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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.

Everyone takes:

AFST 281 African Religion: (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 Ghana. You will explore the indigenous, traditional and contemporary African religious expressions and belief systems with special attention to West Africa and Ghana. Through both assigned readings and engagement with select African religous rituals and practices, this course seeks to give greater insight and understanding into the reasoning, practices and expressions of African religions.

HIST 231/AFST 231 Pre-Colonial Africa: Slavery & Human Trafficking (Theme Area: Social Justice).                                 

This course examines African history from the development of human civilization to the 1800s. It is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the cultures, history, social structures and political organizations of Sub-Saharan Africa. This Maymester course will have a specific focus on domestic slavery, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and other forms of human trafficking on the continent. Moreover, this course will analyze the how women and girls figured into the history of the enslaved.

2019 Maymester Ghana Calendar
2019 Maymester Africa: Ghana Academic Calendar

May 11 -  June 9, 2019

Saturday, May 11 Depart Pittsburgh
Sunday, May 12 Arrive in Accra, Ghana
Monday, May 13 Orientation & Classes Begin
Tuesday-Friday, May 15-26

Academic and Cultural Activities

Saturday, May 27

Academic Excursion

Monday-Thursday, May 29-31

Academic and Cultural Activities
Friday-Monday, June 1-4 Academic Excursion
Tuesday-Thursday, June 5-6 Academic and Cultural Activities
Friday, June 7 Return to Accra
Sunday, June 9 Depart Ghana for USA
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 + $500 Study Abroad Fee
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.)