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  • Locations: Arusha, Tanzania; Moshi, Tanzania; Ngorongoro, Tanzania; Serengeti, Tanzania; Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Sponsor: UGA Partner Institution: Zara Tours, Moshi, Tanzania
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Type of Instruction: Experiential, Interdisciplinary, Lecture, Research/Fieldwork
Classes With: U.S. Students Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s)
College/School: Franklin Academic Area: Anthropology, Geology, Psychology
Language Program: No Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:

This program will not be running in 2020. For more information about 2021, please contact the program director.​

The OEL (Office of Experiential Learning) has scholarships available for students participating in approved EL activities. Please spread the word! The application opens 8/30 and can be found here:   
Feb 10:  Experiential Learning Scholarship Deadline (for students)

Feb 15: OGE General Scholarship Deadline (for students), includes funding for Latin America, Africa & the Caribbean

In the News!
Tanzania More Peaceful Nation than France, US and UK

Check out the ongoing project started by previous Service Learning students to help orphans in the Kilimanjaro Region.

Congratulations to Meredith Paker, UGA  Marshall Scholar and alum of the 2014 Maymester in Tanzania.  She follows in the footsteps of UGA's first Marshall Scholar -- Josh Woodruff -- who also participated in the Maymester in Tanzania.  
That's 2 of UGA's Marshall Scholars!

UGA- Franklin- Maymester in Tanzania

tanzania maymester 1Tanzania Study Abroad Programs are once-in-a-lifetime experiential education opportunities to study in Africa. Students have the chance to interact with the local people and places in a hands-on setting instead of in a classroom. All of the courses offered are integrated with one another for a holistic, interdisciplinary educational experience. Students learn how to find sustainable solutions to common problems.  Students taking the Service Learning in Africa course (AFST 4900s) will be working with centers for orphans and special needs children, in addition to traveling to Zanzibar and the parks with the rest of the students. 

This is one of the most economical ways to travel to Africa for half the price of commercial African safaris, but it is so much more! The Maymester in Tanzania program travels across northern Tanzania and down to the coast to the city of Dar es Salaam and the island of Zanzibar before returning to the mainland for the field experience to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti.  Students earn credit in two academic courses (either in core level or upper level) while participating in interdisciplinary activities.  Additional credit is available for those electing to add the optional Mt. Kilimanjaro climb after the Maymester.

The Tanzania Study Abroad Programs have been taking students to Tanzania since 1998.    

Check out these amazing videos by Ridge Maxson:


Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Program Location

True size of Africa (medium)Tanzania mapTanzania is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa, with a democratically elected parliament and president.  It is located between the Indian Ocean and Lake Tanganyika just south of the equator, and includes the highest mountain in African – Mt. Kilimanjaro.  It is a culturally and geographically diverse country, with over 120 different traditional tribes from the tropical coast to the volcanic highlands and the famous East African Rift Valley. Our program travels across northern Tanzania, goes down to the Indian Ocean coast to the city of Dar es Salaam, and over to the island of Zanzibar.  You can find our more about Tanzania, our hosts at Zara Tours, and about what we see and do on our program on our Facebook page: 

Contact Information

Dr. Lioba Moshi, Program Director
Comparative Literature
Tel: 706.542.2140
Dr. Sandra Whitney
African Studies Institute
Tel: 706.542.5314

Jill Talmadge
Comparative Literature
Tel: 706.542.2140

Academic Program

UGA - Franklin - Maymester in Tanzania
Course Offerings
May 10 – June 2, 2020

Tanzania Study Abroad Courses
Maymester 2020

The best classroom is the one without walls! We encourage motivated, adventurous students to join us in a fun and engaging experiential learning atmosphere on the ground in Africa. Expect to see and participate in activities you may never have the chance to experience again. Students take two academic courses for a total of 6 credit hours (plus optional PE credit for those climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro)

AFST/GEOG/SOCI/CMLT/HIST/ANTH2100: Introduction to Africa:
This course is multi-disciplinary and provides students with an introduction to the study of Africa using Tanzania as a microcosm of the continent. We will survey the geology, pre-history, natural history, modern history, cultures and politics of Africa as we travel across the country experiencing these topics
ANTH 1102/2120H: Introduction to Anthropology:
Variation in human biology and culture from the earliest beginnings to the present, including a visit to Oldupai Gorge. We will study the relationships between human biology, culture and the environment and we will compare contemporary cultural differences, both within and beyond Africa. (cannot be taken with AFST 4900s)
LING/CMLT 4870/6870: Language, Gender and Culture:
This course will investigate the role of language and culture in the formation of philosophical assumptions about gender differentiation in society.  Students will be required to complete interviews and identify specifics as they relate to language, gender, and culture.  
GEOL 3120: Geological Hazards:
Study of hazardous geologic processes, including volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, flooding, erosion, and ground failure.  Developing an understanding of the underlying geologic processes that result in hazards and delineating risk potential.  Includes field observations of many types of geologic hazards in Tanzania.
PSCY 3200: Cross Cultural Psychology:
Culture often plays an important role in the way we feel, think and behave. Cross-cultural psychology is the explicit, systemic comparison of psychological variables under different cultural conditions in order to specify the processes that mediate the emergence of behavioral differences. Learning cross-cultural psychology abroad, in Tanzania, presents a unique opportunity to experientially learn about the ways a different cultural can influence the way people live their lives. 
SWAH 3001: Swahili and the World:
The course focuses on the origins of the Swahili people, their connection to both the Indian and the Atlantic Maritimes through slavery and trade, which in turn gave rise to their rich cultural mix. 
JRCL 5990: Environmental Communication in Tanzania: 
This course will introduce students to the field of Environmental Communication through an intensive (and immersive) Study Abroad in Tanzania. Telling the story of our changing planet is not just a career opportunity (and yes, environmental communication is an important growth area for jobs across media, non-profit, research, activist organizations), but a calling. 
AFST 4900s:  Service Learning in Africa:
Students  will  participate  with  local  agencies  to provide  a  service  to  the  community,  designed with those agencies and UGA faculty, to meet the needs of that community,  and  to  enhance  the  academic curriculum  of  the  student.  There will be structured time to study and reflect on the basic issues involved.  Students  will  be  working  in the  community,  and  studying  with  UGA  faculty  and  local agency  officials  to  both  understand  the  issues relating to the need for their service, and to provide that service in an effective way.  The work hours will be determined by the local agencies involved. Supplemental reading  and  discussions  with  both local service providers and UGA faculty will enhance the  student’s  experience  and  understanding  of  the issues.  Prior to departure, the students will meet with the instructors several times to prepare for the project.  Students taking this course will take one additional course from this list (not including ANTH 1102/2120H)
PSYC 3300: Social and Personality Development:
Factors that influence children's social behavior as they are integrated into adult society across cultures. Students will learn about the influence of culture and society on the development of sex roles, aggression, altruism, moral standards, dependency, independence, achievement, and peer relations.

PEDB 1950E: Fitness for Life - Walking :
Optional PEDB Credit for students climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
Instruction and practice of skills and strategy in walking and acquisition of fitness for life knowledge.
This course will be taught online, with walking and hiking in Tanzania as the experiential component.

Program Itinerary

May 10, 2020 - June 2, 2020
  • Depart ATL on May 10, Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport on May 11
  • Six nights at Springlands Hotel in Moshi, town tour, nature walk, introductory classes, prepare for coastal trip
  • Fly to Dar es Salaam, two nights in the City with visits to the National Museum and the Village Museum
  • Ferry to Zanzibar, tour of Stone Town.  Snorkeling, spice tour, women's development project, Jozani National Park
  • Return to Moshi and prepare for field experience, 
  • Enviroment, development, and social issues related to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti ecosystem.  
  • Return to Moshi for several days of cultural visits and classes
Optional extension to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro from June 1 - June 6,  with return flights June 7-8 , 2020.


Full room and board (3 meals/day) included in program fee, staying in hotels (tented camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti), all in country program-related transportation included. 

Program Costs

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Scholarship Fund for UGA Students Studying in Central America, South America, and Africa
OGE is proud to announce the establishment of a new fund for studies abroad scholarships has been created by the UGA Foundation called “The Study Abroad Scholarship Fund for Central America, South America, and Africa.” This endowed fund will provide scholarships for UGA students who participate in programs in these regions, effective summer 2020.Applications are currently open via the Study Away Portal with the first cycle’s deadline of October 15, 2019 (for spring and summer programs) and a second deadline on February 15th, 2020 (for summer and fall programs). This is a wonderful new opportunity for our students, in addition to the existing scholarship funds stewarded by our office. Many of UGA's schools and colleges offer Study abroad Scholarships, as do outside organizations such as Phi Kappa Phi (which offers 2nd and 3rd year students up to $1000 for study abroad).  For students on the Pell Grant scholarship, there is the Gilman Scholarship which can hep fund study abroad.  
Our study abroad program is one of the most cost-effective way to visit Africa.  Program fees (estimated at $4500) include:
  • Room & board (three meals every day).Compare with other programs where students must obtain and pay for two meals a day in addition to the program fee!
  • Entrance to National Parks and Museums (no extra expenses for individual travel on weekends as is an option on some programs)
  • Transportation to cultural events.
  • Transportation to educational tours.
  • Airport transportation within Tanzania  (including round trip flights to the coast).
The Interdisciplinary Maymester also includes:
  • Flight to the Island of Zanzibar (four days and three nights in Zanzibar, including accommodation at an international hotel, all meals, museum fees, spice tour, marine science tour, pickup and drop-off at port).  
  • Trip to Dar Es Salaam (three days and two nights in the city, including accommodation at an international hotel in Dar Es Salaam).  Service Learning students may return to Moshi to work with one of the centers for orphans or special needs students.
  • Airfare to and from the coast and pickup from airport to in-country home base.
tent in SerengetiNational Parks Field Experience (Ngorongoro & Serengeti for 5 days) includes:
  • Park entry fees.
  • Full room and board.
  • Park tours (game view, historical sites, rock paintings, lectures on local cultures, and Visitor’s Center).
  • Maasai museum, lecture, and village tour.
  • Oldupai Gorge tour, lectures on hominid evolution and geology.

The Program Fees DO NOT Include:
  • Visa & passport costs.
  • Oldupai classrooomImmunizations & medication.
  • Extra drinks, snacks, and tips (estimated at $250).
  • Optional snorkeling in Zanzibar (estimated at $35)
  • Airfare to & from Tanzania (estimated at $2000).
  • Tuition (for minimum of 6 credit hours) plus applicable university fees (out-of-state students pay only $250 over in-state tuition). See the UGA Bursar's site for current costs.  
Optional Program:  Kilimanjaro Hike.  A once in a lifetime opportunity for $1,800.  Includes:
  • Additional week in Tanzania.
  • Room and board (3 meals/day).
  • Pre-climb orientation.
  • Group guides.
  • Personal porter to carry equipment & supplies.
  • Not included: rental equipment available in Tanzania if needed.
  • Optional credit for PEDB available.
  •  See the mountain (on a clear day) at:

NOTE to Applicants:  The $300 deposit will be due Feb. 1, 2020.  Students who do not pay their deposit by this date may be dropped from the program.  The deposit will be applied to the program fee.  The remainder of the program fee will be posted on your student account, along with your tuition for the courses you will be taking on the program.  We expect that you will pay these fees at least one week prior to our departure on May 10 (unless your scholarships wait until the Maymester starts).  If you have any questions please e-mail us at

Application Deadline: The priority application deadline is January 31, 2020.  Later applications may be accepted on a space available basis.  Applications will be evaluated starting after Thanksgiving and rolling acceptances will start as of Nov. 1, 2019.


Please keep in mind that many countries are not ADA compliant, and we strongly recommend that any students who might need disability-related accommodations contact Dr. Whitney (  to discuss possible accommodations.  

Program Ratings:
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Program Reviews:
Maymester 2017 Participant
I like that we were required to keep a journal to help us understand the concepts that we talked about in class.

Maymester 2016 Participant
Do it! Get used to the sweet smell of bug spray and sunscreen.

Madeleine Isabel Williams, Maymester 2017 Participant
I loved this program and I already miss the people and the experiences we had there.

beginning to understand Swahili culture, the stories I learned about other people's lives, I can do more than I think
     — Sarah Dillon, Maymester 2016
Read what others have said about this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.