Virtual Swahili Language (All Levels)

Develop Swahili language skills through online learning.

At a Glance





Language of Study

Swahili, Kiswahili

Language Levels

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced


Jun 12 – Jul 21

Program Countries


Program Base


Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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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 Swahili to foreigners by using oral proficiency-based methods.

You will be expected to devote approximately 22.5 hours to synchronous and asynchronous activities per week over a six-week period. The course schedule is flexible to accommodate a variety of student schedules and time zones. Synchronous sessions may include direct instruction, drills, and conversation exercises with language teachers. The frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous sessions will be done together with instructors and class participants during the first week of the course.

Asynchronous activities may include practice exercises, small group projects, discussion boards, and completion of assignments. You will also be exposed to songs and other forms of art and media to engage and enhance interactions among students.

Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.


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


Through oral proficiency testing you will be placed in beginning, intermediate, or advanced classes.



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.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

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

Program Components

  • 22.5 hours of activities per week with video lectures, audio recordings, discussion, and interaction.
  • Oral interview to evaluate speaking abilities and comprehension of spoken Swahili.
  • Develop a deeper knowledge of Kenyan politics, culture, and arts.

Swahili (Online)

Beginning Swahili – syllabus
(SWAH1003-1503 / 3 credits)

Intermediate Swahili– syllabus
(SWAH2003-2503 / 3 credits)

Advanced Swahili – syllabus
(SWAH3003-3503 / 3 credits)

Faculty & Staff

Kenya: Virtual Swahili Language (All Levels)

Steve Wandiga, PhD
Academic Director

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    The tuition for this program is $989. 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.