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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 (tentative schedule)

• 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 

Apply online: 

Make your $500 deposit to hold your spot, as soon as possible

Spring Semester 

January 31, 2020: Make your 2nd Deposit of $1500 

March/April 2020: Pre-Departure Meetings and Orientation

Tuition balance will be due at the time of Summer 2020 tuition bills*

*to confirm your school's 6 credits of tuition rate, please contact Duq Global or Student Accounts.

How to make your deposit?

All deposits can be made through your student account. You can access your student account through DORI at www.duq.edu/dori. In order for your spot to be held, you MUST provide your electronic receipt via email to Danielle Genemore(genemored@duq.edu) or bring a paper copy to 601 Duquesne Union.


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

Everyone takes:

AFST 281 African Religion or AFST 282 Faith and Reason in a Global Context: (Theme Area: Faith & Reason)

This course will explore how the relationship between faith and reason was and is shaped by the history of in Africa. You will explore the indigenous, traditional and contemporary African religious expressions and belief systems with special attention to East Africa and Tanzania. 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.

ENVI/AFST 323 Environmental Justice: (Theme Areas: Social Justice & Global Diversity)

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, Ngorongoro Crater, and the coastal areas in Tanzania.

Maymester Africa Calendar
2020 Maymester Tanzania: Academic Calendar

May 9 -  June 6, 2020(details to come)

Saturday, May 9 Depart Pittsburgh
Sunday, May 10 Arrive in Accra, Ghana
Monday, May 11 Orientation & Classes Begin

Academic and Cultural Activities


Academic and Cultural Activities
June TBA Academic and Cultural Activities
June TBA Academic and Cultural Activities
Friday, June 5 Return to Accra
Sunday, June 6 Depart Ghana for USA
Program Costs
Program Costs

Students on 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
CISI Emergency Coverage  Included
Group Excursions Included

*6 credits and are based on the specific school's rate (Rangos, Education, Pharmacy, etc.). If you are unsure what your school's tuition rate is Student Accounts or Duq Global would be happy to help.

(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.)