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Fulbright–Hays Group Project Abroad For Intensive Intermediate–Advanced Zulu
in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal , South Africa

(June 12 – August 07, 2011)

The 13th Fulbright-Hays Intensive Intermediate-Advanced Zulu Group Project Abroad (Zulu GPA) for the summer 2011 will be held in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, pending receipt of grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

1    Coordinating Institutions

The eight week Fulbright-Hays Intensive Intermediate-Advanced Zulu GPA in South Africa is directed by the University of Pennsylvania, in affiliation with the University of Zululand at KwaDlangezwa campus in KwaZulu-Natal. The Zulu GPA is a national, federally-funded program designed to provide students of Zulu from across the United States with an opportunity to advance their competency in the Zulu language and culture in South Africa among native speakers of Zulu. It is directed by the University of Pennsylvania, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the University of Pennsylvania.

2     Eligibility

Applicants must be:

    Zulu GPA Class
  1. U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States
  2. currently enrolled in graduate studies concentrating on Africa, or
  3. undergraduates currently in their sophomore, junior or senior year and focusing on Africa

3     Selection Criteria

The following will be the criteria for the selection of participants:

  1. Overall previous academic performance;
  2. Superior performance in at least two semesters of a university-level series of Zulu/Ndebele/Swati/Xhosa courses, or the equivalent;
  3. Letters of recommendation that portray a strong candidate;
  4. Applicant’s statement of purpose, including professional and academic goals;
  5. Intermediate-low level of competency in Zulu/Ndebele/Swati/Xhosa on an ACTFL scale; and,
  6. Academic/career commitment to African Studies.

4    Deadline: March 11, 2011

Detailed information about the program can be found in our Program Information section. Applicants may apply online using our Online Application. For any additional information and/or questions please email Dr. Audrey N Mbeje, (Project Director)

GPA Students in class

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For more information about African Languages at Penn please email the Director of African Language Program,
Dr. Audrey N Mbeje, or call: (215) 898-4299

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