Study Abroad Programs in Africa

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Study Abroad in Africa


379 Study Abroad Programs in Africa

Carpe Diem Education

Latitudes = Group Semester Overseas + Volunteer Placement Latitudes is Carpe Diem's seven-month personalized study abroad program that combines a Focused Volunteer Placement (FVP) following participation in a group semester in Central America, South America, East Africa, India, Australia and the South Pacific, or Indigenous America (see our other listings for more information on these group ...

American Institute For Foreign Study

Experience South Africa, in the city of Stellenbosch, through study abroad programs with the American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS). Students from the United States can choose to study for a semester or a full year, and learn more about South African culture. Courses cover subjects such as Conservation and Preservation, African Studies, and Public Administration and Policy.

IES Abroad (Institute for the Int'l Education of Students)

This cultural experience allows participants to gain a deeper understanding of African culture through IES Abroad. Students live with a local family in Morocco and South Africa and typically learn about the religious, social, and traditional perspectives of the African nation. The study abroad program offers a wide variety of study options, including Foreign Languages, Anthroplogy, and Sociology.

Boston University Study Abroad in Africa

We offer an unmatched variety of academic and internship programs in more than 30 cities on six continents. Our job is to help students realize their dreams to study and intern abroad.

Study Abroad with Syracuse University

Gain a new understanding of Africa through Syracuse University's study abroad opportunities. Students from the United States can choose from a variety of course options, such as Education, Sociology, and Family and Home Studies. Syracuse study abroad courses are offered in South Africa and Ghana.

Direct Low Cost - Arabic & Islamic Studies in Fez

The Center For Study Abroad offers an Arabic language and Islamic culture study program this summer in Fez, Morocco. The program, which runs for three weeks and six weeks, is organized in collaboration with the University of Fez, Al Akhawayn, Meknes University, and the American University Center of Provence. Available at all levels, courses are taught by highly qualified university professors. ...

Study Abroad Programs with ISA

Providing high quality study abroad programs since 1987, International Studies Abroad now offers a wide array of academic programs to students in Africa from across the globe. The students will have easy access to all on-campus resources such as the library, lounges, and computer facilities.

Institute for Cultural Ecology

Gain intercultural knowledge by enrolling in a study abroad program from the Institute for Global Studies' in Africa. For one semester, worldwide participants can experience African culture and society firsthand. A wide array of study options are offered, including Anthropology, Art History, and Fourth World Studies.

University Studies Abroad Consortium

The University Studies Abroad Consortium offers graduate and undergraduate academic programs in Africa. Students can take courses taught in English or they can enroll in traditional African Studies. Excursions and cultural activities are in store for the participants.

Study Abroad with Semester at Sea

Semester at Sea offers a unique program that lets students study abroad while in different countries of Africa. In partnership with the University of Virginia, they integrate interdisciplinary coursework, field work experience, and multi-country studies.


Learn a new language, live in a warm climate, and study in Africa with Eurocentres language immersion programs. Eurocentres gathers hundreds of multicultural participants each year that learn to communicate in the local language while developing lasting friendships with fellow learners.

CEA Global Education

Making studying abroad more accessible to students all over the world for almost 20 years now, CEA Study Abroad offers programs South Africa. These academic programs are taught throughout the year and are available to American and Canadian students only.

Forum-Nexus Study Abroad

Earn 6 credits this summer while studying in Greece. Choose a 4-week multi-country Forum-Nexus program which includes the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes plus 6 more amazing European cities: Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Geneva, Milan, and Chamonix. Students from the U.S. and 15 other countries travel together (with the professors) taking classes, visiting universities, companies and international o...

Duke University

Students from all over the world can travel to Africa and expand their education at Duke University. Study abroad program participants can spend the summer studying and living in Morocco or Ghana. These study abroad programs offer a wide range of courses, including Anthropology, African Studies, and Asian Studies.

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Study Abroad in Africa

Africa is so much more than just The Lion King and that place rich dentists go on safaris. Students who study abroad in Africa will have the benefit of stepping out of their classrooms (and comfort zones) to engage in extra-curricular events that will supplement their academic schedule beyond what they’d ever have available at home. Whether your passion is medicine, music, or anything in between, look no further than some of the incredible universities located all around the dynamic continent of Africa.


Africa is a monstrous continent; made up of over 50 countries, every country in Africa has something special to offer prospective study abroad students. However, the following four countries are home to a handful of established study abroad programs and high quality universities, and each one also offers opportunities and resources in the way of community involvement.

South Africa. Home to all five top-ranked African universities, it is no wonder this country jumps to the top of our list. Noted as one of the most diverse and complex countries in the world, South Africa is the perfect place to study abroad in Africa. Public universities in South Africa are divided into three categories: traditional universities, universities of technology (more vocational), and comprehensive universities (a combination of the two). Students will find that most schools in South Africa offer multi-cultural student communities, strong academic facilities, and a bevy of social activities and clubs, which create an excellent support system for international students. Additionally, several universities in South Africa offer community volunteer programs (aka. service learning), which can serve as a source of additional opportunities for students to flex their academic experience and help develop a local community.

Ghana. Located in a suburb of the capital city of Accra, the University of Ghana – Legon is Ghana’s premier, and oldest, university. Originally an affiliate of the University of London, this institution offers strong study abroad programs in agriculture, fine arts, the social sciences, and medicine. The University of Ghana is also one of the few schools on the continent that offers offer nuclear physics and nuclear engineering degree programs and courses.

Kenya. Students looking to focus their study abroad program in Africa on the fields of medicine, engineering, or entrepreneurship should look no further than study abroad in Kenya; international students should specifically be sure to check out opportunities at the University of Nairobi, located in the nation’s capital and largest city. Nairobi is a bustling metropolis boasting seven university campuses, where students can focus on a range of interdisciplinary studies and work hands-on with experts in their field of choice.

Egypt. Nestled in near the Nile river, and located in Egypt’s sprawling metropolis capital, the University of Cairo is well-known as one of the top universities not just in Egypt, but in all of Africa. Home to several notable Nobel Laureates, as well as some famous political leaders, studying abroad in Egypt gives students incredible access to some of history’s most famous cities and landmarks. Strong academic programs in foreign languages, law, and medicine make this an excellent place to study abroad.

Studying Abroad in Africa

While each major university has its own specialties, the focus of study abroad in Africa will be largely dependent on the interest areas and major of each student, as well as the geographic and social properties of the location they choose.

Students who want to study medicine, for example, might lean toward studying abroad at a university with access to cities that have high infectious disease rates or, on the other hand, may want to seek out program opportunities in rural communities that lack health care services and medical supplies. Both of these locations would provide students with a very unique perspective of medicine and healthcare in Africa. On the opposite end of the spectrum, music students or those with an interest in the fine arts, may decide to study abroad in Africa because they want to explore traditional African dance or music, in which case they would want to choose a location that offers access to the specific style they are looking to know more about.

Rehargless of where students choose to study in Africa, the most popular subjects of study include foreign languages, politics, history, medicine, and the fine arts. However, with a scope as wide as an entire continent, especially one as massive as Africa, students interested other fields and subjects don’t necessarily have to rule Africa out either.

Accommodations & Visas

Most major universities in Africa offer some form of room and board for international students, whether it be “dorm-style” or apartment style living. It should be noted that many universities are commuter schools, and plenty of students work full-time jobs or head back to their communities and families when not in class. Therefore, for more of that “classic college” feel, students will need to look into study abroad programs at larger African universities in the bigger cities.

Study abroad programs in Africa are some of, if not the, most inexpensive study abroad programs in the world. With average annual tuition rates (not including room and board) running between $1,000 and $3,000, it is hard to find study abroad programs any cheaper.

Students are required to obtain a visa to study abroad in Africa, in nearly any country. South Africa is an exception, as it grants visas “on-the-spot.” International students can apply for student visas on each individual country’s embassy or consulate website or in person.

Benefits & Challenges

Communication Capabilities (or a lack of). Communicating with the outside world is not as easy and casual in Africa as it may be in your home country. Although some larger cities are stocked full of internet cafes, students should be prepared to be stingy about internet usage, international calling, and communication with friends and family back home in general. Cell phone providers and “pay as you go” phone cards are typically available, but these can rack up charges quite quickly.

Health Concerns. As a result of the health issues prevalent throughout Africa (specifically West Africa), taking care of your health will need to always be your number one priority when studying abroad in Africa. Before you leave you will need to find out what vaccinations you should get and also research everyday tips on how to stay healthy. Staying healthy is an imperative part of having an enjoyable time in Africa, especially for students who choose to study abroad in Africa for extended periods.

Ease of Travel. Unlike some other geographic regions, traveling between countries and “border hopping” is not very easy in Africa. Aside from the obvious reason that countries are simply too large, due to some past (and present) political implications, traveling between some countries may be difficult, or even illegal. While it is certainly possible, make sure you do your research before embarking on a long weekend getaway to another country. Also worth noting, while studying abroad in Africa can be very cheap and affordable, flights can be expensive.

Uniqueness. SO, do you want to be like every other student at your school and study abroad in the UK or Spain? Do you want to have very similar experiences as your peers and have stories that are only slightly different? Or, do you want international experience that will not only fulfill your passion for travel and culture, but also increase your marketability and skills as a scholar and future employee? Study abroad in Africa, and you will return with a lifetime of memories, an unparalleled worldview, and a new perspective on life that just cannot be beat.  

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