Language Study

 African Language Resources at UC Berkeley 

The Center for African Studies, in partnership with the Department of African American Studies and the Berkeley Language Center, works to support the African language learning needs of students and faculty. The program is guided by a leadership team consisting of representatives from the Department, the Center for African Studies, the Berkeley Language Center and the College of Letters and Science.

UC Berkeley is currently offering Amharic, Chichewa and Kiswahili I, II and III. These language courses are listed in African American Studies. Arabic is available through the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Students from other UC campuses, California State Universities, California community colleges and select other local higher education institutions may be elible to enroll in UC Berkeley courses through various programs. Members of the larger community can enroll through concurrent enrollment via UC Extension. We offer a weekly Kiswahili Table. Please contact us for futher information. And visit the Swahili Language Program online.

Over the years, we have offered other languages, including Afrikaans, Bamana, Lingala, Malagasy, Shona, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu. Currently we are unable to offer other languages, but are always, we encourage Berkeley faculty, staff and students to indicate your ability to speak or interest in learning African languages by completing this online survey.

Through our Understanding Sudan and Understanding the Horn project curriculum projects, we developed material on Sudanese Arabic, Amharic, Oromo, Somali, Swahili and Tigrinya.

Summer Language Institutes and Programs

African Studies Centers nationwide collaborate to offer a range of summer language study opportunities. A list collecting information on summer 2019 offerings is here: . (1/18/2019: It currently has limited data, but will have more soon.) Previous summer offerings are available at the links below:

The Association of African Studies Programs, the African Language Teaching Association and two universities share the task of administering competitive US Department of Education Title VI Fulbright Group Project Abroad Advanced Overseas Intensive Language Projects. In 2019, the University of Pennsylvania is administering a Zulu language GPA program. while Howard University is offering a GPA program in Nigeria for Advanced Yoruba.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

The Center for African Studies offers Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships. For more information, visit the FLAS fellowship page.

Other African Language Resources