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Africa Semester Abroad

Doane’s Semester in Africa program is as unique as Doane.

The program isn’t about studying at an institution in Africa. Africa is the school.

About a dozen students and one or two professors take a three-month trek across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Along the way, the liberal arts and sciences core of this extraordinary opportunity shows through.

In every piece of the adventure – from donkey rides on the island of Lamu, to scuba diving, sketching, spice tours and apprenticeships with African laborers and artists –students discover a complex connection among people normally worlds away.


How it Works

Students take a full schedule of classes, including:

  • African Studies
  • African Literature
  • Writing
  • Swahili


The semester combines travel and study, including

  • wildlife safaris
  • historic tours
  • museums
  • cultural performances


Countries include:

  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • South Africa

The Doane group travels overland, via dalladalla, matatu, train, and bus as well as air.



Many alumni of this program return to Africa for more exploration or mission work. Even if they never return there, they tell us the semester in Africa was life-changing.