Five College African Studies Program

Study Abroad & Global Education in Africa

The Five College African Studies Council is committed to supporting students who wish to study
 abroad in Africa. Below please find a set of links that will direct you to the various resources offered at the five campuses. 

Studying abroad is not an isolated experience limited to the weeks and months spent in the host country. The depth and success of the experience depends largely on how well a student is prepared before, and how directed the process of reflection is upon his or her return to the U.S. Before traveling to Africa, students should be sure to take advantage of courses that will increase their understanding of their host region’s geography, history, and politics. Several complimentary courses and seminars will facilitate the student’s reentry to the U.S. through directed reflection. Among the Five College faculty, many professors have specialized in different regions within Africa, and are pleased to speak with students before and after their experiences abroad. Language courses at the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages are offered for many of the common Study Abroad destination countries. Study Abroad administrative offices at each college offer many additional resources to students considering, planning to, or returning from study in Africa.  

African Languages offered by the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Swahili. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses are available every semester. Format includes individual tutorials and small group conversation sessions. Sessions meet across all five campuses and are individually scheduled. Instructor: Agnes Kimokoti, Five College Swahili Mentor. Course details and registration instructions:

Twi, Wolof, Zulu, Afrikaans, Amharic, Shona. Supervised independent study courses.

Beginning and intermediate courses are available. Small group conversation sessions led by international conversation partners meet on the home campus of conversation partner and are scheduled based on students’ schedules. Course details and registration instructions: