SIT Swahili Studies and Coastal Cultures

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, fieldwork, and independent study; courses are taught primarily in English. Swahili language study required. Students earn four Scripps courses. On-site orientation and educational fieldtrips included.

  • Fields of study: Social sciences, language
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA, area studies course
  • Number of program participants: 20

Living Arrangements

Students live in private homes and hotels. Meals are taken as a group or with the host family.

Term Dates

  • Fall: early September to mid-December
  • Spring: early February to mid-May


  • Advising Tips: If the SIT location is not on the SAGE approved list, an interview with a returnee is required.