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  • Locations: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Winter Short-Term
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
This course is designed to provide Swahili students with an understanding of Kenya’s rich social and cultural history. Students will explore the cultural practices and beliefs, history, ethnicity, gender, politics, development, and global influence in Kenya in an academic and cultural context. Students will be exposed to varied contexts for the examination of the socio-political and cultural traditions that ground the life experiences and current realities of the Kenyan people. To enrich the students’ experience, excursions that vary between quiet rural, vibrant urban settings, and more remote rural locations are planned. Students will have ample opportunities not only to interact with diverse cultures to enhance cultural awareness but also to explore topics of interest to advance their academic goals. 

Students will have a fully immersive experience. They will visit urban cities, a rural village, and a remote national reserve. In both the urban and rural settings, they will understand the different lifestyles, concerns, opportunities, and challenges that face diverse Kenyan communities. They will experience the " busyness" of Nairobi, Kenya's economic hub, and the quiet of rural settings in Sagana and Limuru while exploring history, culture, and economic activities. They will also visit the Maasai Mara National Park, which is one of the greatest contributors to the local economy, to understand the role of tourism in Kenya's development and interact with the Maasai community to understand their culture and how traditional communities interact with the environment. Students will participate in a field trip to Mombasa to introduce the major historical factors that shaped today's coastal society. Here, students will examine global influences on Swahili culture as well as the influence of Swahili culture on the cultures of other Kenyan communities. This course appeals to students from a variety of majors. The course would appeal to students interested in cultural studies, history, gender issues, urbanization, ethnic studies, and economics. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Short-Term 2022-2023 07/30/2022
08/01/2022 12/29/2022 01/13/2023

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This program is currently not accepting applications.