Program Overview

The Community Development, Language, and Culture study abroad program allows you to gain a background in community development while taking Kiswahili language and additional CIEE courses taught by faculty from the University of Iringa. The use of Kiswahili will allow you to communicate more effectively and openly with members of the communities in which they are completing their field work.

While in Iringa, you will engage with local NGOs and other community-based organizations and go on a series of community development site visits to see theory in action. Additionally, as part of the CIEE Field Research Seminar, you will spend four weeks on site at a community based NGO in Mufindi participating in development projects in areas such as education, development, public health, vocational training, sustainable agriculture, or NGO management.
You are required to enroll in a semester-long Kiswahili language course, the Managing Community Development Programs course, the CIEE Field Research Seminar, and two additional elective courses taught by University of Iringa faculty specifically for the CIEE program. All area studies courses are taught in English.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Community Development, Language, and Culture

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of the your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

  1. Completion of the GEO application process.
  2. Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20194/1/2019Late AugustMid-December
Academic Year2019-204/1/2019Late AugustEarly May
Spring Semester201810/1/2017Mid-JanuaryEarly May
Spring Semester202010/1/2019Mid-JanuaryEarly May

Travel Advisories

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