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Program:     Study Swahili Language and East African Culture. Open to undergraduate and graduate students
Dates:       Summer (6 weeks) June 27 to August 9, 2008
Location:    MS-Training Centre, Arusha, Tanzania
Cost:        Ohio State Summer Quarter tuition plus a Study Abroad Program Fee of $2,500 (estimated) and
             additional expenses listed below.

                                                       The Program
The Intensive Swahili Language and Culture Program provides opportunities for students to extend and enrich their
learning of Swahili. This six-week program offers over 150 contact hours of language training taught by faculty of the
MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS-TCDC) in Arusha. In addition, students will be introduced to the
rich heritage of East African culture and participate on field trips to places of historic and cultural importance.

                                                    The Location
The program is based at the MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS-TCDC) near Arusha, a city of over
1.6 million residents located in north Tanzania. Nestled on the slopes of Mount Meru, with a good view of Mount
Kilimanjaro, MS-TCDC is set on one of the most beautiful landscapes in East Africa, not far from the best remaining
game sanctuaries in the world: Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, and Arusha National Parks. The country’s abundant
natural resources include over 13,000 sq. miles (33,660 sq. km) of national parks and wildlife reserves. Tanzania has a
population of over 34 million with more than 120 African ethnic groups. The official languages are Kiswahili and
                                         The MS-Training Centre in Arusha
MS-TCDC (Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke – Training Centre for Development Cooperation) in Arusha is part of the NGO
Danish Association for International Cooperation. The centre was opened in 1976 to prepare Danish volunteers for
their assignments in different Eastern and Southern African countries. Today, the majority of more than 500
participants each year, including many from regional NGOs and UN staff, come for Swahili language classes and
Development courses. MS-TCDC is a non-profit institution with 81 staff members.

                                                Resident Director
The Ohio State Resident Director on-site will be Dr. Salome Fouts, Senior Lecturer and the Assistant African
Language Coordinator in the Department of African-American and African Studies.

The program is open to regularly enrolled undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who are interested in
Swahili language and culture. All applicants must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have
successfully completed a minimum of two quarters of Swahili language. Interviews may be required as part of the
application process. Students who have completed Swahili 102 will be placed into intermediate level classes.
Students who have completed Swahili 104 will be enrolled in advanced Swahili classes.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT PASSPORTS: Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. If
you do not currently have a valid passport, apply for one immediately. For many study abroad destinations, passport
information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about
applying for a passport, go to http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.

                                                   Courses and Credits
Students will earn a total of 15 quarter credit hours. The Ohio State University course equivalents are as follows:
Intermediate level Swahili 103 (5 hours) and 104 (5 hours)
or advanced level Swahili 401 (5 hours) and 402 (5 hours)
International Studies 697 (5 hours) – required for all students

                                                     Field Trips
The program includes field trips to sites in and around Arusha that are designed to enhance students’ cultural
knowledge and language skills. Students will have an opportunity to visit a local market, a primary school, Masai
boma, coffee farm, orphanage / home for street kids, and women / youth groups. During these visits students will have
interactive assignments and can practice their Swahili. Also include is a day-trip to nearby Arusha National Park, and
a four-day field trip to Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo, and Zanzibar.
Ohio State students will live in MS-Training Centre accommodations (double occupancy rooms) with full board
(breakfast, lunch and dinner). A weekend home stay with a local family will be arranged, providing students an
opportunity to experience everyday Tanzanian life, and exposing them to language and culture in an informal social
                                                    Program Costs
The cost of the Summer 2008 program is Ohio State tuition plus a Study Abroad Program Fee of $2,500 (estimated),
which includes in-country instruction, visa fees, accommodations (double rooms) in the MS-Training Centre, 3 meals
per day, a weekend home stay with a local family, and field trips. Students are responsible for pre-departure expenses
(passport, health appointment and immunizations), and for arranging and paying international round-trip airfare to
Arusha’s Kilimanjaro International Airport, some meals during field trips, and personal expenses.

                                        Funding Opportunities for Study Abroad
To learn more about funding resources available to Ohio State students, and eligibility requirements, log on to
                                                       Financial Aid
If you are an eligible student and are paying fees at Ohio State for at least half-time enrollment in an officially
recognized Ohio State study abroad program, you will be able to receive most forms of federal, state, and university-
controlled financial aid. For further information, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid, 340 Lincoln Tower, call
614-292-0300, or visit their website at http://sfa.osu.edu/ New and renewal financial aid applicants are encouraged to
file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ by the March 1
priority deadline. Once you are accepted to participate in an Ohio State study abroad program, you are encouraged to
schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid Counselor at 340 Lincoln Tower before you depart. To learn more about
using your Ohio State financial aid, go to http://oia.ohio-state.edu/financialaid.html

All students participating on Ohio State study abroad programs will receive supplementary medical insurance through
HTH Worldwide Services. Students are required to maintain their regular insurance coverage while participating on
Ohio State study abroad programs. Following University procedure, you will automatically be assessed a fee each
quarter for Ohio State Student Health Insurance unless exemption is requested.

                                               Pre-departure Orientation
Mandatory pre-departure orientation meetings will be held for all program participants. Information on the dates and
locations of orientation meetings will be announced. The orientation sessions will offer important information on travel,
passports, customs, health, safety, culture, and academic expectations.

                                               Application Information
Participation in the program is determined by The Ohio State University. Applicants must submit the OIA Study Abroad
Application. An application fee of $150 (personal check or money order) is due with your application. If you are not
accepted to the program or withdraw your application in writing prior to the application deadlines your application fee
will be refunded. The OIA Study Abroad Application is available in the OIA reception area in 100 Oxley Hall or online at
                                                Application Deadline
                                                  February 1, 2008.
Program Coordinator:
Jeff McKibben                                            For More Information:
Office of International Affairs                          http://www.lonelyplanet.com (click on
614.292.6101                                             destination)
E-mail: mckibben.1@osu.edu                               http://travel.state.gov (click on travel
                                                         warnings/consular information sheets)
Resident Director:                                       http://www.cdc.gov/travel (geographic health
Dr. Salome Fouts                                         recommendations)
Dept. of African-American and African Studies            http://www.mstcdc.or.tz/ (MS Training Centre)
E-mail: Fouts.25@osu.edu

                          Office of International Affairs (OIA), The Ohio State University
       Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus OH 43210-1219, USA             614.292.6101                                   http://oia.osu.edu/
                               Study Abroad Advisers are available on a walk-in basis Monday - Friday, 1 PM to 4 PM.

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tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. OIA reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the
policy of the university not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters
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