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.
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses are available every semester. Courses include individual tutorials and small group conversation sessions. Sessions meet on all five campuses and are individually scheduled. Instructor: Dr. Agnes Kimokoti. Follow the link to see course details and registration instructions for Swahili.
Afrikaans, Amharic, Twi, Wolof, Yoruba
Supervised independent study courses. Beginning and intermediate courses are available. Courses include small group conversation sessions led by native/fluent conversation partners. Sessions meet on the home campus of the conversation partner and are individually scheduled. The availability of languages may vary, and other languages may be added. Follow the link to see course details and registration instructions for Afrikaans, Amharic, Twi, Wolof, Yoruba.
Egyptian Arabic, Moroccan Arabic
Supervised independent study courses. Prerequisite: Two semesters of Modern Standard Arabic or the equivalent. Courses include small group conversation sessions led by native/fluent conversation partners. Sessions meet on the home campus of the conversation partner and are individually scheduled. Follow the link to see course details and registration instructions for Spoken Arabic Courses.