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Maymester: Tanzania 2015

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.

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.)