The Intensive Swahili in Zanzibar program offers you an opportunity to learn the most widely spoken African language, Swahili. You will study the language at an accelerated pace through daily classes and full immersion into Swahili culture, history, politics and religion on the island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania. The program can accommodate all levels of Swahili speakers (from first year to fourth year), and no prior experience is required.
You will be taught in a small group setting by native speakers at the State University of Zanzibar and participate in weekly excursions. The eight-week program features a break midway through the summer when you will be allowed to travel on your own to mainland Tanzania. The program runs during the Zanzibar International Film Festival, which features a variety of films and lectures, presentations and exhibits.
The Croatia Conservation Summer Field School offers a unique look at the vernacular building culture of Croatia’s central Dalmatian Coast. The Field school is an intensive historic preservation and cultural landscapes program that allows students to gain hands-on experience in a culturally rich setting. Small teams of students explore villages constructed between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries while learning the history of the area, documenting and analyzing important structures, and investigating local sustainable practices such as rainwater catchment. There are numerous field trips led by local experts, and students learn local building skills by participating in hands-on building projects. The program includes two main sessions with a short break (or intersession) between.
Oviedo sits at the foot of the Aramo mountains, just 23 miles from Spain’s northern “green” coast. Historically, the city dates to the tenth century it was the capital of the Asturian Kingdom and an important stopover point on the Camino de Santiago. Today, Oviedo has an urban design which promotes equity and inclusion in historic sites, public squares, car-free livable streets and a culture public gathering places, sidewalk cafes, markets and bars. It has a reputation for being one of the safest and cleanest cities Spain, offering great quality of life for our students. The hospitality and warmth of the Asturian people coupled with the absence of mass tourism and low presence of English speaking visitors in the region are the keys to Oviedo’s strength as a student learning environment for cultural and linguistic immersion. During the summer months there are numerous festivities and special events held in Oviedo and nearby locations.
Enroll in one or both of the four-week intensive Spanish language sessions offered in July and August. You may earn up to one year of Spanish language credit for enrolling in both sessions. Classes are offered at the beginning through advanced levels, and are taught in Spanish by experienced professors from the University of Oviedo. The focus is primarily on Spanish language development with attention to writing, listening and speaking. In addition, intermediate and advanced students can choose from several elective special topics during the last hour of class that focus on aspects of Spanish society, culture and civilization.