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  • Locations: Iringa, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Merrimack applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: African Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Political Science Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Instruction: English, Swahili Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Semester Program


IringaThrough the Community Development, Language + Culture program in Iringa, Tanzania you can embark on an exploration of some of the challenges facing this East African country, including sanitation, disease, hunger, poor education, gender inequality, climate change, HIV, water issues, and deforestation. Through fascinating coursework and activities with locals, you’ll learn about issues impacting Tanzanian communities, participate in a field study, and gain a basic proficiency in Swahili.

Volunteer with local NGOs that work in public health, education, and social welfare in rural Tanzania.

Courses and Credits

All students take 1 language course (Beginning/Intermediate/or Advanced Kiswahili) and the Field Research Seminar. Additionally, students must enroll in two elective courses

DEVE 3001 TANZ / INRE 3003 TANZ: Managing Community Development Programs
EDUC 3001 TANZ / AFST 3006 TANZ: Contemporary Educational Issues in East Africa
HIST 3001 TANZ / AFST 3003 TANZ: History of East Africa
INRE 3002 TANZ / SOCI 3003 TANZ: Poverty Analysis for Socio-economic Development
GEND 3001 TANZ / DEVE 3003 TANZ: Gender and Development

For links to full course descriptions and syllabi, go to the Iringa Community Development, Language + Culture program page and scroll to Curriculum (under ACADEMICS).

If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair. Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


While housing is clean and safe, students should understand that the facilities and amenities are quite different from those found in the United States. Students should be prepared for limited access to Internet, limited/regulated electricity, bucket showers, and Turkish/Indian-style squat toilets.Iringa homestay

RESIDENCE: After the orientation period in Dar es Salaam, students live in shared rooms in a residence hall (segregated by gender) at Ruaha Catholic University.
MEALS: The university has one large cafeteria on campus that provides affordable meals. Students also have easy access to small, informal food stands near the university, and in and around the city of Iringa, which features a variety of restaurants and stores.

HOMESTAYS: For one week students live in homestays with local families.
MEALS: Students will have their meals prepared for them by their homestay families.

NGO-VOLUNTEER HOUSING:  On weekend, students share housing in NGO volunteer houses
MEALS: Students will have their meals prepared for them by NGO staff.


Merrimack students attending a CIEE semester program pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, program costs included, housing, and international insurance for the semester. 2018-2019 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs: $24,830
  • Additional program fee: $550
  • CIEE Fall 2018 scholarship for Merrimack students: $1500
  • Total Fall Fees: $23,880
  • Total Spring Fees: $25,380
CIEE has scholarships and grants for which Merrimack students should apply. See their Scholarships & Grants page.

BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall,,  978.837.5310.

FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall,, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.

  • CIEE Application Fee: $50
  • Meals not included in program fee:  $1,500
  • International Airfare:  $1,650
  • Local Transportation: $150
  • Books & Supplies: $150
  • Visa fees: $250 (cost of residence permit)
  • Personal: $1,600


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA 
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018:
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CIEE's online application.

CIEE's Application deadline for Fall 2018: April 15, 2018