Situated in northern Tanzania, Arusha is a modern African city with a population approximating 250,000. It is a multicultural city with a majority African population and a sizable international community that is engaged in diplomatic affairs. Since 1994 the city has been hosting the United Nations International Criminal Court for Rwanda. This city also hosts the headquarters of the East Africa Community. Situated in close proximity to some of the most famous landscapes in Africa, such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and the Olduvai Gorge, Arusha is a major hub for a fast-growing local tourist industry.
Based at the Arcadia University Center for East African Studies, a research and training facility, students enroll alongside international and East African students in a tailored program with a focus on human-rights education and East African studies. In addition to the required course, “Tanzania in the Midst of Peace and Conflict: Conflicts, Peace and Security in East Africa,” students enroll in a Kiswahili language course and can select two additional courses in political science, sociology, law, development, art and culture. The program features guest speakers from major African governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the East African Community (EAC), the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN ICTR), and the African Union Court of Human and People's Rights. Students have access to the Nyerere Centre's computer lab and academic resources, adjacent to the Arusha International Conference Center, which hosts the UNICTR, the EAC, and many other international development organizations.
The program begins with a comprehensive on-site orientation in Arusha. Students receive academic advising and support throughout the program on-site coordinator.
BC students live with other program participants in the Arcadia Undergraduate Student House. Located in a residential neighborhood within walking distance of the Nyerere Centre, the house is gated and with a security guard on the premises at all times. The post office, shops and restaurants are all within a 10-15 minute walk. The house has a fully equipped kitchen where dinner is prepared daily for students and is Wi-Fi connected.
Arusha offers excellent supervised service learning opportunities. Under the dedicated leadership of the program director, students volunteer their time working with locally-based organizations to become involved in the community. In the past, students have volunteered at schools, a law society, and a women’s education organization, among others.