Tanzania Study Abroad Program

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

Tanzania is located on the eastern coast of the African continent. It borders Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, and its eastern border lies on the Indian Ocean. Arusha, the home-base for the program, is located in Northern Tanzania, near several national safari parks.

Program Information

Beginning early in the year, participants will be expected to attend monthly meetings to prepare for the program. The agendas for these meetings include Swahili lessons, opportunities to learn about the culture of Tanzania, logistical tasks, and time for participants to ask questions.

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



Purdue Study Abroad Fee
International Medical Insurance
Program Fee
Non-included meals/transportation
Tanzania Flight



Financial Aid & Scholarships

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

Academic Information

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

  • African Literature
    • fulfills Eng Lit requirement for Elementary /English Education students
  • History, Culture, Language , and Education in Tanzania
    • fulfills Social Studies requirement for Elementary Education students
    • fulfills language/culture requirements and the two-course general education sequence for COS students
  • International Comparative Education: Focus on Tanzania
    • Category B for the Global Studies Minor
  • Global Studies Seminar
    • Required for Global Studies Minor
  • EDCI 42500 (Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School)

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