University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center Announces:

Zulu Immersion Program For Intensive Intermediate–Advanced Zulu 
in KwaZulu-Natal , South Africa
(June 20– August 08, 2016)

The Zulu immersion Program for 2016 will be held in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Coordinating Institutions

The Intensive Intermediate-Advanced Zulu Immersion Program 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 Immersion Program is 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. 


Applicants must be:

  • EITHER currently enrolled in graduate studies concentrating on Africa,
  • OR undergraduates currently in their sophomore, junior or senior year focusing on Africa
  • OR faculty whose work focuses on Africa

Selection Criteria

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

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


April 3rd, 2016

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)

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