Study Abroad

Harvard students can study abroad in Africa for course credit through the Harvard Summer School and other programs approved by the Office of International Education. Some programs accept graduate students in addition to undergraduates (see specific programs for clarification). Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants are available for language programs abroad.

The Harvard Summer School currently offers two summer study abroad programs in Africa.


Kisumu, Kenya Summer Abroad Program

Students in the Harvard Summer Program in Kisumu, Kenya, explore diverse approaches for using innovations and technologies to foster transformative and sustainable healthcare improvements in Africa. Closely mentored student teams design, develop, and test their own innovations. Watch a video where students in the Kisumu program discuss the innovations in healthcare they worked on. Visit Harvard Summer School website for more specifics on the program.

Application Deadline: January 30, 2015


Harvard Summer Program in Dakar, Senegal

Belief, culture, and society in francophone Africa

dakar_2015_05_0The term Senegambia refers to an area of West Africa straddling Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, and Mali, most of which was colonized by the French at the turn of the twentieth century. Modern Senegambian culture is the product of centuries of cultural, economic, and political interactions between Arabs, Europeans, and Black-Africans.The course will have a language component across the curriculum. Discussion sections are held in English and French. Focusing on academic books, novels, pamphlets, the arts, painting, cinema, crafts, and music, the course looks at the various sources of influence that shaped modern Senegambian societies. In addition to lectures, discussion, and movie viewings, participants also visit Islamic and Christian sites of pilgrimage in Senegal, shrines of African religions, museums, and village art. They also attend drumming performances by Senegalese musicians.

  Visit Harvard Summer School website for more specifics on the program.

Application Deadline: January 30, 2015


Visit the Harvard Summer School website for more information.