Welcome to Taaluma Institute of East Africa


Summer 2020 programs start June 8th – July 30th

Applications are now open. 

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Taaluma Institute (East Africa) programs offer students of Kiswahili-as-a-foreign-language opportunities to study Kiswahili language, literature and culture, conduct research or do academic internships through a structured immersion program in the culture and society of the Swahili speaking people of east Africa.

The institute provides a choice to study Kiswahili language and culture at the Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced or Superior levels; and also offers customized Kiswahili to learners with special interests in such fields as law, health care, gender studies, politics etc. It also caters for individuals who are interested in placement in public, community or private organizations to do research, internship or volunteer in community work. All courses in the program are designed and run by experienced professors from American universities in collaboration with other Swahili offering Institutions and Universities in East Africa for the Dar es Salaam, Arusha (or Kilimanjaro) programs.

Programs in Kenya are based in Nairobi and Nakuru cities in collaboration with experienced professors from Kenyatta and Egerton universities respectively.

All streams in the program are structured to allow interested learners to combine language study with community internships. Regular language classes run from 9:00 – 12:00 (or 1:00 pm for the advanced courses) and community internships start at 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Students interested in studying Kiswahili language only need not enroll in community work, and on the other hand, those who are not interested in language study can register in full-time community internships without the in-class language component.

Each participant who chooses to study Kiswahili will be required to fulfill all course requirements including continuous assessment tests and end-course exams after every four-week sessions. A certificate of completion will be awarded to each candidate who completes the course requirements at the end of each course/session.

In the research and community service components, participants are assigned research guides who meet with them for an agreed number of hours per week to familiarize them with local culture and guide them to important places and venues for their research. Learners interested in academic research are assigned to professors in their areas of interests for consultation for a required number of hours per week. Besides tuition and registration fees, the program charges a small fee to pay the research guides and consulting professors to commit and hold them responsible to their assignments.