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Maymester: Tanzania

Maymester: Africa - Tanzania and Zanzibar

Spend the Month of May Studying in Tanzania, Africa. . .

The Duquesne University Maymester Program is taking students to Tanzania in 2015! Tanzania is a beautiful country on the east coast of the continent of Africa. Tanzania is politically stable and famous for its natural wonders, in particular its many national parks including the well-known Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, as well as Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,341 feet above sea level.

The Spiritan Order, founders and owners of Duquesne University, have long been in Tanzania. Students will stay for part of the time with the Spiritans at their Guest House in Arusha. This program is an opportunity to spend 4 weeks abroad during the summer to learn and experience a vastly different and intriguing culture, make lifelong friends, and see some of the most magnificent sites in the world.

Program Highlights

• Travel on a 4-day African Safari to the Serengeti

• See some of Africa's most spectacular sites: Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti with the accompanying Migration, and the Ngorongoro Crater 

• Spend three days in Zanzibar with its world class beaches, Stone Town and outstanding cultural and historical sites

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

• Spend several nights at the Bagamoyo Spiritan Center, a coastal retreat center and the location of where the Spiritan fathers ransomed slaves in the 19th century

Online Application:
Applied Students: Make your deposit and other payments by check or online 


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

THEO/AFST 280 Faith and Reason
(Satisfies CORE Theme Area: Faith & Reason)
This course will explore how the relationship between faith and reason was and is shaped by the history of slavery and colonialism in Tanzania as well as the influence of the native traditional religiosity on Tanzanian Christianity. Tanzania's relationship to the rest of Africa and the world will be engaged to better understand contemporary world perspectives on the relationship between faith and reason.

JMA 485 African Videography
(Choose CORE theme area: Creative Arts OR Social Justice)
Exploring the use of film and film-making in understanding social and cultural aspects of select locations.

Maymester Calendar
Maymester Tanzania Academic Calendar
Saturday, May 9 U.S Departure


May 10

Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania:  Welcome and Dinner
May 11 Orientation to Africa, Tanziana and Arusha
May 12 Classes Begin

May 16-17

Weekend Excursion: Lake Manyata or Tanferi National Park

May 18-21

Classes Meet

May 22-24

Travel to Bagamoyo Spiritan Center
May 25 Travel to Dar es Salaam
May 24-25 Dar es Salaam
May 29-31  Travel to Zanzibar
June 1     Fly from Zanzibar to Arusha

June 2-5

4-day Safari at Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
June 5 Return to Spiritan Guest House
June 6 Depart Tanzania after traveling to the city of Kilimanjaro
June 7 Arrival back to the 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) $6750
Airfare (from Pittsburgh) Included
FrontierMEDEX Emergency coverage  Included
Two Group Excursions Included

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

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