About the Location
Students on this program will spend their first week in and near Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania's capital city, for orientation. After orientation students will move to Iringa for seven weeks, followed by a four-week rural stay in the community of Mufindi. Iringa is a city of about 120,000 people located in Tanzania's Southern Highlands. Iringa's status as a small city offers students the opportunity to get to know the city and its people more intimately than a larger setting. Iringa is located between two major game parks in a region known for its natural beauty and mild climate. During the four week rural stay students will be about four to five hours outside of Iringa. Students will work with an NGO on a wide variety of projects; possible opportunities include a sewing school, medical clinic, and a village for orphans.
During the seven week stay in Iringa, students will take courses taught at the University of Iringa. This time will be dedicated to providing a theoretical foundation to the fieldwork associated with the four-week rural stay at the end of the semester.
Students will be required to take three core courses on this program:
- Kiswahili Language
- Managing Community Development Programs
- Field Research Seminar
Students will also choose two elective courses from a selection of African Studies and Development Studies courses.
Once on the rural portion of the program, students will focus almost exclusively on the field research seminar. For this portion of the program students will be placed in one of several projects run by Foxes NGO. Students can expect busy days working in their projects and working on their research.
Students considering this program should have a strong interest in community, poverty, development, and African studies. Students must be extremely flexible and willing to adapt to circumstances other than those found in the United States (for example, unreliable internet). Students should also be excited to be involved with local communities and people on a daily basis.
- View the course listings for the Iringa: Community Development, Language & Culture program.
- Students on this program will typically take five classes and earn 20 hours of credit.
- All grades will count towards an Elon GPA.
- Courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis regardless of the host institution's policy.
- Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.
General Program Dates
Specific date information coming soon!
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
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Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs. Information is available on the CIEE website.
Housing & Meals
While in Dar es Salaam for orientation, CIEE students share double rooms in a hotel.
In Iringa, students live in on-campus residence halls segregated by gender with 2-3 other students at the University of Iringa. The university has two cafeterias on campus that provide affordable meals. Students also have easy access to small, informal food stands near the university, as well as easy access to the city of Iringa, which features a variety of restaurants and stores.
Finally, in Mufindi, students live in NGO-provided volunteer houses with 3-4 other students. Each house has shared kitchen and restroom facilities. Students will have their meals prepared for them by NGO home staff. Depending on the project, some students may be placed in shared volunteer housing in nearby villages associated with Foxes NGO projects.
While housing is clean and safe in all locations, students should understand that the facilities and amenities are typically quite different from those found in the U.S. Students should be prepared for limited access to internet, limited/regulated electricity (i.e., no electricity after 10 p.m.), cold water showers, and Turkish/Indian-style toilets.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CIEE.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule for the semester programs.
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