Many students declare a minor in African studies after spending a semester or even a year abroad. There are several excellent (and reasonably inexpensive) ways to do this in East, West or Southern Africa. Many students use data collected on these trips for an African Studies Minor independent paper.
There are a variety of programs in Africa available to UVM students which offer different experiences. Programs range from studying politics at a South African university to working with wildlife in Kenya or Namibia. Depending upon the program, accommodations can include educational institutions, private homes, hostels, or tents. Students may have an opportunity to learn and experience aspects of African culture by living with families such as the Maasai in Tanzania or Xhosa in South Africa. While others may decide to live on-campus and become more familiar with the campus culture or stay in nearby apartments. The lengths of the programs are varied as well. Students can study for 3-4 weeks during the summer, spend a semester, or a full year abroad. Learn more about study abroad.