts in Fall 2022 to learn more about the program. Students will take a one-credit seminar (EDCI 35001: Tanzania Seminar) in Spring 2023 to prepare for the program. The goals for this course include learning Swahili, exploring the history and culture of Tanzania, planning service learning projects, completing logistical tasks, and getting to know one another.

Safety & Health

Tanzania has been relatively safe for many years. Program participants will be advised to travel in groups at all times and will be required to register with the United States Department of State prior to departure. Participants will take anti-malarial medicine (e.g., Malarone) during their time in Tanzania and several days/weeks before/after the trip. In addition, they may need to update immunizations. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides information about health precautions and recommendations for travel to Tanzania.

Estimated Program Costs

$270 — Purdue Study Abroad Fee
$30 — International Medical Insurance
$4500 — Program Fee
$200 — Medications/Immunizations
$200 — Non-included meals/transportation
$1800 — Tanzania Flight

TOTAL— $7000

Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are a variety of financial aid and scholarship opportunities offered by Purdue University to cover some or all of the costs for study abroad programs.

Academic Information

Students earn 7-9 credits. The courses and number of credits will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the students’ individual needs. However, the following courses have been offered:

  • EDCI 22200:   Knowing the World Through Mathematics
    • Fulfills Purdue’s Quantitave Reasoning Foundational Learning Outcomes
    • Meets the requirement for MA 13800
  • EDCI 35002:  International Comparative Education: Focus on Tanzania
    • Fulfills Category B for the College of Education Global Studies Minor
  • EDCI 35003:  Knowing Africa Through Literature
    • Fulfills English literature requirement
  • EDCI 35004:  History, Culture, And Language in Tanzania
  • EDCI 42500:  Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School

Participation in Maymester in Tanzania fulfills the nine culture and language credits required in the College of Science. Independent studies are also a possibility.