Study Abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa




Make an impact—spend the spring semester studying and working in communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

This semester-long study abroad program provides Sarah Lawrence students with the unique opportunity to study psychology, history, and public policy while getting hands-on experience with community-based work in three locations throughout Africa.


Spring 2018 will see the launch of Sarah Lawrence College and Pitzer in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sarah Lawrence students will join the Pitzer program, which is a multi-country (Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe) comparative studies program that exposes students to important issues, cultures, and people of this region. We will continue to offer a focus on Human Development, learning how to understand, implement, and evaluate effective community-based work in each location. Students will begin the program in Tanzania and continue on to Botswana. Please contact Prema Samuel in the International Programs office for further information.

Curriculum & Independent Study Projects

Week 1—Orientation
  • Program Overview
  • Health & Safety
  • Academic Components
  • Cultural Adjustment Issues
  • Regional History
  • The Core Course
Weeks 1 & 2—Tanzania
  • Mainsprings JBFC homestay
  • Language—Intensive Kiswahili
  • Mainsprings JBFC community partnerships
  • The Core Course Continued
Weeks 3 - 6—Botswana
  • Manyana Village Homestay
  • Language – Intensive Setswana
  • Community Partnerships
  • The Core Course Continued
Week 7—Study Trip
  • Okavango Delta/Chobe National Park – Wk 7
  • Victoria Falls – Wk 7
  • Great Zimbabwe – Wk 12
  • Matopos – Wk 14-15
  • Kruger National Park – Wk 8-11
  • Serengeti – Wk 2
  • The Core Course Continued
Weeks 8 - 11—Soweto
  • Soweto Homestay
  • University of Pretoria Classes
  • Pretoria Study Trips
  • Soweto Community Partnerships
Weeks 12 - 14—Zimbabwe
  • Harare Homestay
  • University of Zimbabwe Classes
  • Matopos: Homestay
  • Matopos: Community Partnerships
Weeks 16 - 20—Independent Study Project
  • Internship options include:
    • Public Health
    • Wildlife and Environmental Conservation
    • Human Rights
    • Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
    • Media
    • Pitzer-Botswana Vaccine Institute
    • Gender & Women’s Rights
    • Orphanages and schools
    • The Harry Oppenheimer Research Center
    • The Cattle Industry
    • Diamond Mining
    • Micro-finance
    • SADC
    • House of Chiefs
  • Apprenticeship options include:
    • Setswana traditional musical instruments
    • Basket weaving
    • Stone sculpture
    • Wood sculpture
    • Pottery
  • Research: A variety of options/topics available including participating on some of the longitudinal research that’s being done by University of Botswana professors and other researchers. Students can opt to do an Independent Study Project in either Botswana or Zimbabwe.


The Sarah Lawrence College in Sub-Saharan Africa program is offered in the spring semester only. The program is open to Sarah Lawrence students.

Applications & Deadlines

Completed application and don recommendation are due:

  • February 1 (for fall applicants)
  • October 15 (for spring applicants)

Tuition & Fees

Students are charged the cost of Sarah Lawrence tuition each semester. An estimation of all other fees will be provided once available.

Financial Aid

Sarah Lawrence College students who normally receive financial aid may apply their awards to any College-sponsored program abroad.

For more information about Sarah Lawrence financial aid options, e-mail the Office of International Programs.