Kansas African Studies Center UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
Opportunities to Study in Africa KU students are taking advantage of opportunities to study in Africa, both in the summer and during the academic year. KU’s most well-known program in Africa is the Arabic Studies Summer Institute held at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. KU Associate Professor Naima Boussofara coordinates this program, which offers students the opportunity to learn Arabic and take courses about North Africa. The newest initiative, led by Professor Byron Caminero-Santangelo, is a summer study abroad program on “Sustainability, Development, and Community Empowerment” in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. In addition to these faculty-led programs, KU has also developed linkages with Rhodes University (Grahamstown, South Africa); Université Gaston-Berger (Saint-Louis, Sammy Badran studied Arabic in Morocco with a FLAS Fellowship Senegal); University of Legon (Ghana); and Zanzibar in summer 2014. University (Tanzania). Most recently, KU recognized formal linkages with the University of Development Studies in northern Ghana and the University of Ilorin in western Nigeria. Taking advantage of both formal KU programs and student initiated programs, KU students studied in nine different African countries during the 2011-2012 academic year, seven countries during the 2012-2013 academic year, and five countries during the 20132014 academic year, with a combined total of over 60 KU students studying in Africa during the preceding four academic years. Students’ regional patterns of study track closely with the languages offered at KU, indicating that students are using and developing the language skills that they have gained on campus. Students have studied in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt (Arabic), Senegal (Wolof), Kenya and Tanzania (Kiswahili), and Ethiopia (Amharic) just to give a few examples. Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships support the study of African languages and area studies. For the summer of 2015, FLAS Fellowships were awarded to 12 students to study languages in Morocco, Senegal, and Tanzania, and in Lawrence at KU’s Summer African Language Institute.
Noemi Tracy traveled to Senegal to study Wolof last summer with a FLAS Fellowship. Continued on page 2