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Tanzania: Culture, Teaching and Education

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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  • Tanzania: Culture, Teaching and Education Photo
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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors with a special emphasis on education

Arusha, Tanzania - This program is open to all majors, but has a special focus on the school setting in Tanzania. Tanzania is located in eastern, sub-Saharan Africa and is home to the famous Mount Kilimanjaro. This program will provide students the opportunity to study issues in mathematics and general education both in the United States and Tanzania. They will learn from and interact with teachers and students in a culture different than their own. Furthermore, students will come to appreciate the rich cultural and historical contributions of this country. 

In addition, students will be immersed in the language and culture of Tanzania. Students will participate in daily Swahili lessons, given by a local Swahili instructor as well as have opportunities to experience the beauty of the country during three weekend excursions that include a safari in the Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater National Park, a walking safari in Arusha National Park and village visit and  a day climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Another experience includes volunteering at a local orphanage. During these visits students will interact with the children by organizing games, helping with school-work, or any chores requested by the orphanage director.

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Cultural Information

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When can I go?

May 6-June 2, 2016 (4 weeks)

Where will I live?

Bed & breakfast accommodations in Arusha. Accommodations offer simple but comfortable shared rooms, 2-3 students per room, a restaurant, swimming pool, garden area, and meeting spaces for classes. Wireless Internet will be available.

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to all majors with a special emphasis in education. Math majors must be eligible to enroll in MTH 496 and CSAT majors must be eligible to enroll in SAT 495. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2017 Program): February 1, 2017

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of 3-6 credits:

MTH 496: Senior Thesis [Capstone] (three credits)* OR

SAT 495: Teaching Sciences and Arts in the Elementary Classrooms [Capstone] (three credits) OR

SST 495: Education in Plural Societies [Capstone] (three credits) OR/AND

MTH 386: Study Abroad (three credits)** 

*Non-math majors may substitute this course upon approval from their home department and the Tanzania program director

**Fulfills Issues requirement all majors

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $5,165

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • All meals (except lunch on school days)
  • Housing
  • All excursions and fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU tuition ($1,413-$2,916)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • Additional meals ($140)
  • Passport/photos ($140)
  • Visa, taxes, documents ($100)
  • ISIC card ($28 - optional)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $7231 (3 credits) or $8,689 (6)

Additional Program Cost Information

PLEASE NOTE 2017 program cost coming soon!

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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Visit for more information on these and other grants/scholarships. 

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500):  All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director:
Lisa Kasmer
A-2-138 Mackinac Hall

Learn more about the program director >>> MEET THE DIRECTOR

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.