Quick Info

  • Iringa, Tanzania
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Africana Studies, Anthropology and Archaeology, Health and Rehab Sciences, Health in a Global Context, Less Commonly Taught Languages and Cultures, Nursing
  • : May 6 - 11, 2019 (Oakland) - May 12 - June 16, 2019 (Iringa, Tanzania)
  • : Coming soon!
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

This program satisfies the 3 foreign culture requirements and the non-Western requirement for students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences admitted prior to fall 2018.

Pitt Business:

This program satisfies both foreign culture requirements and both social sciences requirements.

Students will take the following three courses on this program for a total of 10 credits.

 Swahili Language and Culture Immersion (4 credits)
The following topics will be covered in the 4-credit Swahili language course: Alphabet, sound system, sentence structure, verb conjugation, tense usage, simple syntax, reading/writing exercises.

This course will introduce students to East Africa--the people, culture and society in comparative perspective. It will explore the historical and cultural transformations that have occurred in the context of economic forces and social processes responsible for shaping the everyday existence of the people in the region and particularly in Tanzania.  Class field visits to sites in Dar es Salaam will include a number of the following: visit to a local school, local orphanage, among others..

This course in Tanzania designed to integrate classroom and field instruction to introduce students to the difficult health challenges facing Tanzania and other countries in the East Africa region. Emphasis will be on understanding the healthcare system and what is being done by governments and community based organizations to build and reinforce health systems that are effective in delivering essential health-care interventions. Students will study topics including infectious diseases, safe water and sanitation, secure supply of food and nutrition, maternal mortality, infant and childhood disease, infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and health education. .

Coursework may count towards UCIS African Studies Program.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Filipo Lubua

Filipo was born, raised and partly educated in Tanzania. He did his undergraduate degree at the University of Dar es Salaam, in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, where he majored in Linguistics and Geography. After his undergraduate studies in 2009, he worked as a secondary school teacher, before he came to the US as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2010. Then he joined Ohio University in August 2012 for a masters degree in Applied Linguistics, before he later started his PhD in Instructional Technology at the same university. He joined Pitt in the Fall of 2016 as a Swahili instructor.

Filipo enjoys teaching. Before coming to Pitt, he taught Swahili at the University of Wisconsin Madison (2010 - 2011), Ohio University (2012 - 2014) and University of Florida (2014 – 2016). He has attended several workshops and conferences in second language teaching, African language teaching and computer assisted language learning (CALL). He is curently a board member of the Global Association for the Promotion of Swahili (CHAUKIDU). Apart from teaching Swahili, Filipo also enjoys playing soccer, and writing novels and poems. In 2014, he published a Swahili novel titled 'Kilele Kiitwacho Uhuru', and he currently has a manuscript of an anthology of Swahili poems to be published soon.

Local Staff On-site in Iringa
Justin Beckham - Resident Director
Paolo Kateme - Swahili Language and Culture Instructor
Dr. Sarah Beckham - Health Issues Instructor


Students will stay in shared dorm accommodations in Iringa throughout the duration of the program.  Two meals a day, served family style on-campus are included while on campus in Iringa.  Previous participants have repeatedly mentioned that having the opportunity to get to know the local students on campus was one of the highlights of this program.

While housing is clean and safe in all locations, students should understand that the facilities and amenities are typically quite different from those found in the United States. Students should be prepared for limited access to Internet, limited/regulated electricity, and sometimes cold water showers.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
Coming soon! Coming soon!
Arrive in Pittsburgh  Depart Tanzania
May 6, 2019 June 16, 2019

Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on February 1, 2019. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Tanzania program fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 10 credits
  • Shared local dorm accommodations in Iringa
  • Two meals a day at the cafeteria on campus in Iringa
  • International travel health insurance
  • Airport transfers from Dar es Salaam to Iringa
  • Cultural activities
  • Local point person in Iringa
  • Weekend volunteering excursion to local NGO
  • Two day safari to Ruaha National Park

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • International roundtrip airfare to Tanzania (~$2200)
  • Passport fees (if you don't already have a passport)
  • Visa fees (~$300)
  • Immunizations and prophalactics (~$400 depending on what you have already been vaccinated for previously)
  • Course materials (~$100)
  • Meals and personal expenses (~500)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • There is a mandatory one-week orientation and instruction in Pittsburgh prior to departure for Tanzania.
  • No prior Swahili necessary, classes (with the exception of the language course) are taught in English.
  • Students will have opportunities to volunteer at a local NGOs
  • Students participate on a two day safari

**Please note, given the culture and location, dates, itineraries, schedules, and pre-departure information for this program may change and or may be delayed throughout the process.  We greatly appreciate your flexibility and cultural understanding.**

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!