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 13 - June 17, 2019 (Iringa, Tanzania)
  • : $5,499 In-State / $5,699 Out-of-State
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, 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 9 credits.

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

Pitt Faculty: Coming soon!


Local Faculty and 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
$5,499 $5,699
Arrive in Pittsburgh  Depart Tanzania
May 6, 2019 June 17, 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 9 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

Nazir Noori

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Salam! I’m Nazir and I am a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised abroad and went to school in Afghanistan, Iran, and the U.S. I also took classes in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I am glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad. Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Mon, Wed, and Fri, 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.