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*Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Non-Fairfield Students
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Restrictions: Non-Fairfield applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Home Stay
Minimum GPA: 2.80 Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Credit Type: Fairfield Credit External Students: Yes
Internships: Yes Service Learning: Yes
Academic Area: African Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, Internship, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Visual Arts Language Requirement: Any
Program Description:

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From the snows of Kilimanjaro, the great plains of the Serengeti, and the sandy beaches of Zanzibar, Tanzania is endowed with a spectacular natu­ral beauty. Slightly larger than the state of Texas, the country features a rich tapestry of peoples and cultures that stretch back hundreds of years and encompass dozens of different ethnic groups, religions, and historical traditions. The city of Dar es Salaam, the largest in Tanzania, is a teeming, coastal metropolis with a humid climate tempered by steady sea breezes. The nearest airport, Julius K. Nyerere International Airport (IATA Code: DAR), is serviced by several European, African, and Asian airlines.

Breaking from the trends in many parts of the continent, Tanzania has enjoyed peace, stability, and security since its independence in 1963. The modern United Republic of Tanzania has evolved into a modern, multi-party democratic nation with competitive elections and a robust civil society. As a result of this success, Tanzania has increasingly become a key base for the United Nations and many NGOs as they work in the East African region. Adding to this political strength is the growing strength of the mining and minerals sectors, which has joined agriculture and tour­ism as mainstays of a diversifying economy. In recent years, the resurgent economy has produced a population of professionals, business owners, and entrepreneurs whose rising standard of living is creating an array of businesses that cater to these decidedly modern tastes.

Fairfield offers a complete undergraduate program for study and life in Tanzania. We provide comprehensive services for all facets of your semester or year abroad, from application, course registration, and visa preparation to housing, insurance, and transcripts. We also provide full pre-departure information, dedicated student support, and an in-depth orientation in Tanzania, followed by day trips to explore the cultural and scenic beauty of the country and to introduce you to Tanzania's customs, traditions, and contemporary life. Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states.


Fairfield University's program is hosted at the prestigious Loyola education center, located in the suburban neighborhood of Mabibo.  Inspired by the Jesuit intellectual tradition, Loyola educations young people to become morally responsbile "men and women for others" who think chritically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.  To encourage the Jesuit philosophy, participants will be challenged by the faculty to think critically and apply their academic work to local and regional issues while contemplating their role in the wider world.  Participants take four or five courses, taught by faculty who are experts in their academic field.  Courses are taught in English and are a mix of lecture, discussion and supervised independent work.

Upon arriving in Dar es Salaam, student will receive an intensive orientation, led by our program's on-site director, so they can comfortably navigate their home in Tanzania.

In addition to their academics, students gain real world experience through service-learning courses and internships with local and international NGOs as well as through volunteer opportunities teaching English, math and technology in the Jesuit High School in Dar es Salaam.  The local Jesuit Community will provide critical support to students, helping them to connect service opportunities with their academi interests as well as leading and facilitating critical reflection on the experiences.

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale to be considered for the program.

Students gain real world experience through service-learning courses and internships with local and 


Participants live with local Tanzanian families, who are members of the Loyola Parish in Dar es Salaam.  Living with local families allows students to be culturally immersed in Tanzanian life and leads them to draw parallels between life in the United States and Tanzania.  Students have their own bedroom and eat breakfast and dinner with the family.  All families live in quiet and safe residential neighborboods.

Enjoy public transportation over the course of your 40 minute commute to campus.  Along the way, you can enjoy the experience of city life through the lens of a local commuter, or capitalize on your homework assignments to free-up time for personal activities outside your academic schedule.  Fairfield University will provide program participants with premium transportation for the commute home when classes are done at the end of the day.  All host families have been carefully and thoroughly vetted by our on-site director.



  • Airport pickup on arrival in Dar es Salaam
  • Orientation and campus tour
  • On-Site program administrator with 24-hour emergency coverage
  • Two excursions to the Spice Island of Zanzibar
  • One safari to Serengeti and Ngorongoro
  • Health/accident insurance
  • Costs, dates, and details at

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The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Year 2014-2015 02/01/2014
02/24/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 04/15/2014
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2015 10/15/2014
Rolling Admission 02/11/2015 06/04/2015
Year 2015-2016 04/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2015 04/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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