Tanzania: Culture, Teaching and Education

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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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 Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater National Park, a walking safari in Arusha National Park and a Maasai Village. 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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When can I go?

May 3 - May 31, 2014 (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 www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.

The deadline for the 2014 program has passed. Applications for the 2015 program are not yet being accepted but will be due by February 1, 2015

Non-GVSU Students: Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/gvstudent for detailed information on how to apply.

What credits will I receive?

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

MTH 386: Study Abroad Issues

3 credits


MTH 496: Senior Theses (Capstone)* 

3 credits 


SAT 495: Capstone

3 credits


*Non-Math majors may substitute this course upon approval from the program director.


How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $4,950

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals (breakfast everyday and 24 dinners)
  • All excursions and fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition (3 or 6 credits) ($1,371 or $2,742)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • Additional meals ($140)
  • Passport/photos ($140)
  • Visa, taxes, documents ($100)
  • ISIC card ($28, optional)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $6,929 (3 credits) OR $8,300 (6 credits)

Additional Program Cost Information

Cost Comparison for GVSU Cost of Attendance for Spring/Summer 2014, based on 1/2 Time Enrollment (In-State Undergraduate): $6,966

Financial Aid

Contact Nick Bromley in the Financial Aid Office at bromleni@gvsu.edu with questions. Include in the email your G-number and the name of your study abroad program. 

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 www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships 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?

2014 Director:

Lisa Kasmer

A-2-138 Mackinac Hall




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