Wilkes University



Study abroad in TanzaniaLocation: Tanzania, Africa

Course Name/Program number: Community and Global Health
Course Begins: May 2018 - July 2018
Travel Dates: May 20 - June 5 (longer stay is possible)

Faculty Leader/Contact:  Linda A. Winkler 
Academic Credits: 3 - 6 credits
Restrictions: Minimum GPA, pre-requisite, major: GPA 2.75. Sophomore or above. NOTE: Given the nature of this course and the wide range of possible projects, all majors are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: February 2018 | $1,000
Program Fee: $4,159 (2 weeks, 3 credits)  DETAILS
Find the Funding: Scholarship and Financial Aid


Giraffe in TanzaniaProgram Description:

This course seeks to create a global learning experience for students interested in international social issues, global health, and cross-cultural communication. Students in this program will spend two abroad, experiencing cultural immersion in a rural area of Tanzania and learning about the community health programs, media outlets, and culture of this part of East Africa. Our on-site collaborators are various agencies in rural northwestern Tanzania including the WOMEDA (women’s rights), MAVUNO (water issues and microfinance), Karagwe School districts, Nyakahanga district hospital, the AIDS control program, Kagera Disability services, Community Radio, plus numerous other NGOs  that are associated the local community (see list below). The program is designed to expose students to a broad variety of topics related to development, cross-cultural communication, and community health in the global context of community service programs in Africa and international development. Each student will do an immersion experience with one of our partners. Possibilities include gender issues, broadcast production, maternal and child health, community health outreach, and public relations.


Dr. Winkler with Tanzania residents.The Study Abroad Program Has Two Options:

Immersion practicum on Global Health: 

Students are immersed into local agencies and health care settings where they engage learning about health care, health issues, and in gathering information relative to a research topic of their choice. This is a global health option.

An International Communication Field Experience:

This is a global learning program in which students engage in projects with a local NGO. Projects and agencies served vary from year to year. In the past, students worked with the AIDS Control Office Orphan project to develop a promotional film regarding their work and orphans served, studied community pharmacies and their outreach, worked with issues related to Women's Right's, and did projects at Nyakahanga Hospital.

Student with Tanzanian child.Academic Program

Students will spend 2-4 weeks abroad in the summer, experiencing cultural immersion in a rural area of Tanzania where they will learn about the community health and social programs of this part of East Africa. Our local collaborators are various agencies in rural, northwestern Tanzania.

This program is designed to enhance exposure to a broad variety of topics related to international affairs, health services, public health, issues related to the United Nations Millennium Goals and international development in Africa. Students will be expected to keep daily journal entries and will also be given reading assignments and journal topics while in Tanzania. All students will have done an initial paper on a social or health issue in Tanzania during a required pre-trip course component. While in Tanzania, students will be required to do ethnographic research on this topic in order to revise and rewrite this research paper using their in-country experience during the program.

There are no prerequisites for this trip other than successful completion of the mandatory pre-trip presentations on East Africa, which precede the study abroad program. These present an overview of African history, culture, and geography while focusing on East Africa issues. Students will develop an ethnographic research proposal while in this course in preparation for the summer study abroad experience. 

Total Cost: 

The cost for the two week program is $4,159. The price includes transportation to the airport from campus and all meals, lodging, and transportation in Tanzania.

The cost does not include airfare or personal spending (gifts, etc.) while in Tanzania. Other possible personal costs are immunizations and passport fees.

Important dates:

  • February 2018 |  $1000 deposit due
  • May 2018 | Full payment due

CONGRATULATIONS DR. WINKLER! Wilkes University - Study Abroad - Dr. Linda Winkler

Dr. Linda A. Winkler, Director of International Outreach at Wilkes University, was recently honored for a decade of work in support of the Nyakahanga Hospital in Karagwe, Tanzania.

Dr. Winkler was presented with a special certificate of appreciation from the hospital at a Jubilee ceremony honoring the hospital and their partners. The Jubilee celebration participants included former Tanzanian President Mkapa, the Honorable Anna Tibaijuka, a Tanzanian Cabinet member and the Honorable Bishop Dr. Benson Bagonza and Dr.Andrew Cesari who oversees the hospital.

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