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Maymester: Tanzania

Spend the month of May studying in Tanzania, Africa...

Duquesne University's Center for African Studies in partnership with the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences are offering the Maymester Africa: Tanzania and Zanzibar. This four-week program will allow students of all majors the opportunity to study abroad in East Africa during the summer. The Spiritan Order, founders of Duquesne University, have maintained a missionary presence in Tanzania and East Africa for over 150 years. Students will be staying at Spiritan sites.


Tanzania, Eastern Africa Tanzania is a beautiful country on the east coast of the continent of Africa. With a rich Spiritian and Africian history, Tanzania is also well-known for its national parks including the Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Lake Manyara. The spectacular scenery and wildlife make it a perfect destination!

Program Highlights

• Travel on a 4-day African Safari to 4 unique national parks (Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro).

• Spend three days in Zanzibar with its rich Spiritian roots, pristine beaches and outstanding cultural and history. 

• Visit Dar-es Salaam (Tanzania's capital city) and learn about the history and culture of eastern Africa

• Study the stars in the Southern Hemisphere,  engage with the Massai Tribe, and explore environmental justice issues impacting Tanzania.

• Take courses at the Bagamoyo Spiritan Center, a coastal retreat center and the location of where the Spiritan fathers ransomed slaves in the 19th century.

Selection Criteria:
  • Capacity is 25 students maximum (spots held first-come, first-served) 
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 
  • Must be clear of any outstanding academic or disciplinary actions

Action Steps:

Fall Semester 2017: Apply online Apply Here

December 1, 2017: $500 - 1st Deposit Due, your spot will be held after recieving this 1st deposit

February 2, 2018: $1,200 - 2nd Deposit 

To make your Tanzania Deposits, click here

March & April 2018: Pre-Departure Meetings and Orientation


During this four-week program, students will take two courses and earn six credits:

Choose one of the following:

Everyone takes:

AFST 323 Environmental Justice: (Theme Area: Social Justice)
We live in a globalized world, interconnected more than ever before. Come to Tanzania, go on safari, and change your world view as you examine environmental justice issues dealing with the protection of natural resources such as Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, and the coastal areas in Tanzania.

AFST/CORE Astronomy: (UCOR Science)
Learn the night sky and the motions of the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets from your vantage point on the Indian Ocean - the east coast of Africa. Our location will also fuel our consideration of the rocky planets, the uniqueness of Earth, and the conditions necessary for life in the universe. Observing the African night sky with a telescope will change your sense of yourself, our planet and the solar system.

2018 Maymester Tanzania Calendar
2018 Maymester Africa: Tanzania Academic Calendar
May 12, 2018 - June 11, 2018
Saturday, May 12 Depart Pittsburgh
Sunday, May 13 Evening arrival in Dar es Salaam
May 14-15 Orientation (Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo)
May 16-18

Class meets (Astronomy)

May 18

Afternoon visit to Spiritan Catholic Museum Bagamoyo

May 19-22

Excursion (included) to Zanzibar, Stone Town, Spice Island -

Class will meet in the evenings during this excursion

May 20 Mass at the Zanzibar Cathedral and Audience with Bishop of Zanzibar
May 23-26 Class meets (Environmental Justice begins on Saturday, May 26)
May 27 Mass in Bagamoyo with the Spiritan & Catholic Community
May 28-June 2 Class meets (Astronomy & Environmental Justice)
June 3 Mass in Bagamoyo with the Spiritan & Catholic Community
June 4 Flight to Arusha and Arusha Orientation (Spiritan Guest House)
June 5 Class meets (Astronomy & Environmental Justice)
June 6-8 Safari Academic Excursion (Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro National Parks) - Classes will meet during the evenings of the excursion.
June 9 Class meets (Astronomy & Environmental Justice)
Sunday, June 10 Mass in Arusha with the Spiritan & Catholic Community. Final Celebratory Lunch.
Evening departure for the U.S.
Monday, June 11 Arrival back in Pittsburgh/U.S.
Program Costs
Program Costs

Students on the Duquesne's Maymester program spend 4 weeks abroad while earning 6 university credits. The following outlines the program costs:

Program Costs
Program Fee (Tuition & Room/Board) 6 credits of tuition
Airfare (from Pittsburgh) Included
United HealthCare Global Emergency coverage  Included
Group Excursions Included

(Costs are based on current currency rates, if these rates increase there will be a surcharge applied)

Financial Aid: The Duquesne Financial Aid Office can assist you with summer loan applications. (Tuition exchange/remission and Duquesne Scholarships do NOT apply.)