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



We are in the process of arranging some Public Health internships in Tanzania.  Stay tuned for updates ! ! !

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 intergrated with one another for a holistic, interdisciplinary educational experience. Students learn how to find sustainable solutions to common problems.   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 Interdisciplinary Maymester 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 12 – June 6, 2019

Tanzania Study Abroad Courses
Maymester 2019

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.
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. 

One class of upper level directed study credit (in addition to one of the above classes) may be added with the agreement of appropriate faculty and the Office of International Education. 
Optional PEDB Credit for students climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

Program Itinerary

May 12, 2018 - June 6, 2018
  • Depart ATL on May 12, Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport on May 13
  • 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 5 - June10,  with return flights June 11-12, 2019.


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

Our study abroad program is one of the most cost-effective way to visit Africa.  Program fees (estimated at $5100) 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!
  • Transportation to cultural events.
  • Transportation to educational tours.
  • Airport transportation within Tanzania.
The Interdisciplinary Maymester also includes:
  • Trip to Dar Es Salaam (three days and two nights in the city, including accommodation at an international hotel in Dar Es Salaam).
  • Ferry 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).
  • Airfare to and from the coast and pickup from airport to in-country home base.
tent in SerengetiNational Parks Field Experience (Ngorongoro & Serengeti for 7 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 guide.
  • Personal porter to carry equipment & supplies.
  • Not included: rental equipment available in Tanzania.
  • Optional credit for PEDB available.
  •  See the mountain (on a clear day) at:

NOTE to Applicants:  The $300 deposit will be due March 1, 2019.  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 12 (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, 2019.  Later applications may be accepted on a space available basis.  Applications will be evaluated starting after Thanksgiving and rolling acceptances will start as of Dec. 1, 2018.


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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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
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Program Reviews:
Madeleine Isabel Williams, Maymester 2017 Participant
This was a well planned out trip!

Christine Corine Olivier, Maymester 2016 Participant
The classes were discussion based and laid back. That was neat. I did not like all the reading though. I would rather have more class time and less reading.

Madeleine Isabel Williams, Maymester 2017 Participant
Zara Properties are well guarded and provide all the necessary vehicles for all the excursions we had.

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
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This program is currently not accepting applications.