Virtual Swahili Language (Beginning & Intermediate)

Develop Kiswahili skills through online learning.

At a Glance






Jan 25 ‎– Mar 26

Program Countries


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Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.

This course is designed to give students and professionals in-depth cultural background via discussions of everyday life and contemporary issues while developing advanced language skills. It provides the language and intercultural skills needed to function in the fields of international development, education, conservation, and social services.

The program will be delivered through a three-credit online course. Your program will employ experiential learning opportunities and include lessons in cultural awareness, grammar, comprehension, dialogue and academic related vocabulary through lectures and discussion.

Classes and language activities are taught by native teachers with experience teaching Kiswahili to foreigners by using oral proficiency-based methods. You will also be exposed to songs and other forms of art and media to engage and enhance interactions among students.


  • Build Kiswahili language skills to prepare for an international and intercultural career.





The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information, including course codes, credits, overviews, and syllabi.

Program Components

  • 45 hours online with video lectures, audio recordings, discussion, and interaction.
  • Oral interview to evaluate speaking abilities and comprehension of spoken Kiswahili.
  • Develop a deeper knowledge of Tanzanian politics, culture, and arts.

Kiswahili (Online)

Beginning Kiswahili – syllabus
(KISW1003-1503 / 3 credits)

Intermediate Kiswahili – syllabus
(KISW2003-2503 / 3 credits)

Faculty & Staff

Tanzania: Virtual Swahili Language (Beginning & Intermediate)

Oliver Nyakunga, PhD
Academic Director
Beatrice Kimaro
Kiswahili Language Coordinator

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Financial Aid

    The tuition for this program is $1,080. You may be able to use financial aid from your home school, if applicable. Contact your study abroad, advising or financial aid office for more information. SIT Admissions is also available for questions.